My path to craniosacral therapy.

I first sought craniosacral therapy in 2007 to recover from lingering injuries to both my cranium and my pelvis from a car accident.

I’d also heard it might be helpful for recovering from the residues of past trauma.

Although I knew very little about it, I was blessed to be working with one of Austin’s most experienced craniosacral therapists, Nina Davis.

Since I had no idea how it worked, I started asking myself what differences I noticed after each session.

I noticed that I felt calmer and more centered, less reactive, with more resilience, unlike any other kind of bodywork I’d ever experienced.

I got regular sessions for about three years, experiencing a steady increase in vitality and well-being.

During that time, Nina, who had previously worked using the biomechanical style of CST, was also studying Biodynamics. I didn’t know the difference then or care, to be honest.

I just knew these sessions were helping me get healthier.

The monthly sessions worked subtly yet cumulatively and helped my body-mind system release residues (strain patterns) from injury and trauma, returning that bound-up energy to my system and increasing my vitality.

It also reset my nervous system into a more deeply relaxed state at rest, which fed my interest in meditation.

When ready for a career change, I decided to go to massage school in 2011 with no intent of becoming a craniosacral therapist. Out of curiosity about how it worked, however, I took an overview course on (biomechanical) craniosacral therapy while still a student.

While trading with a fellow student, I felt a surge of sensations in my hands. I was intrigued.

Becoming a craniosacral therapist.

Six months after becoming licensed, a chance encounter with a stranger in a cafe staring at a mysterious bone led to a conversation in which I learned about biodynamic craniosacral therapy.

That was on a Monday, and I was in my first Biodynamics class that Thursday.

I studied both forms of craniosacral therapy with Ryan Hallford from 2013-2018. Ryan also taught me some of the intraoral work I use in TMJ Relief sessions.

I also took several courses from the Upledger Institute (biomechanical), 2016-2019, and plan to take more.

Now, in 2021, I’m studying Biodynamics with Roger Gilchrist’s Wellness Institute.

That stranger in the cafe was David Harel, whose office I now occupy, sharing a suite with Nina for a time, and now with Christian Current and Liz Baker, both craniosacral therapists.

That mysterious bone was a sphenoid, which lies behind your eyes and in front of your ears, reaching out to your temples and down to the back of your upper jaw.

It includes a little saddle for the pituitary gland.

If there was a beauty contest for bones, the sphenoid would win, hands down, in my opinion. No wonder David was so taken by it. I am too.

Did you even know this exists inside your head?