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Craniosacral/Visceral Therapy

My Experience

I was first introduced to body work in my early 30’s before massage was accepted as a mainstream healing modality. I embarked into Shiatsu style massage by enrolling in massage therapy school. Life took hold and I got swept away to make a “real living.” However, my interest in massage was still strong so, I continued to practice on friends and family. Time went by…yoga, people, careers then something happened…

I had always had a weak digestive system but, when I became extremely stressed by an awful relationship, I developed an extremely painful case of pancreatitis. My system didn’t get better and it gradually grew worse to the point that my elimination process just shut down. I sought help from mainstream medical professionals, natural medicine alternatives, and massage modalities. I got imaging such as ERCP, CT, MRI, ultrasound, and colonoscopy which all came back to reveal nothing was wrong. What? My pain got worse from my foot to my head, like someone was slicing me open.

Finally, I found Visceral Manipulation (VM) and Craniosacral Therapy (CST). It calmed my system and a slow healing occurred. I was immediately attracted to these modalities! This was something I was attuned to. I was encouraged by my visceral therapist to enroll into classes. I enrolled and completed Visceral Manipulation classes at Barrel Institute.

During my VM classes I found I had a good touch and the ability to listen and feel the movement of organs and the body. I continued to receive VM and CST for my own health challenges. As my treatment progressed, I realized that CST was the most powerful treatment modality I had experienced. That was my Aha moment! All of the body’s organs and systems are run by the brain, sending and receiving electrical impulses. These electrical impulses are transmitted through spine. Craniosacral fluid flowing between the brain and spine keep the brain-spine connection lubricated and healthy which ignite all other bodily systems through clear nerve signals.

I found myself holding and “listening” to my cranium and noticing its subtle movement and how it responds to my touch. I was intrigued! AND I WAS HEALING! I found that this is not instant remedy. It took time and requires ongoing attention. I wanted to be out of pain now, but I began to understand that it took years for my body to get out of balance and was going to take time to bring it back into balance and good health.

In addition to the coursework at Barrel Institute, I completed classes in cranial sacral therapy with Marsha Craven at the Healing Arts Institute in Phoenix. I had found not only an amazing healing modality but also my passion. As part of my commitment to learning and providing the best care to my clients, I continue to study cranial sacral therapy to expand my understanding of body’s vast systems and how they relate to our individual weaknesses and experiences.

My Compassion, caring and desire to help others recover, heal and find deeper wellness within each of their lives helps me strive to be better every day, for you. I hope that I can help you, pay it forward, as others have helped me in my healing.


Barrel Institute Visceral Manipulation Therapy (VM1):  Dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes and ligaments. Skills to locate, evaluate and normalize primary areas of dysfunction within the abdominal cavity.  Palpitation of the abdominal viscera including omentum, parietal peritoneum, abdominal muscle, and facia.  Assessment, palpitation, and release of restrictions of abdominal organs including liver, gall bladder, stomach, duodenum, small and large intestine, sigmoid, the five digestive sphincters, and how they may associate and relate to possible neuromusculoskeletal pain.

Barrel Institute Visceral Manipulation Therapy (VM2): Continued study of the abdominal cavity of the deeper structures and organs of the abdominal cavity and focusing on esophagus, stomach, small intestine, kidneys, pancreas, and spleen.   How to engage with each organ to effect mobility and motility to create better functionality.

Healing Arts Connection (CST1):  Theory and hands-on instruction of the 10-step protocol of CST therapy.  Understanding of the anatomy and motions of the skull and each cranial bone.  Anatomy and palpitation of the cranial rhythm.  Reestablishing the flow of cranial fluid and energetic connection of the nervous system to each body part to allow clear communication with the brain.

Healing Arts Connection (CST2): Theory and use of cranial neural pathway release and emotional release therapies to unwind extremity and spinal dysfunctional patterns.  Evaluation and applied practice of thoracic, sphenoid, and cerebellum releases.  Study of the emotional centers, nerve interventions, parasympathetic, sympathetic, and autonomic nervous systems.

Healing Arts Connection (Cranial Neural Support for Longevity): Protocol to help release brain tension and dysfunctions related to the aging process. Applied techniques to create connection of right and left brain hemispheres for balanced neurological activity.