Essential Books

Body Intelligence

Author: Ged Sumner
Publisher: Singing Dragon

Body Intelligence offers a new understanding of how the body works and leads the reader to a greater sense of wellbeing and an enriched sense of self.

Cranial Intelligence

Author: Steve Haines
Publisher: Singing Dragon

Cranial Intelligence provides a practical approach to therapeutic work based on the authors clinical experience and teaching of the work all over the world. The book demystifies the model and attempts to articulate in clear simple language the essence of what actually works in clinical practice. The book includes meditation exercises, treatment guidelines and clinical highlight features. Unique in the biodynamic field are chapters on joints, organs and practice development.

Waking the Tiger

Author: Peter Levine
Publisher: North Atlantic Books

An important book - the first accessible therapeutic exploration of the trauma model.

Highly Recommended Books

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Volume 1

Author: Michael Shea
Publisher: North Atlantic Books

Slightly more academic overview.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Volume 2

Author: Michael Shea
Publisher: North Atlantic Books

Slightly more academic overview.

Craniosacral Biodynamics Volume 1

Author: Franklyn Sills
Publisher: North Atlantic Books

Fantastic depth of information and theory on biodynamic CST.

Craniosacral Biodynamics Volume 2

Author: Franklyn Sills
Publisher: North Atlantic Books

Life in Motion

Author: Rollin Becker
Publisher: Rudra Press

Great book by Sutherlands main successor.

Teachings in the Science of Osteopathy

Author: W.G. Sutherland
Publisher: Sutherland Cranial Foundation

From the founder of cranial work, an overview of his writings.

The Body Remembers

Author: Babette Rothschild
Publisher: Norton Books

Very clear and readable introduction to the trauma model for therapists.

Wisdom in the Body

Author: Michael Kern
Publisher: North Atlantic Books

The clearest introduction to the biodynamic model

Anatomy Atlas

A Regional Atlas of Anatomy

Author: Clemente
Publisher: Urban & Schwarzenburg

Great book, single volume atlas.

Atlas of Human Anatomy

Author: Netter
Publisher: Ciba-Geigy Pubs

Netter is probably the best known single volume anatomy atlas.

Atlas of Human Anatomy

Author: Sobotta
Publisher: Urban & Schwarzenburg

2 volumes covering the whole body.

Atlas of Human Anatomy

Author: Anne M. Gilroy
Publisher: Thieme

A new book with amazing quality of pictures.

Anatomy & Physiology Books

Anatomy and Physiology

Author: Marieb
Publisher: Pearson Benjamin Cummings

Anatomy and Physiology

Author: Martini
Publisher: Prentice Hall

Anatomy and Physiology

Author: Tortora
Publisher: Harper Collins

Craniosacral Therapy

Author: Upledger & Vredevoogd
Publisher: Eastland Press

Gray's Anatomy: 38th British Edition

Author: Henry Gray
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone

Well known texts in the Cranial Field

Being and Becoming

Author: Franklyn Sills
Publisher: North Atlantic Books

Contributions of Thought

Author: W.G. Sutherland
Publisher: Sutherland Cranial Foundation

Tracks the development of Sutherland approach. In later life there was a clear shift towards what is now the biodynamic model.

Craniosacral Therapy II: Beyond the Dura

Author: John Updedger
Publisher: Eastland Press

Tracks the development of Sutherland approach. In later life there was a clear shift towards what is now the biodynamic model.

Heart of Listening Volume 1&2

Author: Hugh Milne
Publisher: North Atlantic Books

Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (1st Edition)

Author: Harold Magoun
Publisher: Sutherland Cranial Foundation

Later editions became more biomechanical. The original reference book for cranial motion.

The Stillness of Life

Author: Rollin Becker
Publisher: Stillness Press

General

Anatomy of Potency

Author: Nicholas Handoll
Publisher: Osteopathic Supplies

Colour Atlas of Embryology

Author: Ulrich Drews
Publisher: Thieme

Embryology Colouring Book

Author: Matsumura
Publisher: Mosby

Emotional Anatomy

Author: Stanley Keleman
Publisher:

Some great pictures.

Focusing

Author: Eugene Gendlin
Publisher: Bantam

Very useful model to support your verbal skills.

From Conception to Birth

Author: Alexander Tsiaras
Publisher: Random House

Images of living human embryos/foetuses at all stages of development made by computer processing medical images. Extraordinary.

Hidden Messages in Water

Author: Masaru Emoto
Publisher: Beyond Words Pubs

Human Embryology

Author: William J Larsen
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone

Human Labor and Birth

Author: Harry Oxorn
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical

Job’s Body

Author: Deane Juhan
Publisher:

Classic guide to anatomy and physiology for bodywork - very good on connective tissue.

John Bowlby and Attachment Theory

Author: Jeremy Holmes
Publisher: Brunner-Routledge

Molecules of Emotion

Author: Candace Pert
Publisher: Pocket Books

Sensitive Chaos

Author: Theodor Schwenk
Publisher: Vermillion

Some great pictures.

Tao Te Ching

Author: Lao Tzu
Publisher:

Many translations - Stephen Addiss translation is one to check

The Emotional Brain

Author: Joseph LeDoux
Publisher: Phoenix

The Field

Author: Lynne McTagart
Publisher: Element

The Holographic Paradigm

Author: Ken Wilbur
Publisher:

The Human Brain

Author: John Nolte
Publisher: Mosby

The Rainbow and the Worm

Author: Mae Wan Ho
Publisher: World Scientific Pubs

Difficult read without a science background. Some of her online articles are a good introduction to her thought.

Zen and the Art of Archery

Author: Eugene Herrigel
Publisher: Pantheon Books

Fantastic book on power of non doing.

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind

Author: Shunriyu Suzuki
Publisher: Weatherhill Pubs

Elegantly defines many principles essential to the work.