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CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy™ and Somato Emotional Release™

Alan had the great good fortune to train in Advanced CranioSacral Therapy and Somato Emotion Release under the tutelage of Dr. John E. Upledger, DO, who developed these techniques and protocols.

Alan completed his Advanced training with Dr. Upledger in 1989 and went on to become a Certified Teaching Assistant for the Upledger Institute’s many CST courses. This modality very gently adjusts bone and connective tissue, restores balance in bodily systems, and facilitates healing. Clients lie clothed on a massage table. Somato Emotional Release is a technique that allows body tissue, once tightened by some factual or anticipated trauma, to release restrictions and restore vitality to the affected areas.

The Process

Regardless of what type of work a client feels drawn to, initial 90-minute sessions will cover relevant personal history and a CranioSacral, light touch, hands-on assessment and treatment. Clients remain clothed at all times, are awake and in control of their sessions, and in a compassionate, open-hearted, confidential, judgment-free zone. All therapeutic work occurs collaboratively and cooperatively and is led by the client. We go where you desire to go at a pace that maintains your comfort and sense of safety.

Past Life Regression

Sometimes difficult and unresolved issues from the past have even longer histories which can follow us across multiple lives or incarnations. Many scientists and researchers, particularly those studying NDE’s (Near Death Experiences) suggest that the ‘Soul’ and a version of consciousness survives physical death and may be eternal. Many world religions espouse the belief that the soul grows and matures with each incarnation, and that each of our major choices and life lessons remain retrievable for further, more in-depth review and integration.

Viewing these experiences from the safety of the present moment, allows one to gain insight and understanding from them without needing to re-experience the pain and overwhelm that may have caused them. The process is gentle and relaxing and not unlike meditative guided imagery.

These sessions generally run 2-3 hours while the client lays in a relaxed posture, responding to questions about what they are perceiving. The reviewed life very often reveals context and insight into issues that have been challenging in this one.

Alan has facilitated hundreds of these sessions and has led workshops in a variety of public and academic settings.

For a great introduction to this modality, I highly recommend Michael Newton’s very clear and insightful dialogs with former clients in his best-selling book, Journey of Souls.

Integrated Awareness ®

In 1995 Alan completed the 3-year, 1200-hour teacher training in Integrated Awareness™, a modality developed and taught by Lansing B Gresham. Integrated Awareness is the synergistic product of incorporating combinable elements from Feldenkrais Movement, CST, Zero Balancing, and Visceral Manipulation. Among the features of this training are the development of enhanced modes of perceiving and holding information from the physical, mental, emotional and energetic bodies as well as their interactions.

Consciousness is many-layered and presents in many different forms. Illness and disfunction frequently occur at the junctures between layers caught in disharmony. For example, in an auto accident. when there is physical trauma, there is also mental confusion, as one tries to put parts of the accident into logical sequence in order to facilitate communicating clearly with other victims involved, and various law enforcement and medical personnel. Additionally, there are several profound emotional components that often include guilt, shame, remorse, sadness and intense judgments, both of self and others. An inciting argument with a spouse or an associate that results in an angry outburst can certainly contribute to loss of focus and attention to the road. An intense internal dialog can make resolving the physical plane traumas very difficult to untangle and repair, as blame and guilt whirl around. By bringing the various disparate layers into a cooperative matrix, very often healing on all the layers can happen more quickly and permanently.

PTSD and Inner Child Work

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is caused by intense, sustained, unresolvable trauma and overwhelm. War and combat can easily be a cause for this, but so can many of the other overwhelms which are common in childhood. The mind of a child tries to deny the experiences that trigger fear and discomfort because they have no tools for either resolving these traumas or moving out of their path. We often hear the voices and opinions of the children we’ve been, at various ages, commenting on some confusing or scary situation. Our voices go up in pitch, we say ‘silly’ childish things, sometimes even mimic baby-talk. The children we have been can come to feel like they’ve been left behind when complex new situations like the first few days of school, the onset of puberty, the heartbreak of losing our first loves, force us to form new behavior patterns and personalities more able to respond to these new challenges. Our childhood voices stop being listened or responded to and pretty soon they stop asking. Feelings of abandonment, anger and confusion often erupt when current situations remind us of those overwhelms and we find ourselves over-reacting inappropriately. Inner Child Work can help reconnect the separated parts with acknowledgment and acceptance of these perceptions and the reassurance, by an adult voice, that the danger is passed and that all are safe.

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Insurance is not accepted, but there is a generous sliding scale when needed and requested. There is no fee for telephone inquiries.

Practitioners: Alan Berman