About Craniosacral Therapy, Practitioner Broehe Karpenko, and the work of Rosewater
Craniosacral Therapy fits under the umbrella of Manual Therapy; we use hands-on assessment and technique to support the body's healing responses. 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 circulating wisdom of the Self find its next higher level of health and harmonious embodiment.
About Broehe Karpenko, LMT, CCSP
Of growing importance to me is how we develop a healing relationship with our own body and providing a path from a paradigm of objectification and judgement of our bodies to building confidence and trust in it. Currently I am in a certification program in the practice of Hakomi, a form of "assisted self-discovery" with its roots in Somatic Psychology and Taoism.
My work is an accumulation of 16 years of licensed full-time body work and 30+ years of personal healing practices and continuing studies of walking the walk of natural health, honoring the footsteps of innumerable mentors of Earth-honoring natural healers, medicine teachers of all kinds, and Elders who walk in the way.
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 procise palpation of cranial bone anatomy (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.