Journeys Through Nine Dimensions
Barbara Hand Clow & Gerry Clow
Bowen Island, British Columbia • Bellingham, Washington
My passion for using my hands "to see" started in 1995. I trained in spiritual healing at Lily Dale, New York, in 1996, then studied Polarity Therapy (PT) for a year in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I was the president and co-owner with Barbara Hand Clow of Bear & Company Publishers. From 1998-2000 I studied more PT with John Beaulieu in Stone Ridge, New York, and then pursued two years of foundational work in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) from 2000-2002. Currently I have completed a second level of foundational training in BCST from Scott Zamurut in 2013 and have started Scott's advanced classes on the same material. Scott's classes are taught in Santa Fe, and I have the pleasure of taking the classes with my daughter, Liz Clow, who is a licensed massage therapist and aspiring homeopath. Like me, she has the same conviction to "see" with her hands and to feel with her heart while using her mind as a curious observer.
My practice these days is 90% dedicated to doing the work of BCST, and for those of you who would like to know more about this essential healing modality, please scroll down and see my answers to the most basic questions clients ask in advance of receiving treatment.
You can book your session by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, I will ask you in advance for your date of birth and for your primary intention for coming to see me. This allows me time to tune into the session even before you arrive. Your first session will involve a few minutes of sitting together to get to know one another better, and to answer any questions you may have. I like to do an assessment of your physical condition, both from what you tell me and from what your body tells me. What we discuss provides a good context for entering into the table session.
You remain fully clothed during your session, and I like to put a sheet over you, or a blanket if it is winter. Most sessions you will be lying on your back, as I can access your spine, sacrum, and cranium by sliding my hands underneath you. Your "job" is to settle and relax. As one of my younger clients said recently, "Oh, I'd forgotten how to relax." This he shared when I asked him why his head had suddenly gotten much heavier in my hands.
My job as practitioner is to "meet you" in a balanced manner, and to let my hands lead the way in "reading" the health in your body. I am not putting any force or energy into your body system, just making an empathetic assessment and then observing your system as it does its own self-healing.
The other 10% of my hands-on work comes from Polarity Therapy and from my work with Barbara in accessing the dimensions we described in Alchemy of Nine Dimensions (2010). The PT training allows me to do reflexology at your feet and to move energy when that feels appropriate; I especially like to use PT at the end of a session, to lead you out of your relaxed state into a more active presence. And the 9D work provides a beautiful context for sessions which I will explore in a "10 Series" soon to be announced on this website. Meanwhile, I continue to offer a "Nine Dimensional Session" to clients who have already received one or two of my normal sessions.
BCST work is gentle but powerful, so be prepared to feel different when you leave-and to stay that way! I suggest a minimum of three sessions to get the fullest benefit from the work, and you may wish to consider the ten series I will be offering soon as a deeply nourishing journey into self-healing and self-discovery.
I work from my home studio on Bowen Island, BC, within walking distance of the ferry landing. My workdays are Friday through Tuesday, and my preferred hours are 9:45-11:45, and 12:45-2:45. Those times are set by the ferry schedule and are flexible if you are on-island or coming via water taxi. I also work one Thursday each month at Wise Awakening at 314 Holly Street in Bellingham, WA; you can book there by calling 360-756-8075.
Bowen Island is served year-round by BC Ferries (bcferries.com) from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, and in summer by a new water taxi service, English Bay Launch (eblaunch.com) from Granville Island in Vancouver. Once you book your session, I will send you more information on the ferry services, on how to find me, and on Snug Cove restaurants. You can also browse Bowen's new travel website, tourismbowenisland.com, for where to stay and play.
Finally, the cost for your session is as follows:
Thank you for your interest and I hope to be of service to you. Please read the material that follows to get a deeper understanding of BCST.
An Overview of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST)
What is it?
How does it work?
What's it good for?
What are the key terms used by BCST?
Where did BCST come from?
Dr. Still founded the American School of Osteopathy, in Kirksville, MO, in 1892. One of his early students was William Garner Sutherland, who during his senior year in 1899 viewed a specially prepared and mounted human skull. He noticed the intricate beveling in the suture between the sphenoid and temporal bones and the thought occurred to him: "Beveled, like the gills of a fish, and indicating an articular mobile mechanism for respiration." He then spent the next thirty years working out the relationships of the "cranial mechanism" as he called it. Sutherland's cranial concept is organized around the" primary respiratory mechanism," includes the following components, all of which organize themselves around primary respiration:
The work of Drs. Still and Sutherland was carried forward by yet another great osteopath, Rollin Becker (1910-1996), who is credited with naming such terms as "biodynamics," "bioenergy of wellness", "inherent treatment plan," and "rhythmic balanced interchange" when discussing the nature of the work. Dr. Becker also is credited with describing the three stages of a healing session: "Seeking, settling, reorganization/realignment." His work inspired yet another generation of biodynamic craniosacral therapists and teachers in the United States and England, including Franklyn Sills, Michael Shea, Roger Gilchrist, and Scott Zamurut, all of whom are practicing and teaching today along with thousands of BCST practitioners worldwide.
What is a Session Like?
At the table you remain fully clothed and placed under a sheet for comfort and coziness. Comfort is the operative word, and the work does not begin until you are really settled, really comfortable, on the table. The same is true for me as the practitioner, as I settle on my stool next to the table.
I tune into my own body, my own primary breathing, and then I do the same with you. Each person is unique in how his/her "system" runs. This is the beauty of the work, to find again and again an expression of life that is unique to that person. We each express life and vitality in our own way, based on our singular creation, from fertilization to birth to life experience.
Favorite contacts to your body are at: your ankles, from where I can read the tidal rhythms of your whole physical body; your sacrum, which is the primary grounder for your fluid body; your shoulders, from where the upper torso speaks; and your cranium, which is a world unto itself yet the creator of the CSF which flows rhythmically down your spine and then into your body as well. A whole session can occur from just one hold, but usually several are used during the 80-minute session.
Communication is key in the work, and I will ask you from time to time to share what you are noticing in your body, in your field. This keeps you involved and aware, and also helps guide me and reinforce my own assessment. Speaking of "force," this work proceeds without any force being put into your body; the only force is the forcefulness of your own health, your own vitality, your own potency, speaking.
Generally, we both become aware of your tides, your midline, and an area of your body that is asking for special attention. Focus will go on that area, sometimes from a distance, and sometimes more directly. The result is deep relaxation, and deep self-healing, as your body is given the opportunity for full focus of its healing mechanisms.
How Often Do I Need to Come for a Session?
"The bioenergy of wellness is the most powerful force in the world. It is dynamic. It is rhythmic. It is a force field that begins with the moment of conception and continues to the last moment of death." (Rollin Becker, DO, 1965)
"[BCST is] supporting people to become aware of, and more skilled in, allowing this life forced to express itself….[BCST is] a therapy that encourages embodied awareness as a route to health." (Cranial Intelligence, Sumner and Haines, pages 103 and 117)
Two recent client testimonials
"I am so very fortunate that you are in my life: validating what I'm doing on my own, stimulating me to reach further, and healing me with what always feels like magic. Thank you for another amazing session. I really like my new postures and today went spontaneously into a Sun Salutation after rolling upward from your series . . . . The model you and Barbara have set of creating our own ceremonies has been crucial to me in learning body dynamics; I'm formally thanking you for it and the magnificent release it has brought to my life. And I'm very grateful for your sensitivity, experience, and intuition in bringing me to exalted moments of wholeness."