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How is Spinal Flow different to other modalities?
We often get questions about the difference between Spinal Flow and other modalities. Please know that Spinal Flow is a blend of what Dr Carli Axford (the doctor who invented the modality) experienced to be the most effective in improving clients health after over 20 years of practice and studies.

Most modalities, including the ones below, are a blend of a practitioner’s experience plus learnt technique.

Here is a list of what Dr. Carli has studied and combined as a system to help people heal quickly.: Chiropractic, Sacro-Occipital Technique, Bio-Geometric Integration, Network Spinal Analysis, Cranial Osteopathy , Activator Methods, Logan Basic, Kinesiology, Torque Release Technique, Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Kundalini, Inner Dance, Inner Guidance, Chakra Integration, Enneagram, Intuitive Medicine.

We are not experts in other modalities so we don’t want to pretend that we are. Here is a brief summary of what may seem different or similar between Spinal Flow and other modalities. To get more of an accurate understanding, it would be best to really understand the other modalities as we really can only speak about Spinal Flow.

The philosophy of chiropractic and Spinal Flow are similar in that there is a healing intelligence in the body and this flows up and down the spine and if there are spinal blockages or subluxations this interferes with the body’s ability to heal itself. In spinal flow, there is no physical force applied, the contacts are also gentle. Spinal Flow is more of a tonal technique and finds spinal blockages that release via contacting access points along the dura mater which form a Spinal Wave. It’s the client’s body that heals itself via the Spinal Wave. Spinal Flow works with the premise that the body is intelligent and if there are blockages being held, they are meant to be there and that the body will release these itself.

Spinal Flow practitioners use the sacral bolsters that cranio sacral practitioners use. Spinal Flow practitioners look for the spinal wave along the nervous system and craniosacral practitioners monitor the CSF fluid from the cranium to sacral regions.

Cranial Osteopathy
Cranial osteopaths also speak about a spinal wave and they talk about this alongside the CSF flow – they focus a lot on the cranial bones. Spinal Flow practitioners contact both the sacral and cranial bones where the dura mater is abundant to allow the spinal wave to flow.

Network Chiropractic
Network chiropractic is a modality taught only to chiropractors and teaches about 2 waves – a somato respiratory wave and a somatopsychic wave. The contacts are quick and often off the body and there is no focus on spinal blockages. Spinal flow first finds and locates spinal blockages in the system, the contacts are made on the dura mater similar to network chiropractic, but they are always on the body and the contacts are not quick, they are for quite a long time.

Kundalini wave and energy
Kundalini teachings talk about the kundalini wave travelling through the spine which is similar to what we learn in the Spinal Flow Technique. In Spinal Flow our background comes from chiropractic and assessing the spine and nervous system for blockages while often in kundalini practices the background is more energy and yoga.

Reiki is energy work and the contacts are made either on the body or off the body. Spinal Flow contacts are made directly on the body on access points found at the dura mater and Spinal Flow practitioners work with the spine and nervous system to find and release spinal blockages.

Kinesiologists often work with muscles and muscle testing while in Spinal Flow our focus is on the spine, nervous system, and blockages.

The 7 chakras are in the same location as the 7 Gateways and have many elements in common. Spinal Flow technique teaches how to use this knowledge but also is a technique that can be used to facilitate healing.
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