Dr. Susan Lange, OMD, L.Ac and Mary Louise Muller, M.Ed., RCST, RPP have teamed up to help you "open up your heart by opening up your face." Natural Facial Rejuvenation combines the gentleness of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with the laser-like focus of Facial Acupressure as well as the latest research on brain science, social engagement, head trauma, and attachment issues. In this episode Susan and Mary Louise give us an introduction to how they have learned to utilize the face as a gateway into deeper health and happiness.
Interview about Shen with Giovanni Maciocia.
In this episode we will hear a continuation of live audio of Ken DiPersio teaching in Florida about his evolving model of multi-hands biodynamic work in the ocean. Included are some lectures on biodynamics, embryology, and a meditation on our journey from egg to implantation.
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Ken DiPersio was an early student and teacher for the Upledger Institute. He eventually went on to study Biodynamics with Michael Shea. In this episode we will hear live audio of Ken teaching in Florida about his evolving model of multi-hands biodynamic work in the ocean. Included are some lectures about biodynamics and a meditation recorded at the beach.
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Enjoy this compilation of Ryan Hallford visiting with a few presenters and attendees at the 2018 Breath of Life Conference. Featured guests include Kate White, Brigit Viksnins, Cator Shachoy, Shelby Rugg, and Kimberly Clark.
Enjoy this compilation of Ryan Hallford visiting with members of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America's Board of Directors and Administration. Featured guests include Robyn Michele Jones, Jennifer Corlett, Lucie Mitchell, and Pam Hower.
James Foulkes synthesizes craniosacral therapy, yoga therapy, martial arts and more to help people find new and healthier experiences of embodiment. He has studied CST with the Upledger Institute, Milne Institute, Roger Gilchrist, and others. James is the author of the book Principles and Themes in Yoga Therapy. In this interview from the Breath of Life conference he discusses his many areas of interests and how they relate to craniosacral therapy.
Roger Gilchrist teaches energy medicine internationally, specializing in Polarity Therapy and Craniosacral Biodynamics. He has been teaching Polarity Therapy since 1982 and is an approved teacher with the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association. He studied Craniosacral Biodynamics with Franklyn Sills, and is the author of the book Craniosacral Therapy and the Energetic Body, a forthcoming textbook on Polarity Therapy, and has published many articles on energy medicine.
Sharon Desjarlais has been helping to elevate the professional field of craniosacral therapy for several decades. She worked closely with Dr. John Upledger for 15 years to grow The Upledger Institute into the powerful force it is today. Additionally, she has utilized her expertise in marketing, communications, and the prosperity mindset to help many individual therapists shape their private practices into healthy businesses.
In this episode Sharon will talk about her time at the Upledger Institute and share some insights into effectively evaluating our professional fees, including when and how to raise them from existing levels. This discussion is full of valuable material for both new and established practitioners.
Mimi Ikle Khalsa gives us a preview of the upcoming Breath of Life Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Mimi is the former president of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America and currently heads the conference committee. In this episode she outlines the presentations and events planned for the conference. This gathering consistently proves to be a rewarding experience for all involved. Come join us!
BCTA/NA website with conference info:
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Mimi’s class schedule:
Etienne Peirsman began teaching craniosacral therapy in 1991, and founded craniosacral institutes in Belgium and the Netherlands. He is also the originator of the Craniosacral Professional Organization in Holland. He currently teaches in New Mexico and Washington, USA.
Etienne is the author of the book "Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Small Children," published by North Atlantic Books in 2006. His work encompasses the evolution from a biomechanical (Upledger) to a biodynamic approach (Sutherland/Sills). His specialty is the expression of the Heart, the long tide and their connection to meditation and enlightenment. He has said “Drop the word therapy. It is not part of who and what we are. Face it, you are perfect and your heart is perfect”.
Carol Agneesens began studying Rolfing in 1981, eventually going on to become an instructor at the Rolf Institute. Her subsequent exploration of visceral work, neurophysiology, osteopathic modalities, biodynamics, and embryology form the basis for her craniosacral trainings. She practices in Santa Cruz, California.
W.C Hobbs talks about the secretive world of sexual dysfunction and shares some incredible case studies from her book "Golden Hand Sessions" which highlights thirty years of clinical practice as a counselor and nurse.
Robyn Michele Jones has been a bodyworker since 1984 and has been practicing CST since 1998. She is an approved teacher of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with the BCTA/NA and began officially teaching biodynamic trainings in 2012. In this episode she shares her perspective on the evolutionary imperative of personal integration with a live classroom lecture inspired by Joseph Chilton Pierce's statement "The next stage in human evolution is the integration of the triune brain." Her presentation includes several experiential practices.
Todd Jackson has studied the Biodynamic approach to cranial work with European osteopaths since 1994. Teaching since 1997, he encourages students with patience, lightheartedness and a generous amount of hands-on guidance. Based out of Portland, Oregon, he also teaches Inner Body Yoga. In this episode his colleague Sarah Hall interviews individuals who have been positively influenced by Todd's teaching and presence.
