Dynamic Body Balancing - Techniques in
CranioSacral Therapy and Myofascial Unwinding

Testimonials

  

 Comments from attendees of the workshop:



You've changed my life Carol! Thank you for all you've done for me and for all you do!
Pamela Narhi

I really like the arrangement of the chairs and tables so we could really get the mechanics down. BTW - My Doctor took me off the blood pressure medication I had been taking for 5 years!
Jeanne Fox

These classes have changed my life! Personally, I haven't felt this good, ever, and my family has benefitted greatly from this!
Erin Flann P.T.

I loved the circle of tables format, your morning closing, videos and stories!  Thanks so much! You've totally changed the way I look at the body.
Christina Wieters

Wonderful seminar, truly worth every minute.
Dr. Susan Buchanan-Cheney

Thank you very much Carol! You changed and helped me in so many ways!
Annette Keranen

Dear Carol,

Attending your workshops changed my life in so many ways...most of all, it put passion and hope and purpose back into my life. I am so humbled to be using your work to help others, from the newest of newborns to our most elderly 89-year old client. It continues to amaze me how many treatment avenues are available in 100 hours worth of training in your workshops. Your teaching method, information delivery, and training space is a beautiful and effective combination. Sometimes when I'm working with a client, I can't believe how lucky I am.

From the depth of my heart, thank you.
With love, Tamra Ana

 I felt going into the workshop that it would help me to heal my own health as well as my family. Little did I know the extent of how much impact it would have in my own healing!  Thank You
Sandra Jaworski

  I feel so fortunate, lucky and blessed to have been allowed to attend this workshop..almost at the last minute. I want to thank Dr. Carol  and all of the attendees for creating a safe space for all of us to release in whatever form was needed.

Judi Warn

   
The last day came so fast! Amazing knowledge of the human body and intuition of the human soul was acquired!
Thank You, 
Jennifer Thayer

 This was an amazing experience and complete affirmation that this work is where I am meant to be. I cannot wait until the next workshop! Thank You
Randi Larson,

    
I really feel Level I was the beginning of a new journey for me as a healing practitioner and midwife.
Nickie Kerrigan

    
Wonderfully enlightening, very informative and spirtitually moving! 
Thank You, 
Margaret Owens

 
I loved the energy, the support and everyone’s effort to help everyone heal. Very touching!
Kirstin Whiting

    
I wasn’t quite sure I would be able to grasp the information and understand everything, but I was able to! Amazing!!
Kim Lagerstrom

    
I am grateful that Dr. Carol has given us all of her love and wisdom; this is truly her gift. I cannot wait to receive more training!
Thank You, 
Kristen James

    
Please don’t stop telling the stories or the research for reconnecting what we all innately know. You have such “pure energy”. I had been away from the light workers too long. I appreciated the Reconnection you gave me!

 
As a D.C. I am happy to have all levels and backgrounds in a class as it brings an element of richer experiences and less pre-conceived notions!
Julie Wilke D.C.

    
Dr. Carol creates a space for a different way to do things. A healthier, more wholistic way to not only do bodywork, but create a new way of living your life. And, you get to give that gift to everyone you work on!
Thank You. 
Heather O’Brien



Family Stories
 

    Our experience with Dr. Phillips has really changed our lives for the better, especially for our son Rowan. Not only has she been able to help relieve his pain as well as my own, but she also exposed us to other aspects of holistic healing that we have begun incorporating into our lives as well. She’s given us hope that pregnancy and labor may not necessarily be so difficult the next time, and more importantly, that there are things we can do to make sure our next child never has to experience the pain and discomfort that our son has suffered through.

   My son Rowan was born on July 11, 2006, after quite a long and difficult labor.  From the earliest days, it was obvious that he wasn’t the “average” baby in terms of temperament, but we never imagined at first that it could be partially due to physical pain as
a result of an injury suffered during my pregnancy and labor.  

