Biodynamic Cariovascular Therapy Blog

The Multivagal System: A New Paradigm

The Multivagal System is a new paradigm integrating the Social Engagement System (SES) with Vagal functions below the respiratory diaphragm. This new paradigm has a set of principles consistent with the SES. The basic principles of understanding the Multivagal System are actually quite simple. These principles are unfolded in the left-hand column of the infographic. […]


From the Archives: 1993 FAQ Cranialsacral Work

Click HERE to read the document that I wrote in 1993 for Physical Therapy Forum magazine.


Biodynamic Cardiovascular Therapy: An Advanced 8 Module Training, Asheville, NC

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Progressive Stages of Meditation on Compassion

Introduction Compassion is the biological instinct to care for self and others. It is based on a view that the essence of a being human is basically good. Therefore selflessness and selfless activity such as compassion is both joyful and magical. In the practices I describe below, each is a stage that can be practiced […]


Neonatal Cardiometabolic Palpation: A New Paradigm in Biodynamic Practice

Introduction The first year of life after birth is the most metabolically active time in the entire human lifespan. Extensive remodeling of the brain, lungs, heart and gut must begin within moments after birth. Microcirculation increases dramatically in the brain as the endothelium changes function to accommodate the intensive growth of neurons. High levels of […]


Principles of Biodynamic Cardiovascular Therapy (BCVT) Practice in Descending Order of Importance

Michael J Shea, PhD 2017   The essence of BCVT practice is synchronizing with Primary Respiration and resting in the stillness. First perceive the dynamic interplay of Primary Respiration and dynamic stillness inside your body, around it and out to the natural world. BCVT is a compassion based system of manual therapy in which the […]


Three Categories of Experiencing Primary Respiration

I want to share the experience of my perception of Primary Respiration or what is commonly called the Long Tide. I teach several biodynamic sensory awareness principles of Primary Respiration that I want to review before discussing different and variable experiences. The first basic principle of sensing Primary Respiration is: It is the movement of […]


Resting in the Heart

I recently began a series of teachings called “resting in the heart.” During one of my classes this past winter, a student asked me that if someone is not able to rest in their heart then where could they rest? As a class we pondered this. There is a truth that sometimes our hearts are […]


To Care: Part 2

I have said that the story of stress and trauma is not the authentic story of our being. That needs to be modified as it is authentic from the view of embodied wholeness. How? When the story of stress and trauma is being told, it is being held (listened to) by a compassionate therapist in […]


To Care: Part 1

To care for self and other is a natural biological instinct. It forms the basis of empathy and compassion. To care exists on a spectrum that incorporates our most basic animal nature for healing when we are sick, all the way to a heartfelt desire to see the world completely free of pain and suffering. […]