Biodynamic craniosacral therapy was developed by William Sutherland, D.O. toward the end of his life. It is a subtle, but powerful technique from the osteopathic field that utilizes a light touch to complement the body's natural healing processes. Despite the name, treatment is focused on the whole body and is not limited to the cranium and sacrum. As is the case with meditation, the stillness inherent in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy both increases consciousness and provides a platform for profound change.
"It's funny that all she does is put her hands on you and you can feel your bones moving ...well, the inside of your head vibrating, opening and getting looser...like a flower bud." ~MN, kindergartener
"When I came here it almost was if I didn't know myself, if you know what I mean. Now, I'm back again. It is nice to be me. It is nice to be me!" LK, Hairdresser
Neural and Visceral Manipulation were developed in France by osteopaths Jean Pierre Barral, D.O. and Alain Crobier, D.O. to release restrictions and associated tensions within all structures of the body, including the brain, nerves, viscera, fascia, vascular and lymphatic systems. Balance is restored within and between the structures of the body, so that each can slide and glide without restriction in relation to neighboring tissues. Releasing neural and visceral restrictions can be effective in addressing chronic and acute pain, discomfort, and dysfunction and have a global positive effect on both physical and emotional health and well-being.
"...It has physically been a lot easier to get out of bed these past two mornings... I used to have a lot of difficulty with that motion in my pelvis/sacrum. When I got out of bed Thursday and didn't have to sort of "will" my body to work, I was completely amazed and I haven't been able to stop smiling since. I have an overall sense of relief and general well-being. I know that there is still a lot that I have to face, but I finally feel that I am in the right space and I have the right guide to do so." HVG, Teacher
"I just wanted you to know that we had M's Audiology test on Friday to re-test her hearing. She had "totally normal hearing in both ears"!!!!! The two doctors that did the testing were in a state of absolute amazement due to the mild/moderate loss she was diagnosed with in May. They thought some was due to the fluid/ congestion but that the pattern of loss was more indicative of what you would see with nerve impairment (versus just fluid).
They were seriously stunned with the results. It was fantastic to see ;) Mostly, I'm just so grateful to you for avoiding surgery, hearing aids, etc - the road that we were surely being led down a few months ago." ~ER, mom of 3- year old girl
Somatic Experiencing was developed by Peter Levine, Ph.D., author of Waking the Tiger, to release traumatic shock from the body and brain. This methodology provides tools to reduce emotional and developmental stress in the body through the transformation of physiological processes that have been stuck in fight, flight, and freeze. Many people report feeling a greater sense of freedom and calm after working with this modality.
"I never thought I would be at this point in my life. Things are coming together. Things are calming down. I guess if I start chipping away at myself, things will start getting better." AB, Iraq war verteran
"Emily has a keen sense of listening and a unique sensitivity that enables her to easily connect with, and gain the trust of, individuals from diverse backgrounds." CC, Spanish Language Instructor, Translator, Teacher
"Emily Siegel Health Practices has helped me with taming the symptoms of my PTSD and has helped me to find my voice and choice in the world again. Thank you Emily for your awesome work and dedication." KH, Veteran, Veterinarian, Therapist
My areas of expertise include the following: trauma and abuse, head trauma (including concussions and whiplash), shame, chronic pain, digestion, mood (anxiety and depression), reproductive health (fertility), sensory integration, birth and prenatal trauma, newborn issues, and end of life.
I specialize in helping individuals release stress and trauma from both body and mind. My best work is with clients who are ready to engage on a foundational level to grow and enhance their relationship with both their mind and body. I support my clients of all ages, from newborn to adult, with facilitating communication to reveal their strength, capacity, and possibility. My primary focus is the nervous system. People often seek my services when they are not finding answers elsewhere or would like to complement the work they are doing with other practitioners.
My doctorate and master’s degrees are in the field of International Health with a focus in Human Nutrition. My research focuses on the effect of human nutrition on infant development outcomes. I have spent the past couple of decades with individuals in both the developed and developing world on health and nutrition issues. Beginning as an adolescent, I gained invaluable experience caring and advocating for my father’s health as he suffered from multiple chronic conditions. Between 2000 and 2003, I lived in Nepal where I collected data for my doctorate during a civil insurgency. Being in the country at that time was both stressful and traumatic; I rarely felt safe and returned home with numerous gastrointestinal issues. Through my personal healing process, I gained knowledge about and tools for healing that I enjoy sharing with others. This was the impetus for my work as a complementary health practitioner.
I am licensed as a massage therapist in Maryland and Washington, D.C. I have received advanced bodywork training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Neural and Visceral Manipulation. Additionally, I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Certified Traumatologist, a Certified Health Counselor, and a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner. I draw on a diverse array of tools and techniques to assist individuals from all walks of life lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilled lives.
PhD (2005), International Health and Human Nutrition,
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
MPH (1997), International Health and Human Nutrition,
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
BA (1992), Psychology, Connecticut College, New London, CT
Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT):
MD #: M04343; D.C. #: MT1377
Potomac Massage Training Institute, Washington DC
Registered Craniosacral Therapist (RCST(R)),
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America.
Craniosacral Biodynamics Advanced Training Course, Wellness Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), Trauma Institute, Boulder, CO
Advanced training in Visceral, Neural, and Vascular Manipulation, Barral Institute, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Holistic Health Counselor (HHC), Institute for Integrative Nutrition/Columbia University's Teacher's College, New York, NY;
Certified Traumatologist (CT), Green Cross Academy of Traumatology, Hugo, MN
Healing Touch Certified Practitioner (HTCP), Healing Touch Program, Arvada, CO
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT-ADV) - Advanced Practice, Pace Educational Systems, East Millstone, NJ.
American Association of Clinical Nutrition
International Association of Healthcare Practitioners
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America
Healing Touch Professional Organization
Association of Drugless Practitioners