Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

for adults to support vitality, structural alignment, healing from illness, resolving trauma, and general support for wellbeing, as well as prenatal support and preparation for giving birth, also suitable for children who are experiencing behavioral issues
 

Somatic Experiencing®

resolving trauma through working with the autonomic nervous system, can be combined with other modalities or services
 

WOMB SURROUNDS / BIRTH PROCESS WORKSHOPS

small group workshops of 4-7 people, designed to support healing early trauma, to resolve challenges during your own prenatal or birth experiences, deepen relationship skills, and experience a field of health and secure attachment
 

CUSTOM FLOWER ESSENCE FORMULATIONS

custom blended formulations of flower and gem essences, made with lily circle, bach, flower essence society, alaska gem essences, perelandra, and more

BABY BODYWORK & POSTPARTUM INTEGRATION

for babies who are having a hard time with breastfeeding, sleep, or other nervous system issues, and to support parents in integrating the experience of birth and resolving trauma, especially from unexpected complications
 

FULL-SPECTRUM DOULA SERVICES

doula support during birth, pregnancy loss, abortion, surgery, IUD placement or removal, and other health experiences
 

Holistic Pelvic CARE™

an effective treatment to enhance fertility, prepare for birth, support the pelvic floor postpartum, heal after pregnancy loss, abortion or birth loss, and many other gynecological or reproductive health experiences
 

HERBAL MEDICINE & HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES

recommendations for herbal tea formulas or tinctures and homeopathic remedies, particularly for pregnancy, postpartum and children

 

 
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Baby Bodywork & Postpartum Integration 

Receiving support is key for healing from challenging births, complications, and trauma to more fully experience the feelings of love, bonding, and attachment. 

We're here to support you

  • Is everyone telling you that“all that matters is that you have a healthy baby” but still something doesn’t feel right?
  • Was your baby born prematurely or spent time in the NICU?
  • Was your baby stuck during labor or was in a difficult position during birth?
  • Were you and your baby separated after birth?
  • Did you give birth to twins and are feeling overwhelmed?
  • Do you feel disconnected from yourself, your baby or your partner?
  • Are you experiencing fear, depression or anxiety and you are not sure why?
  • Did you have unplanned interventions, such as cesarean, vacuum, or forceps?
  • Did you experience a stillbirth or infant loss?
  • Is your baby exhibiting signs of trauma?

Baby Bodywork & Postpartum Integration  sessions can help you

  • Heal and integrate your birth experience
  • Assist with breastfeeding/chestfeeding challenges and find ease
  • Resolve sleep issues or colic
  • Heal structural issues from the birth process, including baby bodywork and support for the birthing parent
  • Support infant attachment and bonding, and re-connection after separation or trauma
  • Make sense of what happened in your birth, and resolve feelings of anger, sadness or confusion about your baby
  • Feel confident as a parent, and connected to your partner

Offering your baby exquisite care right from the start

In the session, you and your partner will be cuddled up in a relaxed position, and we will have your baby on your belly skin-to-skin (as long as this is comfortable for you). We support your baby as they do the breast/chest crawl or supported attachment sequence. As they make their way up your body, they tell the story of their experiences through movements and sounds, so that they can safely feel their feelings, unwind any trauma, and begin to re-pattern their experience to find their natural impulse underneath any layers of interventions, trauma, or challenges that may have occurred.

We offer the option of receiving these kinds of sessions with two practitioners so the whole family gets a treatment/hands-on work and support. This is especially beneficial when there were complex dynamics during the birth birth and attachment period, or you and your partner have complex early histories or need support in your relationship, and if you are working with a history of inter-generational material passed down though the parental lines.

Sessions include Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing® and Perinatal Psychology, integrating talking and hands-on bodywork for the whole family. These sessions support your baby to self-attach and self-latch, give you an opportunity to see your baby tell their story, and for you and your partner to share your experiences of the birth process. With guided support the journey to the breast/chest unfolds as a natural therapeutic process for integrating the birth story, nursing, and allowing for optimal bonding and attachment for the whole family. We also can offer recommendations as needed, for herbal and homeopathic remedies, Holistic Pelvic Care, and other kinds of support.

