About Body Intelligence
Body Intelligence was formed by Ged Sumner and first taught in Brisbane, Melbourne and Auckland in 2008. The training has quickly spread to South East Asia and North America where it continues to blossom and create communities of Biodynamic CST practitioners. It is also available in Europe and the Middle East. Ged Sumner, Steve Haines and Heidi Lauber are the Directors of Body Intelligence and are passionate about making the therapy available in a time of high stress and uncertainty in the current world climate. To this end there has been a positive effort made to generate new teachers and assistants across twenty countries. Their vision is to generate competent practitioners for the therapy to flourish and be available to the public. They are also involved in the constant evolution of the course curriculum that reflects new developments in the Biodynamic field and within the Body Intelligence community. Steve Haines is the Director for Galway, Kiev and London trainings and runs those courses through The Whole Body Ltd (UK). Ged Sumner and Heidi Lauber are co-directors for the rest of the trainings through Relational Field Inc and Relational Touch Inc, both Canadian based companies.
Ged Sumner is a practicing Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and Chi Kung Teacher. He has also studied Shiatsu, healing and attachment based psychoanalytical psychotherapy. He has taught Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy since 1995. He is a director of Body Intelligence Training which offers BCST courses internationally. He regularly teaches postgraduate workshops. He also teaches Elemental Chi Kung in the form of workshops and retreats. See his Natural Movement website for current workshops and his book on Chi Kung called 'You are How you Move: Experiential Chi Kung'. He is the author of 'Body Intelligence – Creating a New Environment' which explores felt sense anatomy. He is co-author of 'Cranial Intelligence - A Practical Guide to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy' which is a foundational guide to BCST. His book on felt sense meditation called 'Body Intelligence Meditation: Finding presence through embodiment' is offered as a meditation workshop programme internationally see BI Meditation website. He has a degree in Chemistry. He is married and lives in Canada.
Heidi has been a practitioner for 24 years. Heidi graduated from WCCMT in 1997 and became an RMT. She went on to specialize in Myofascial Release, John Barnes-style. She studied with Upledger and Michael Shea prior to landing in Body Intelligence. She has been a student, graduate, assistant and senior tutor with BI. Heidi has always been taken by the unity of things and this has expressed in her need to study and understand more deeply the biodynamics of both nature and the people she has put her hands on. She remembers vividly a program about research into biofeedback that her elementary school teacher showed when she was 12 and how she felt a switch go on in her body and mind upon watching it. She was hooked on the intelligence of the body-unit in that very moment! Alongside biodynamic CST, Heidi finds herself most deeply informed by the experience of Northern Shamanism. She finds Chi Kung to be a lifeline of deep vitality and has practiced it for 25 years. She has practiced various forms of Eastern Meditation for the past three decades. Prior to becoming a BCST practitioner, Heidi was most influenced by her university studies of Participatory Action Research, living in central rural Mexico, where she learned to listen and learn more profoundly through the people who lived and worked there, immersed in a culture and people she immediately loved. She deeply values the experience of decision-by-consensus she was part of within the context of living with 20 Mexican and Canadian students as they learned from the local people, and each other, during her time on this course. When Heidi’s focus shifts from the day-to-day of Body Intelligence, she can be found romping around the foothills of the Rockies in Southern Alberta, looking for owls, garter snakes, wildflowers and deer fawns with her son, whom she homeschools. She might also be found bouncing for hours on the trampoline with her son, working with her beloved garden or travelling with her family.
Steve Haines is an international teacher of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and co author of 'Cranial Intelligence - A Practical Guide to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy'. He has been with Body Intelligence Training since its inception and is also currently a senior tutor and post graduate trainer at the Da Sein Institut in Switzerland. He has taught extensively at CTET, spent two years at Karuna and taught cranial work at the University of Westminster. He is a Level 3 teacher of TRE - Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises - designed by David Berceli. His background includes eight years' working with people with mental health problems and bodywork with people with immune disorders. He is a UK registered Chiropractor and also completed a 3 year Shiatsu training. He has written a series of books on the nature of trauma and pain in a graphic book format. Namely: Pain is Really Strange, Anxiety is Really Strange and Trauma is Really Strange. He is married, lives mostly in Geneva, likes travel and skis as much as possible. He runs cranial clinics in Geneva and once a month in London, see www.stevehaines.net.