Course Fee
Regular Price / $750

Special Price / $700
three weeks in advance
Payment Plans are available. Please call for details.

Admission is by application only. Full price is required with application.             

If an applicant finds it necessary to withdraw up to three weeks before, the full deposit is refunded except for a $50 processing fee. If an applicant withdraws after that time, all tuition is nonrefundable, but may be applied to a future seminar.  If an applicant is not accepted, the full deposit is refunded.

Continuing Education Hours are available:
Acupuncture Continuing Education Hours pending for 28 contact hours. Provider is approved by the Cal Board of Acupuncture, Provider Number 234

Nursing Continuing Education Provider approved by the Cal. Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12248 for 28 contact hours.

LifeShapes is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved provider. 28 continuing education hours available for this course.



Mary Louise



LifeShapes Institute is dedicated to the presentation of quality education in the field of craniosacral therapy, including aspects of polarity therapy, pre and peri-natal work and somatic trauma resolution.

Susan Javery RCST®, LMT

Restoring Resilience in the Nervous System

You Can Live an Extraordinary Life



RESTORING RESILIENCE in the NERVOUS SYSTEM           A Biodynamic Approach

May 8-11, 2019

Temecula, CA

This seminar is about the foundations of biodynamic craniosacral therapy and how this gentle yet effective approach encourages healing and self-regulation of the nervous system and the body as a whole.

Biodynamic Craniosacral has its roots in osteopathic principles of natural healing. It teaches us to support the self-organizing forces within. 

Since it is claimed that 90 per cent of the disease in our current culture is based on Autonomic Nervous System(ANS) imbalance, we will explore practical biodynamic craniosacral approaches that re-regulate ANS  balance.

You will learn to perceive “activation”, “settling” and “discharge” in 
the nervous system and “track” this as a way of bringing conscious awareness and re-regulation. You will learn to use hand contacts and therapeutic intentions to affect autonomic  balance and restore a “resilient baseline”. 

You will develop an understanding of the embryologic formation of the central nervous system and learn to sense its “motility” as an expression of health and healing intention.

In this class, we will explore theory and practical  work related to:

  • Stephen Porges’ Social Engagement Nervous System(SENS) and and its interplay with sympathetic and parasympathetic balance
  • Coherency as a reflection of nervous system balance
  • Primary Respiration as therapeutic healing force.
  • Resolving nociceptive facilitation of the nervous system
  • The three tidal layers and their resources
  • The “relational healing field” and its effect on stress
  • The fluid body and its shock absorbing ability
  • Palpation of the fluid body and its natural healing forces and shifts.
  • Stillpoints, stillness and states of balance in nervous system regulation
  • Embryonic and energetic impulses of healing
  • The role of “client neutral” or “wholistic shift” in re-regulation. 
  • Tracking tools and presence as a gateway to nervous system resolutionResolving nociceptive facilitation of the nervous system
  • Stress Spirals and Selye’s General Adaptation Syndrome
  • Appropriate use of verbal and non-verbal skills in relating to nervous system balance.           
  • Self-help movements for improving nervous system re-regulation