Media ResourcesBodywork and Wellness Related Therapies
- Stephen Porges Infosite: Supports the understanding of the Polyvagal Theory and the importance of self regulation. The Popular Articles section has a number of resources.
- Polyvagal Theory: What is it and why should we care? By Lori Parker PhD (an ebook to understand Porges)
- Touch Skills Trainings for Trauma Therapists with Kathy Kain
- The Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy: An ego state therapy based on the assumption that the degree to which developmental needs were not adequately met is the degree to which a client is stuck in childhood. An outgrowth of EMDR, fabulous resource for therapeutic needs and trauma release. Educational website for the layperson or therapist.
- The Milne Institute
- Judith Sullivan: Charlottesville master bodyworker, teacher and beloved friend.
- The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Associate of North America: Vast array of resources, including trainings and practitioner search
- The Upledger Institute: Vast offerings, bookstore, online list of International Association of Health Practitioners (IAHP).
- The Zero Balancing Health Association: Great people, certification program, etc.
- International Association of Healthcare Practitioners: Resources including research, articles, case studies, and posters; find a therapist
- Dr. Gabor Mate’s Website: Excellent reading on mind-body health.
- Proprioception and Resiliency for Kids: Why do some kids hang, lean, and climb on everything?
- More about proprioception and resiliency for kids
- The Science of Suffering: kids are inheriting their parents trauma.
- Interview with Early Trauma Expert Kathy Kain on Healthy vs Toxic Developmental Shame
- Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
- Polyvagal Theory Resources: John Chitty has compiled an excellent webpage resource with reading and videos to learn more about the Polyvagal Theory.
- Louise Diamond: A global peace builder, also part of Sunray Meditation Society and a pivotal mentor to Janet in her early development of interfacing meditation and peace studies.
- Eastern Mennonite University Center for Justice and Peacebuilding: The program is committed to supporting conflict transformation and peace-building efforts at all levels of society in situations of complex, protracted, violent or potentially violent, social conflict around the world and where Janet received her MA. Highlighting exquisite diversity of the greatest human beings and our shared heart on the planet, there are often more than 40 countries represented in a semester.
- Help Increase the Peace Program (HIPP): Excellent International Quaker based program teaching young people and adults communication skills for conflict resolution through storytelling, play, and simulations.
- INEPE: Inspiring school for children of the barrios of Quito, Ecuador, based on Holistic Health and Spiritual development of each child and the community. Janet teaches children and staff there every winter.
- In an Unspoken Voice by Peter Levine. Drawing on Peter’s broad experience as a clinician, a student of comparative brain research, a stress scientist and a keen observer of the naturalistic animal world to explain the nature and transformation of trauma in the body, brain and psyche. Based on the idea that trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder, but rather an injury caused by fright, helplessness and loss that can be healed by engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions. The book elegantly blends the latest findings in biology, neuroscience and body-oriented psychotherapy to show that when we bring together animal instinct and reason, we can become more whole human beings.
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van de Kolk, M.D. Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
- Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma–An Integrative Somatic Approach by Kathy L. Kain and Stephen J. Terrell. A practical, integrated approach for therapists working with people (both adults and children) who have been impacted by developmental trauma and attachment difficulties. Kathy L. Kain and Stephen J. Terrell draw on fifty years of their combined clinical and teaching experience to provide this clear road map for understanding the complexities of early trauma and its related symptoms.
- Scared Sick is based on 17,000 case studies performed by Kaiser HMO and other research on the effect of adverse childhood experiences. By Robin Karr-Morse, Meredith S. Wiley.
- Learn More About Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy Franklin Sills has several books on the subject on his recommended reading page.
- Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences. (1997) by Peter Levine and A. Frederick.
- Trauma through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing (2007) by M. Kline and Peter Levine.
- Trauma through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing by Peter Levine
- The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy -Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation (2018) written by Deb Dana, forward by Peter Levine.
- Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve: Self-Help Exercises for Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Autism by Stanley Rosenberg
- Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson
- The Tao of Trauma-A Practitioners Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment by Alaine D. Duncan
- Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing by Daniel Foor PhD
- My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
- The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson
- Wounds Into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma by Tizrah Firestone
- In Motion ~ An Animated Exploration Of The Craniosacral Rhythm
- Craniosacral Therapy, Excerpts from Juda Lyons DVD Series
- Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy DVD with Judah Lyons Note the section showing the tides starting at 2:18.
- Cerebrospinal Fluid and Ventricles, Part 1 Starting at approximately 8:00 minutes.
- Anatomy of the Brain: The Cerebrospinal Fluid CSF
- Exploring the Vagus System
- Biodynamic Craniosacral with Franklyn Sills
- Janet Evergreen describes the benefits of CST in the Interview with Janet about CST video.
