Media Resources and Local Practitioners

  • Local Therapists

    A list of local therapists in Charlottesville who have training in Touch Skills for Trauma including Somatic Experiencing or Craniosacral Therapy. Click button to view.

  • Lory Bedotto
    Lory Bedotto CMT, NCBTMB

    Lory Bedotto: 1219 E Market St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
    mobile: 434-987-6286

    About Lory

    I began my professional career in massage therapy in 1989. Over the years I have studied, developed and practiced many modalities including neuromuscular therapy, lymphatic drainage, massage cupping, prenatal massage, craniosacral therapy and sports massage. A large portion of my clients have come in as a last resort for chronic pain and found much benefit and relief from this approach. I also support clients in countering and healing the effects of poor posture through manual support and postural re-education.

    Another aspect of my work includes craniosacral therapy and vagus nerve regulation. These more subtle modalities prove to be the most beneficial for some. In my years of practice and training in pre and perinatal studies, I have developed an awareness of the ways in which trauma, if not resolved, can be held in the body, creating physical symptoms. Some of these symptoms include chronic headaches, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I offer an open heart and listening hands along with a safe space for fear, shock, emotional distress and imprints from accidents, birth trauma or illnesses to come to the surface for resolution. The body has an inherent ability to heal itself and release anything that creates imbalance therein. Clients will often feel a sense of relief, a deep understanding of themselves and a quality of clarity after a session.

  • Lynette Meynig
    Lynette Meynig Rev, BA

    1647 Brandywine Dr., Charlottesville, Virginia
    mobile: 434-981 6989

    About Lynette

    Lynette was a student of Janet's for many years and studied biomechanical cranial sacral therapy. She is a certified zero balancing practitioner. In 2005 she also was ordained at St John the Divine in NYC as an interfaith minister. Understanding one's beliefs, faith and full history of an individual provides a greater perception of the whole person. This deepens my practice, allowing a pathway to healing and wholeness.
    Lynette is the owner of Family Ties and Pies and can be found every Saturday at the local Farmer's Market in Charlottesville.

  • Anne Smucker
    Anne Smucker Lic. Ac.

    1982 Arlington Rd., Charlottesville, Virginia

    About Anne

    Anne is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Charlottesville. Her intention is to create a healing partnership with you. She listens to your concerns and shares her observations in a caring, confidential environment. Through this dialogue, she creates a plan for your treatment and suggests the steps you can take to assist in your recovery of health and wholeness.

    Anne was drawn to the art of acupuncture by the example of an older Japanese friend and mentor named Hiroatsu Sato. Along with his work he used his gift of deep listening to stimulate the healing of body, mind and spirit. She realized that this was the kind of medicine she wanted to practice. She obtained a Master's Degree in Acupuncture in 2000 from the Maryland University of Integrative Medicine.  She is licensed to practice acupuncture by the Virginia Board of Medicine. Anne studied Cranial Sacral therapy with Janet Evergreen over several years and this study and practice has deepened her work as an acupuncturist.

  • Todd Parker
    Todd Parker MBA, CMT

    3510 Remson Court, Suite 101-B, Charlottesville, VA
    Todd is on sabbatical unti autumn 2021.

    About Todd

    At the age of 30, I began having sudden, dangerous, irregular heart rhythms, and was ultimately diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition. In addition to the shock of the diagnosis, I also experienced numerous traumatic surgeries and shocks to my heart from an implanted defibrillator over the following 10 years.
    I was greatly challenged by the uncertainty of not knowing if and when I would be shocked. I began to experience anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue. My overall well-being was greatly diminished as I experienced severe PTSD. I explored many healing modalities for support, including talk therapy. What ultimately helped me was receiving regular therapeutic massage and working with an MD who offered body-oriented psychotherapy. Indeed, this approach was so profoundly helpful in resolving PTSD that I committed to learning and sharing these practices.
    I became licensed in the State of Oregon to practice massage therapy in 2002. Since then, I have continued to learn and practice. I apply principals including Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Core Energetics, and Polyvagal Theory to help clients re-set their nervous systems, resulting in better health and well-being.
    I sincerely trust our physiological survival systems that have evolved for 600 million years. By bringing gentle attention and awareness to create the proper conditions of safety and connection, these survival systems can complete their process and heal the body in profound and lasting ways.

