Be a container large enough for the full range of experiences your clients bring to the table. Communicate through the steadiness of your presence and the openness of your body language that you welcome and can handle whatever memories, feelings or experiences arise during the session.

In order to do this, you must have healthy boundaries. Until you can say “no” effectively, it is difficult to convey a wholehearted “yes” to your client’s process.

—Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, C.M.T., C.S.T.-D., creator of the training and audio series Healing from the Core: A Journey Home to Ourselves, has taught CranioSacral/Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release for more than 20 years. Information on her workshops can be found, and a free DVD about the curriculum ordered, at or

Read her blog at /massage-blog/presence-matters/.

Copyright 2008, Suzanne Scurlock-Durana. Used by permission.