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Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

is a gentle, hands-on therapy, which assists the body’s ability to heal and self-repair. Through the attuned touch, which is light and gentle, a person’s system is both; calmed and energized, bringing about subtle and profound changes towards balance and rejuvenation.

 

Special emphasis is given to balancing the central nervous system. Few systems have such influence on the central nervous system as the Craniosacral System – the soft tissues and fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord. The therapy releases held tensions and restrictions within the cranial bones and membranes. Supporting increased Craniosacral flow, hormonal and neuromuscular balance throughout the body.

 

Every day we endure stresses and strains and the body absorbs them. Yet our system can only handle so much before we begin to tighten and potential dysfunctions arise. CST supports relaxation, releases congestion and resistances, and engages vitality and whole-body connection.

The simplicity is its beauty…

The practitioner evaluates with light and skilled touch, the internal environment of the client. The presence is warm and clear and the touch is gentle and still. This feels much like being “listened to”. In response, the body begins to listen to itself and natural adjustments from within the inherent health mechanisms can occur. Breath, fluids, and the subtle life force can express more freely. Enabling accumulated stress to resolve in the fluid-tissue field. Stillness within this process is seen as deeply resourceful. Enabling a sense of wholeness and connection versus parts.

 The way we grow is the way we heal…

Biodynamics orients to embryology and dynamic life forces that formed us, as these underly and sustain our health and renewal at any age.

BCST is known for being deeply resourceful, restoring vitality, a felt connection to the body, and the ability to rest and digest. The modality originates in Osteopathy. It offers a safe space to resolve held experiences, stress, and trauma symptoms that can come as early as from birth, without being re-stimulating or overwhelming. Treatments can be preventative or address specific conditions. As this is a gentle, nonmanipulative therapy, it’s suitable for all ages; from infants to adults and the elderly.

How you might benefit from sessions:

Clients often experience more resilience, energy, calmness, and mental clarity. After a series of treatments many clients notice an improvement in their symptoms, they experience greater vitality and a sense of well-being.

Benefits: 

  • better overall health
  • reduction in pain
  • improved immunity
  • improved sleep
  • better digestion
  • feeling more energetic
  • feeling calmer and more relaxed
  • coping better with stress
  • improved bodyawareness
  • feeling more connected and aware

Conditions Addressed:

The list of conditions that may benefit from this therapy is long and comprehensive, as BCST acknowledges the whole person and that emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health are all interconnected. Clients seek treatment for a range of symptoms including fatigue, pain, stress-related conditions, anxiety, and post-surgery treatments, as well as difficulties with sleep and digestive issues. Other clients are interested in improving general physical, mental and emotional well-being.

  • Nervous system imbalances
  • bodily tensions, constrictions, and pain
  • accidents, whiplash, falls,
  • post-surgery
  • jaw and TMJ issues
  • organ imbalances or digestive dysfunction
  • headache, migraine, eye conditions
  • fibromyalgia
  • mental and emotional imbalances (anxiety, depression, chronic stress,…)
  • Hyperactivity, high blood pressure
  •  birth experiences and patterns
  • Neuro-endocrine imbalances
  • Insomnia, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue
  • Structural and postural imbalances
  • joint pain, sprains / strains, stiffness
  • back- and shoulder pain
  • Going through major life transitions

How a session looks like:

The client lays fully clothed on a treatment table. The practitioner makes with light touch contact with your body and occasionally guides you to explore sensations. As you become more aware of resources and habitually held tensions and restrictions, your brain becomes conscious of them, it can then create change.

 

Relaxing is not a small thing ~ it is essential for life.                       

“Relaxation is what we need to do, to feel ourselves. The body struggles to feel itself when it is tense. Often relaxation is talked about as if it’s trivial, but it’s actually a movement towards homeostasis.”

~ Ged Sumner

Our hand opens and closes, opens and closes”

 If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed.

Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,

 the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as bird wings.”

Rumi

Somatic Movement

harmonizing and balancing body and mind

Continuum Movement ®

Continuum is a gentle movement practice that focuses on our fluid nature. We regenerate life force and build resilience through stimulating our predominantly fluid body system (over 70%) with the vibration of sound, a variety of breaths, and subtle movement exploration.

