Jen Hornyak RCST®​

Jen is a registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (RCST®), and a member of The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist Association of North America. She undertook the two-year practitioner training with Body Intelligence in Australia and London (U.K.), graduating in 2014. 

Jen has completed Masters of Science (MSc) modules covering Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, Therapeutic Practice and Occupational Performance. She has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Philosophy, Theology and Literature from The University of Nottingham, and a B.A. Honors Degree in Philosophy from The University of Manchester (both in the U.K.). 

In 2009 she received a Diploma in Performance Life Coaching accredited by the National (British) and International Council for Psychotherapists. 

A short story of hope - By Jeff Foster

SHAKING OUT THE PAIN


I was speaking with a woman who’d had terrible and constant pain in her neck and shoulders for most of her life. She had been to every doctor; taken every pill; visited every spiritual teacher; tried every method, every practice, every mantra. Everything had only provided temporary relief.


“Why is the pain still here? After all I’ve done, with all I know . . .” I’ve heard this kind of thing from so many people all over the world. We’ve tried everything, been to every healer, had every kind of spiritual insight and experience, and yet we are not “over” our pain. It’s “still here.” We can end up feeling so disappointed. Like we are failures, far from healing. Like we are “doing something wrong.”


But healing is never far away. I invited the woman to allow herself to feel the discomfort in her neck and shoulders more deeply. To be present with the raw sensations there, moment by moment. To breathe into them, through them, around them. To give them space, room to live. To be curious, to bring them a loving, gentle, receptive, nonresistant attention. To allow them to intensify if they wanted to. To allow them to move, to break up, to flutter, to pulsate, to burn, to spread. But to stay close, to stay present; to allow, to trust, to breathe.


Suddenly a great terror welled up in her body. An old fear of becoming overwhelmed, of dying, of going mad, of breaking apart. “Allow. Trust. Breathe into this too,” I reminded her. Her entire body started to shake, convulse. “Breathe. Trust. I’m here with you . . .” The convulsions went on for a couple of minutes. I stayed close.


Then the shaking stopped as quickly as it had begun. She opened her eyes. She started to laugh, to cry with relief. “Wow,” she said. “Just . . . wow.” There were no words. The pain in her neck and shoulders was gone. Her whole body felt rested, relaxed, grounded, warm. She was welling up with love and gratitude.


Instead of trying to “heal” or “get rid of” her pain (she had tried so hard over the years!), she finally was able to meet it instead, make a home for it, allow it, without even the subtle expectation that it would “go away.” Her pain had become bound up with emotion—fear, rage, and underneath, great sorrow, even despair. These emotions had been held tightly in her body since she was a little one, when it wasn’t safe to allow herself to feel what she felt. So energy had got stuck in her shoulders. Feeling into the “pain” was the invitation for these old energies to finally begin to move in her. Her body was literally shaking out old bound-up energy, in the safety of the present moment, in the safety of our relational field.


She was learning to trust herself again. Trust her body. Trust the power of Presence. Trust someone else to stay close with her in the fire of her experience. Even trust the pain itself, see the intelligence in it. In a space of loving attention, she was able to begin to bear the unbearable, so the unbearable was not unbearable any longer. This is how healing happens—through love, through presence, through the courage to come closer.


Jeff Foster - Teacher and Author


During the course of our lives our bodies become patterned, shaped and conditioned according to how we can deal with stresses or traumas. If we are unable to dissipate the effect of these experiences, they become locked in the body as sites of inertia - until a time that we become able to process and resolve them. These sites of inertia create distortions in the natural rhythmical movements of the Breath of Life [life-force], leading to a sense of fragmentation and hindering the ability of our essential health to manifest at a cellular level.


Due to an accumulation of these stresses, tissues can become imprinted with the memory of unresolved experiences and so act like video tapes which may keep replaying whenever stimulated. We may then cycle around in repeated patterns of physiological and psychological behaviour, as our responses to situations become conditioned by experiences already held within us. These patterns are commonly caused by factors such as physical injuries, emotional and psychological stresses, birth trauma and toxicity.


The emphasis in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is to help resolve the trapped forces that underlie and govern patterns of disease and fragmentation in both body and mind. This involves the practitioner developing finely-tuned skills of palpation and perception to sense the body's subtle rhythms and any patterns of inertia or congestion. Through the development of these skills the practitioner can read the story of the body, identify places where issues are held and then follow the natural priorities for healing as directed by the patient's physiology.

Michael Kern - Craniosacral Therapist and Author