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Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Volume One presents craniosacral therapy as a compassionate healing art that can be used by psychologists, midwives, chiropractors, and massage and physical therapists. Author Michael Shea explains how the fluids of the body hold stress and offers practical, extremely gentle touch exercises that help practitioners heal physical, spiritual, and emotional conditions in both infants and adults. He also presents a unique perspective on depth psychology and embryology—the defining differences between biodynamic craniosacral therapy and other forms of cranial therapy.
Michael Shea, PhD, has studied the Cranial Concept for thirty years and taught somatic psychology, myofascial release, visceral manipulation and craniosacral therapy at numerous massage schools and educational centers throughout North America and Europe for nearly three decades. His career focus has been on treating infants and children with neurological problems and developmental delays. Over the past twenty-five years he has presented his pediatric craniosacral therapy programs at children's hospitals, universities, and pediatric clinics in North America. Dr. Shea was one of the first certified Full Instructors of CranioSacral Therapy in 1986 by the Upledger Institute before co-founding the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings (IABT). He has been a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida, where he lives, since 1976.
“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 innovating 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 science 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 Educational 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 evolving 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, author Everyday Hopes, Utopian Dreams and professor of Somatics at The California Institute of Integral Studies
“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