Craniosacral Therapy & Somatics

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a particular approach within Craniosacral Therapy, which grew from Osteopathic Medicine. Sessions begin with settling and a check-in about your intention and how your body is doing. The hands-on work takes place on a massage table, and you remain fully clothed. My approach is rooted in working with the autonomic nervous system and supporting a restoration of optimal function. We can include talking, tracking physical sensations and other approaches to trauma resolution. I do not seek to "fix" your body, rather to create a conducive environment in which your body can experience it's own capacity to self-adjust, re-align and heal. It is an inside-out process, which centers your body as the location of healing capacity. 

Benefits of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

  • increased vitality

  • structural alignment

  • autonomic nervous system healing and balancing

  • supportive rest for folks with chronic illness

  • integration throughout gender transition process

  • general support for wellbeing

Somatic therapy centers body-awareness in the therapeutic process. My approach integrates Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology, Polarity Therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, applied attachment theory, Polyvagal Theory and autonomic nervous system physiology. I specialize in healing early developmental trauma, including prenatal, birth, newborn and early childhood experiences. I also specialize in attachment issues, gender and sexuality, autism, and I love working with practitioners.

Benefits of Somatic Therapy

  • autonomic nervous system healing and balancing

  • healing attachment and developmental trauma

  • healing trauma associated with experiences of complex chronic illness

  • healing prenatal and birth trauma (your own or from when you were pregnant or gave birth)

According to Dr. James Jealous, DO, at least 80% of illness is related to the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system, central nervous system and immune system affect and relate to each other, and thus by working to repair and resolve impacts of trauma and/or chronic illness across these systems, biodynamic craniosacral therapy and somatic therapy work as part of a functional medicine approach to healing.

I offer this work within an anti-oppression framework, including understanding the way ableism has framed the ideas of wellness and health. I support health and vitality as a self-determined experience, not based on external criteria, and our work together is based in emergent process guided by your intentions. My practice is queer and trans* normative, while being open to all genders and sexualities.

Details About Working Together

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy sessions are held in my office in Berkeley. For new clients, please book an initial 1.5 hour session so we can include an intake and hands-on work on the table. Current clients, you can book a 1 or 1.5 hour session, whichever you prefer.

Somatic Therapy sessions are held in my office in Berkeley or online via Zoom. You can book a 1 or 1.5 hour session, whichever you prefer. We can work together on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, occasional or one-time basis based on what best suits your needs. 

I also offer Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Somatic Therapy for pregnant people, newborns and postpartum parents, please read Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Care to learn more.

If you have any questions, please book a complimentary consult to discuss working together. 

I have been extremely pleased with the support I have been given from Elsa. The modalities used have unlocked and opened me up to a new level of awareness within myself and my past. I am continuing my sessions with Elsa because they make me feel safe and without any judgement when I share some very deep childhood traumas. I truly feel this is needed in order to open up to my emotional side and heal.
— H.R., student
I get so much more than an excellent, highly skilled and extremely attuned Craniosacral session that expands my perspective and contributes to my physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. Elsa is also highly aware of my condition of fibromyalgia, more so than other health care professionals, and is helping me with different avenues to healing. In a short time my condition has greatly improved.
— H.P., activist