I consider it a privilege to be a practitioner of biodynamic craniosacral therapy. To be able to be present with people in their pain, suffering, or disability with the knowledge of the forces of healing which are present in their bodies, is an awe-inspiring and humbling experience. The biggest task I have is getting out of the way so those healing forces can manifest. It is my nature to want to help others and at times I mistakenly think I know what should happen for a client. When I become aware of wanting to make something happen, I simply deepen into stillness and remember to trust the wisdom of the inherent treatment plan and the Breath of Life. Then something happens which is much more appropriate and deeper than I could have imagined.
I am trained as a physical therapist and have been working with birth to three year old children for most of my career. My experience of working with young children and their families led me pursue a master’s degree in social work, so that I would feel better equipped to handle the emotional aspects of the families as they struggled to assimilate a child with special needs. In the early 90’s I had a session of craniosacral therapy and was impressed enough with the results to pursue training in the field. In 2004 I completed a two year program in biodynamic craniosacral therapy with Franklyn Sills at the Karuna Institute in Devon, England. The biodynamic training fulfilled many needs and longings to bring together all of my experiences, education, and interests.
I enjoy working with infants, children, and adults in my practice. Clients sometimes ask me if I get bored, and I’m always surprised by that question. Craniosacral therapy is never boring. Although the client may have the experience of having me “just” hold their head for a long time; I am having a very rich experience. When I first put my hands on a client their system usually starts to reveal their life history. I feel pulsations, fluid fluctuations, trembling of tissues and fluids, or congestion and stasis. I listen to all of that and wait for the system to shift and to settle into a unified field. After that the various rhythms explained previously can be palpated.
The inherent treatment plan for that session comes to the forefront presenting itself as a particular pattern. A state of balance or a stillness is attained and is perceived as heat, pulsation, or expansion and softening of tissues and fluids. When the deeper healing forces manifest there are experiences of shimmering and radiance and connection with a presence that feels holy.
As I said before, it is an honor and a privilege to be a practitioner of craniosacral therapy. The work stimulates me and at the same time calls me into deeper relationship with the client, with myself, and with the Breath of a Life. I could not ask for more.