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Todd Jackson has studied the Biodynamic approach to cranial work with European osteopaths since 1994. Teaching since 1997, he encourages students with patience, lightheartedness and a generous amount of hands-on guidance. Based out of Portland, Oregon, he also teaches Inner Body Yoga. In this episode he shares his understanding of Biodynamic work in an interview with his student and colleague Sarah Hall.
Sarah Hall's website:
"Blossoms of Friendship" by Vimala Thakar
Dr. Kate Klemer has been exploring craniosacral therapy for over 30 years as a student, clinician, and teacher. She is an approved teacher by the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy association of North America, and is in private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts. In this interview she tells us about her journey through the work, talks about the realities of clinical practice, and touches on many other interesting topics related to craniosacral therapy. A particular area of focus for this conversation is understanding the biochemical process of methylation and how it relates to clinical work.
2018 North American Breath of Life Conference:
Margaret Rosenau is an approved teacher for the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America, and has completed trainings in several bodywork modalities including Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, Pre and Perinatal Psychology, and Polarity Therapy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sculpture from Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. Margaret has been seeing individual clients in her own private practice since 1997 and is the current owner of the School of Inner Health in Denver, Colorado. In this interview she tells us about her journey through the work and approach to teaching, along with other related topics.
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Heather Smith and Anni Jorgenson have been involved in the expansion of craniosacral therapy in Denmark for several decades. In this episode they talk about the current professional climate in the Danish craniosacral scene, along with their approach to training and clinical practice. Pediatric care is an area of interest for them, so we spend some time discussing working with children.
Institute for Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy website:
Cherionna Menzam-Sills, Ph.D. is certified as a teacher of craniosacral biodynamics with the Biodynamic Craniosacral Association of North America and as a supervisor by the Craniosacral Association of the UK. She has also been authorized as a Continuum teacher by Continuum founder Emilie Conrad. Cherionna incorporates 40 years of experience teaching and practicing various therapies, mindfulness practices, somatic movement, bodywork, psychotherapy and prenatal and birth psychology in her writing and classroom teaching.
In this episode Cherionna tells us about her much anticipated new book "The Breath of Life : An Introduction to Craniosacral Biodynamics."
Upcoming educational site with Franklyn Sills
Michael Dunning from The Yew Mysteries School contributes to the podcast again with this lecture on biodynamic heart ignition. Michael brings an interesting perspective on the topic by including some esoteric spirituality and lesser-known viewpoints of the role of the heart in human life.
Michael teaching on Biodynamic Ignition in episode 60: http://www.craniosacralpodcast.com/episode_60/
Our previous interviews:
Brian Tierney has been one of the most active tutors for Body Intelligence biodynamic trainings. He also recently completed his Ph.D. degree in somatic psychology. In this episode Brian talks about his graduate work in psychology and its marriage to biodynamic craniosacral therapy.
Robyn Scherr is a diplomat-certified Craniosacral Therapist through the Upledger Institute, certified massage therapist in California, and listener favorite here on The Craniosacral Podcast. In today's episode she discusses the importance of dropping our personal agendas when working with clients, emphasizing the fact that the therapeutic interaction is primarily about the client's experience ... and not our theories or personal preferences.
Robyn and Kate Mackinnon's article in Massage and Bodywork Magazine:
Broaden your Touch Repertoire
The Communication of Emotion via Touch, DePauw Univ. and UCB
Effect of Continuous Touch on Brain Functional Connectivity Is Modified by the Operator’s Tactile Attention
University of Cieti-Pescara, Italy. Well done research. Alternates between super science-y stuff and well-written descriptions.
Kate’s recent work on Compassionate Touch with the Jesse Lewis Foundation
Kate Mackinnon's previous episode:
Episode 21 - From My Hands and Heart
Michelle Emanuel has 20 years experience as a neonatal/pediatric Occupational Therapist, with specific focus on posture, movement and connection for the newborn to precrawling baby. She has a background in neonatal intensive care, pediatric intensive care, cardiac intensive care, as well as craniosacral therapy. In this interview she talks about some of the challenges facing pre-crawling babies and how craniosacral therapy and other approaches may help.
Michelle's main site:
GoldLearning.com sucking dysfunction program
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Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy:
Cloe Couturier has been working at the Upledger Institute Clinic since 1995, having been invited directly by Dr. John Upledger to practice there. Her personal and professional path through the healing arts have included Osteopathic training in France, Craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute, Biodynamics with Bernard Darraillians, and Medical Qigong. In this episode she tells the story of how her desire to heal her son's muscular dystrophy led her down a path of discovery of the many possibilities of manual therapy and energetic healing.
Dr. Cloe's website:
Her Upledger Profile:
This episode features sample chapters from the audiobook version of Mike Boxhall's "The Empty Chair: the Teaching not the T-shirt"
For decades Mike Boxhall has been conducting workshops that combine the practice of stllness with physical contact and a deep trust in the emergence of creative intelligence. At the request of his students he wrote about his experience of the interface between spiritual practice, craniosacral therapy, and everyday life. "The Empty Chair: the Teaching not the T-shirt" is the result of that effort. This book is a classic in the field of craniosacral therapy. It is a distillation of insight gained from over forty years of exploration into the depth of the human condition, offering us hope and guidance for allowing the emergence of health into our awareness.
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