The Embryonic Field

Craniosacral Therapy: Frequently Asked Questions


The biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy, which I teach, integrates the following paths of inquiry:

Holographic Touch™ is an essential bridge whereby a practitioner cultivates a sensorial receptivity to the rhythms permeating the natural world. The rhythms of pulsating stillness and movement infuse the therapeutic treatment. The alchemy of a Biodynamic approach which engages Holographic Touch™ enriches and sustains the transformative potential for both practitioner and client. These rhythms are states of consciousness. As a practitioner begins to perceive these multi-dimensional and multi-layered depths, they are simultaneously touching and being touched by the currents of consciousness coalescing and shaping form. Qualities of consciousness imbue the varying densities of our physical world. Embedded within these dynamic rhythms of nature is the feeling-sensation of expansion into the body of being of which we are all an inseparable part. Holographic Touch™ ignites a practitioner’s ability to engage both the specifics of structure while sustaining contact with the perceivable fields holding and surrounding the body. Holographic Touch™ is designed to catalyze, and sustain a transformative process, enriching and nurturing the inner landscape of each participant which in turn touches the individuals that we engage in our life and in our work.

The Biodynamics of Morphic Resonance

Perceiving and engaging the subtle membranes which surround and permeate the physical body is a foundational element of a biodynamic approach. According to biologist and author, Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, informational patterns of development resonate across space and time. The body is the expression of the densification of consciousness contacted through these palpable and nascent membranes. Sheldrake’s Morphic Resonance is the medium for the ignition of multi-dimensional awareness grounded through an experiential exploration and study of the body’s inherent intelligence. Somatic intelligence is expressed through the communication between the varying systems of the body with a particular focus on the cranial sacral system. With primary respiratory movement (PRM) as guide: embodiment, touch and somatic realization re-birth the integrated tapestry of wholeness.

Embryo Tracing: The forces shaping, evolving and sustaining life manifest as facets of a primordial blueprint, directing all patterns of growth and differentiation. The field of embryology provides a lens illuminating this continuum: the arising, shaping, sustaining and dissolving of form. By tracing these pathways, we are led to the origins of being ‘in-formed’ and to the manifestation of the flows giving shape and substance to the body. As the embryological “time line” is awakened, re-organization and re-orientation occur naturally. The body is a process developing and unfolding in time.

Our clients can travel only as far as their practitioner/therapist. As we are touched by the slow rhythms moving through the natural world and as we learn to settle into the resonance of these fields, transformation of beliefs, body and consciousness occurs naturally.

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Frequently Asked Questions about a Biodynamic Approach

What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

Biodynamic is the term coined by the pioneering embryologist, Dr. Eric Blechschmidt, to describe the slow moving and formative forces shaping the developing embryo. William Sutherland, the father of cranial osteopathy, observed and felt similar movements during his treatment sessions. The word Biodynamic was further developed and applied to Cranial Osteopathy by Dr. James Jealous. These naturally occurring and very slow moving waves circulate through the natural environment and function to sustain wholeness and health. These are the "regenerative" forces of life. A biodynamic craniosacral therapist is able to perceive the tide like currents flowing through and around the body. She is trained to sense where these fluid forces may be out of balance and while using gentle contact bring these flows into harmony. The result is that the client feels a deepened sense of their innate wholeness and ease.

What is Holographic Touch™?

As a Biodyamic practitioner settles into a dynamic state of mindful stillness by attending to the slowing of their breathing and heart rate, their capacity for receptive listening to their client’s system is both cultivated and heightened. In this way, the practitioner becomes both the conduit and context for this transformative process.

Holographic touch is a unique way of engaging the client’s system at both the micro level of a particular concern while simultaneously sensing the slow rhythms permeating the body. In this way a practitioner extricates themselves from the confines of reductionist/fix-it thinking and awakens to a lived-experience of the multi-dimensional world.

What is the organizing principle?

The organizing principle is the universal template which in-forms the repeating patterns of all living systems.

Observe the variety of forms in the natural world and you will see spirals, lemniscate, midlines, spheres, orbs and a variety of similar geometries. The renowned philosopher/inventor, Arthur Young, hypothesized the toroid form as the underlying shape of the universe, out of which all forms arise. The universe and man’s consciousness exist in a continuum. The spherical vortex - torus is perpetually expanding, contracting, turning in on itself and out again. It possesses an interchangeable center and periphery and has neither a beginning nor an end. We can observe this perpetual movement, the shifting of inner and outer tissues and more in the formation of the embryo.

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What is morphic resonance/morphogenetic field?

From the research of Rupert Sheldrake, similar patterns of activity resonate across time and space – all self-organizing systems draw on a collective memory and in turn contribute to it. This understanding applies to molecules, crystals, cells, plants, animals, etc. Sheldrake’s understanding of morphic resonance is foundational to this biodynamic approach. In contrast to the non-local nature of morphic resonance, morphogenetic fields are local; forming around the system they organize. The metabolic fields of Blechschmidt are morphogenetic fields informed by morphic resonance.

Why is there an emphasis on embryology?

The embryo, serves as a reminder of the perfect wholeness of our origins and as a blueprint for our bodies ability to heal. According to the embryologist, Dr. Eric Blechschmidt, each part of the embryo develops in motion, and each motion impacts the development of each subsequent function as it develops into form. From the time of conception, we are always one whole body. There is a profound inter-communication between the billions of cells in our body. The embryo represents the coherent whole.

Embryology also teaches kinetic anatomy, the anatomy of formation. Blechschmidt realized that embryological development is guided by fluid dynamics. In this Biodynamic Approach the fluid dynamics are the forces moving through the natural world are called the Breath of Life and Primary Respiratory Movement. As we cultivate our perceptual and instinctual knowledge, these dynamic forces guide the transformative process within ourselves and with the individuals we touch.

Do your courses include the science of anatomy and physiology?

Yes, knowing anatomy and understanding the inter communication between the physiological systems of the body are extremely important. Anatomy is a language. When a practitioner is secure in the knowledge of what her hands are in contact with, the client's system can more easily relax. However, it is equally important to refrain from a palpatory search for specific anatomical structures based on a concept driven or fix-it mentality. Anatomy is taught as a way of reorienting the practitioner to the biodynamic and biokinetic forces sustaining wholeness. This curriculum cultivates the sensory experience of the underlying unity or wholeness connecting all the systems within the body and ultimately with the underlying fabric of wholeness. Cranial anatomy is included in every module of the basic training. It is important to know the physical as the ground for expanding your perceptual orientation.

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How is a Biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy different from other approaches?

A biodynamic approach is not based solely on the biomechanics of anatomy. Far from a Newtonian model which limits the body to a collection of moving parts to be repositioned, a biodynamic approach understands the body as a multidimensional process of unfolding wholeness: emotional, mental, spiritual and physical.

Can I learn this approach in a weekend?

No. this is not a weekend course and it is not for everyone. This approach requires that the practitioner cultivate the ability to sit in stillness without following the movement of a ‘lesion’ pattern. It takes time to deconstruct the traditional mode of doing, applying techniques, or working from a template of what we imagine the body to be. It requires that the practitioner learn to settle into a state of receptive listening. Cultivating a sensory experience of non-doing, of listening, and touching wholeness is not a technique.

The practitioner’s world view, beliefs, and soma open to being shifted by the ever-slow rhythms of Primary Respiration. This approach is a process that deepens over time.

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