Member of North American Craniosacral Therapy Asociation
Member Bodywork and Massage Practitioners
The International Polarity Alliance
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 and neck. The practitioner sits quietly and settles into an awareness of their own body and connection to the Earth. The practitioner usually places their hands lightly near the feet or head to begin.
The practitioners role is to facilitate an unfolding process of health and wellness. The healing process usually continues to unfold for several days.
This work brings your body to a still-point allowing you to enter a balance point for the specific organ or tissue/bone being treated.
What to Expect
Your body will continue to heal itself at an accelerated pace for three to four days following each session. Drink plenty of water and have a light meal after having your session.
If you are new to healing work please schedule three sessions.
Symptoms associated with injury from acccidents, Lyme Disease, PTSD or TBI can be reduced.
Clothing remains on the body at all times.
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 one‘s 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.
Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy can reduce symptoms associated the following:
Tele- Polarity can be done remotely to anywhere. Healing work that clears your energy field and energy systems can be done in about thirty minutes.Your chakras, aura, your energetic principles that support greater health, free flow of thoughts, emotions and relaxed presence will be cleared with light and crystal intention. Your role in this healing work is to simply relax in a comfortable chair or sleeping area.
Each session begins with a brief check in to clarify your health concerns. After you feel that we have clarified your current issues we move to the remote healing energy therapy where we may continue our talk and support your body in finding balance. With distance work there will be an opprtunity for you to talk about your experience during and after thesession if you so chose.
Richard received his polarity distance training at Nancy Risley's school, Polarity Realization Institute (Spa Tech) in Ipswich, MA,
During a polarity session in the office, you will remain fully clothed and contact may be made with your body in order to support greater health and inner peace. Touch is sometimes employed to facilitate grounding, balance, neutrality without causing harm. Polarity Therapy is an Ajurvedic health program of therapeutic bodywork, gentle excerise, nutrition and meditation. Polarity is a natural health care system based upon energy flow. The interrelationship of energy principles forms the basis for every aspect of life, including our experience of health, wellness and disease. We can remove blocks to the flow of energy, pain can be reduced and transmuted into positive energy leaving us with a rich sense of well-being. We can also learn and practice meditation and focusing to promote greater awareness of our inner wisdom.
Richard W. Crandall is registered with the State of Vermont Secretary of State in accordance with the Vermont State Registration Requirements for Massage Therapists, Bodyworkers, and Touch Professionals.
1. Professional qualifications and experience:
· ● Completed Cranial Therapy and the Energetic body Training with Roger Gilchrist 2002
· ● Completed Polarity Holistic Bodywork and Massage Training at Nancy Risley’s school of Polarity Realization Institute 1998
· ● Opened Awakenings Craniosacral 1998
· ● Member of the Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals (ABMP), North American Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association (BCST) and International Polarity Therapy Education Alliance (PTP).
2. Actions that constitute unprofessional conduct:
Unprofessional conduct means the conduct set forth in 3 V.S.A. § 129a and the following:
(1) engaging in activities in violation of 13 V.S.A. § 2605 (voyeurism);
(2) engaging in a sexual act with a client;
(3) conviction of a crime committed while engaged in the practice of massage or the practice of bodywork;
(4) performing massage or bodywork that the massage therapist, bodyworker, or touch professional knows or has reason to know has not been authorized by a client or the client's legal representative; and
(5) engaging in conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud, or harm the public. (Added 2019, No. 178 (Adj. Sess.), § 29, eff. April 1, 2021.)
§ 129a. Unprofessional conduct
(a) In addition to any other provision of law, the following conduct by a licensee constitutes unprofessional conduct. When that conduct is by an applicant or person who later becomes an applicant, it may constitute grounds for denial of a license or other disciplinary action. Any one of the following items or any combination of items, whether
the conduct at issue was committed within or outside the State, shall constitute unprofessional conduct:
(1) Fraudulent or deceptive procurement or use of a license.
(2) Advertising that is intended or has a tendency to deceive.
(3) Failing to comply with provisions of federal or State statutes or rules governing the practice of the profession.
(4) Failing to comply with an order of the board or violating any term or condition of a license restricted by the board.
(5) Practicing the profession when medically or psychologically unfit to do so.
(6) Delegating professional responsibilities to a person whom the licensed professional knows, or has reason to know, is not qualified by training, experience, education, or licensing credentials to perform them, or knowingly providing professional supervision or serving as a preceptor to a person who has not been licensed or registered as required by the laws of that person's profession.
(7) Willfully making or filing false reports or records in the practice of the profession, willfully impeding or obstructing the proper making or filing of reports or records, or willfully failing to file the proper reports or records.
(8) Failing to make available promptly to a person using professional health care services, that person's representative, or succeeding health care professionals or institutions, upon written request and direction of the person using professional health care services, copies of that person's records in the possession or under the control of the licensed practitioner, or failing to notify patients or clients how to obtain their records when a practice closes.