    Three hours later (18 hours since my water broke and the first contraction), very little had changed – the contractions were still constant and very strong, but I’d only dilated from 8 to barely 8.5 cm.  My labor felt as if it were in full swing, but nothing seemed to be progressing. I had stalled…I was completely exhausted and barely coherent, and unfortunately neither the nurses nor the doctor on call had anything helpful to offer except pain medications.  Finally, I gave up my hope for a “natural” birth and accepted an epidural, as well as pitocin, I was left to “rest” for nearly 6 hours, during which my son finally turned around and my cervix fully dilated. I then pushed (numb and on my back) for 3 full hours before my son was finally born at 10:30pm – 27 hours after my labor had begun. Despite the length and difficulty of the labor, Rowan seemed fine when he finally arrived in our arms. p> Rowan was a sleepy newborn for the first couple of days (typical, as far as we knew), but very soon he started to become much more fussy.  The most noticeable thing at first was that he was a very, very light sleeper and was ultra-sensitive to position changes of any kind, especially the transition from arms to bed.  We were basically never able to put him down to sleep – no matter how long we waited or how deeply he appeared to be sleeping, he would always wake as soon as he touched the mattress, or even when we changed his position in arms in anticipation of putting him down.  He would wake frequently at night, often crying out as if in pain.  We were not surprised that he loved being in arms and disliked seats and swings, but he also seemed to hate being held while we were sitting down, as in a rocking or bouncing chair, and screamed whenever he was held in the “typical” cradling position that others tended to use when holding him.  He was most often only satisfied when being held in an upright position by a standing moving person. 

    One of the biggest challenges we faced, and the one that ultimately brought us to Dr. Phillips’s care, was Rowan’s very strong negative reaction to riding in the car.  Within the first few weeks of life, it became clear that he was very uncomfortable in his car seat.  He never went to sleep in the car (except if he was exhausted from a long bout of crying first), and he seemed to fuss a lot.  I remember vividly the first time he began crying inconsolably in the car -- we had been on a short walk at the park and were coming home -- and he screamed the whole way home.  Thankfully it was only a 15 minute drive.  From that point on, he cried inconsolably almost every time we got in the car.  Usually he was calm or just mildly fussy for the first few minutes, occasionally fine for up to 20 minutes, but anything longer than that and he would inevitably begin screaming.  There was nothing I could do to comfort him (singing, music, toys for distraction).  It didn’t matter if we were moving or still.  I even tried pacifiers (which I had avoided giving at home), but he wanted nothing to do with it, although during the early months he was sometimes slightly consoled by sucking on a pinky finger.  After a while, we simply avoided going anywhere with him that wasn’t absolutely necessary, and always tried to keep the trips 15 minutes or less.

     We really had no idea what was causing his crying.  At first we thought it was just a newborn thing, but when the behavior lasted until he was 6, 7, 8 months old, we thought it must be something else.  His Grandmother thought he was just “cranky” and would ask if he was “a good baby” on the car rides home from her house.  People told us he just didn’t like being restrained in the car seat and that he would eventually “get used to it” or outgrow it -- and not to let him control us with it!  But we could clearly see that it wasn’t just bad behavior -- he really seemed to be uncomfortable and in pain.  We could see it in his face, especially the sour or pained expression in the minutes before the strong crying began.  We checked for anything that might be sticking or scratching him in the seat or in his clothing. We hypothesized that he might be feeling carsick, as his father experiences nausea when riding in the backseat as well.  We tried taking him only on a full, empty, or half-full stomach, but this didn’t help.  We tried only when he was well-rested, and only when he was sleepy. Nothing seemed to make a difference. 

     We talked to others about our situation, but no one close to us had experienced anything like it.  Most of them thought we were crazy, as the car was always the “magic bullet” to calm their fussy babies.  Eventually I met some other mothers whose babies also fussed in the car, but  none seemed as extreme as Rowan.  Finally, I happened to mention it to a local La Leche League leader and she told me that one of her children had been very similar -- and that cranio-sacral therapy had helped.  I had never heard of it, but she gave me a name of the clinic where she had gone.  Eventually, just before Rowan turned 9 months old, I worked up the resolve to call that clinic, and they in turn led me to Dr. Phillips.   I knew Dr Phillips would be helpful the first time I spoke with her - she happily took my call on a Sunday afternoon, with a screaming baby in the background!  She also seemed to assess our situation quite accurately just from a short description in an email, which was quite impressive.  At the first visit, I must confess that my husband  and I were a bit apprehensive.  We’re both skeptics by nature and didn’t know what to expect -- but as we didn’t feel we had any other options to help our son with his pain, we wanted to make the best of it and give it a try. 