Home Visits

We are happy to do home visits for new parents and babies up to 12 weeks after birth.

 

Call us to schedule a free consultation (510) 859-3757 Or Book here

 
After our session with our twins Micah had such an amazing shift. He has been happy and much more independent and satisfied. I am really thankful for all the work that you have done for the babies.
— Aya, Mother of twins
I just had my first pain free feed in two weeks and have a very satisfied little boy passed out on my chest. I wouldn’t have known to do a feed skin to skin and let him lead the way.
— Maria, New Mother
I call Chanti the baby whisperer. After 9 weeks of trying, working with a lactation consultant, and pumping around the clock, I had all but given up on breastfeeding when my daughter refused to latch and got hysterical every time I made her try. During our first session with Chanti my baby latched onto one breast and fed for 5 minutes. Then, 24 hours after our second session she breastfed fully for the first time and within a few days was exclusively breastfeeding and we have never looked back. Chanti’s gentleness, intuition and knowledge helped my baby and I truly bond and attach. I highly recommend her sessions for C-section babies and moms, it was a rebirthing experience for both of us that truly changed our lives.
— Susan Houriet, Mother
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Birth Preparation Sessions

Having a baby is one of the most significant experiences of your life. In today’s world this transformative journey can often feel daunting, lonely, and confusing. To bring life into the world is powerful, life changing and a cause for joy. When it comes to having a baby, support is key. When navigating your way through pregnancy and into parenthood it is helpful to have someone who can understand what you are going through and competently guide you through the process. Birth Preparation sessions support and prepare you for pregnancy, labor and birth. 

Why would I need a Birth Preparation session?

  • Are you feeling ambivalent about being pregnant?
  • Are you finding it difficult to connect with your growing little one?
  • Are you nervous about giving birth?
  • Do you feel uncomfortable in your changing body?
  • Have you experienced challenges in previous pregnancies or births?
  • Are you unsure how to navigate choices around giving birth, such as providers, place of birth, etc.?
  • Are you being flooded with other people’s negative birth stories?
  • Do you find yourself constantly worrying about the health of your baby?
  • Are you concerned about intergenerational trauma and want to be aware of your ancestral lineage around childbearing?

Birth Preparation sessions can help you

  • Move through your pregnancy with ease, calm and peace
  • Enjoy the journey of becoming a parent
  • Feel strong physically, emotionally, and spiritually
  • Clarify your intentions and visions for labor and birth
  • Understand how to optimize your birthing experience
  • Release unnecessary blocks, fears and obstacles
  • Experience a safe place to feel emotions around losses and challenges
  • Confidently make choices around treatments and other care
  • Resolve and heal trauma around past experiences
  • Learn practical tools to support your journey
  • Work with your partner to explore and understand each other’s feelings about birth and parenting
  • Share your needs with your partner to be able to work together effectively to support your vision in birthing
  • Practice comfort measures and massage techniques for labor and birth

Through the co-regulating experience of touch we are able to express, integrate, and re-pattern non-cognitive, physiological activation impairing interpersonal bonding. With the principle of choice we check in often and invite you to reflect during the session as to your comfort and capacity for contact. Our sessions are gentle and supportive. By going slow enough to track emotion and sensation we drop ever deeper into the imprints of attachment bio-physiology. Through this facilitated here-and-now mindful awareness of the highly-regulated social nervous system we offer parents, babies, and individual the best medicine for healthy development and loving relationship. 

Sessions include Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology, and Somatic Experiencing®, integrating talking with hands-on bodywork treatment. We also can offer recommendations as needed, for herbal and homeopathic remedies, Holistic Pelvic Care, and other kinds of support. Doula services are available to clients who see us during pregnancy and who are planning a birth in the East Bay.

Call us to schedule a free consultation (510) 859-3757 Or Book here

 
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Sessions for Adults

This work holds a particular focus on healing root cause. It is like functional and integrative medicine for emotional, mental, spiritual and autonomic nervous system health. The primal experiences of our lives, particularly the preverbal experiences of conception, gestation, birth, infancy and early childhood imprint onto our beings and lay down a foundation and scaffolding that shape our lives. Through resolving early experiences, we gain freedom, choice and ease in our present lives.

