THE INNER OCEAN
VICTORIA JACOB, PhD, RCST®, EYT
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
the body is like an ocean
rich with hidden treasures
open its innermost chamber
and lights its lamp
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is a non-invasive, client-centred healing method for nervous system regulation and trauma release. The approach is to listen deeply to the body, the tissues, the fluids, inviting the release of restrictions as the body realigns with its natural blueprint. The nervous system as the interface of body and mind is a grand player for health and well being.
In a session the client relaxes fully clothed on a massage table. From a calm and centered space the practitioner connects with the clients system through light and gentle touch. This educated and relational, "knowing" touch supports feelings of embodied safety and opens possibilities for the body-mind to unfold its story, its holdings, its aches and pains. This process facilitates letting go of stored information and reorganisation in a healthy, joyful and resourceful way.
Each session is tailored to the calling the moment and guided by the inter-communicative flow of life in the body, the Breath of Life.
In balance, the body has a wonderful ability to regulate and heal itself. Similar to an orchestra, in their harmonious interplay organs, tissues, fluids are immersed in a fascinating polyrhythmic dance.
As practitioners we are interested to acknowledge the inherent healing forces at work through trained felt-sense awareness. We are especially interested in the expressions of the nervous system, as these reverberate throughout the whole body-mind and set the tone of our overall well-being.
The deeper the nervous system is nourished in its tidal flow between the cranium and the sacrum, the more harmony, balance and aliveness will show within the whole system - and in our lives: our physical health, emotional stability, mental clarity and spiritual connection.
trauma and pain
Traumatic memories do not only inform the mind, they form the nervous system. Any accident and injury, the smaller or bigger variations of neglect and abuse, experiences of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual mal-nourishment can create trauma-responses.
The body-mind, unable to process and digest an overwhelming experience or a series thereof, tightly holds onto it and stores it in the tissues, the joints, the nervous system. The system gets hyper-sensitized and establishes patterns of experience (fight flight fawn fix flop freeze). Dissociation and numbness may be present. The patterns of experience around contractions and dissociations can create serious disturbances and are able to pull a system out of its natural alignment around the spinal midline and out of full embodied interconnectivity and aliveness. A cascade of symptoms may follow.
The practitioner is invested to listen deeply into these accumulations to invite a resourceful process of natural release, emotional integration and physical realignment to support the clients body-system to successfully unlearn traumatic responses and touch back into the experience of health and well-being.
trauma is not
what happens to us,
but what we hold inside
in the absence
of an empathetic witness
It fascinates me to observe how life invites us to explore ever new chapters to deepen and expand. Many health journeys are these invitations to grow.
Born and raised in West Berlin, Germany, I worked with families living in extreme poverty in and around Paris, France, and Berlin, Germany, where I studied education, anthropology and art therapy. Inspired by my yoga practice, I wrote my bachelors on art and embodiment and my masters about the history of embodiment. By then I was teaching in the context of an interdisciplinary research project and finished my phd with honours on embodiment, community and ritual.
Moving out of this urban life style, the wild years of Berlin from the Cold War till after The Wall came down, I arrived in Armstrong, BC of all places to live with my shining husband, some happily unbehaving children and all kinds of animals to root into the earth of this stunning land. I began to offer yoga and meditation classes and sessions for several healing modalities that I gathered over the years.
As craniosacral therapy found me, all these approaches weaved together in the biodynamic expression of emotionally integrated somatic healing. It is the listening to stories within the tissues, the potential of growth within the contraction, the polyrhythmic flow of health, of life, just waiting to express, that calls me in. In these moments, when a freeze of trauma melts back into the river of life and the body-mind reconnects to deeper rescources of health, it seems like the Breath of Life lifts the person out of past confinement and into an expanded field of flowing light.
My cranio-sacral sessions with Victoria have been absolutely amazing. Her kindness and gentle nature have aided in deciphering the visuals and feelings I experienced during the sessions. Each session seemed to open up new areas and I believe the result is a decrease in my stress and anxiety levels. One interesting experience was when a body part such as a toe or a shoulder “yelled” at me with some level of pain, and it was attended to during the session, the pain was not only relieved but I felt like another door had opened.
I have also experienced decrease in pain in my osteoarthritic toes.
Do you know to how many doctors and healers and shamans I went over the years? And with nobody I move like I move with you. It's you of course, and it is also this modality, which brings you home in your body.
NR, Lake Country
... a MOST heartfelt thank you for your skill and manner during our session... beautiful, unexpected and profound...
so happy to have met you.
I feel like I've had an upgrade!
You are very intuitive. The success of these sessions came from my readiness to look within and equally from your intuitive ability to guide me through the unknown. All these places we went to were unknown to me and they were fascinating explorations! It is a profound relationship with you. You have to be a special soul to do that kind of work that you do. Normal counselling is more practical.
You pull this flow into a room. People can breathe around you.
I did so much energy work over the years, but this is really different... This really works.
I live with stage 4 cancer and what I love about Victoria's cranio-sacral sessions was that she wasn’t afraid to go deep with me, all the time making sure that I was doing ok as we explored and discovered together what was hiding in the dark. As each session progressed I began to discover and feel into parts of my body that I forgot were even there. With Victoria's encouragement I was able to welcome them back and start a new relationship with these parts that so desperately wanted to be loved and acknowledged. Each session I continued to find improvement in my breathing, my strength, my aches and pains and a greater feeling of overall health. I am truly grateful for Victorias courage as she supported me through some real difficult stuff. I feel privileged and truly blessed to work with her!
I am as happy and fulfilled
as butter if it found itself on a warm piece of toast where it can spread out and relax, fill into the cracks and leisurely drip over the sides.
There is no container.
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