Because of COVID-19, I am offering Distance Sessions. On the phone or a video platform, we will speak, settle, and feel into our systems to support healing during these isolating times. I am continually inspired and amazed by the effectiveness and power of these Distance Sessions. 

I am still holding hands-on sessions in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

If you would like more information:

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, BCST, is a non-invasive yet powerful  whole-person treatment, enabling the restoration of body and mind's inherent health. BCST  incorporates finely attuned listening to one’s anatomy and physiology as well as spirit, emotion, and energy. This modality is great for conditions such as:

 

  • physical injuries

  • emotional injury/trauma 

  • intergenerational trauma 

  • chronic pain

  • stress and anxiety

  • depression

  • insomnia

  • migraines, concussion, and headaches

 

It is also incredibly effective for less tangible things like an unsureness of where one is in life, personal growth, and much more. This is why I call what I do Embodied Therapy.

I studied and gained my certificate from Stillpoint CST. This curriculum is based on Franklyn Sills’ 30 years of experience developing and teaching BCST Foundation Trainings as founder of the Karuna Institute in England. 

My rigorous and physical life as a professional dancer brought me to biodynamic craniosacral therapy as a client. After two concussions, and lots of work with neurologists and physical therapists, BCST was indeed the only healing modality that treated me holistically and supported my full recovery. The insights I gained from these experiences have helped me develop acute and sensitive listening abilities, allowing me to be a present, grounded, and body-oriented practitioner. I am  committed to serving a diverse community including low-income peoples, artists, and those who struggle to find therapy that meets their needs.

When George Floyd was killed and protests began breaking out, I was asked to write for the blog of my Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training program, Stillpoint. Understanding Our Part and Our Place has just been released, and I would like to share it with you now. It is written from my experience in the BCST community, and though some terminology may not be in your current vocabulary, I do believe the message is clear.
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What people are saying:

"I...was impressed, intrigued and pulled to your work."

"So well written... truly a gift. I hope many read and are able to appreciate your words of compassion and truth."

"I have been to many Craniosacral practitioners and Isabel is a favorite. She brings her anatomical knowledge from the dancing world as well as a natural talent for deep listening. If you feel disconnected from your body, have been going through a stressful time or have experienced an injury, I would highly recommend going to Isabel. After a session with her, you will feel refreshed, reset, and like yourself again."

-Tai Chou-Kudo, BCST

What is a session like?
Clients remain clothed and lie on a massage table while the practitioner gently holds, with verbal permission, different parts of the body. Unlike other forms of therapy, practitioners listen to what the body brings forth and supports healing from there, rather than an intellectual diagnosis and treatment plan. This way, the client’s system guides the way to its own healing and health.

2018 Isabel Umali
 

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