Continuum, a mindful movement practice, is often described as giving yourself Craniosacral therapy. As a Craniosacral Biodynamics teacher, my first Continuum classes emphasised embodying Biodynamics through Continuum. This special webinar class returns to this theme, exploring Biodynamic perceptual states and understandings through Continuum.
Continuum, founded and developed for almost 50 years by my dear mentor, Emilie Conrad, is an exploration into our fluid nature. We use different breaths, sounding into our tissues, and mindful movement to slow down and listen to subtle fluidic waves, pulsations and spirals streaming through our bodies in resonance with the earth and cosmos.
Craniosacral Biodynamics, is a gentle hands-on practice that has evolved from the work of William Sutherland, founder of Cranial Osteopathy. In the final decade of his life, Sutherland’s perception deepened under the patterned motion of bones, membranes and other tissues to orient to profound universal forces underlying our bodies’ formation. His work was further developed by Rollin Becker and others. Over the last 30+ years, Franklyn Sills has developed Craniosacral Biodynamics, bringing it out of the osteopathic world by creating a training curriculum and authoring textbooks to support practitioners in learning this subtle work.
I have taught with Franklyn as senior tutor at the Karuna Institute, which he co-founded, as well as in foundation trainings and post-graduate seminars around the world. We frequently incorporate Continuum into our classes as an effective way for trainees to directly experience in their own bodies various concepts and perceptual states essential to Biodynamic practice.
Prior to my personal relationship with Franklyn, I had taught Biodynamics in both Canada and the U.S. When I began teaching Continuum, I called my first first Continuum classes Embodying Biodynamics. The overlaps between the two practices were obvious and important. You can read about my views on Continuum and Biodynamics here.
It was actually through my presentation on “Continuum and Biodynamics: Parallel Paths” at a Biodynamic conference in North Carolina in 2008 that Franklyn and I connected and began our romantic relationship, leading to our marriage two years later! At this point, friends reminded me that I had originally thought to call the presentation, “Continuum and Biodynamics: A Perfect Marriage“!
Franklyn and I have just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary (in 2017)! It feels like an appropriate time to resurrect the theme of my Continuum classes from the time of our meeting.
If you are attracted to slowing down, resting into energetic fields of support, developing subtle perceptual skills, experiencing deeper grounding, calmer nervous system and more fluid, resilient health in your body-mind, please join us for this special webinar class!
Cherionna Menzam-Sills is a prenatal and birth therapist, movement therapist and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. Drawing on 40 years experience, her background includes an M.A. in Somatic Psychology (Dance/Movement Therapy) and a Ph.D. in Pre- and Perinatal Psychology, as well as Occupational Therapy, Massage Therapy, intensive study of BMC and Body-Mind Psychotherapy with Susan Aposhyan and 10 years intensive study with prenatal and birth psychotherapy pioneers, William Emerson and Ray Castellino. She worked intensively with founder of Continuum, Emilie Conrad for the last decade of her life. Emilie authorized her to teach Continuum in 2007. Her work is further informed by years of intensive Vipassana meditation practice and other mindfulness practices.