(9) Failing to retain client records for a period of seven years, unless laws specific to the profession allow for a shorter retention period. When other laws or agency rules require retention for a longer period of time, the longer retention period shall apply.
(10) Conviction of a crime related to the practice of the profession or conviction of a felony, whether or not related to the practice of the profession.
(11) Failing to report to the Office a conviction of any felony or misdemeanor offense in a Vermont District Court, a Vermont Superior Court, a federal court, or a court outside Vermont within 30 days.
(12) Exercising undue influence on or taking improper advantage of a person using professional services, or promoting the sale of services or goods in a manner that exploits a person for the financial gain of the practitioner or a third party.
(13) Performing treatments or providing services that the licensee is not qualified to perform or that are beyond the scope of the licensee's education, training, capabilities, experience, or scope of practice.
(14) Failing to report to the Office within 30 days a change of name, e-mail, or mailing address.
(15) Failing to exercise independent professional judgment in the performance of licensed activities when that judgment is necessary to avoid action repugnant to the obligations of the profession.
(16)(A) Impeding an investigation under this chapter or unreasonably failing to reply, cooperate, or produce lawfully requested records in relation to such investigation.
(B) The patient privilege set forth in 12 V.S.A. § 1612 shall not bar the licensee's obligations under this subsection (a) and a confidentiality agreement entered into in concluding a settlement of a civil claim shall not exempt the licensee from fulfilling his or her obligations under this subdivision (16).
(17) Advertising, promoting, or recommending a therapy or treatment in a manner tending to deceive the public or to suggest a degree of reliability or efficacy unsupported by competent evidence and professional judgment.
(18) Promotion by a treatment provider of the sale of drugs, devices, appliances, or goods provided for a patient or client in such a manner as to exploit the patient or client for the financial gain of the treatment provider, or selling, prescribing, giving away, or administering drugs for other than legal and legitimate therapeutic purposes.
(19) Willful misrepresentation in treatments or therapies.
(20) Offering, undertaking, or agreeing to cure or treat a disease or disorder by a secret method, procedure, treatment, or medicine.
(21) Permitting one's name or license to be used by a person, group, or corporation when not actually in charge of or responsible for the professional services provided.
(22) Prescribing, selling, administering, distributing, ordering, or dispensing any drug legally classified as a controlled substance for the licensee's own use or to an immediate family member as defined by rule.
(23) For any professional with prescribing authority, signing a blank or undated prescription form or negligently failing to secure electronic means of prescribing.
(24) For any mental health care provider, use of conversion therapy as defined in 18 V.S.A. § 8351 on a client younger than 18 years of age.
(25) For providers of clinical care to patients, failing to have in place a plan for responsible disposition of patient health records in the event the licensee should become incapacitated or unexpectedly discontinue practice.
(26) Sexually harassing or exploiting a patient, client, or consumer, or doing so to a coworker in a manner that threatens the health, safety, or welfare of patients, clients, or consumers; failing to maintain professional boundaries; or violating a patient, client, or consumer's reasonable expectation of privacy.
(b) Failure to practice competently by reason of any cause on a single occasion or on multiple occasions may constitute unprofessional conduct, whether actual injury to a client, patient, or customer has occurred. Failure to practice competently includes:
(1) performance of unsafe or unacceptable patient or client care; or
(2) failure to conform to the essential standards of acceptable and prevailing practice.
(c) The burden of proof in a disciplinary action shall be on the State to show by a preponderance of the evidence that the person has engaged in unprofessional conduct.
(d)(1) After hearing, and upon a finding of unprofessional conduct, a board or an administrative law officer may take disciplinary action against a licensee or applicant, including imposing an administrative penalty not to exceed $5,000.00 for each unprofessional conduct violation.
(2)(A) Any money received under this subsection shall be deposited in the Professional Regulatory Fee Fund established in section 124 of this chapter for the purpose of providing education and training for board members and advisor appointees.
(B) The Director shall detail in the annual report receipts and expenses from money received under this subsection.
(e) In the case where a standard of unprofessional conduct as set forth in this section conflicts with a standard set forth in a specific board's statute or rule, the standard that is most protective of the public shall govern. (Added 1997, No. 40, § 5; amended 2001, No. 151 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. June 27, 2002; 2003, No. 60, § 2; 2005, No. 27, § 5; 2005, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; 2009, No. 35, § 2; 2011, No. 66, § 3, eff. June 1, 2011; 2011, No. 116 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 2017, No. 48, § 4; 2017, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 6, eff. July 1, 2019; 2019, No. 30, § 4.)
How to File a Complaint:
Complaints can be filed using our online platform. You may file as a guest, registered user or licensee. No registration is required. https://sos.vermont.gov/opr/complaints-conduct-discipline/
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