"Consciousness is the ground of our being"

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle profound non-invasive, hands-on treatment for the whole body.  Performed on a massage table,  the client is fully clothed and the touch is generally light and still.  The treatment is focused on supporting the health of the whole being, especially the nervous system.  This is the system that dictates all of the body’s functioning, constantly sending and receiving information.


Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapists understand how an optimally functioning healthy nervous system performs. We are trained for years on how to use acute perception skills to perceive subtle physiological changes. We also are aware of the energetic map that underlies ones basic health and symptomology. We believe that health is never lost no matter what the ailment.  We use our ability to identify the parts of the nervous system that are not functioning optimally and our awareness of the “always available health” in the body to assist the  system in bringing itself back into balance. This supports greater ease and helps the body decrease symptoms. 


Biodynaic Craniosacral therapy is practiced at Awakenings Holistic to address many conditions such as:

  • Migraine and headaches
  • Head, neck and shoulders
  • Nerve Pain, loss of feeling
  • Sciatica
  • Strokes
  • Anxiety and PTSD
  • Accident Recovery
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  •  TMJ
  • Trauma from Abuse
  • Addictions
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • 90% of all disease is caused from stress intolerance


Richard Crandall RCST

Registered Craniosacral Therapist

Call Richard today at (802) 356-9256


Biodynamic Craniosacral leaves you feeling relaxed and at peace. Your joints will feel better and have a greater range of motion. Headache or  migraine intensity can be reduced and the frequency of headaches can be decreased as well.  Conditions such as sciatica and other nerve problems can feel-like tingling or numbness, perhaps a loss of feeling or persistent pain can be improved in a few sessions. Even stroke patients can experience improvements in their symptoms.


Craniosacral therapy is gentle, safe and effective for reducing trauma and physical pain.  Craniosacral also reduces slugishness, and greatly improves the ability of the body to heal itself. You can feel energized and peacefully relaxed. Try three sessions.

Richard Crandall MA, RCST

Registered Craniosacral Therapist

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can reduce the effect of trauma on the mind and body. During the healing session the client lies on their back or side with a pillow under their knees or neck, and the practitioner sits quietly and allows their body to connect to the natural healthing process. The practitioner usually places their hands lightly near the feet or head to begin. The practitioner gradually touchs the clients body and allows the body to relax into a quiet state of settling deeper which usually takes thirty minutes. During the first half hour of the session the client settles into a  relaxed state where we begin to let-go of our pain and suffering.


The practitioners role is to facilitate an unfolding process of listening and supporting a healing process until it reaches completion. Typically the completion occurs within the first 60 minutes and in the time remaining the client reorients to a deeper awareness and fullness of the body. The healing process usually continues to unfold for several days so the healing process continues well beyond the session experienced on the table.


Biodynamic Craniosacral approach may also clear congestion and stimulate overall function of the organs. This work brings your body to a very deep state of stillness allowing you to enter a balance point for the specific organ being treated. Organ function maybe improved with a release of tension caused by connective tissue constriction, often related to an imbalance caused by physical or emotional trauma.


What to Expect

Try three sessions before you decide if this work is not for you. Also give yourself time to reorient after each session, drink plenty of water and have a light meal to help integrate the session. Please understand the session only begins in the office. Your body will continue to heal itself at an accelerated pace for three to four days following the session.


Relief from physical and emotional pain can be felt in the first session. For example, if the problem presented in the session is from the recent past, the healing may occur quickly however if the problem is chronic the problem may take more than one session to resolve. For example if the issue were sciatica the acute urgent need for pain relief will be addressed and helped in the first session, however to be free of the long standing sciatic problems, treatments will probably include additional sessions.


Conversation within the bodywork session may occur as the session unfolds. Emotions from trauma or relationship struggles may be released through the felt sense. This maybe very helpful in moving through the embodiment of our feelings and helps us move into a deeper understanding of our role in the issue.


Finally, clothing on the body is maintained with the exception of socks. If you prefer essential oils maybe used to facilitate greater healing.  A specific oil just for you maybe applied perhaps to your feet or to a tissue that is placed nearby for you to enjoy during the session.


Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America

1991 Franklin Pierce BS

1985-94 International Healing Tao: Studied Tai Chi Chuan Short Form, Healing Sounds Meditation, Fusion Meditation and Chi Nei Tsang.


1994-97 Polarity Realization Institute, Portland Maine and Ipswich, MA, 880- Hour Program in Polarity Wellness, Yoga, Diet and Nutrition, Massage and Personal Process.


Polarity Therapy Professional, member International Polarity Education Alliance, Polarity Practitioner since 1995.


