Beyond the Dura 2019

April 24-27, 2019
Jupiter, Florida

Meet The Presenters and Contributors

Here are our scheduled presenters and contributors you will see at our Beyond the Dura 2019 Conference.


Strolling Under the Skin in Search of our Interior Architectures

Jean-Claude Guimberteau, MD

For decades, the biomechanical theories about connective tissue have been very vague, yet since they have not been debated, they have become acquired truths. That is until now!

Dr. Jean Claude Guimberteau, internationally renowned surgeon, speaker and author, will be presenting the culmination of his 20 years of intratissular endoscopic research carried out during more than 1000 surgical procedures. He will share images obtained during his exploration of living tissue and discuss the world under the skin that is far from simple. Come find out what Dr. Guimberteau now knows as the truth about connective tissue and how that relates to what you do as a manual therapist.

As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau, specialized in hand surgery—microsurgical replantation and transplantation. Through his experience of hand surgery and microsurgery he developed a new procedure for tendon reconstruction with vascularized sliding system. This was also the starting point for an intellectual voyage that took him far from the beaten track and off into the largely unknown world of fractals and the chaotic. His groundbreaking work explored and defined the movement of tissues beneath the skin using an intra-operative endoscopic camera to record living tissue. This lead Guimberteau to develop a new concept on living tissues and propose a new ontology for human interior architectures. He is the author of books and video programs on the architecture of human living fascia. Lecturing around the work, Guimberteau shares his discoveries such as the traditional anatomical view point of movement happening in 3 planes is incorrect, how each movement is unique and that structurally we are an apparent, yet intelligent, chaos.


Making the Most of your Unconscious Mind and Intuition

James L. Oschman, PhD

Unconscious processes and intuition help all therapists, whether they realize it or not. But just exactly what are these processes, and how can we make the most of them?

In this lecture Oschman discusses the possible scientific basis of the unconscious mind and intuition, and how they apply to therapeutics. Sigmund Freud popularized the concept of the unconscious mind and recognized that his provisional ideas in psychology would one day be based on organic substructures. Such relevant organic substructures revealed by recent research will be discussed with a focus on communication systems that are faster than nerve impulses and the roles they may play in the unconscious mind, intuition, therapeutics and elite human performance. It will be proposed that one aspect of the unconscious—its capacity to absorb and process vast amounts of sensory information—involves rapid signal processing through a combination of ultra-fast biological processes that are present in all cells and tissues, including but not limited to neurons. Semi-conduction in the body's living matrix, wetware, electromagnetic photonic communications, and quantum coherence are examples of such processes. The role of the heart as a sensory organ will also be discussed. All of these ideas and concepts will be discussed in relation to manual therapy.

Jim Oschman is an internationally recognized expert on the biophysics of Energy and Informational Medicine. He has contributed scientific perspectives that clarify controversial issues such as the nature of biological energetics and energetic therapeutics. Jim has written several popular books on the scientific basis of energy medicine, including Energy Medicine: the scientific basis (Churchill Livingstone, 2000),Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance (Butterworth Heinemann, 2003), and the second edition of Energy Medicine: the scientific basis (Elsevier, 2016). He has also written over 100 articles and chapters in books, including some in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and journals on alternative medicine.


The Nature of Cranial Rhythmic Movements – An Experimental Study

Thomas Rasmussen, PhD, MSC, CST-D

Thomas Rasmussen will be discussing the significant findings from the experimental study that he has been conducting. The study explores the rate, amplitude and symmetry of rhythmic oscillations in the human living cranium—the arterial, respiratory and what have been reported as the craniosacral rhythm (CSR) or cranial rhythmic impulse (CRI). The rhythmic oscillations of 50 healthy individuals were measured for 45 minutes in a resting state, without any intervention. The measurements were done with a newly develop machine. A subgroup of the tested individuals did not have any knowledge or experience of CranioSacral Therapy (CST), another group had received 1 – 3 CST treatments, and a final group had received >3 CST treatments. All data was analyzed by a person outside the experimental setup (i.e. blinded).

In all individuals, the CSR was distinguished from the respiratory rhythm at all times. Asymmetry related to a cranial restriction could be measured, and a shift in asymmetry before and after CST treatment could be documented in relation to CST treatment.

Come hear how this study demonstrates the existence of third rhythm (CSR) different from the arterial pulse and the respiratory rhythm. Like the arterial pulse and the respiratory breathing, the CSR is also observed as a dynamic physiological rhythm. Based on the data from the study the presentation will address the nature of the CSR and discuss possible models for the generation of the CSR.


