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Breath of Life Conference 2018
A quick news bulletin: my application to present my work as a Feldenkrais teacher at the Biodynamic Craniosacral Conference in Maryland this September has been accepted!
It’s a very exciting time in the history of somatic therapies, and personally in my career to be offering two superlative practices.
Your Body’s Innate Intelligence
“In Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, we use touch as a way of communicating and listening to another person. There are two big ideas at the heart of cranial work. One – the whole body expands and contracts in a rhythmic or tidal way. Two – there is an intelligence expressed throughout the entire body.” Steve Haines, Body Intelligence Tutor
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)supports the subtle movements necessary for health in all of the structures, systems and fluids in the body. We attune to your health by assessing the movement of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) that moves between the sacrum, along the spine, to the head and in the brain. There is valuable information about your overall health in the flow of the CSF. Your therapist can sense and influence this flow, at the level of the pelvis (at the sacrum), along your spine and especially on your skull.
Treatment extends beyond your spine to include all the connective tissues, nerves and fluids moving throughout the body, You might be hearing a lot about the role of fascia in your health, as science is now recognizing how critical it is to every system in your body. (http://matrix-myofascial.abmp.com/what-is-fascia-and-why-is-it-important)
Craniosacral therapy supports the integrity and health of the fascia – which has it’s own recognizable rhythm and feel when in health. This means we can offer tremendous support to regaining optimal health at any level whether that’s supporting you through pregnancy, or healing from a chronic condition or a current injury.
Each Part in the System Matters
When motion of any part at any level is limited, health is diminished. We can assess what isn’t moving or communicating well. and facilitate the return of mobility in your tissues, ease of flow of information within systems and between them.
Science has recently ‘discovered’ a new function that in fact describes how craniosacral therapy works very well. Science has named the complex interaction of fluids and tissues the Interstitium (read for more description here https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/meet-your-interstitium).
Why does that matter to you and me? Working with the holistic connections among all the body’s systems will:
Balance the nervous system, ease (and eventually eliminate) tension and pain, bring more flexibility to muscles, joints and tissues and balance hormones
This approach never conflicts with your other treatments and always supports what your body needs the most.
Set up a consult with Jennifer to make the most from your Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Series
How, When and Why? Getting the most from BCST
Vibrant health is your birthright! While stress and illness can overwhelm our lives, well-being is always available – with the right help. Healing our bodies always involves aspects of our thinking and feeling selves.
“Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy offers a respectful and deeply supportive space for any and all emotions that arise as part of your process.”
What you can expect:
One or Two treatments
- A feeling of wellbeing, rejuvenation and relaxation
- Improved sleep for up to a week
- Temporary relief from chronic conditionsResolution of short term pain (for example from a fall or recent dental work)
- Relief from aches and pains
A 5 session Series
Do you need help resolving either emotional and/or physical pain? Maybe you don’t have a clinical diagnosis, but things just aren’t feeling optimal.
- Emerging from a challenging circumstance, or supporting health crisis.
- Complimenting treatments from your doctor or other practitioners
- Pursuing the goal of greater comfort in one’s own skin.
- Setting new health goals:Lets improve what’s already working, and enhance ’embodiment’ as a health goal.
A 10 session series
A series of 10 sessions is designed to support you in the following life situations:
- Post Surgical
- Chronic Fatigue/Chronic Pain
- Supporting Pregnancy and Preparation for Labour
- Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD.
BCST never conflicts with your other treatments and always supports what your body needs the most.
Set up a consult with Jennifer to make the most from your Biodynamic Craniosacral Series. Make a commitment to a new vision for you health this year.
The Body’s Innate Intelligence
Accessing the Body’s Innate Intelligence
by Steve Haines,
http://vitalitymagazine.com, Feb 1 2011
In biodynamic craniosacral therapy, we use touch as a way of communicating and listening to another person. There are two big ideas at the heart of cranial work. One – the whole body expands and contracts in a rhythmic or tidal way. Two – there is an intelligence expressed throughout the entire body.
A skilled practitioner can interact with the rhythms and tides expressed by the body. The rhythms are very rich in information. If you were watching someone breathing quickly and rapidly in their upper chest, you might learn to associate that with activity, excitement, or anxiety. Similarly, the tempo, strength, and presence of the various tides in the body tell us a great deal about that person. Read More
Why does Biotensegrity matter?
“Biotensegrity is the exhibited strength that results when push and pull have a win-win relationship with each other” Cranial Intelligence, Sumner & Haines page 40
Imagine a tightly knit sweater as a body covering. Or a stretchy net like fabric that would reveal pulls and tugs and knots throughout the fabric. A tear or a knot in the shoulder of your body sweater could be felt quite obviously in one or both legs as well as in the head of your sweater. That describes a basic kind of superficial interconnectivity. Also consider that internally, our bones and muscles and organs have their own system of interconnectivity and reciprocity. Like a network of nylon stockings wrapping and attaching and connecting everything near and far. Not only are parts that are close to each other connected, but each part large and small connects to the whole through a network of stockings. Add to that, the power of an interconnective system containing a skeleton that is designed to bear and deliver impact, weight and movement. When our bodies are working well, force can come into, through and out of the body thanks to biotensegrity. This ‘Matrix’ is the very same mechanism that allows us to support your healing and ability to restore your wellness. The areas that have been cut off from the whole have the opportunity to re-integrate with the proper touch and support. Resolution is available when we recruit the overarching intelligence of the whole in order to heal or treat the parts.
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