By Michael Shea
Trade paperback book
528 pages, 8.00 x 10.00″
This work offers a sweeping view of craniosacral therapy technique beginning with its historical roots and extending to its current success in healing core problems of the spirit by treating the physical ailments of the body. Biodynamic craniosacral therapy, with its emphasis on literally moving the tension-filled fluids in the membranes in and around the brain and spinal cord, will help the body to decompress and release stress caused by maldistribution of fluids. Working with different states of consciousness based on Dynamic Stillness as the foundation for all healing, the author describes this delicate, subtle touch and state of mind as the domain of subjective experience that constitutes the art and craft of biodynamic craniosacral therapy.
The metaphor of biodynamic craniosacral therapy is the living, structured body fluids, with their currents and tides, that comprise the majority of substance and wholeness of the human body. The image of biodynamic craniosacral therapy is that of the human embryo, both the form and story of human creation. Biodynamic practice is distinguished from all other forms of craniosacral therapy by the midline, a structure and a function in the human body around which the wholeness (biodynamic) is oriented from the physical to the spiritual and from the embryo to the adult.
Emphasizing a holistic treatment of the body that starts with the physical and moves on to the psychological and emotional, the author posits that fulfilling your deepest self requires a simple reconnection with your embryonic manifestation. He articulates the deep intelligence that underlies patterns of suffering and disease. Drawing inspiration from both science and the spiritual traditions, he unfolds an understanding of the primary forces that organize our form and function. To quote Franklyn Sills, “Shea brings us not only to the heart of the biodynamic approach but to its archetypal and spiritual roots. He covers so much territory that a good slow read and reread is not only required but essential to allow the sweep of the material to enter.”
About the author:
Michael Shea, PhD, has taught somatic psychology, myofascial release, visceral manipulation, and craniosacral therapy through Shea Educational Group for nearly three decades. Certified as one of the Upledger Institute’s first full Instructors of CranioSacral Therapy in 1986, he is cofounder of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings and lives in Juno Beach, Florida.
Praise for Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
“Upon receiving this volume from Michael Shea, a real sense of expectancy and excitement arose as I looked at the chapter headings. I was not disappointed. Shea brings us not only to the heart of the biodynamic approach but to its archetypal and spiritual roots. He covers so much territory here that a good slow read and reread is not only required but essential to allow the sweep of the material to enter.”
-Franklyn Sills, author of Craniosacral Biodynamics, Volumes One and Two
“Michael Shea could arguably be called the most powerful and clear voice of innovation in the field of biodynamic craniosacral therapy. His approach reaches a depth of healing and accesses inner resources uncommon in the field of alternative therapies.”
-Carol A. Agneessens, MS, RCST, certified advanced Rolfer and author of The Fabric of Wholeness: Biological Intelligence and Relational Gravity
“Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy articulately and poetically reveals the deep intelligence that underlies patterns of suffering and disease in the human system. With a profound comprehension of embryology, and drawing inspiration from both sciences and the spiritual traditions, this book clearly unfolds an understanding of the primary forces that organize our form and function.”
-Michael Kern, course director of the Craniosacral Therapy Education Trust in London and author of Wisdom in the Body: The Craniosacral Approach to Essential Health
“As the title implies, this book offers a dynamic approach to human physiology, in which anatomy is experienced as an intelligently evoking metabolic field, with the inherent, ever-present potential for change. It will stimulate the biodynamic therapy field as a provocative, insightful call to a much wider scope than has previously been articulated, and it deserves a wide audience and close reading among educators, students, and practitioners.”
-Anna Chitty, biodynamic craniosacral therapist and co-owner of Colorado School of Energy Studies
“Dr. Shea presents a magnificent synthesis of craniosacral therapy, developmental biology, embryology, neurosciences, meditation practices, and depth psychology. Practitioners will find ample guidelines for how to deepen their therapeutic practice while the layperson will find ways of making sense of the marvelous effects we experience from this work in addition to clues for how to turn to it in one’s spiritual and psychic journey.”
-Don Hanlon Johnson, PhD, professor of Somatics at California Institute of Integral Studies and author of Everyday Hopes, Utopian Dreams
“Michael Shea’s book is full of pearls for practitioners working with infants, children, and adults. Drawn from his decades as a mastery-level practitioner and trainer, this book reads as a rich tapestry of leading-edge information, knowledge, and practitioner wisdom.”
-Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, RN, author of Welcoming Consciousness: Supporting Wholeness from the Beginning of Life – An Integrated Model of Early Development