In 2009 Ged Sumner and Steve Haines published "Cranial Intelligence," a concise text on Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy that promised to de-mystify the work. Both their book and approach to teaching have subsequently garnered a large following world-wide. In this interview we get to know Ged as he discusses how Body Intelligence trainings are structured and conducted, and how he sees the work evolving.
"Every Body Tells a Story" describes a unique journey through ten bodywork sessions from the standpoints of a fictional client 'Anna', and her therapist, 'Sarah.' The authors take you behind the scenes to witness the client's voyage of discovery, and how the encounter appears to her therapist during the course of treatment. The book shows how the perspectives of both participants develop and widen through their shared experiences and examines the ups and downs of the therapeutic relationship. Boundary, transference and trust issues are explored as Liz and Daška share their own experiences of more than 40 years in practice and examples from myth and legend help to place the work in a wider context.
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During the late 1980’s Michael became extremely ill as a result of an encounter in the far north of Scotland with a powerful elemental being. Several years later and close to death, he was led to an ancient female yew tree in the south of Scotland. Michael spent over nine years under this yew where he was healed and where he was given the template for a spiritual teaching and shamanic healing practice (Yewshamanism) that he refers to collectively as the Yew Mysteries. Michael emigrated to the USA in 2003.
While living in Scotland Michael studied Craniosacral Therapy with Donald Howitt D.O. and now offers a two-year foundation training in a unique form of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in Western Massachusetts.
Michael currently teaches the Yew Mysteries in USA, Canada and in UK. He has written about his experiences with the yew in the book Soul Companions and in many other publications including Sacred Hoop and the Journal of Contemporary Shamanism.