  • Zakira Beasley
    Zakira Beasley

    mobile: 434-960-5656
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    About Zakira

    Zakira is deeply impressed with the power of intention, presence and touch as a doorway to healing, and she brings a lifetime commitment to compassionate service and spiritual awakening to her hands-on practice. Her current studies include balancing the fluid Craniosacral system within the body, supporting the Vagus system for release from stress and trauma, and understanding the physical and emotional impacts of conception, birth and infancy. Using gentle touch she keeps sacred companionship in support of intrinsic health and wholeness, with clear boundaries, mutuality, and respect. Participants share that her presence with touch brings them pain relief, deep relaxation, increased joy, new insights, and the felt experience of love and compassion. Zakira's background includes work in both non-profit and for-profit organizations, and extensive training in spiritual practice in the Sufi tradition. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, and delights in her two young grandchildren and the great beauty of the natural world. She welcomes appointments in her home studio, and other locations by request.
    Photo by Karen Millnick

  • Connie Staley
    Connie Staley CMT, NCBTMB

    1110 Rose Hill Dr., Charlottesville, Virginia

    About Connie

    Connie offers individual treatments or combinations of zero balancing, craniosacral, massage, reflexology and biogensis. She is impressed with the expansive experience bodywork offers. She has studied with many incredible teachers including Swami Satchidananda with whom she studied Integral Yoga.  She is currently teaching Integral Yoga at a women's prison. Initially educated at San Francisco Art Institute, Connie approaches bodywork as an art form.  She is in a supportive marriage with one daughter.

  • Denise Dodds
    Denise Dodds

    Office in Charlottesville

    About Denise

    After benefiting greatly from craniosacral therapy, Denise began her profession in the healing arts with the biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy, as well as, Visceral Manipulation, polyvagal theory, body awareness and meditation. The biodynamic approach to health and bodywork brings an awareness of universal support and aligns us with our deepest resources. It is this influence and awareness that brings passion and purpose to her bodywork. Her clarity and transformation continue with spiritual processing, meditation and body awareness. Denise works with babies, children and adults in person or by Zoom. She works and lives in rural Virginia and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.

  • Angela Ferri
    Angela Ferri MA, LMT, ATMAT, RCST*, PPE*

    Ewing Drive, Bethesda, Maryland

    About Angela

    Angela completed training as a massage therapist in Santa Fe, in 1992. She has been a practitioner of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy*, supporting men and women’s reproductive and digestive health since 2001, and is a former instructor for the Arvigo Institute. She found her way to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy after she sustained a head injury. Transformed by the gentleness, compassion and profound depth of the work, she became a Registered Craniosacral Therapist through the Wellness Institute in 2012.

    During an advanced Biodynamic Craniosacral training about birth dynamics, Angela was inspired to continue exploration of the physical and emotional impacts of conception, the prenatal, birth, and infancy influence our orientation to life. She began training with Myrna Martin’s Pre and Perinatal Professional training in 2012, and completed the Advanced training in early 2016. Her practice supports inherent health with respect and clear boundaries. She is an herbalist with an affinity with Sacred Plant Medicine, has had a long-time yoga practice, and delights in creative movement.

  • Angela Ferri
    Sydney Batson

    Charlottesville, VA

    About Sydney

    Sydney Batson practices clinical herbalism and intuitive energy work. Her mission is to facilitate deep healing by tending to both your physical and subtle body. She loves playing matchmaker for her clients, pairing them with the herbs and therapies that best suit their needs.

    As a clinical herbalist, she can assist you with digestive complaints, menstrual issues, blood sugar imbalances, and much more. As an intuitive healer, she uses both Reiki and biodynamic Craniosacral techniques to give your body the space to heal itself.

    Sydney offers both virtual and in-person sessions for 13 year olds and older in Charlottesville, Virginia (Monahoac and Monocan land). Visit her website at to learn more about her practice or to book a session.

