My approach when giving sessions is unique to each individual. I never use one modality or technique exclusively, but rather I allow myself to be guided and offer whatever is appropriate for you in the moment. My approach has been informed by extensive training in several bodywork modalities, all of which approach Healing from slightly different perspectives. Below is a description of the the main modalities I incorporate regularly into my session work.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy (also sometimes spelled “cranial sacral therapy”) is a form of bodywork which developed indirectly from the work of William Garner Sutherland (1870-1954), a doctor of osteopathy. Dr. Sutherland discovered an extremely subtle movement present throughout the body, a repeating cycle of widening-filling-rising followed by emptying-narrowing-descending. He later found a correspondence between the quality and strength of this movement and the health present in the individual. In simple terms, he noticed that the stronger and more vibrant the quality of this movement, the more easily and efficiently the body healed itself. This discovery later led to the development of craniosacral therapy, a form of bodywork which works therapeutically with this “craniosacral rhythm” or “tide.” Nowadays, a wide spectrum of approaches exist under the general umbrella of craniosacral therapy.
The biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy is unique in that the practitioner’s main focus is on creating space or “the right circumstances/conditions” such that the underlying Intelligence / Design of your system (which can be experienced as the tide) begins to come to the forefront in the process of Healing. This approach complements and enhances the familiar approaches that work to correct issues from the outside in, such as medication, surgery, physical therapy, chiropractic work, or direct correction of energetic imbalances through approaches such as acupuncture. The heart of the biodynamic approach is an emphasis on contacting the underlying Intelligence / Design of your system and creating the ideal circumstances and conditions for It to operate most efficiently in your system. Notice the emphasis is not on the disease or problem. This shift of attention relieves the fixation on the disease conditions, allowing the natural Intelligence to come to the forefront to facilitate deep Healing.
When you experience biodynamic craniosacral therapy, your perspective can begin to shift through a felt-sense realization of the underlying Intelligence at work. You can begin to tangibly experience, in your own body, the Intelligent organizing forces at work, as well as the quiet, still space that underpins them. Oftentimes, as part of the process, you will have direct experiences of your True Nature as well as insights about your suffering. The beauty of BCST is the emphasis on creating a space that allows for profound Healing.
For those who are interested in a more in-depth discussion, you may also enjoy the following 8-mintue video which gives a detailed description of biodynamic craniosacral therapy from the perspectives of one of my teachers, John Chitty, RPP, BCST, from the Colorado School of Energy Studies:
And for an even more detailed description of this therapy, you may also enjoy reading this 12-page article (also by John Chitty):
Polarity therapy was developed by Randolph Stone, D.O., D.C., N.D. (1890-1981). During his 60-year medical career, Dr. Stone developed this comprehensive theory that combined ideas and techniques from ancient and modern sources such as Ayurveda, Oriental Medicine, and Osteopathy. Polarity therapy supports and facilitates the free and natural flow of energy (life force) throughout your system. In my experience, Polarity therapy is one of the most comprehensive, all-encompassing alternative healing modalities around. It includes supporting the natural flow of energy through the use of bodywork, specific and effective nutrition and exercise practices, and emotional/psychological body-based counseling utilizing the so-called “two-chair” process. The bodywork aspect of polarity therapy incorporates three kinds of “touches”: deep (like a deep massage), moving (rocking), and light (gentle, still holding). Each touch has a different purpose, and they work together to support the natural flow of energy throughout your system. (Note that craniosacral therapy only uses one kind of touch, the gentle/still holding touch.) The theory and cosmology underpinning this therapy is so all-encompassing that it truly touches on all aspects of Being.
Quantum-Touch® is an energy healing modality and is theoretically similar to the biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy. Just as with BCST, the underlying principle of Quantum-Touch® is that an Intelligence / Design exists at the essence of your being which comes to the forefront given the right conditions. Quantum-Touch® emphasizes the quality rather than the mechanics of this aspect of your being and describes that quality as Love. This theory directly acknowledges and emphasizes that you, as the receiver of the work, are actually the Healer. As the practitioner, I will raise and maintain a high energetic vibration (this is not a scientific term!) with which your system can begin to resonate. This vibration of Love creates a space (i.e., the “right circumstances”) in which the Healing process flourishes. I incorporate this beautiful modality as an underlying basis in all my sessions.
Zen Shiatsu (指圧) (“shi” meaning finger and “atsu” meaning pressure) has its historical roots in ancient Chinese medicine and is closely related to acupuncture. The Chinese ideas and philosophies later migrated to Japan, where modern Zen Shiatsu was developed. The focus of Zen Shiastu is on stimulating the flow of energy throughout your body by specifically working with the major pathways in which the energy flows, called meridians. I may use a variety of techniques such as palming and thumbing along these pathways, or stretching and joint movements, all of which support the free flow of energy. It differs from what you would normally think of as massage in that massage tends to focus only on certain aspects of your body such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, circulation, lymph, etc. Zen Shiatsu focuses on those features as well, but its main focus is on the internal movement of Ki, which is the vital life force energy of your body (the same life force energy as discussed in the Polarity Therapy description above). According to this theory, the movement of Ki within your body manages all aspects of your being, including the physiological and physical functions of your body, the emotional and mental aspects of your being, and how you function spiritually.