THE BREATH OF LIFE

An In­tro­duc­tion to Craniosacral Bio­dy­nam­ics

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Che­ri­onna Men­zam-sills, North At­lantic Books (APRIL) Soft­cover $23.95 (272pp), 978-1-62317-205-3

The Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, and other pow­er­ful, rep­utable med­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions rou­tinely dis­miss ther­a­pies that don’t meet their sci­en­tific stan­dards. If a treat­ment doesn’t ex­hibit a “bi­o­log­i­cally plau­si­ble mech­a­nism” and can’t be re­pro­duced in “ran­dom­ized con­trolled tri­als,” they rea­son, it’s bo­gus.

Well, tell that to the mil­lions of peo­ple who rely on reiki, acupunc­ture, craniosacral ther­apy, and other al­ter­na­tive heal­ing treat­ments. In the case of craniosacral ther­apy, prac­ti­tion­ers seek to con­nect with the pa­tient’s life force as they en­er­get­i­cally work the flu­ids around the brain, spine, and sacrum. The ther­apy is known to re­lieve nu­mer­ous psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­cal ail­ments.

The Breath of Life: An In­tro­duc­tion to Craniosacral Bio­dy­nam­ics spot­lights a type of craniosacral ther­apy that is more in­tu­itive, less hands-on, than a biome­chan­i­cal ap­proach. In the book, Che­ri­onna Men­zam-sills seeks to help prac­ti­tion­ers cre­ate an “ef­fec­tive re­la­tional field” through the use of breath­ing and body aware­ness ex­er­cises. Stu­dents, pa­tients, new prac­ti­tion­ers, and even ex­pe­ri­enced Craniosacral Bio­dy­nam­ics ther­a­pists will find this project a key re­source.

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