April 20-23, 2023 at the School of Inner Health in Denver
In Biodynamics, we learn to experience synchronizing with Health / Wholeness / function instead of with dis-ease. We can also use Biodynamic principles to engage the physical. When we do, we can get more done with less effort.
Dr. Sutherland's perceptual journey started with the physical, progressed to the fluids, and then to the energetic body. He spent 50 years on his explorations. This journey led him to articulate the 3 models of CST - biomechanic, functional and biodynamic. Osteopathic training still follows this progression. The LHS (Listening Hands Seminars) curriculum also mirrors this progression.
We will examine the relationship of structure and function in the 3 Models of CST.
Function / Primary Respiration is a component of the spiritual. Function is a cause of structure, acting through the fluids. Before an organizing force can express itself in any substantial way it must have a structural basis.
In the embryonic period, function creates structure through the process of epigenetics. No limits are placed on function by form. As our bodies mature and begin interacting with the environment, we develop injuries and compensations which always distort form. Distorted form can interfere with function.
Learning to engage the physical / solid body is very useful. If the form is distorted, some outside input can dramatically speed the restoration of its original conformation and permit its return to full expression of function / life force.
Connective tissue creates the container for the fluids that carry the life force / function. If there is a change in the original shape of the container, the full expression of Health is diminished.
Using biodynamic principles we will explore how to reorganize structure from the outside allowing the fluids and connective tissues to restore themselves from the inside, as they regain their original structure, allowing optimal Health.
We will explore how to bring the biodynamic principles developed in your RCST training to more efficiently engage the physical and fluid bodies. You will learn how to ease spinal troubles, decompress and untwist bones, find the midlines of joints, address the physical aspects of trauma, and experience the seamless continuity of fascia and fluids. You will learn how to help the body to have more order, balance, harmony, and flow.
You will learn cranial touch for the whole body.
- Presence - Inclusive Attention and neutral
- 3 models of cranial sacral therapy and their whole body expressions
- Introduction to Listening Hands --- receiving hands vs doing hands
- Balanced Membranous Tension - Finding states of balance in the fascia
- 2 hands working
- 1 hand working / 1 hand listening
- Embryology of Wholeness
- Continuum of contact
- Enhancing support and function in the legs
About the Instructors:
Certified Advanced Rolfer®
Certified Rolf Movement® Practitioner
Faculty, Rolf Institute of Structural Integration®
RCST - Registered Craniosacral Therapist
I discovered Rolfing® in 1980 while recovering from back surgery. The surgery allowed me to walk again but I often still had severe pain. Rolfing alleviated my ongoing pain, by resolving old injuries (football) and compensations which lead to my crippling back pain and eventual surgery.
This experience, as an athlete and ski coach, and an ongoing interest in the human body and movement, lead me to begin my Rolfing training in 1985.
I received my basic certification in 1987, finished my Advanced Rolfing Certification in 1993, and received my Movement certification in 2002. I have been on the faculty of the Rolf Institute® since 2004 and have conducted classes with students from all over the world.
I completed my foundation training in Biodynamics with Michael Shea in 1998 and am certified as a Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST). I also have over 1400 hours of training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and have spent the last 25 years integrating the Rolfing paradigm of structural integrity into the biodynamic perspective.
Rolfing involves an assertive/direct approach to the myofascial system. Because of my Biodynamic training, I am now able to more easily help bring balance and organization to the body with a much more comprehensive, integrative approach than with Rolfing alone.
I get more done with much less effort.
The Rolfing paradigm alone is inadequate in helping to resolve the whole body impacts of trauma. The biodynamic model has provided me with many more tools for not only helping with the physical trauma, but also helping to normalize the autonomic nervous system's response to trauma. It is particularly rewarding to help people to resolve severe trauma and to work with those who thought they would never be comfortable in their body again.
The principles of Biodynamics are derived from natural and spiritual laws. Deepening into the principles of biodynamics has provided me with the greatest emotional and spiritual growth of my life.
To experience Wholeness, is to experience oneness.
As a native Coloradan, I’ve spent most of my life in the mountains and now live in Steamboat Springs, CO. My passions include biking, skiing, rafting and hiking. My most rewarding work is teaching manual therapists how to more easily help the body rediscover its inherent grace, order and freedom of movement.
Certified Advanced Rolfer®
Assistant Teacher - Rolf Institute of Structural Integration®
My first experience with Rolfing® was through my work as a professional seamstress. By trading sewing for Rolfing I received my first Rolfing series. As the series progressed I experienced profound shifts in my self-awareness and self-esteem. I came to recognize that my physical body was actually beautiful, in ways I could never see before. The depth of this shift planted a seed, and I determined then to help others become more comfortable and functional in their bodies.
I completed my basic Rolfing training in 1990, and finished my advanced Rolfing certification in 1997. I have been an Assistant Teacher in every phase of the Basic Rolfing training at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®. My foundational training in Biodynamics, with Michael Shea, was completed in 1998, and I have over 1400 hours of training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Since starting my study of Biodynamics I have spent over two decades melding the principles and integrity of Rolfing with the patience and subtlety of biodynamic touch.
Early in my practice I realized that I wanted/needed to know more about the head. I took a bio-mechanical cranial workshop a few years into my Rolfing practice, but I could find no way to use that information in my practice, though I did discover that I could feel subtle movements in the body
Years later I had an opportunity to go to a presentation about Osteopathic cranial work by a renowned Cranial Osteopath, Dr. James Jealous,DO Many things he spoke about in his presentation resonated deeply in me and I recognized that the work Dr. Jealous described was the work I wanted to learn to augment my Rolfing training.
It took a few more years to find a cranial training that met our criteria for the work we wanted to learn. We trained with Michael Shea, who is a brilliant teacher. A bonus of learning from Michael was that he had been a Rolfer, and he brought a familiar background, view point and language into his trainings, which helped me to begin integrating biodynamic cranial touch into my Rolfing practice.
A huge turning point came for me when I realized my client’s complaint was completely resolved by doing the very subtle “listening hands” work I was practicing. This was the true impetus for my long and continuing journey of softening my touch, changing my intention and attention, focusing on fluid expressions and ease and patiently waiting as my clients body reorganizes.
As I have refined my contact skills and presence, always exploring ways to work with my clients that honors and supports their own Inherent Healing process, my work has become more comprehensive. My hands, damaged in my first years of heavy handed touch, continue to heal and, with a gentle touch, the work I do has a wider end result in easing the difficulties my clients bring to my table.
I believe the knowledge and skills that Thomas and I have been refining and deepening into over the years are of tremendous value to folks who use their hands to bring healing to others. As well, our clients benefit from the comprehensive support and organization that biodynamic touch invites from the body.
Our intent for the classes we teach is to offer the path to understanding how to most effectively address the very sensitive, self-healing aspect within our clients and how to practice our healing arts without overriding our client’s inner wisdom and inherent health. My work as a healer has been a wonderful blessing and a simple vehicle for me to bring help and support to my community. I believe the work we teach is valuable and useful in so many situations, that I want to share this simple work with as many folks as I can. We look forward to sharing this work with you.