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.
In 2021, I started a long-term comprehensive training course in Biodynamics with Roger Gilchrist’s Wellness Institute in Washington, DC.
That stranger in the cafe was David Harel, whose former office I now occupy, sharing the 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?
What I love about Biodynamics:
• it works with the whole body-mind-energy system
• it invites me to be really present with what I’m perceiving in my hands and energy field
• I connect deeply with each client’s system, which connects with me
• we have rapport in our mutual healing intent, however it unfolds
• I feel awe and deep respect for the wonders of the deep intelligence within
• mystery is always present, inviting deeper explorations
Or, in the words of my teacher:
[BCST] also includes something else—the ineffable, and the capacity to witness the experience of life as it arises. In its purity, this is mindfulness. In its practice, this is compassion. In its effect, this is holism.~ Roger Gilchrist, Appreciating Lineage While Embracing Change