The Breath of Life
An Introduction to Craniosacral Biodynamics
An introductory guide to Cherionna Menzam-Sills’s unique approach to craniosacral biodynamics therapy, a whole-body healing therapy focused on working with the forces underlying health and healing
Cherionna Menzam-Sills draws on her extensive background in pre- and perinatal psychology, embryology, bodywork, Continuum Movement, and other somatic therapies–as well as years of working with her husband, biodynamics pioneer Franklyn Sills–to present this accessible introduction to the meditative healing practice of craniosacral biodynamic therapy (CSBT). This book offers a personal journey of embodied enquiry into each element of biodynamic session work, using meditative explorations, personal descriptions, and illustrations to convey the essence of biodynamics. It emphasizes breathing and body awareness exercises that help the practitioner become more attuned to her own body so that she can create an effective relational field with her client. An essential guide for new practitioners, students, and clients–as well as a valuable reference for experienced practitioners–this book illuminates the path toward the intelligent formative forces of the mysterious presence called “the breath of life” and its transformative power for health and wholeness.
About the Author
CHERIONNA MENZAM-SILLS is certified as a teacher of craniosacral biodynamics with the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA) and as a supervisor by the Craniosacral Association of the UK. She has also been authorized as a Continuum Movement teacher by Continuum founder, Emilie Conrad. Incorporating 40 years experience teaching and practicing various therapies, mindfulness practices, somatic movement, bodywork, psychotherapy and prenatal and birth psychology, Cherionna's credentials include a BSc in occupational therapy (University of Toronto), an MA in somatic psychology (Naropa University), and a PhD in pre- and perinatal psychology (Union Institute and University). Menzam-Sills teaches Biodynamics and Continuum across North America and Europe, often with her husband, Biodynamics pioneer, Franklyn Sills.