How isn't a simple answer! If you're ready to take your first step towards taking back your authority please take a few minutes to read all that you might not have know was available through Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and my own unique spin on healing arts to help You Become The Best You.
Who am I?
I'm Julie Pokorny - a Registered Craniosacral Therapist, Doula, Reiki Master, and Geologist! I often joke that I had to orient to the earth before I could delve into healing the mind, body, and spirit. I've been into healing arts for almost 10 years now, and I couldn't be more honored and humbled by the hundreds of families I have crossed paths with.
I'm a little unique in that I specifically seek out education, institutions, and modalities that are outside regulatory western medicine models. I am drawn to, and find greatest healing through eastern, holistic, and energy healing modalities. You can learn more about my background HERE.
I never want to take classes that emphasize the provider as the authority of knowing and power. It becomes muscle memory, we do what we learn, and I want to have the most holistic training under my belt. It's what drew me towards midwifery, doula work, craniosacral therapy, and now integrative and functional nutrition.
Why not western medicine modalities?
Western and traditional American medicine emphasizes a top down power dynamic. This means your provider inevitably gatekeeps the information to health, wellness, and happiness. The focus is on how can the doctor FIX YOU and make a profit. To FIX YOU - they need to identify something that is broken. There is a lot that can be broken in a mind and body - and it absolutely can be useful to receive a diagnosis if that is what helps you feel safer and more understood. The separation between western and holistic healing is YOU do not become your diagnosis label. A diagnosis/label in the western model creates the ailment a provider can now either fix, or explain away their own limited abilities when they can not heal you. In the holistic model a diagnosis/label can be an opening towards collecting resources, tools, understanding, community, and deeper loving compassion for the uniqueness that makes you, YOU.
In my practice, I see a lot of the "outcasts". The people who Western Medicine can not fix, and therefore disregard as permanently broken and destined for a lifetime of disease. These are the people with PTSD, Ehlers Danlos and hypermobility, fibromyalgia, chronic depression, ADD, unexplained pain, anxiety, endometriosis, PCOS, infertility, birth trauma, the list goes on! The people who are not resigned to taking medications that only band aid the symptoms for the rest of their lives.
The holistic approach is two fold, we get to the true root cause of your dysfunctions AND create space for you to create a loving understanding Mindshift of what it is to be in your mind and body.
Science hasn't caught up to a lot. And I say this as a Geochemical and toxicology researcher that worked in a BioGeoChemical Laboratory for 5 years. Doctors outright dismiss things their equipment, technology, and education tell them don't exist.
The Chakras have been understood for thousands of years, and it wasn't until recently did technology catch up to being able to actually measure these energy centers in the body. Think of how far all technology and tools have evolved since we were kids! Just because we can't quantify something through a device doesn't mean it isn't true. Your perception of the experience is JUST as important as a quantitative value. This is being further addressed in Integrative and Functional Medicine and Nutrition. Providers are now using clinicians and patients experience as a metric of functionality.
Who is this modality for?
•You already know what you’ve been doing isn’t working
•You want to try something, anything else to feel better
•You want to join the limitless amount of other people who have found true and lasting healing through Craniosacral Therapy
•You want to feel heard, understood, unjudged, helped, and empowered
•You want to be more than a case number
Craniosacral Therapy is for almost everyone. Through the years I've narrowed down my focus. My specialties include bellies, birth, babies, and children & mental health and trauma. I have found the two go immensely well together. Often times our own experience in the womb, our birth, our childhoods shape us into the adults we are today. By having the deep knowledge of perinatal and childhood development I am better able to identify when, where, why, and how a particular dysfunction might be manifesting itself. Understanding how the physical endocrine (hormonal) and gut health impacts the psyche - and healing from the inside out.
All while holding you as the gatekeeper to your own health and happiness. Personally, I find the least amount of healing when I got to a provider, they spend 20 minutes with me without truly listening to understand, prescribe me something (yes even if its a supplement) and send me on my way. I want to know what is going on with my body, and the only way a provider can truly understand who I am, where I am coming from, and how I function is to create a slow, resonate, healing space that trusts me as the authority of my own experience.
Craniosacral Therapy Sessions
Intake: focus on feelings and embodiment of experience vs the retelling of a tale. How does your CNS respond to your story?
Table Work In Person or Distance Healing for Virtual Appointments: Fully clothed, positioning as comfortable and able.
•Grounding and settling
•Feeling rhythms and tides of the body
•Identifying imbalances + sources of health
•Negotiated touch and holding
Transformation and Depth
•Access to resourcing
•How can you take the calm stillness with you to build resiliency to the everyday stresses of life
Debrief: your experience over therapists perception
Follow Up: Emails with resources, referrals, education, and empowerment
Craniosacral Sessions at Charm City Craniosacral are hard to describe but I'll do my best! Our technique through CST uses an energetically and anatomically guided touch to balance and heal the bones, fascia, nerves, and well being of the central nervous system. This CNS is the core running of you - your homeostasis, sympathetic response (fight flight freeze fawn), parasympathetic (rest digest heal). In healing the central nervous system it is impossible not to interact with the SomatoEmotional content that the body, mind, and sprit have been holding. This is the emotions, traumas, happinesses, and experiences your CNS holds and utilizes as a guiding core to your physical and emotional health. It is both anatomical and energetic - in that there are particular structures that drive particular forces, that allow optimal functioning of systems. For example your sphenoid bone needs to be able to move in the craniosacral rhythm to allow pumping of the cerbral spinal fluid around the pituitary gland to allow optimal hormone signaling AND how did it get locked down and unable to move in the first place? It isn't enough for a provider to "fix" the problem, the body's score will pull it back to how it was - this is what is has dubbed safe and effective. To truly heal, we need to address the primary force, emotion, and energy that causes the dysfunctions.
We create this unique space by allowing the mind, body, and spirt to settle into Theta and Delta brain waves. This means touch is slow, perfectly resonant with your boundaries and desires, moves exactly when you feel it needs to, glides and stretches when your body requests it, and allows you the space of loving non-judgement to let whatever come up, release, and heal what needs to.
All I ask is for you to be open to the possibilities - and witness the magic.
I am forever in awe of the possible healing accessible through this work. To share some of my own and other's experiences of this work may help open the mind to the possibilities of transformational healing.
How to Take Back Your Authority?
You are the ultimate voice of your mind, body, and spirit.
There is absolutely a time and place for all options of interventions - medicine, therapies, surgeries, treatments, etc. You should feel empowered in all the going ons of you!
In my early doula career it took me by surprise that many of my clients would listen to whatever their provider said, overriding what they had initially said their desires were. It took a lot of awareness for me to realize that listening and handing over of power was their ultimate authoritative voice. It makes them feel safer, calmer, trusting, held, supported.
This is the key and secret to unlocking your ultimate authority of self. No one but you can tell you what works for you.
We are not all the same individual and do not all need to experience the same path of life. What works for one may not work for everyone, and may not work for you. Having someone on your side that helps you navigate
I'd love to see how we can help you discover the ultimate, sacred, happy, peaceful, radiant YOU.
If you're ready, let's get started.
In Person - Ellicott City, Maryland
or Virtual Distance Healing