1999-02 Wellness Institute, Washington, DC, and NYC 750-Hour Holistic Program in Cranial Therapy and the Energetic Body

2002 Canadian Holistic Therapist Training School for Aromatherapy, Herbs, Nutrition & Massage

2002 International Aromatherapy and Tutors Association

2003-04 - Teaching Assistant, Washington, DC, Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy

2004-07 Vermont College Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

2010 Mt Madonna Cranial Therapy Conf.

2011 Advanced Training in Cranial Therapy by Franklin Sills

2014 Mt Madonna Science and Spirituality Conference on Craniosacral and Polarity

2017 Advanced Training in Fascia


Richard's Clinical Experience
Richard entered the field of human services in 1985. when he began as a mental health counselor at Danvers State Hospital. He continued his employment at Seaborne Hospital and after seven years began working at the Anne Marie Connelly Crisis Center, Social Detox, Turning Point Half Way House, and Out Patient Counselor at Southeastern Services. Richard has also worked at HCRS in Springfield and Hartland, VT and WCBH as a mental health and substance use clinician in Lebanon and Claremont, NH. Richard began working at Headrest to be part of a substance use team and left in the spring of 2016 to enter private practice as an independent provider. 

Richard has over 30 years of experience in treating substance use and mental health problems. Richard's practice consists of helping people feel better about their life, more positive and hopeful about their future. The underlying principal: People with better resources are able to reduce their use of substances, reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders and address substance use challenges. His private practice is focused on a holistic approach to help people feel better about their lives and hopeful of a new tomorrow. Richard's goal is to help his clients find an inner connection that helps them heal their lives and helps them remain clean and sober feeling more at ease within their body. Since 1986 Richard has been a counselor specializing in addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders and practitioner of the healing arts. Richard began to practice meditation in 1976 and began to practice tai chi, healing sounds, and chi kung in 1985. The Taoist practice has strengthened his practice as a healer and guides him to help others heal their physical, mental and emotional bodies. The support and encouragement to strengthen your energy and physical body has become part of his practice and professional service offered while his clients continue their healing journey.


Richard sees  clients Monday through Thursday. Richard formerly practiced polarity and craniosacral in White River Junction from 1998 to 2008. Richard completed a masters degree in counseling in 2007. In 2008 Richard returned to work in the field of addictions in order to fulfill licensing  requirements and has continued his private practice in craniosacral and polarity therapy at the Burton House where he currently practices biodynamic craniosacral and polarity therapeutic bodywork Monday through Wednesday, and counseling on Thursday. 



Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Assoc. of North America

International Polarity Education Alliance

Vermont Mental Health Counselors Assoc.

National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors

Vermont Addiction Professional Assoc.



Reference Material


Visceral manipulation by Jean Pierre Barral  & Pierre Mercier


Essentials of Human Emryology by William J. Larsen


Contributions of Thought by William G. Sutherland, D.O.


Life in Motion

The Osteopathic Vision by Rollin Becker, D.O.


Waking the Tiger

Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine


Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy by Michael Shea

Color Atlas of Head and Neck Anatomy
McMinn Hutchings Logan


Cranial Therapy and the Energetic Body
Roger Gilchrist MA., RPP


Craniosacral Biodynamics by Franklyn Sills, RPP

The breath of life, biodynamics and fundamental skills

Health Building Dr. Randolph Stone D.O.,DC.

The conscious art of living well
CRCS Publications


Teachings in the Science of Osteopathy
William G. Sutherland D.O.
Rudra press


The Atlas of Human Anatomy
Netter, M.D.
Novartis Pub.


The Heart of Listening by Hugh Milne
A visionary approach to Craniosacral work


The Polarity Process by Frankly Sills, RPP


The Ayurvedic Cook Book by Amadea Morningstar
Personalized Guide to Good Nutrition and Health
Lotus Press


Richard Crandall  PTP

Polarity Therapy Professional


Polarity is an art and science of healing the mind, body and spirit. The body and the aura including the structure and  energy around and through us can be improved with gentle bodywork of therapeutic polarity massage. Feel better and find how much better you are when you are aligned to the greater healing forces. The energy systems can be brought into balance by clearing and  aligning the Five Elements of Ether, Air, fire,Water and Earth. Elemental Bodywork can relax and awaken the healing forces within and about the body. Elemental Balancing is therapeutic bodywork of the back and neck plus hands, feet, face, ears and torso. Accupressure may be applied along Elemental pathways and priciples that promote greater health. Elemental Balance may improve your vitality and body alignment, leading to healthy diet and greater over all joy. This can align your life to clarity of what is your greater purpose.


Fundamental Principle of Elemental Theory: Pain is associated with a restriction in the flow of connective tissues and life force attempting to correct and improve the body's health. Elemental Bodywork melts the block with the application of thinking, feeling, knowing hands. To help facilitate this process the Elemental practitioner is trained to find and remove the blocks thus allowing your body to experience greater range of motion and less pain.


For example: Elemental Balancing helps you center your body and supports your innate healing wisdom allowing you to feel more invigorated and able to experience life without the weight of the world on your shoulders. Some pain can be emotional pressure urging to take action in your life or encouraging you to accomplish a task. Physical pain can have an emotional component and resolving the physical pain may be about resolving a larger issue in your life. Elemental Balancing can help you discover the larger issue and provide support as you impliment your higher goals and principals.

