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A Practical Guide to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
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In Cranial Intelligence, authors Ged Sumner and Steve Haines share decades of research and practical experience in the manual treatment of the human craniosacral system, guiding the reader on an in-depth journey into the body's primal intelligence...The information they present is both accurate and highly informative, backed by the research and practice of many great researchers and physicians in the fields of osteopathic medicine and craniosacral therapy. This is a useful resource for bodyworkers in any manual therapy field. -- ForeWord Reviews
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Ged Sumner is a practicing craniosacral therapist, craniosacral therapy trainer and chi kung teacher. He has also studied shiatsu, healing and attachment based psychoanalytical psychotherapy, and has a degree in Chemistry. He is the director of Body Intelligence Training, which offers biodynamic craniosacral therapy practitioner courses in Europe, North America and Australasia (www.bodyintelligence.com). Ged is the author of You are How You Move and Body Intelligence, both published by Singing Dragon. Steve Haines has been working in healthcare for over 20 years, and as a bodyworker since 1998. He studied Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Franklyn Sills, Michael Kern and Katherine Ukleja. He is a UK registered chiropractor and also trained as a shiatsu practitioner. Steve lives and works between London and Geneva, and teaches cranial work internationally, including in Switzerland, UK, North America and Malaysia (www.stevehaines.net). Ged and Steve's blog can be found at www.cranialintelligence.com.
Acknowledgements. Foreword by Franklyn Sills. Preface. 1. Relational Touch. 1.1. The Relational Field. The phenomenon of contact. Attachment, neuroscience and relational touch. The influence of another pressure. Awareness Exercise: Touching ourselves. Treatment Exercise: Where do we touch from? 1.2. What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy? Overview. A brief history of cranial work. Biodynamics. Clinical Highlight: Cultivating patience and being present. Breath of Life. 1.3. Key Skills 1: How to come into relational touch. Expanding your perceptual field. Awareness Exercise: Exploring space and perceptual fields. Awareness Exercise: State of Balanced Awareness. Treatment Exercise: How much space do you need? Using Self Other Field to help create space. A ritual of contact. Making contact from a State of Balanced Awareness. The inherent treatment plan reveals itself. Becker's 3 stage process. Differentiating tissues, fluids and potency. Treatment Exercise: Differentiating tissues, fluid and potency via sacrum and occiput. Awareness Exercise: Feeling tissues and fluids. Biotensegrity and tissues. Fluid form. Awareness Exercise: The fluid electric body. Stillness. Clinical Highlight: Cultivating Stillness. Clinical Highlight: What happens when we feel nothing? Summary of Chapter 1. 2. The Midline. 2.1. Embryo, midline phenomena and original health. Embryo. Midline and the Early Embryo. Awareness Exercise: Fluid midline versus primal midline - moving between the neural cavity and the vertebral bodies. Treatment Exercise: Primal midline with client sitting. Original health. Treatment Exercise: Fluid midline from feet and shoulders. 2.2. Key Skills 2: States of Balance. States of Balance. Treatment Exercise: State of Balance via a spinal segment. How to support a state of balance. Orienting to tides. Treatment Exercise: Primal midline and long tide. Clinical Highlight: Sacrum and Occiput Holds. 2.3. The Spine. The spine overview. Treatment Exercise: Fluid midline from the occiput and sacrum - side position. Awareness Exercise: Surface anatomy of the axial skeleton. Each vertebra is potentially significant when treating the spine. Facilitation of vertebral segments. Clinical Highlight: Two handed contact on the spine. Clinical Highlight: Treat the spine more often. Summary of Chapter 2. 3. Resources and Overwhelm. 3.1. Resources. 3.2. A first look at trauma. 3.3. Dissociation. 3.4. Activation. Summary of Chapter 3. 4. Stillness and Potency. 4.1. Long tide. Cellular potency. Awareness Exercise: Cellular Intelligence. Awareness Exercise: Hierarchy of Levels. The uncarved block of wood. Awareness Exercise: Long Tide. 4.2. Dynamic Stillness. 4.3. Biodynamic Potencies. The underlying force of life. The potency field of the body. Awareness Exercise: Connecting to your potency field. 4.4. Spirit and cranial work. Know your own model. 'A higher power'. The soul. 'It's all energy'. Science and research. 4.5. Perception and Consciousness. Phenomena and perception. Consciousness. Perceiving the whole body. Summary of Chapter 4. 5. Whole Body Dynamics. 5.1. Reciprocal Tension Membrane. The Core Link. Bone and Membrane. 5.2. Arrangements of fascia in the body. The Transversal. Awareness Exercise: Reciprocal tension in the respiratory diaphragm. Respiratory diaphragm. Treatment Exercise: Relating to the respiratory diaphragm as the natural fulcrum for the connective tissue field. Pelvic Diaphragm. Thoracic Inlet. Other transverse diaphragms. Awareness Exercise: Feeling your deep fascia. The Longitudinal. The falx. The dural tube. The spinal ligaments. The sock of ligaments around the sacrum. Muscle sheaths. Treatment Exercise: Fascial drag and glide from the feet. Spirals and diagonals. Membranes, cavities and bags. 5.3. The Fascial Matrix. Fascia anatomy. Awareness Exercise: The living matrix. Cells talking to cells via the living matrix. Summary of Chapter 5. 6. Craniopelvic Resonance. 6.1. The Vault. 6.2. The Pelvis. 6.3. Feeling Craniopelvic R