Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy: Volume 5


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By Michael Shea
Trade paperback book
ISBN 9781583945476
472 pages, 8.00 x 10.00″

This fifth volume presents a broad spectrum of insight and information relative to prenatal, perinatal, neonatal, and pediatric craniosacral therapy. The section on biodynamic embryology addresses the inclusion of biokinetics into biodynamic practice, which sees embryonic development as taking place within metabolic fields. There are new perspectives on staying in contact with the fluid body and Primary Respiration. The section on pediatric practice offers photographically illustrated techniques for pre-, peri- and neonatal work, and special chapters on working with babies in intensive care units, therapeutic approaces to assisting neonates with the death process, and helping families grieve and transition to acceptance. A further section offers practitioners guidance for developing compassion and meditative practices, and a final section explores the topics of detoxification, nutrition, constipation, and digestive disorders.

Praise for Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

“Michael Shea is a consummate teacher. You can feel his presence as he speaks directly to the practitioner, presenting a new healing paradigm that assumes the client’s wholeness and the preexistence of health in the body. This book will change the way you think about your work, the ways you touch your clients, and how you experience the world in general.”

—Marti Glenn, PhD, codirector of the STAR Foundation

“Michael Shea’s fifth volume on biodynamic craniosacral therapy is a rigorous body of knowledge. From its in-depth exploration of embryology to its fully illustrated treatment techniques for babies in intensive care, the book is packed with wisdom that therapists will find priceless in their commitment to connect with the deepest rhythms of the human body. It raises the bar on ethical standards of practice for pediatric craniosacral care.”

—Sharon Desjarlais, CC, CMMS, featured columnist in Massage Today and cocreator of the Client-Rich System for Women in the Healing Arts

“Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is a living, growing field that expands our relationship with the natural healing forces of life. In this volume, Dr. Shea opens that exploration further and shares new knowledge, thought, observation, and palpation exercises that help to expand the limits of our perception. Kudos to Dr. Shea for including the writings of women teachers and coauthors to bring in the ‘feminine’ aspects of the work.”

—Mary Louise and Christopher Muller of the LifeShapes Institute

“Michael Shea continues to develop his vast and multilayered vision of the biodynamic therapeutic practice in this fifth volume. He and his numerous contributors continue to provide original commentary and innovative guidance, integrating a host of topics—ranging from spirituality and psychology to cleansing methods—into the practice of biodynamic craniosacral therapy.”

—John Chitty, Colorado Institute for Energy Studies

“Another great detailed volume, this time focused on enhancing our understanding of embryology from a biodynamic perspective … a useful and fascinating reference for biodynamic and other practitioners.”

—Cherionna Menzam-Sills, PhD, OTR, RCST, biodynamic craniosacral therapist and instructor, Continuum Movement instructor, prenatal and birth therapist

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Weight 2.65 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 2 in


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