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Craniosacral Biodynamics

Craniosacral Biodynamics staff


Tanya Desfontaines

Tanya Desfontaines MCSP SRP RCST BCST

Tanya is Senior tutor for the professional training in Craniosacral Biodynamics at Karuna; A dedicated clinician for 30 years, she maintains a thriving clinic in Dartington alongside a full teaching schedule in the UK and overseas.

Tanya began her career as a physiotherapist at the Royal London Hospital in 1988. She has mentored students as a senior physiotherapist, practice educator, lecturer and tutorial facilitator for the University of Plymouth. Her growing interest in holistic medicine led her to the Karuna Institute, where she graduated from the foundation training in 2009. Post-graduate studies and personal healing work have informed her special interest in working with transitions. She brings sensitivity, awareness and empathy to her work, a natural gift for listening & responding with clarity and compassion.

  Tanya returned to Karuna in 2012 to join the tutor team and now teaches at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Her teaching style is clear, accessible and grounded in clinical practice. Tanya is also a mother of two and lives with her family near Totnes, South Devon.

Cherionna Menzam-Sills PhD, ISMETA RSMT/E, RCST, BCST

Cherionna Menzam-Sills has practiced Craniosacral Therapy since 1991. She became certified as a teacher by the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America in 2006. Author of The Breath of Life: An Introduction to Craniosacral Biodynamics, she has conducted her own practitioner trainings in the U.S.A. and Canada, as well as teaching with her husband, Franklyn Sills, in North America and Europe.  She offers post-graduate seminars on pre- and perinatal issues, including working with babies and new families, and regularly facilitates small womb surround process workshops influenced by her in-depth studies with pre- and perinatal therapy pioneers, Ray Castellino and William Emerson.  Cherionna was authorized in 2007 to teach Continuum by Continuum founder, Emilie Conrad.  She incorporates this fluid somatic mindfulness practice into her classes, as well as teaching Continuum across North America and Europe.  A therapist for over 45 years, Cherionna draws on her varied experience as an Occupational Therapist, Somatic Psychotherapist, and Prenatal and Birth Therapist.  She hold graduate degrees in Somatic Psychology and Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and has taught graduate students in both fields.

Sally Belcham

Sally Belcham RCST BCST

Graduating from Karuna in 2012, Sally came from a background working in mental health and with people with learning disabilities. She had a growing sense of just how fundamental quality of attention and presence are when working with vulnerable people. The craniosacral training offered just this. She runs a practice near Brighton and works in Portsmouth with a military charity supporting veterans diagnosed with PTSD and their families. A further interest in all things pre and perinatal led Sally to study with Ray Castellino. Her work now includes assisting Cherionna Menzam-Sills in womb surround process workshops. She recently qualified as a yoga teacher, having been a regular practitioner for almost two decades. She lives in Sussex with her husband and their two dogs.

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