Hi, I'm Lisa Gillispie
20 years ago I started my craniosacral practice. I now have the pleasure of spending my days:
working with people who are experiencing body discomfort related to stressful experiences to help them reconnect to their body and recover from stress more effectively.
helping people get relief from tight jaws, back aches, cranky hips and feel more at ease in their body.
introducing people to their bodies and help them understand how it works and what it may be trying to tell them so they can develop a better relationship with it. We only get one body, we might as well learn how to take care of it.
helping babies free up stuck spots so they can turn their heads both ways or nurse without causing their mama to turn to Lamaze breathing for pain relief.
I’m big on self-compassion and permission to feel what you feel. I’m also big on cultivating awareness and paying attention. Our bodies have a whole lot of wisdom to share with us if we will take the time to listen.
My clients have been known to fall asleep during a session, laugh freely and cry when needed. It’s all good and I’m here to help my clients feel safe and supported while they do the work their body needs done. I feel incredibly lucky to do what I love for a living.
Once upon a time, I planned to be a ballet dancer. My body, however, had other plans. My freshman year in college, I rolled my ankle while landing from a jump, tearing ligaments in it a week before auditions of A Chorus Line, the one musical I had dreamed of being in.
I still auditioned, in a cast, on crutches, for the experience. I wasn’t sure whether to be pleased or even more heart-broken when the director told me afterwards that he sure could’ve used me.
Once I was out of the cast, my ankle struggled to keep up with the demands my dance degree was putting on it and after 3 years I decided to leave dance for Plan B – getting my massage therapy license. If I couldn’t be a dancer at least I could still work with dancers and live vicariously.
And then I decided to take a craniosacral course after I received my massage license and all thoughts of a career in sports massage went out the window. I fell in love with CST and decided, in 1995, to devote myself to developing the skills needed to specialize in this technique.
Surprisingly, or not, my background in dance has paid off even though I hung up my pointe shoes years ago. It gave me the gift of a keen eye for noticing how people move and where things are stuck, which helps me problem solve my clients’ riddles of "why am I hurting?". It's also given me a passion for helping people understand how their movement and alignment habits contribute to the dis-ease they're experiencing in their body which led me to ongoing training in alignment and biomechanics with Katy Bowman, MS of the Restorative Exercise Institute.
Along the way, I decided to get my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work because I wanted better skills for supporting people through trauma. I never practiced professionally, but my education helped me to develop the listening and support skills required to do what I do today.
My formal training
I've been practicing CranioSacral Therapy since 1995. In addition to completing Advanced CranioSacral with the Upledger Institute and becoming a Certified CranioSacral Therapist, I've received extensive training through Sacred Spaces Seminars (now The Neurovascular Institute) including specialized pediatrics training and skills for working inside the mouth to treat jaw pain. I’ve also worked at The Upledger Institute as a visiting therapist in their intensive treatment program.
In December, 2016, I became a Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner after completing the 216-hour Somatic Experiencing® Professional training and additional supervision and personal session requirements.
In October 2018, I completed training in the NeuroAffective Relational Model™ (NARM) and became certified as a NARM Therapist. NARM is a model for helping individuals who are experiencing disruptions in their daily life as a result of developmental trauma (neglect, adoption, abuse, childhood medical issues, disrupted attachment, divorce, death). Symptoms resulting from developmental trauma may include chronic pain, chronic tension, difficulty navigating day-to-day stress, insomnia, procrastination, digestive issues, chronic illness, and more.
In 2013, I completed training through Nutritious Movement and became a certified restorative exercise specialist. I have studied with Katy Bowman, biomechanist, in-person and online and have received post-certificate training in gait mechanics, diastasis recti, and biomechanics. While I am no longer certified in this method, I continue to use the knowledge I gained in my work with clients.
In December, 2012, I completed specialized Tummy Time™ training with Michelle Emanuel, OT. This works supports parents in learning the skills needed to create a satisfying and enjoyable tummy time experience for their baby.
As for life away from my table, I’m a long awaited mama to two girlies, one infant and one eight-year-old year old, an occasional knitter, anatomy nerd & personal growth junkie. I love learning so much I have 5 books in progress and am working on making peace with the fact that I will never know all that I want to know.
My passion is helping people find greater ease and health in their bodies. I look forward to sharing this powerful and profound work with you.