Bodywork Biography

I will briefly cover my bodywork biography, to give you an overview of my education and credentials. I received my certification from Esalen Institute in massage therapy. Esalen massage is taught in many different ways, but the focus is always on the whole person. Everything in the body is connected to everything else. I am mindful of the entire person; not just a group of muscles or a knot in tissues. Internal awareness of the body called soma causes it to change itself. The reason I call myself a bodyworker rather than a massage therapist is that I work with the person to help her integrate the table session so that her body is more responsive to change and finds its own balance as it is used in everyday activities.

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I began to study craniosacral therapy while I was finishing my 500 hour certification through Esalen. Craniosacral therapy is taught by a cranial osteopath, Dr. John Upledger. He began the Institute in 1984 to train bodyworkers and others and I am now a certified craniosacral therapist through the Upledger Institute, founded by John Upledger,DO.
I have continued studying craniosacral therapy with the Upledger Institute and have completed their certification to the Diplomate Level, which is their highest classification.

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Still looking to fill in spaces or connect the dots, I added classes in Ortho-Bionomy and am an Associate in the Society of Ortho-Bionomy. Another osteopath, Dr. Arthur Pauls from England was introduced to positional release by Lawrence Jones, DO and devised his form of bodywork. It dovetails beautifully with craniosacral therapy, and at times overlaps through its use of gentle touch, body self-awareness, and always moving towards comfort.

FlanaganMacKenziebodywork I still wanted a simplier more physical expression of emotions through the body, rather than in spite of the body. I discovered Dave Berceli and his Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises. I have been studying with him since 2005 and became one of his trainers when he began teaching professionals how to facilitate TRE. This work is self-care, teaching a person how to allow themselves to release the tension and trauma that is still held in the body. Clients who add the exercises to table sessions with me heal quicker and feel better.

Dave Berceli teaches TRE in San Luis Obispo

"There are times in our lives when we are given a gift without knowing it. I feel that when I began massage therapy with you, that was the case. Over the years, we have each grown as we follow our own paths, and I have greatly benefitted from your never-ending thirst for knowledge and from the deepening of your skills. For this period that we have worked together, I can truly say that I have experienced massage as therapy, in a very deep, profound sense of the word. Thank you so much from my heart. This body, this spirit is deeply grateful."
MLC, SLO County, California.


Education & Background

BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1983

Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellowship, 1983

Massage Certification 1999 & 2004, Esalen Institute Big Sur, California

Member Esalen Massage and Bodyworker Association, 1999 to present

CranioSacral Therapy CST-T, Certified 2009, Upledger Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida

Society of Ortho-Bionomy; Associate in Practitioner Training SOBI Society of Ortho-Bionomy, 2006

Craniosacral Therapy CST-D Certified 2012 Upledger Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida

TRE Trainer, 2008-2011; Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises; Dave Berceli,PhD Phoenix, AZ

TRE Practitioner and Teacher, 2008-Present; Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises; Dave Berceli, PhD Phoenix, AZ