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Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Hardin of Core Body Therapy in Culver City.
Mary, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I first discovered craniosacral unwinding and polarity therapy as a client in the early 90s when I was looking for solutions to my own health challenges and dealing with the stress of life. I had tried a lot of traditional therapies but it was mind/body work that really resonated with me and ultimately changed my life.
After experiencing a particularly transformative session, which really got my attention, I took my first polarity class in 1998 “to find out what this was all about…”
I haven’t stopped exploring this mysterious and amazing work. I went on to study integrative craniosacral unwinding and completed the teacher training program so I can teach craniosacral and polarity therapy. I added therapeutic massage, Reiki and somatic trauma resolution and aromatherapy.
When my job was eliminated in 2004, it felt like the Universe was telling me to focus on the work I loved doing. Slowly, I started building my private practice which is now Core Body Therapy.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As an alternative medicine practitioner, the biggest challenge is connecting with the people who need my work. Many people haven’t heard of craniosacral or polarity therapy so there’s a lot of education involved in communicating the benefits of this work. Often times, people have been tried a lot of other things and wasted a lot of money before they find me. I’d like to find a way to reach them before all that.
Please tell us about Core Body Therapy.
It’s hands-on bodywork that helps people recover from injuries, concussions, and chronic pain so they can improve the quality of their lives and get back in the game.
Combining the techniques of Craniosacral Unwinding and Polarity Therapy allows you to unwind long-held patterns of pain and trauma deep in your body’s core and helps:
-Reduce and Eliminate Pain
-Ease Concussion Symptoms
-Unwind Tension and Stress
-Enhance Concentration and Focus
-Reduce Anxiety and Depression
It was a bit by accident that I found this work was so helpful for football players. It turned out that many of the people who came to see me had played football in high school or college. That wasn’t the reason they came to see me but it came up during our work. Some of them had old and lingering injuries. Others were complaining of headaches and feeling ‘foggy’ even though it was many years ago that they played ball. They wanted to feel more like themselves again and found their way to me.
My experience working with people who have played football helped me “discover” that brain tissue can actually move and reorganize when we relate to it in a gentle, holistic way. That really got my attention, well honestly it blew my mind because with that simple movement or untwisting people felt calmer, more focused, clearer and most, if not all, of their pain and physical problems, disappeared. That discovery is one of the reasons why I’m dedicated to helping football players get the help they need.
What sets me apart is that my sessions are designed for the individual. Every session is different each time you come because we are working with what you need at that moment.
You don’t have to have played football to benefit from my work, but if it can help them, imagine what it can do for you.