The main focus of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy lies with a subtle approach to sensing the whole body energy field. The energy field I tap into is called “Primary Respiration” or “Breath of Life” which is what affects all the cells in our bodies, in essence a reflection of the environment you have resided within. Mostly, how this is all “perceived” and regulated within your nervous system is an access point for discovering patterns within and with this awareness, something can be done.
Craniosacral Therapy is often a solution when nothing else has worked – perhaps it is the wholism and depth of contact into the subtle energies with a witness holding the intention of “Inherent Health Within” that creates the most profound changes.
I am often asked what is the difference between Biodynamic and Biomechanical Craniosacral therapies? Biomechanical essentially is a different set of listening tools and skills which are helpful in solving physical discomforts and systemic regulation upsets. The Biomechanical tools are more designed to approach an area with specific needs whereas the Biodynamic tools are more designed to approach and listen to the whole field of the body, embracing the entire system in its story and accessing the Inherent Health Within each of us. Generally, deep silence and stillness occur in a Biodynamic session which supports the healing process. In a Biomechanical approach, I tune into fulcrums that your body tends to create patterns around. I listen to these patterns and access the body’s need for support to shift. This is a much more subtle approach to adjusting bone or tissue.
I find by listening to my clients needs helps me to determine what they want in a session, I may find myself dipping in and out of the various tools I carry in order to fulfill my their requests.
I initially trained in Biomechanical CSB but finally certified in Biodynamic CSB. My trainers were Bhadrena Tschumi-Gemi and Kavi Gemi of ICSB, International Institute for Craniosacral Balancing ® I certified with them in 2010.
Registered Craniosacral Therapist this designation is a recognition of the affiliation with the organization that is responsible for certification, regulation and training for Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist in North America, as developed by Franklyn Sills, in the lineage of William Garner Sutherland, DO, and others.
By accessing subtle energies through the body this kind of touch assists me to understand the rhythmic flow/blockage of life-energy in the body. From this understanding, I can then facilitate my clients needs as they arise.
I studied with Anna Chitty and Ray Castellino in 2015 taking their year long advanced somatic energy training called “Body Into Being”. This course opened up and introduced me to the qualities of Polarity Therapy as well as some pre & peri natal imprint work.
Amnion® Aquatic Therapy explores themes of; prenatal psychology, craniosacral therapy, embryological movement patterns and attachment theory. Ideally this session is performed in a womb-like surround of water at body temperature with the same saline level as amniotic fluid.
This training was 2.5 years with Mary Seamster at her facility in La Center Washington. I completed this training in 2015.
I meet you where you are at…and as each of us are individually packaged, I tend to approach each session uniquely and meet you where you are.
For example, if you are anxious or in a highly agitated state, the likelihood of you lying on my restful table, will not work. I’ve been known to take a person for a walk along the waterfront or in the trees to help them resource and learn how to resource themselves and find a settling and grounding within; from this place, we can begin.
I’ve also met with people who are very mistrusting and have found that the most important tool for them is to learn where and when it’s OK to receive touch that not only feels right, but is safe too! Developing the trust in a relational field can be enough learning alone, for a client to move on in their life.
It’s important to meet people where they are, not where we want them to be.
There is a tendency, in many, to re-characterize people’s experiences without being asked.
You tell them you are feeling badly, they tell you all the reasons you should feel good.
You tell them you are challenged by your circumstances, they tell you what they think you can do to make things easier.
You tell them that you have a plan to do something, they offer up another plan for you.
There is a place for these offerings- particularly when requested- but often times they just make things worse.
In fact, we are more likely to arrive at the next best place on our journeys when someone actually attunes to where we are at, without making any effort to improve upon or re-frame it.
We don’t need to be saved- we need to be seen.
That’s the healing, right there.
I hear you, I see you, I honor your choices, goes a long, long way…
Developing a safe container and attuning with my clients is the first step, once this has become established, together, we decide how to proceed.
That being said, most of my sessions are in relaxed fitting clothing on a massage table in a warm and quiet room of my home. We have a separate entrance for the session room and a bathroom beside. I have lots of space between bookings and optimally, my clients allow quiet integration time to follow their sessions, either at my home or in the nearby forest and ocean side trails.