The Head-Face-Cardiac Connection (BCVT 1)

This course will focus on new research in the embryonic development of the heart and its implications for biodynamic practice. The heart grows around a profound stillness located in its inner tissues. The relationship of the developing face to the brain in back of it and the heart attached to the front of it will be a specific focus of this class. The heart is ignited by growth factors from the face and the movement of the Fluid Body. As the face and brain grow up, the heart grows down within the trunk cavity of the embryo. This links the heart, brain, face and gut together as one unit of function. The following arteries will be taught and palpated biodynamically: lateral subclavian, common carotid, facial and posterior auricular arteries. In addition, a new palpation skill called the Heart Fulcrum will be taught. Included in this class will be more information on the Polyvagal System and Social Nervous System. Heart Rate Variability will be taught with a specific breathing practice called coherent breathing. This stabilizes the autonomic nervous system above and below the diaphragm.

Of special interest in this course will be the four types of circulatory systems present in the embryo, fetus and infant. The relationship of the therapist and client is considered an interconnected circulatory system in biodynamic practice. Meditations and cardiovascular explorations will also be taught to bring conscious awareness of the movement of the heart and blood in the therapist’s body and then in the client. Research shows that this changes the brain and develops empathy and compassion for the client.

  • Introduction to the facial arteries
  • Perform the skills of balancing the head, neck and heart with Primary Respiration
  • Exploration with the fluid fields of face
  • Deepen an understanding of biodynamic practice being a two-person circulatory system