     She started the session by talking with us and reiterating the discussions we had had over email, to make sure we clearly understood each other.  Then, she sat down with Rowan, myself and my husband and made use of a very interesting  tool -- a singing Care Bear!  It was the sort of toy that requires you to complete a circuit to start the singing, by putting the bear’s hands together or by holding each hand with your own to complete the circuit through your own body.  Dr. Phillips demonstrated that we could complete the circuit even by holding hands among herself, me and my husband, and that this should be possible for any reasonably healthy person or chain of healthy people.  Then we tried it with Rowan in the circuit -- and nothing happened!  The bear didn’t sing.  Rowan’s body wasn’t conducting the electricity, completing the circuit.  Dr Phillips tried by touching him on various parts of his body.  Big chunks of his body, like his leg, caused no result at all.  Others, like his forehead, seemed to cause a choppy staccato effect on the musical bear, like the circuit was being turned off and on at random.  Dr. Phillips described this as a blockage in his energy flow.  My husband and I, being skeptics, kept watching her hands to see if somehow she was manipulating the situation to fool us, but she definitely wasn’t.  It was for real!     After this, she started her manipulations.  Rowan, who was normally pretty apprehensive of strangers and even people he‘d met several times, seemed immediately comfortable with Dr Phillips.  He had no problem with her massaging him and manipulating his body.  During the unwinding process, his limbs moved in all kinds of unusual ways -- most strangely, he pulled his leg up next to his body, so that his knee was behind his arm and his foot was next to his ear!  I knew babies were flexible, but this contortion was a little extreme!  But I didn’t really feel concerned, because Rowan seemed to be completely comfortable and at ease in this bizarre position.  I’d never seen him do that on his own, but it was also obvious that Dr. Phillips hadn’t forced him there in any way.  She explained that he must have been in this position in utero, and that was why it seemed so comfortable to him -- even 9 months after his birth.  In unwinding from that position, he let out a little cry, but it seemed more like from a memory than from any immediate discomfort.  Dr. Phillips said it was a major release.  Before we left, we tried the Care Bear test again -- and amazingly, there was no problem completing the circuit with Rowan anymore!  Whatever energy blockage there was seemed to be cleared.

     After our session, we drove home and he cried as he always did, but Dr Phillips said it might be 1-2 weeks before the adjustments really finished taking effect. That night Rowan and I took a long warm bath with some Epsom salts, to relax our muscles (Dr Phillips had helped me unwind the twists in my own body as well, which had caused all the problems in the first place).  And within 2 weeks, we were amazed at the improvements we saw!  The crying was greatly diminished, and he was able to last much longer in the car without even fussing.  He would still fuss from boredom or dislike of being strapped in, but it was nothing like the constant pained screaming he experienced for the previous 9 months.  He even fell asleep in the car without any crying a couple of times!  By the time he was 12 months old, we were able to take a long drive to visit family and he went several hours with hardly a peep!  

      It is difficult to tell how much is just a result of getting older and more mature, but after we saw Dr Phillips, Rowan just seemed to be a much happier baby in general. Even his Grandmother commented on how much less fussy and more comfortable he seemed, and how much more adaptable he was to new situations, especially interacting with her and other “new” people  Now he is a happy cheerful toddler most of the time -- even in the car I’m not sure where we would be without Dr. Phillips’ help. We are so fortunate that we were led to her, that she lives and works so close to our home, and that she was able to take us on as patients. She really was a Godsend and we can‘t thank her enough! 




 

         

 

         

 

         

                                 
                                                     Anna’s story

 Our interactions with Dr.  Carol Phillips have changed our lives in some profound and positive ways.  My two young daughters, as well as myself, have been privy to the amazing work that Carol performs, and I feel so blessed to have had the good fortune to cross paths with this undeniably miraculous healer.  She has helped all three of us immeasurably, but today I will focus on how she has helped my dear firstborn, Anna.

 Anna was born on June 23, 2005, though her due date had been late July.  From start to finish, her birth did not go at all according to my “plan.”  I had gone to the birthing class and tuned out anything that I felt did not pertain to me; *I* was certainly not going to have medications or a c-section!  Then on the morning of June 22nd, as I was getting ready to go to work, I felt some fluid.  I thought perhaps I hadn’t wiped well enough when I had visited the bathroom, but quickly realized that my water had broken.  After making the appropriate calls to my OB’s office (I was set to have an appointment with them that afternoon anyway), my husband and my parents, I took a shower and got myself ready, knowing that there was a good chance that I would not be coming home that evening.