When the Rhythm Stops

Thomas Rasmussen, PhD, MSC, CST-D

In Upledger's CranioSacral Therapy there are two essential phenomena in relation to the Craniosacral Rhythm (CSR) were the rhythm stops. The therapist induced Still Point and a sudden stop of the CSR called the Significance Detector (SD), as the SD indicates that something significant is "speaking" from the body/mind/spirit.

The CSR may be off for a whole treatment session and the CST practitioner is now guided by experiencing different qualities of SD including different depths of stillness. Central to our work and learnings when the rhythm is off, is the experiences of both the therapist and the client. Can the experiential descriptions when the rhythm stops be linked to an experimental documentation? Can shifts in the qualities of the SD and the experience of different levels of stillness be measured?

An experimental study will never give a complete description of our experiences, but increasing our knowledges of what happens when the rhythm stops, may help us navigate in the world of true experiences in the therapeutic process.

In Rasmussen's current study, a shift in craniosacral system functioning and physiology is documented in relation to a stop of the CSR and further in shifts of the SD. Come see how Still Points change the physiology of a person and build upon your foundation on how to work with Still Points.


Upledger in the Spirit and Science of Osteopathy

Chas Perry, PhD, CST-D

Dr. John E. Upledger recovered essential spiritual and holistic aspects of Osteopathy that were compromised as Osteopathy became more committed to medical sciences and its therapeutic applications. This presentation will help you gain an understanding and appreciation of Dr. Upledger's contribution to the field of Osteopathy, as well as the dynamics of science and holism in CST.


Is CranioSacral Therapy an Evidence-Based Treatment for Trauma?

Karen Axelrod, MA, CMT, CST-D

This presentation focuses on recent studies in brain anatomy and neuroscience as they relate to techniques utilized in Upledger's SomatoEmotional Release. Today, scientific investigations confirm how and why many of these concepts work in the therapeutic setting.


Trauma: Transformation and Research through Upledger Intensive Therapy Programs

Chas Perry, PhD, CST-D, Caroline Barrow, CST-D, Mariann Sisco, PT, CST-D

The Intensive Programs of the Upledger Institute have been providing unique, multi-disciplinary treatment programs for more than 30 years. These programs have evolved to facilitate and address the full spectrum of trauma, recovery, and transformation. These presenters will share the measures and outcomes from PTSD Intensive Therapy Programs in the US and UK.


Exploring Evidence

Mariann Sisco, PT, CST-D

Hear a literature review and update of published research on Upledger CranioSacral Therapy (CST). Understanding the evidence and the effectiveness of Upledger CST will empower you to educate and inspire medical professionals and your clients/patients on its many benefits.


Ancestral and Genetic Influence on SomatoEmotional Release

Susan Steiner, OTR/L, CST-D

There is research with epigenetics that shows trauma is actually passed through generations through the biology. The latest research on this topic will be presented, along with a review of Therapeutic Imagery and Dialogue ideas and actual sessions that address ancestral patterns.


Mouth Work Practice Protocol

Hank Meldrum, PT, OMT, CST-D

Boost your confidence and skills with tools provided to treat osseous structures from within the mouth, and familiarize yourself with methods and manual applications to treat the mouth.


The Vaccine Debate: How CranioSacral Therapy May Provide Benefit for Vaccine Injury

Tami Goldstein, WLMT, CST-D, BCTMB

This discussion presents independent studies on vaccines, a case report detailing a severe vaccine injury, and how CST can be an integral part of a multidisciplinary support for vaccine injury.


Brain Health Is In Your Hands

Michael Morgan, LMT, CST-D

What would it be like if the well known phrase, 'I just had a senior moment,' faded into history? Michael Morgan is here to share compelling outcomes andpractical paradigms for a new relationship with our brains.


CranioSacral Therapy for 'Zebras': An Exploration of CranioSacral Therapy Techniques for People with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)

Eloise Stager, LMT, CST-D

Did you know that individuals with EDS may present as a complex client and many are unaware they have EDS? Gain a general knowledge of what EDS is and how it affects an individual, while exploring CST applications that can be used in treatment sessions.


Birthing: A Brighter Future with CST

Carol McLellan, CMT, CST-D and Dr. Giovanna Fontanelli

A premature infant is essentially still a fetus that has interrupted development and no support of the mother. CST provides an effective tool to assist communication with the needs of that infant. Learn what CST with premature infants has taught us, and review clinical observations of the integration of physiology with the epigenetic effects of CST.