Through the co-regulating experience of touch we are able to express, integrate, and re-pattern non-cognitive, physiological activation impairing interpersonal bonding. With the principle of choice we check in often and invite you to reflect during the session as to your comfort and capacity for contact. Our sessions are gentle and supportive. By going slow enough to track emotion and sensation we drop ever deeper into the imprints of attachment bio-physiology. Through this facilitated here-and-now mindful awareness of the highly-regulated social nervous system we offer individuals the best medicine for healing early trauma and supporting resiliency.

This work supports preventing and healing early developmental trauma, healthy relationships, and physical health. It is especially beneficial for people who experienced complications, challenges or trauma in their early experiences, including conception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, early childhood, and ancestral or trans-generational trauma. Also, if you have experienced a pregnancy loss or abortion, this work will support you in integrating these experiences and healing any unresolved experiences. 

We focus on prenatal, birth and attachment because we focus on healing root causes. The primal experiences of our lives, particularly the preverbal experiences of conception, gestation, birth, infancy and early childhood imprint onto our beings and lay down a foundation and scaffolding that shape our lives. We listen to the stories of the body and support your intention in the present. We focus on restoration and resilience, encouraging the health that is always here.

 

CALL US TO SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION (510) 859-3757 OR BOOK HERE

 
I have been extremely pleased with the support I have been given from Elsa. The modalities used have unlocked and opened me up to a new level of awareness within myself and my past. I am continuing my sessions with Elsa because they make me feel safe and without any judgement when I share some very deep childhood traumas. I truly feel this is needed in order to open up to my emotional side and heal.
— R.H.
The work has brought me into deeper contact with myself through the stories alive in my body. Through our session, I gained a new relationship with my nervous system and tools for self-regulating - tracking my states of activation and rest, and using this awareness to expand my capacity for presence.
— C.R.
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Coaching for Healing Chronic Illness

We are passionate about supporting people who are experiencing chronic illness. Based on our professional trainings and personal experience, we have found that steady, consistent support is essential to the healing process.

Sessions are based on working with the immune system, the autonomic nervous system and the central nervous system to repair and resolve the impacts of chronic illness and support a new way forward. We offer this work within an anti-oppression framework, including understanding the way ableism has framed the idea of wellness or health. We support health and vitality as a self-determined experience, not based on external criteria, and coaching is focused on what you desire. 

We have experience with acute and chronic/late stage Lyme Disease, Biotoxin Illness, chronic fungal infections, Mast Cell Activation Disorder, connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, illnesses beginning at birth and in childhood, reproductive health and hormone issues, detoxification and genetic methylation issues, and more.

Coaching provides on-going support throughout the healing process, and is a complimentary therapy to all the allopathic and naturopathic treatments, doctor visits, therapies and medicines.

Coaching sessions include

  • resolving trauma associated with the experience of illness, treatments and navigating health care systems
  • exploring and repairing any challenging experiences that co-occured at the onset of illness
  • tracking your healing process
  • reviewing treatment options with you and supporting you in making decisions
  • clarifying intentions and goals

Sessions are 1 hour and are scheduled on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, whatever best suits your needs.

 

Frequency Specific Microcurrent Treatment

Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) is an advanced modality using physiologic-level frequencies that address specific conditions and tissue states. It is effective, non-invasive and FDA approved. FSM treats a wide variety of issues including chronic pain, hormone imbalance, insomnia, skin conditions, adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, injuries, concussion, nerve pain, viral/other infections, and trauma, while also accelerating healing and reducing  inflammation. Treatment can include both clearing/detoxifying protocols and support/restorative protocols designed for each individual. You can receive the treatment in combination with hands-on bodywork sessions in our office in Berkeley, and we can guide you in protocols to use on your own machine at home. Learn more about FSM here.

 

CALL US TO SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION (510) 859-3757 OR BOOK HERE

 

Principles of Our Work

All of our work is based on principles developed by Ray Castellino, DC [retired], RPP, RPE, RCST® and enhanced by Myrna Martin, MN, RN, RCC, RCST® and their students.

The principles include:

  • mutual support and cooperation
  • self care
  • choice
  • pause
  • conscious physical contact
  • brief and frequent eye contact
  • confidentiality
  • transformation