Guest Author – Andrew Stones – “Osteopathic Adventures” pt. 1

Boy, have I got a treat for you!

Last month on The Craniosacral Podcast I featured an interview with a really dynamic British practitioner by the name of Andrew Stones. In order that I might better understand his background, Andrew sent me a sample of some of his writing that recounted some key periods in his development as an Osteopath and Craniosacral Therapist. I posted a portion of this writing in the show notes for the podcast, but upon reading the document in its entirety I really felt like my listeners and blog followers would enjoy reading the whole thing. Andrew has graciously given me permission to post it here. Get ready to hear things about cranial work you have never heard before! I will spread it out over two posts. Enjoy –

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Q&A – Moving from Upledger to Biodynamics, Verbal Interactions

Hello Everyone! Well, I’m in full-swing with The Craniosacral Podcast now, and it has been a lot of fun so far. Producing a podcast does require a good amount of time, however, and I find myself in the process of learning how to better alot my time in order to maintain consistency with the multiple craniosacral-related projects I have given birth to. With that in mind I am going to “borrow” from the podcast for today’s blog offering by posting a transcription of a portion of the latest episode. In this episode I answer two questions from podcast listeners. One is about transitioning from the Upledger approach into biodynamics, and the other is about verbally interacting with the client.

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Announcing the Craniosacral Podcast

I am happy to announce that a project I have been working on for the last three months is finally coming to fruition. That project is The Craniosacral Podcast.

In the podcast I interview numerous practitioners and teachers of craniosacral therapy in order to share information about the intricacies of craniosacral clinical practice. The interviews are really informative, and I believe they will help you to integrate craniosacral therapy into your daily life in a more effective manner.

You can listen at the home page or on iTunes. It is also available on the Stitcher app for Android users.

I hope that you will check out the show and choose to subscribe so that you do not miss any of the great guests I have lined up for interviews!

I have put a lot of time and energy into this venture so that you can stay connected to the leaders in our field, as well as your peers who are out there doing the work on a day-to-day basis in a clinical setting.

Please take a moment to listen and send me your feedback!

-Ryan

Biodynamic Craniosacral Exercise – Fluidity, Midlines, and Horizon

Hi everyone! Thanks for checking in. People frequently ask me for recordings of classroom meditations and table exercises, so I thought I would post a live recording from a recent biodynamic craniosacral class I taught in Austin, Texas. In this recording I take students through a basic exploration of grounding, fluidity, biodynamic midlines, and the field of creative possibility encompassed by the horizon.

This exercise is meant for those who have had some academic instruction in (and sensory experience with) Primary Respiration. I do not “teach” much in this audio track. It is very slow and spacious by design, with the intention being to give the learner an opportunity to comfortably explore biodynamic concepts presented earlier in class.

This is meant to be listened to while in sensory contact with Primary Respiration. Enjoy!

Stepping Into the Biodynamic Fluid Body

This is a spontaneous talk I recorded in 2014 while sitting inside the Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the United States. I did it while on a mini vacation, at the end of a day of hiking. I discuss some fundamental aspects of the fluid body, and walk you through a quick exercise to build a felt sense of it. I recently found it on my hard drive and thought it might be helpful for some of you. For those of you who prefer to read, I have included a transcription. But listening to it is so much better!

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Soft Mantras for Hard Lesions

When craniosacral therapists enter into a biodynamic state of awareness, we consciously participate in the deep mysteries of biological organization. We move beyond cultural conditioning and our normal sense of time to experience the primordial sea from which all organic life evolved and is maintained. In this perceptual space our humanity is humbly reduced to a common fluid denominator, yet simultaneously elevated to a place of precious uniqueness. Every moment and every impulse we experience becomes incredibly rich and important.

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Religion and Spirituality in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

I would like to express my thanks to the practitioners of craniosacral therapy across the globe who have sent me positive and encouraging emails asking for more posts during my recent hiatus. It continues to amaze me that the internet connects so many wonderful like-minded individuals. Experts on the subject of blogging say the number one rule to effectiveness with this medium is to be consistent … well it looks like I’ve blown that one! I have been putting a lot of energy into building my clinical practice over the last six months, and it has really payed off with an increased understanding of what it takes to make a living as a craniosacral therapist. I’ve also put time and energy into building strong relationships with my children and spiritual community, and I have been greatly enriched by these efforts. Teaching remains an ongoing endeavor. During my absence from blogging I have been taking a closer look at what it really means to be a craniosacral practitioner in the modern world, and I am excited about sharing some of those thoughts as I get back into online writing. Let’s start with this:

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Taking a break from blogging …

I would like to announce that I will be taking a leave from blogging for a stretch of time in order to examine my current craniosacral curriculum, review hundreds of hours of classroom recordings, and focus on building my clinical practice. I believe this time will make me a better teacher over the long term and bring meaningful benefit to the students of the Craniosacral Resource Center and subscribers to this blog. Please know that I am available via email for questions or insights you have about the continually evolving field of craniosacral work!

Equine Craniosacral Therapy – a Conversation with Shea Stewart and Ryan Hallford

Almost two years ago, Shea Stewart (www.stewartranch.net) formally introduced me to the world of equine craniosacral therapy. I posted my initial impressions here. As many of you know, Shea and I have recently been working together to construct an equine craniosacral curriculum that builds on the existing model by adding new insights emerging from the human biodynamic paradigm. So far the feedback has been very positive from class attendees. The following is a transcription of an informal conversation between Shea and I about working with horses and the growing value we see in the biodynamic approach.

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