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Click here to start the podcast steve and katherine june 2012 (13 mins)
Potency, Midlines versus Midpoints and Trauma
Katherine has been a huge influence on my approach to cranial work. This interview was recorded at the end of a seminar we taught together for the Da Sein Institut near Zurich. I always have a lot of fun and learn a lot being around Katherine. I asked her some questions about how cranial work has developed over the last 15 years, her experience of potency, and working with the midline. At the end there is a short discussion on trauma and the work of Stephen Porges.
Notes by Steve Haines on a lecture given by Dominique Degranges, Da-Sein Institut, May 2011. Dominique is a hugely experienced and very inspiring teacher. His workshops are full of laughter and generosity, he has a very playful style and a real passion for birth dynamics.
This lecture was on seminar five on the undergraduate training in BCST. He has studied with and worked alongside Sills, Castellino and Levine. Dominique is also the illustrator for Franklyn Sills’s books. He runs the Da-Sein Institut in Winterthur, near Zurich, offering courses in biodynamic craniosacral therapy and pre and perinatal work. I was really interested in how he integrated creative resistance into his teaching and treating. After the lecture the group did a table exercise on meeting, acknowledging and supporting any expressions of the birth impulse. The focus on engaging the power behind any movements and supporting natural pauses I am finding very useful.
Genetic science is currently at the leading edge of modern medicine. An article by Graham Kennedy RCSTIt is based on the principle of genetic determinacy, a belief that essentially states – at our core we are our genes. Before we go further into examining this concept and its relevance to Craniosacral Therapy, we need to first examine what a gene is and what it does.
Proteins are the primary components of all plant and animal cells. A human being is composed of approximately 100,000 different proteins, comprised of only 20 constituent amino acids. These different proteins combine to make elaborate 3-dimensional molecules. Groups of interacting proteins work together in carrying out specific cellular functions. Proteins have many different functions:
- Regulatory e.g. hormones such as insulin
- Physiological e.g. cellular digestion, excretion, respiration and reproduction
- Structural e.g. collagen in connective tissues, myosin and actin in muscle tissue
- Immunological e.g. antibodies and interleukins
- Transport e.g. haemoglobin
I would like to comment about the term “synchronizing” as it is used in biodynamic practice. At first, it means that the practitioner aligns their perception with the slow tempo of Primary Respiration. To perceive Primary Respiration, the practitioner looks inside of their body or outside into the world of nature. My previous posting talked about orienting to one’s body three dimensionally and to becoming still. Once that occurs, then the practitioner can notice if a slow tempo is available within the boundaries of their skin or longitudinally in the spine. If that is not immediately available, the practitioner slowly moves their attention outside of the office window into whatever nature is visible. Sometimes, that can just be the trunk of a tree or a patch of sky or a beam of sunlight. Nonetheless, by allowing one’s attention to become unfocused, it is possible to perceive Primary Respiration breathing from the horizon to the midline of the practitioner’s body in rhythmic periods of 50 seconds. Gradually, the inside and outside presence of Primary Respiration merge into one dynamic.
I once heard that biodynamic practice is the creative application of a set of principles. Consequently, over all the years I’ve been teaching and making numerous mistakes both clinically and in teaching Primary Respiration, I have settled on a five step process. This process is called:
- and ignition
Each of these states or stages of biodynamic perception are practiced each time a clinician’s hands are placed in a new position on a client’s body.
Katherine Ukleja is one of the strongest teachers within biodynamic craniosacral therapy. This piece has just been written for the third seminar on the practitioner training at the Da Sein Institut in Switzerland. It is a great bit of writing and clearly lays out some fundamental principles. We are very happy Katherine agreed to put it on the blog. We are hoping this will be the first in a series of guest blogs by senior figures in the field. www.katherineukleja.co.uk
‘In pathology the body is present, in health the body is transparent.’
Jaap van der Wal (2008)