We get to slow down, drop in and develop internal sensation and awareness beneath our habitual level of attention. Continuum softens habitual movement patterns and ignites the joy to move, flow, rest, and discover. It is an invitation to explore our fluid origin and movement potential arising from within. Connecting us with our inherent body wisdom, and the deeper choreography of life. The practice is profoundly nurturing, restorative, and creative. Engaging the slower rhythms of life and our inherent BioIntelligence.

 No pre-requisites. Anyone can join, also with limited mobility or strength!

 

CONTINUUMS BENEFITS and uniqueness:

calms and balances the nervous system –  loosens habitually held tensions, interrupts the aging process, and increases vitality – increases fluid movement and flexibility – revitalizes playfully – hydrates tissues and skeletal health (bones, joints) – provides a spacious sense of well-being – fosters a sense of curiosity and inquiry into what’s new – heightens sensuality and increases receptivity – awakens the joy to be present in the body – supports belonging and grounding –  facilitates trust in one’s inherent body wisdom – explores how we attend to perception and the senses – invites and includes dimensionality  – builds a deeper interiority, wherein modern life, much of our attention goes outwards – provides a safe environment for growth and renewal.

 

“The primary characteristic of any fluid system

is the ability to keep transforming itself.

Emilie Conrad (founder of Continuum Movement)

 

..before we have a nervous system, we have cells and fluids that are feeding into the nervous system, that’s how we heal the nerves when we go back underneath them and give it new information...” (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen)

”When moving in Continuum, the soma is seen in its most pure and beautiful expression.” (Louise Mochia)

“ The sounding, the gentle movements, and the deep listening within are so wholesome and healing in Manuela’s Continuum classes! We always felt more relaxed and inflow, connected to the body …. ” Anne Liebhart ~ Physiotherapist.

 

UPCOMING BI-WEEKLY CLASS:

Thursday, April 14th to June 23rd, Thursdays 6:45 to 8:30 pm

click on “Appointment ” in the top bar menu for class Info and registration. Thursday, April 14th free Intro evening

Tuesday, April 19th is a free online Intro evening from 7 to 8:30 pm

find out more about Continuum:

https://continuummovement.com/an-overview/

 

Qigong

is an ancient somatic movement practice, providing tools to improve health and cultivate energy and resilience. Simple and elegant movement sequences, self-massage, and body meditation tune body, breath, and mind, bringing them into harmony. The practice is characterized by slow movements, meditation, natural breathing, and gentle stretching and strengthening movements.

Many of the movements are derived from watching the movement of nature. How does nature respond to changing cycles, to changing conditions? And how can we move in natural and harmonious ways, through the seasons of life? It is a fundamentally nourishing practice for body, mind, and spirit. 

. With just 10 to 20 min regular exercises daily, you can create lasting change and establish positive habits for better health, longevity, and wellbeing!

No pre-requisites, anyone can join! 

Content: Manuela teaches medical Qigong forms: 8 Brocade, Meridian stretches, 6 Healing Sounds, Body Meditation, Crane Qigong, the Microcosmic Orbit, and women’s Qigong exercises.

 

The Eight Pieces of Brocade

are one of the most practiced Qigong exercises with remarkable effect and a long history. The name of the form expresses the high value that is given to these eight exercises; characteristic of the silken quality of a piece of brocade.

The exercises are elegant, graceful, and essential methods of energy cultivation. They are considered one of the gentlest forms of exercise, while notably improving wellbeing, mental and physical fitness.

The sequence is composed of 8 gentle breathing, stretching, and strengthening movements that cultivate a quiet mind, natural breathing, and abundant energy.

The set is ideal for Qigong beginners, and because of its low impact suitable for all ages. Anyone can practice these simple and effective exercises at home in as little as 10 to 20 minutes. A handout to repeat the sequence independently will be provided.

 

8 Brocade  starting mid May 

at RedLeafWellness, Glenora, Edmonton

 

Benefits:

  • slow down and restore balance
  • calm the mind
  • sustain and regulate energy
  • align and develop ease in movement
  • center and ground
  • deeper breathing balances mentally, emotionally and physically
  • release chronic tension, develop a state of flow 
  • regulate the nervous system and muscle tension
  • better sleep
  • better hormonal – circulatory and metabolic balance
  • improved immune system function
  • effect longevity through cultivating energy and releasing chronic stress
  • support to stay calm in the midst of stress, enabling more harmonious choices.

The Body is the Foundation for Our Well-Being

 Touch and Movement are the Foundation

of all Learning 

“The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand; if you want to see how the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand.” Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen”

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