About Craniosacral Therapy, Practitioner Broehe Karpenko, and the work of Rosewater
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.
About Broehe Karpenko, BA, LMT, CCSP
Of growing importance to me is how we develop a healing relationship with our own body and how to move on a path from objectification and judgement to building confidence and trust in it. I practice and study: meditation, yoga, breathwork, somatic embodiment, natural health, music and wilderness therapies, forms of "assisted self-discovery" such as IFS, Hakomi, and Feed Your Demons, a Tibetan Buddhist form. These share the same themes of Somatic Psychology that arose from Big Sur and Esalen practitioners of the early 20th Century as well as Taoism. I love how paths harmonize and grow over time.
My work is an accumulation of 17 years of licensed full-time body work and 30 years practices of walking the walk of natural health, honoring the footsteps of Earth-honoring natural healers, medicine and indigineous teachers, and Elders who walk in the way.
Rosewater combines all three branches contemporary Craniosacral Therapy
My training combined all three branches of contemporary Craniosacral Therapy: Biodynamic, Biomechanical, and Visionary. My teacher, Ursula Popp, was an 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. When needed I utilize manual forms: lymphatic, neuromuscular, myofascial, and visceral work, among others.
Applying the three branches might look like the following. I use precise palpation of cranial bone position and movement (Biomechanical) to assess blockage, adhesion or stifled flow of (cerebral spinal fluid) movement 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 best 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.