About Craniosacral Therapy, Practitioner Broehe Karpenko, and the work of Rosewater
This is a challenging set of concepts to encapsulate; Here's my best shot at condensing many layers of anatomy and a new framework for perceiving the body-mind.
Craniosacral Therapy fits under the umbrella of Massage Therapy: we use manual techniques to support the body's healing responses. However, instead of focusing on the musculoskeletal system, Craniosacral Therapy goes a level deeper to the mechanism that cares for and contains the central nervous system; the fluids. Cerebral Spinal Fluid (csf) in particular contains the whole of the matrix for homeostasis. More, it facilitates the higher glands and coordinating centers and communication between them. The fluids contain and maintain the nervous, immune, lymph, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems.
Remember how the body is more than 70% water? Thanks to our primate hands and highly sensitized fingertips, one can feel the waters at work (it feels like a coral reef). Where the waters move smoothly and symmetrically, we tend to see health and vitality. Where the waters are diminished, dense, or trapped; symptoms or pathology develop. Usually, the body does a great job overcoming challenges. However, reaching the state of self-healing inside is not widely taught, or rather, remembered - or prioritized.
Craniosacral Therapy helps you find the state where your body can admistister its own resources to overcome symptoms or stagnation. Working within the waters and structures that service the higher coordinating centers of the brain and spinal cord, we facilitate the waters to find its next higher level of health.
The work can be very profound, and it involves our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects.
About Rosewater Craniosacral and Massage
Rosewater Craniosacral & Massage is an accumulation of 15 years of licensed full-time body work and 30+ years of personal healing practices and continuing studies of walking the walk of natural health, in the footsteps of my Grandmother Margaret Stacy and innumerable mentors.
With persistent attention and informed care, the body does go to its next level of health. So we can relax and be with ourselves, with our bodies, right where we're at, right now.
That's where the magic is anyway. It is hard to get there sometimes, that's why help is here.
About Broehe Karpenko, LMT, CCSP
I have a growing interest in how we develop a healing relationship with our own body. My work helps to provide a path from a paradigm of objectification and judgement of our bodies to building confidence and trust in it. To do this, we explore our internal territory, with ordering principles of its own, our reactions to it, and the breath; our only carriage in this life. I explore this in meditation, my work, in yoga, and in receiving Craniosacral Therapy. Currently I am in a certification program in the practice of Hakomi, a form of "assisted self-discovery" with its roots in Taoism and Somatics.
My work is informed by daily meditation. This continually teaches me to perceive information in my body and my client's, how to witness thoughts, emotions, and body sensations with balance. And, how to be present and listen while holding anatomically precise structures of the cranial bones and rhythms of the internal waters. It reminds me to breathe. This practice creates positive changes as well as a palpable horizon of aspiration.
The type of Craniosacral Therapy I practice
My training combined all three branches of contemporary Craniosacral Therapy: Biodynamic, Biomechanical, and Visionary. My teacher, Ursula Popp, was a student and assistant teacher to Hugh Milne, an Osteopath who taught all branches but pioneered the Visionary branch. The Biomechanical branch is best represented by John Upledger, and many direct tissue holds I use were popularized by him.
In a simplified way, applying the three branches might look like the following. I rely on understanding anatomy to assess cranial bone movement (biomechanical) to best assess any blockage, adhesion or stifled flow of fluid movement and what structures will be most affected. I am then led by "conversation in the fluds" (biodynamic) and in the sensations you're having to lead the inquiry and choices of techniques.
The visionary is best experienced first hand, and is led by my client's direct experience and their own symbology which beautifully tracks the cues of their own mind-body map.
All levels, the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual may be involved in any set of conditions, and all invited to participate in the inquiry.
In a relaxed, safe, mind-body exploration, rediscovered or recreated possibilities naturally emerge.
The work does itself and we just create, together, a space to allow.