  • Angela Ferri
    Judith Sullivan

    420 Third Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA

    About Judith

    In 1983 I began my study of Zero Balancing with founder Fritz Smith, MD. Zero Balancing has since been the keystone of all that I do, and I am able to use Zero Balancing principles with CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Mobilization. I began my study of CranioSacral Therapy in 1984 with Dr. Upledger. In 1986 I began teaching for the Upledger Institute and I continued until 1999. CranioSacral Therapy has influenced me deeply both in my practice and in my teaching. I have learned how how the skills of CranioSacral Therapy can enhance the body’s natural healing processes and be effective for a wide range of health problems. I have had a private bodywork practice since 1976 and have also studied with and taught bodywork classes to professionals around the country. Teaching informs my practice and my practice informs my teaching.

    People who come to me are usually referred by a friend or health professional who has worked with me or who knows my work. My strength is my depth of knowledge and experience. I have had a private bodywork practice since 1976 and have also studied with and taught for some of the best people on the planet. I use a natural, powerful body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between the structures of the body and the body's energy. Releasing tension and energy blockages, and relieving dysfunction.

    In addition to my practice, teaching for me is a joy, an art, a privilege, and an amazing way to keep learning, inspiring and being inspired. Teaching allows us to pursue our love of learning and share our love of learning. I have enjoyed creating and teaching Secrets of the Skull, Spirit of the Organs, ZBKids, and Fabulous Fulcrums for the Zero Balance Health Association.

  • Angela Ferri
    Dominique Clothiaux RCST, LM, CPM

    Dominique Clothiaux RCST, LM, CPM
    Birth & Biodynamic Midwifery LLC
    Charlottesville, Va

    About Dominique

    Dominique is both a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and Licensed Midwife. She has studied Biodynamics & Pre and Perinatal Psychology since 2007. The main focus of her work, for over a decade, has been concentrated on how to subtly release deep tensions centered around the central nervous system. Her presence is centered on Stillness while supporting physical, emotional, and spiritual well being. She offers a deep therapeutic approach throughout the entire pregnancy, birthing process and postpartum time periods. Bridging the clinical aspects of midwifery care with biodynamic healing principles. She helps one woman and family at a time through loving continual support in a way that will not judge you but rather meet you in the place you already are. As a therapist she has thousands of treatment sessions under her belt and a midwife she has had the honor of attending hundreds of births. Dominique is able to take Medicaid for home birth payment.

  • Angela Ferri
    Jeanne van Gemert, MFA, LPC

    Jeanne van Gemert, MFA, LPC
    Integrated Psychotherapy
    Charlottesville, Va

    About Jeanne

    As a creative Charlottesville psychotherapist in private practice, I offer client-centered sessions that help people identify stress and life difficulties in order to learn from, heal and transform them. I have expertise in mindfulness, mind/body interconnections, expressive arts and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Insurance on the way: currently a sliding scale.

  • Angela Ferri
    Wendi Wagner, RYT 200, E-RYT 200

    Wendi Wagner, RYT 200, E-RYT 200
    Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach, Somatic Practices for Building Resilience

    About Wendi

    With a foundation in somatic practices and an interest in neuroscience, Wendi began researching the intersections between polyvagal theory and the benefits of yoga. These combined studies influence a teaching style that encourages students to discover ease and embodiment. The bridge between polyvagal and yogic theory are influenced by her long-time study of the Yoga Sutra. The sages remind us we can return to the simple practices of finding a place to direct our attention, and focus the heart.

  • Anique Lubov, BA, LMT

    Anique Lubov, BA, LMT
    Charlottesville, VA

    About Anique

    Anique Lubov practices Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy along with Integrative Massage and Somatic therapies in Charlottesville, VA. Her practice is dedicated to assisting people in reclaiming their health after traumas or difficult experiences. She works with infants, children and adults.

Janet Evergreen
115 RiverBluff Circle
Charlottesville, VA 22902
home: 434-293-2737
mobile: 434 906-4181

Budda's Hands Janet Evergreen