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Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy from a Biodynamic Perspective Workshop

Dates: June 9-11, 2017

  • Friday, June 9, 2017, 5-9 pm
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9 am – 6 pm *1 hour Lunch Break
  • Sunday, June 11, 2017, 9 am – 6 pm  *1 hour Lunch Break

Location: Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N. HWY 89A, Sedona AZ 86336 (between the Sedona Art Center & La Petite Sedona hotel in Uptown, Sedona)

Special Price: $350

Requirements: Open to everyone!

The workshop is open to anyone who wishes to learn and experience Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. There are no pre-requisites other than the desire to learn this profound healing modality. At the end of this workshop you will have the ability to offer a basic craniosacral session*, or add it as an adjunct to other bodywork and energy healing modalities you already practice.

At this time, we are not able to offer Continuing Educations credits (CEs) for massage therapists. However, our goal is to offer this class in the future as a CE workshop for 20 credit hours.

**CEU’s May be issued retroactively once approved.

* In Arizona, you may practice Craniosacral Therapy without a massage therapy license. If you live elsewhere, please check your state regulations regarding the practice of Craniosacral Therapy.

Facilitated by Helena Bacellar

Craniosacral Therapy is a very gentle and subtle healing modality. It was birthed about 100 years ago when William Sutherland, then an osteopathy student, discovered that the bones of a human skull were articulated like bones of a fish, indicating potential movement between them. Through extensive experimentation he discovered that not only was there movement between cranial bones, but also interrelated pulsations throughout the whole body. When these subtle movements and pulsations were able to fully express many physiological conditions would improve.

The role of a craniosacral therapist is to listen to these subtle movements and pulsations in the body, facilitate the release of resistance patterns, and encourage the inherent potential of the body to heal itself.

In the Biodynamic approach the focus is on “non-doing”, i.e., instead of manipulating tissue to move towards an ideal state, the practitioner’s main objective is to create a supportive environment so that the client’s system heals itself from within. The focus is not to “fix” a problem but to encourage expression of the inherent health in the mind-body system of the client. In this fashion, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a meditative practice of allowing healing to occur without an agenda on the practitioner’s part.

In a Craniosacral therapy session, the client remains fully clothed.

This workshop is mostly hands-on: you will learn to:

  •  Identify different subtle rhythms and movements in the body
  • Several hand positions that help you listen to these movements and rhythms of the body, facilitating the release of resistant patterns and the emergence of health
  • Techniques to “hold space” for the client
  • About primary respiration and its five core aspects
  • Some basic cranial sacral anatomy

Helena Bacellar specializes in Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release. She is a Board-certified

Helena Baceller

Licensed Massage Therapist, a Usui Reiki practitioner, and a yoga teacher.

She received her massage therapy training at the Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington DC where she was exposed to a variety of bodywork and energy healing modalities.  Helena’s Craniosacral Therapy training includes several Upledger based workshops and Somato Emotional Release, and she is certified in ”Riding the Wave, Touching Stillness,” a Craniosacral training with a Biodynamic approach, taught by Heidi Wilson. She took most of John Barnes Myofascial Release seminars and several of Lori Zeltwanger’s workshops including the art of therapeutic dialoguing.

Helena is a firm believer in the wisdom of the body and the power of the inner healer in each person. Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy are very holistic approaches to healing, whether the source of the dysfunction is physical, emotional, or spiritual as it manifests in the body. Her role as a massage therapist is to listen to the wisdom that is inherent in the body tissues and facilitate the healing process using her extensive professional training and deep intuitive abilities.

Helena has been living in Sedona since 2010 and loves to go out hiking on the red rocks. She is honored and grateful to be of service to others through this healing profession in beautiful and healing Sedona!

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