 My OB verified what was going on and immediately sent me to the hospital.  Since my water was broken and I had just gotten back the results that I was group B positive, I would be put on antibiotics immediately and need to stay in the hospital for the duration.  Because my daughter was not due for another 4 ½ weeks, I was told to lay low and not move around too much; they wanted to give her a bit of extra time in utero before delivery.  Well, things progressed on their own through the night, despite the fact that I was laying flat on my back the whole time.  By early morning on the 23rd, when the nurse came in to start pitocin, as was the plan, I asked her to please check me first.  She humored me, though she figured I would only be about 1 cm along.  She was surprised to learn that I was over 8 cm and 100% effaced, and we were all surprised to learn that our little one was butt down!  It did not take long after that to determine this child would not be born vaginally.  Forty five minutes after the nurse first came in, I heard the screams of my folded up baby girl as she emerged from my incision.

 Anna spent about 8 days in the NICU, though there really wasn’t anything “wrong” with her.  She just needed a little bit more time to grow under the watchful eyes of the hospital staff before they could send her home to us.  Once she came home, we were thrilled and never looked back.

 It didn’t take too long before we were noticing Anna had a strong preference to look one way over the other.  We didn’t think much of it, until our pediatrician diagnosed her with torticollis.  He recommended that we call a PT and get her treated, but we were not sold on the idea.  We just didn’t think it was that bad!  During this time, my mom had (of course) been showing off pictures of their newest grandbaby to all of her friends, and one of her friends, Dr.  Carol Phillips, immediately picked up on something just looking at the photos.  She noticed that Anna was bent in one way in the pictures, and told my mother that I should bring Anna to see her.  Well, as you can well imagine, if we weren’t willing to take our baby girl to a PT, we certainly were not going to do this either.  So we dismissed the idea, and as time went on, Anna “outgrew” the torticollis on her own.

 Sixteen months after Anna made us parents, we welcomed another baby girl, Kate, to our family.  I had been looking forward to a VBAC with Kate, only to very surprisingly learn that she too was breech and would be delivered via c-section.  She arrived on time and in perfect health, and we began our lives as a family of four.  But again, it took little time to notice that Kate, like her big sister, had a penchant for viewing the world on one side only.  The difference was that Kate’s torticollis was more severe than her big sister’s, and she was also diagnosed with plagiocephaly, as her head had begun to become misshapen.  There was no denying that she would require care to get over this, so at 4 months old, we began taking her to a wonderful PT.  At about the same time, my mother again approached me about taking her to see Carol, and this time, I agreed.  I obviously was skeptical, but thought it couldn’t hurt.

 During this time, we were finding that Anna had a chronic problem with constipation.  Despite our efforts to remedy the situation with dietary changes, things progressed.  We were beginning to think about talking to the pediatrician about potential medications that could help her with this issue.  Luckily for me, I decided to mention it to Carol at one of our visits, and she said to bring Anna in the next time and she would check her out as well.  Given what we had already seen through her adjustments with Kate as well as myself (a misaligned pelvis was the root of the breech presentation issue), we did just that. 

 I was truly amazed when Carol first treated Anna.  My oldest child is not touchy feely, and can be weary of strangers, so it was very surprising to witness her being so calm and content during her treatments.  At our first visit with Anna, Carol told us that her bowels would not be able to properly function, as they weren’t even in the right place!  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was only a day or so after that first treatment that we saw the first normal bowel movement from Anna in months!  We had not made any other changes to her life, so I knew that we were really on to something.  Within months, my youngest had “graduated” from PT, I was off of my meds for my Ulcerative Colitis (a condition that came about after the birth of my second child), and Anna was taking normal, regular bowel movements!  It was wonderful.  However, I had really not put it all together that all of these positive changes had taken place because of our experiences with Carol.  Summertime hit, we all felt great and got busy, so we stopped seeing Carol for treatments.

