I am professionally trained in Hellerwork, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. I have been practicing osteopathic style hands-on bodywork for over 23 years.
I continue to train with practitioners who are pioneers in the field of hands-on manual therapy and advanced energy techniques.
I regularly lecture and demonstrate this work and I have been teaching bodywork skills to manual therapists throughout the country since 2001.
Cranial Sacral Therapy allows for unique assessments from a detailed anatomical vantage point. The physical core of this system includes the brain, the spinal cord, the cerebral spinal fluid, the cranial bones and the vertebrae, all of which are intimately connected by the dura, a strong continuous wrapping of the brain and spinal cord. This system has a unique fluid rhythm like that of your breath and heart based on the cerebral spinal fluid that is continuously added to and drained from the inside of the brain and spinal cord. This rhythm can be felt and worked with therapeutically throughout the entire body.
When trauma occurs it can impede the movement of this system, reducing resiliency and potentially leading to dysfunction. Cranial Sacral Therapy helps balance these tissues and tides so the inherent rhythm can express itself appropriately, aiding in the body’s ability to reorganize and heal. Cranial Sacral Therapy helps people heal from headaches, TMJ dysfunction, chronic pain as well as many other issues.
There are many forms and styles of Cranial Sacral Therapy. Depending on what organization a practitioner has trained in you will see it called Craniosacral Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cranial or Cranio Manipulation. Basically, they are all variations of working with this deep and core part of our being.
This work was developed and continues to be advanced by French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral. Barral is a brilliant and creative pioneer in the field of Osteopathy who continues to quickly advance this work. Originally trained as a physical therapist and searching for more resources he entered the European School of Osteopathy, graduating in 1975. His curiosity became piqued after reports from his clients that a folk healer in the foothills of the local mountains had helped their chronic back pain by working the tissues in their abdomen. Looking deeper into the anatomy of the organs, especially the abdomen, he began to realize the important role the membranes and ligaments played in the health and comfort of the body. This exploration led to years of practice and the development of Visceral Manipulation. Jean-Pierre Barral has combined amazing assessment techniques with the best of Osteopathic manipulation.
Citing his development of Visceral Manipulation (VM), Jean-Pierre Barral was named one of TIME magazine’s Top Healing Innovators to watch in the new millennium.