Craniosacral Therapy, the Rosewater approach and Practitioner Broehe Ballman
Craniosacral Therapy fits under the umbrella of Manual Therapy; hands-on assessment and technique based on palpation findings. Beyond the musculo-skeletal system, Craniosacral Therapy goes deeper to the Craniosacral system, made up of fluids and membranes that surround, nourish and protect the nervous system, brain, and spine. Cerebral spinal fluid (csf) in particular facilitates the higher glands and communication between them. This fluid maintains the nervous, immune, lymph, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems. When the Cranial system is happy, every system is happy.
This therapy helps your body administer 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 thorough, circulating wisdom of the Self that finds, with greater ease, its next higher level of health, harmonious integration, and embodiment.
Rosewater combines all three branches of Craniosacral Therapy
The three branches of contemporary Craniosacral Therapy are Mechanical, Biodynamic and Visionary. The Mechanical was most popularly taught by the Upledger Institute who contributed much important research to the field. An example of how these integrate these is that I palpate, or, assess through my hands, the cranial bone positions and movement (Mechanical) to assess blockage, adhesion or stifled flow of cerebral spinal fluid, and what structures are affected. I am then led in "conversation in the fluds" (Biodynamic) and to lead the inquiry and choices of techniques, all done within the ease and comfort of the client. The Visionary is experienced first hand, and is led by my client's direct felt-sense experience which beautifully tracks the cues and symbology 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 together, we create a space to allow.
About Broehe Ballman, BA, LMT, CCSP
Of growing importance to me is how we develop a healing relationship with our body and move compassionately from objectification and judgement to building trust and harmony with it. From ill-health and chronic pain early on, leaning into yoga, nutrition, swimming, meditation, breathwork, walking, Qi Gong, music and art as therapies was and is vital to maintain well being. My work is an accumulation of 19 years of licensed full-time body work and 30+ years practices in natural healing.
I am grateful to Heida Brenneke and her fellow teachers, Osteopathic Doctors Still, Sutherland, Sills, Upledger and Jealous, Seattle Hakomi Education Network, William Martin's translation of the Tao te Ching, Dhamma Kunja, Tara Mandala, Esalen Institute and its teachers from India who also birthed for us what we now refer to as embodiment, somatic psychology, as well as now more familiar ways of bringing awareness to the witness within and flow of life to which wisdom traditions from around the world point.
A most warm thank you to the healing circles that welcomed me as a newcomer in the Methow Valley, the teachers who came, and especially Ed and Vicky Welch who sponsored many trainings so that anyone could come and learn.