 It didn’t start right away, but little by little, both Anna and myself began to backslide.  I was frustrated and confused as to why we were both again having problems, until I really thought back to what we had been doing in the spring when we had all felt great. We had regularly been seeing Dr. Phillips.  So, in January 2008, I got in touch with her again and explained the situation.  She was more than happy to welcome us back, even saying that sometimes it is good to step back and really see what is helping.  We have now gone back to see Carol twice in the new year, and already I am seeing positive changes in Anna again.  She is having more frequent bowel movements, and they are beginning to get more normalized in consistency again.  I am actually thinking that we might finally be able to attempt potty training now! 

 It is difficult to put into words how grateful I am to have found Dr.  Carol Phillips.  She has offered us hope that we simply didn’t have before, and opened our eyes to this wonderfully caring profession.  My only regret is that I didn’t contact her sooner in the life of my beautiful Anna.  We can’t say thank you enough for the extraordinary things Carol has done, and continues to do for our family.

 Laura and Bill Superczynski

                                 
                                                     Anna’s story

 Our interactions with Dr.  Carol Phillips have changed our lives in some profound and positive ways.  My two young daughters, as well as myself, have been privy to the amazing work that Carol performs, and I feel so blessed to have had the good fortune to cross paths with this undeniably miraculous healer.  She has helped all three of us immeasurably, but today I will focus on how she has helped my dear firstborn, Anna.

 Anna was born on June 23, 2005, though her due date had been late July.  From start to finish, her birth did not go at all according to my “plan.”  I had gone to the birthing class and tuned out anything that I felt did not pertain to me; *I* was certainly not going to have medications or a c-section!  Then on the morning of June 22nd, as I was getting ready to go to work, I felt some fluid.  I thought perhaps I hadn’t wiped well enough when I had visited the bathroom, but quickly realized that my water had broken.  After making the appropriate calls to my OB’s office (I was set to have an appointment with them that afternoon anyway), my husband and my parents, I took a shower and got myself ready, knowing that there was a good chance that I would not be coming home that evening.

 My OB verified what was going on and immediately sent me to the hospital.  Since my water was broken and I had just gotten back the results that I was group B positive, I would be put on antibiotics immediately and need to stay in the hospital for the duration.  Because my daughter was not due for another 4 ½ weeks, I was told to lay low and not move around too much; they wanted to give her a bit of extra time in utero before delivery.  Well, things progressed on their own through the night, despite the fact that I was laying flat on my back the whole time.  By early morning on the 23rd, when the nurse came in to start pitocin, as was the plan, I asked her to please check me first.  She humored me, though she figured I would only be about 1 cm along.  She was surprised to learn that I was over 8 cm and 100% effaced, and we were all surprised to learn that our little one was butt down!  It did not take long after that to determine this child would not be born vaginally.  Forty five minutes after the nurse first came in, I heard the screams of my folded up baby girl as she emerged from my incision.

 Anna spent about 8 days in the NICU, though there really wasn’t anything “wrong” with her.  She just needed a little bit more time to grow under the watchful eyes of the hospital staff before they could send her home to us.  Once she came home, we were thrilled and never looked back.

 It didn’t take too long before we were noticing Anna had a strong preference to look one way over the other.  We didn’t think much of it, until our pediatrician diagnosed her with torticollis.  He recommended that we call a PT and get her treated, but we were not sold on the idea.  We just didn’t think it was that bad!  During this time, my mom had (of course) been showing off pictures of their newest grandbaby to all of her friends, and one of her friends, Dr.  Carol Phillips, immediately picked up on something just looking at the photos.  She noticed that Anna was bent in one way in the pictures, and told my mother that I should bring Anna to see her.  Well, as you can well imagine, if we weren’t willing to take our baby girl to a PT, we certainly were not going to do this either.  So we dismissed the idea, and as time went on, Anna “outgrew” the torticollis on her own.

 Sixteen months after Anna made us parents, we welcomed another baby girl, Kate, to our family.  I had been looking forward to a VBAC with Kate, only to very surprisingly learn that she too was breech and would be delivered via c-section.  She arrived on time and in perfect health, and we began our lives as a family of four.  But again, it took little time to notice that Kate, like her big sister, had a penchant for viewing the world on one side only.  The difference was that Kate’s torticollis was more severe than her big sister’s, and she was also diagnosed with plagiocephaly, as her head had begun to become misshapen.  There was no denying that she would require care to get over this, so at 4 months old, we began taking her to a wonderful PT.  At about the same time, my mother again approached me about taking her to see Carol, and this time, I agreed.  I obviously was skeptical, but thought it couldn’t hurt.