Link to International Polarity Education Alliance

Elemental Balancing emerged from the Ajurvedic Health model known as"Polarity" Therapy developed by Dr Stone DO, DC, ND. Polarity Therapy is an integrative energy medicine program that promotes well being by restoring the natural balance and healing potential of the human body.


Polarity Theory suggests that energy from creative forces step down into the body at the head and descend through the forhead via the chakras and energy systems. Each Chakra organises a different region in the body. Each chakra channels the energy into the organ systems. Each chakra expresses a different elemental energy such as the elements of ether sometimes called space which centers in the throat. The element air centers in the area of the heart and lungs. As the energy descends lower into the abdomen the energy condenses and becomes the fire for the digestive organs. Lower in the body the water element organises the tissues associated with procreation. Finally the root and ground connection in the torso near the tail bone is the earth element and is associated with elimination.

If you want to feel a greater sense of ease and comfort plus an over all sense of improved health and warmth you have come to the right place. Biodynamic Craniosacral or Polarity therapeutic bodywork restores the natural creative forces and healing dynamic leading to less physical pain, greater emotional growth and spiritual connection. Neuro-muscular-skeletal problems and trauma related health concerns such as joint pain and stiffness, nerve entrapment, substance use, traumatic stress such as feeling flight, fright or frozen can be treated effectively and safely with gentle non invasive craniosacral or polarity therapy. If you are feeling restless, irritable and discontented or suffering with fatigue, poor sleep, muscle aches and pains or feeling on-guard after a traumatic event, try a few sessions of craniosacral or polarity therapy. Richard experienced a profound improvement in his healing from whiplash after receiving one polarity treatment that helped his chiropractic adjustment last for one month instead of just a few days.


The founder of Polarity Therapy, Dr Stone was a chiropractor and osteopath and he noticed that for some people, chiropractic adjustments needed frequent follow-up and  sometimes they didn't work much at all. Dr Stone traveled throughout the East in search of ancient healing methods that would help those who didn't improve by Chiropractic methods. He found that by removing the blocks in the Elemental field, the body will heal more quickly and that chiropractic adjustments would then last longer.


For many injuries such as sciatica or whiplash, Polarity Therapy sessions unblock lines of force associated with each each element releaving physical stress and strain and can help resolve chronic conditions. For example, Richard has often seen polarity treatments accelerate the healing process complimenting physical therapy, chiropractic, osteopathic, massage and counseling. Polarity Therapy may be used as a stand alone modality or blended with Craniosacral to reduce pain and suffering from acute or chronic conditions of the mind, body or spirit.


Polarity appointments explore holistic health, bodywork and the life process.

Richard practices the most comprehensive energy medicine model for treating the mind, body and spirit. Energy therapy helps bring the body into balance and alignment through gentle yet firm contact. The physical body can be brought into alignment with natural healing forces through contact with points along the magnetic fields of energy. Improving alignment with elemental life force gives us a sense of freedom and relief from carrying the weight of the world. This allows us to let-go of our trauma and stress and experience greater freedom and health. Energy therapists suggest homework of yoga, meditation, diet and nutrition.We can discuss  your concerns as part of your session. Energy Medicine offers health knowledge through personal experience of the felt sense of the physical body. This allows spirit to remove pain, decreases joint pain and gently treats the body relieving tension and fatigue thus improving the joint range of motion. Energy Medicine relaxes the mind and helps us claritfy how to move forward in our lives.

resource for polarity therapy

A brief history of Polarity Therapy would not be complete without the mention of its founder Dr Randolph Stone.  Dr Stone was an Osteopath and Chiropracter who traveled in search of the healing methods of the ancient world. Dr Stone explored Eastern Europe, China and India and examined the work of Paracelsus, East Indian Ayurvedic Medicine and the Chinese Five Element Model. Dr Stone became aware that the concept of energy was missing from the Western medical model known as allopathic medicine and created the East-West health-building model of Polarity Therapy. Following the  integrative energy-based therapeutic methods of Dr Stone (1890-1981), Polarity Therapy is a  natural health care system based upon the universal principles of energy, attraction, repulsion and neutrality. The interrelation of these principles forms the basis for every aspect of life, including our experience of health, wellness and  disease.

With this new understanding, Polarity Therapy addresses the interdependence of body, mind and spirit, the importance of relationships, and the value of creating a way of life in harmony with nature. As part of the larger field of Energy Therapy, Polarity complements existing systems with an integrative, holistic model that is a transformative influence for change in healthcare, wellness education and complimentary/alternative medicine.


Dr Stone developed simple effective techniques for addressing symptoms associated with heart stability and hypertension, diaphram, neck and jaw tension. Dr Stones therapy also promotes improved function of the liver, kidneys, improves circulation, raises vitality and removes emotional pain from the nervous system. Dr Stones therapy also improves range of motion of the skeletal system including the joints, head and neck, hips, knees, ankles, fingers and toes. Polarity Therapy effectively treats the sacrum, sacroiliac, lumbar and atlas-occiput.

Burton House

289 Main St Norwich, VT

802 356-9256


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