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Margery Chessare, LMT, BCST, PLLC

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Education

Owner, Turtle Back Craniosacral Education
Founder, Saratoga/Capital District Integrative Practitioners Network
NY State Licensed Massage Therapist
Greenfield Center, New York

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The experience of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can be deeply profound. The nervous system slows gently, seeking balance, facilitating our innate capacity for health and self-regulation. Unlike most forms of bodywork, Biodynamic craniosacral therapy addresses what we call the "fluid body," the 75 to 95 percent of our body that is fluid. We work with the breath, the heart and the body's natural rhythms and tempo. This light-pressure technique can be beneficial for anyone at any age, especially those living with:

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• Emotional Issues
• Recovery
• Insomnia
• Hyperactivity
• Hormonal Imbalances
• Pre- and Post-Surgery
• Post-Accidents/ Whiplash Injuries
• Learning Disabilities
• Pre- and Perinatal
• Chronic Physical Ailments
Low Back Pain
TMJ Dysfunction
Irritable Bowel
Craniosacral therapy is appropriate for almost anyone. With virtually no negative side-effects, it can provide you a rare and beautiful opportunity for deep relaxation, self-reflection and self-healing. It can be life changing.

What to expect from a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy session

Most people find Craniosacral therapy to be extraordinarily peaceful and subtle, yet it can be a fascinating adventure within. Every session is unique. Sometimes you feel quiet and reflective, other times energized.

This is bodywork, but it is nothing like massage. Wear comfortable clothing, because you'll stay dressed. You'll be invited to lay down (or even sit) on the treatment table in any position that's comfortable, and you're welcome to move or stretch whenever you like. Comfort is essential in this work.

The therapist connects with a respectful, light touch. Holds may be at the feet, your sides, along the spine, at the shoulders and/or at your head. Some people enjoy taking note of the sensations they feel within, others drift off, often describing themselves later as having been somewhere between wake and sleep.

Clients are encouraged to take their time here. Enjoy this opportunity to relax on the table for a while after your session and then move slowly back into your day.

Significantly, the Craniosacral session itself is only the beginning of a process that may continue for hours and even days (normally about 48 hours) following treatment. Each session sets into motion the organizing, self-healing and self-regulating capacities we all have at our core. You may notice obvious changes or subtle shifts that feel physical, emotional, and/or energetic.

Many report a decrease of symptoms. Some find their senses heightened, such as hearing or vision. Many say they sleep much better after Craniosacral therapy, and often their dreams are more memorable and significant. Virtually everyone comes away with a feeling of well-being, even those who find themselves connecting with challenging or traumatic issues. Clients in counseling have reported that sessions with their psychotherapists are much more streamlined and productive following Craniosacral therapy.

Planning for Craniosacral Therapy sessions

New adult clients are asked to schedule a series of three sessions within a month. For some, this may be all they need. Others choose to continue Craniosacral "tune ups" on a regular basis, be it monthly or seasonally.

Although the treatment itself is approximately one hour, clients are encouraged to put aside 90 minutes per session. Enjoy this opportunity to slow down....

Young people often experience tremendous results with just one or two Craniosacral sessions. Treatment times vary for children, ranging from 20 to 45 minutes, depending on age and temperament.

Treating a baby can be accomplished in minutes, though the ideal situation is to treat mom and baby together...a blissful experience that makes sense. After all, their nervous systems are still so interconnected.

To schedule an appointment or for more information regarding individual sessions, please contact Margery: 518-232-2838 or email

Turtle Back Craniosacral Education

Margery Chessare has offered coursework and mentoring in craniosacral therapy, since 1999, to beginners through advanced practitioners. She was an instructor for 10 years at the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in Albany, NY, and since then has taught exclusively through her school, Turtle Back Craniosacral Education.

Classes for beginner through advanced practitioners are taught by Margery as well as renowned guest instructors. Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy is offered regularly and all are welcome. Margery feels strongly that the basics of this work can and should be taught to anyone who wants a gentle, hands-on means of facilitating health for their loved ones.

Turtle Back Craniosacral trainings are always small and personal, taught with love and respect for both the material and the participants. Hands-on exchanges are an important and integral part of every class.

Upcoming and recent classes include:

  • Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy
  • Biodynamic Basics: The Power of “Beginner’s Mind”
  • Experiential Craniosacral Anatomy
  • Craniosacral Therapy for Infants
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Foundation Series
  • Advanced Training in Biodynamic CST
  • Craniosacral Therapy for Pediatrics

For details on all our courses, valuable resources, practitioners and more, please visit our website:

Questions? Email Margery or call: 518-232-2838.

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More information on Craniosacral Therapy

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About Margery Chessare, LMT, BCST

Margery has been in private practice as a Craniosacral therapist since 1995. Following careers in journalism, dance and fitness, she was introduced to this powerful yet meditative form of bodywork while attending massage school in New Jersey--and has never looked back!

She teaches independent classes in craniosacral therapy, beginner through advanced, and enjoys mentoring practitioners. Invited to be the first craniosacral instructor at the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in Albany, NY, she taught there for nearly 10 years.

Margery's perpetual craniosacral education includes several models of this work, all of which she draws on for her own teaching: Upledger CranioSacral Therapy, Hugh Milne's Visionary Craniosacral, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, which she studied with Scott Zamurut, Michael Kern, Michael Shea and Mike Boxhall. She is certified as both Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and Instructor by the International School of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, and is honored to be a teaching assistant, since 2008, for Michael Shea, Biodynamic innovator and author.

The integration of complementary studies, including trauma resolution, embryology, pregnancy and birth, is paramount to Margery's approach to craniosacral therapy.

She is the author of a chapter in the book Working Wonders: Changing Lives with CranioSacral Therapy, published by North Atlantic Press.

An interview with Margery

Enjoy this informative article about Craniosacral Therapy published in Chronogram. Featured are interviews with doctors and practitioners, including Margery.
The Osteopathic Lineage of Healing: Restoring innate health through cranial osteopathy and craniosacral therapy.

Margery on vacation

Further Reading
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