 During this time, we were finding that Anna had a chronic problem with constipation.  Despite our efforts to remedy the situation with dietary changes, things progressed.  We were beginning to think about talking to the pediatrician about potential medications that could help her with this issue.  Luckily for me, I decided to mention it to Carol at one of our visits, and she said to bring Anna in the next time and she would check her out as well.  Given what we had already seen through her adjustments with Kate as well as myself (a misaligned pelvis was the root of the breech presentation issue), we did just that. 

 I was truly amazed when Carol first treated Anna.  My oldest child is not touchy feely, and can be weary of strangers, so it was very surprising to witness her being so calm and content during her treatments.  At our first visit with Anna, Carol told us that her bowels would not be able to properly function, as they weren’t even in the right place!  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was only a day or so after that first treatment that we saw the first normal bowel movement from Anna in months!  We had not made any other changes to her life, so I knew that we were really on to something.  Within months, my youngest had “graduated” from PT, I was off of my meds for my Ulcerative Colitis (a condition that came about after the birth of my second child), and Anna was taking normal, regular bowel movements!  It was wonderful.  However, I had really not put it all together that all of these positive changes had taken place because of our experiences with Carol.  Summertime hit, we all felt great and got busy, so we stopped seeing Carol for treatments.

 It didn’t start right away, but little by little, both Anna and myself began to backslide.  I was frustrated and confused as to why we were both again having problems, until I really thought back to what we had been doing in the spring when we had all felt great. We had regularly been seeing Dr. Phillips.  So, in January 2008, I got in touch with her again and explained the situation.  She was more than happy to welcome us back, even saying that sometimes it is good to step back and really see what is helping.  We have now gone back to see Carol twice in the new year, and already I am seeing positive changes in Anna again.  She is having more frequent bowel movements, and they are beginning to get more normalized in consistency again.  I am actually thinking that we might finally be able to attempt potty training now! 

 It is difficult to put into words how grateful I am to have found Dr.  Carol Phillips.  She has offered us hope that we simply didn’t have before, and opened our eyes to this wonderfully caring profession.  My only regret is that I didn’t contact her sooner in the life of my beautiful Anna.  We can’t say thank you enough for the extraordinary things Carol has done, and continues to do for our family.

 Laura and Bill Superczynski

                                                                        A Story from Randi

I have sat down countless times to write this email to you and have been
unable to do so, thus far. Every time I try to put into words the gratitude
that I have for how you changed our lives, words fail, and I am overcome
with emotion. If I could send you a waterfall of joyful tears, I would. We
believe that God sent you as an angel to facilitate a healing on our
daughter, myself, and our entire family. The changes we have seen in
everyone since you worked on Addie that Sunday afternoon are endless. The
entire dynamic of our family has changed. Our home is in peace. All of the
anxiety, desperation, and hopelessness that our sweet little 5 year old felt
every day of her life is gone. All of my feelings of guilt, failure and
anger associated with her are gone as well. Nick and I are free to engage
with our other children, instead of having all of our energy consumed by

Addie. Addie can communicate about her feelings. Her impulsivity and emotional outbursts are gone. She is relaxed and engaged and happy. She can get dressed without a 45 minute tantrum. She is going to bed at a normal time and she is sleeping all night. Her intensity level has gone from a level 10 to a 2. It is amazing and miraculous, and we are eternally grateful.
 
On a personal level, I had waited five years to take these workshops. I have felt drawn to this work and wanted to explore what it could mean professionally for me for so long. My biggest fear was that I would take the workshop, and it would not be what I had built up in my head, and that I would be starting over, again, trying to figure out where I belong. I am so grateful it was even more than I imagined it could be. I am so excited to move forward in this journey and see where this year takes me. I have never felt to certain about anything in my life. The work that you do is amazing and I am honored to be learning from you. Thank you for everything.
 

Our path has been forever altered and we are grateful beyond words. Love and light to you, everyday from the Larson family, who is enjoying every second of our new life together.

 

With gratitude,

Randi Larson

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