A list of local psychotherapists in Charlottesville who have training in Touch Skills for Trauma, including Somatic Experiencing or Craniosacral Therapy. Click button to view.
Touch Skills—Bodywork Practitioners
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 to learn more about her practice or to book a session.
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
Lory Bedotto CMT, NCBTMB
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.
Laura brings a breadth and depth to her practice that stems from over 20 years of clinical experience, expertise in complementary modalities that focus on restoring healthy function in the nervous system, and her extraordinary intuitive abilities. She has a large toolkit of strategies to pull from, but her
greatest gift is in guiding clients to connect more deeply with their inner knowing of what is needed for true, long-lasting healing.
Dominique Clothiaux RCST, LM, CPM
Birth & Biodynamic Midwifery LLC
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.
Jay DeMaio, LMT
Jay DeMaio is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Somatic Therapist in Charlottesville, Virginia. He received certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage in 2006. He has experience in both private practice and clinical practice. As a student of and teaching assistant for Janet Evergreen, MA, of the Sanctuary (healing arts school), Jay has gained extensive experience in treating anxiety, stress, adverse childhood experiences, and PTSD through Polyvagal Bodywork, Cranio- Sacral Therapy and various Somatic Therapy modalities.
Jay volunteers locally as a massage therapist for under served communities and has spent time at the Texas border to support immigrants suffering from trauma as a result of family separation and fear of deportation.
A longtime practitioner of Qigong and the Internal Martial Arts, Jay holds a five-year certificate of training from Blue Willow World Healing Center. He continues to train under the guidance of Qigong Master Zhongxian Wu, recognized lineage holder of 4 Daiost Internal Martial Arts schools.
Jay guides Qigong as a deep internal healing experience. He offers small-group Qigong classes, and individual Qigong lessons are also available at his studio.
Jay is a lymphoma survivor who draws on wisdom gained from his departure from conventional treatment protocols and his application of Qigong for pain management, cancer therapy, and chemotherapy recovery.
Office in Charlottesville
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.
Jackie Emm, MPH, RCST
Jackie Emm, MPH, RCST
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
The Medicine Wheel
1114 East High Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
About JackieJackie Emm has been practicing biodynamic craniosacral therapy (BCST) in Charlottesville since 2007. Her private practice includes a combination of therapies which incorporates BCST with a focus on trauma integration, the vagus nerve system, and early pre and perinatal patterns and how they inform our whole lives.
Along with many years of professional training, Jackie offers deep listening skills, open awareness, and presence. She considers this type of work to be psychotherapy for your body. She believes that when our physical body is deeply listened to, without judgment, our body’s wisdom can safely express itself and reorganize for optimal health.
Jackie moved to Charlottesville from San Francisco in 2001, and discovered the benefits of biodynamic work after the traumatic birth of her second son. She has a background in public health and nonprofit management, and worked in that field for many years before training as a somatic therapist. She has raised her family here and enjoys all that Charlottesville has to offer.
Angela Ferri MA, LMT, ATMAT, RCST*, PPE*
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.
Charlotte James BA, LMT, CPCC
Somatic Integrative Arts
About CharlotteCharlotte’s trauma informed approach is process and nervous system oriented and has been shaped by both her personal and professional studies in various somatic embodiment trainings over the past 20 years.
She supports her clients to orient toward agency, curiosity and resourcefulness, attune to the felt-sense of their inner guidance and inherent wellbeing and live a more embodied, joyous and creative life.
The modalities she incorporates in her practice include: Somatic Expressive Arts, Integrative Bodywork, Co-Active Life Coaching, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Polyvagal touch therapy.
Riley Koren MA, LPC, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist
About RileyAs a massage therapist and professional counselor, Riley roots her practice of massage in a compassionate awareness of the mind-body connection. She tailors each massage to the client’s unique physical and emotional needs. Riley offers full-body relaxation massages as well as more focused sessions to address specific areas of tension and/or dysfunction. She can also incorporate vagus work as needed. Riley received her massage training in Chicago and has been working as a massage therapist for 12 years.
Anique Lubov BA, LMT
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.
Lynette Meynig Rev, BA
1647 Brandywine Dr.,
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.
Todd Parker MBA, CMT
800 E. High StreetAbout Todd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
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 emotional shock of the diagnosis, I also experienced numerous traumatic surgeries and electric 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 principles 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.
Anne Smucker LAC
1982 Arlington Rd.,
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.
Connie Staley CMT, NCBTMB
1110 Rose Hill Dr.,
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.
420 Third Street, NE,
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.
Jeanne van Gemert, MFA, LPC
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.
Wendi Wagner, RYT 200, E-RYT 200
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.