Caitlin Schmitt is a physical therapist, massage therapist, and craniosacral therapy practitioner in Durham, North Carolina. Her educational background includes a BA in Religious Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. The emphasis of her studies was the mind-body connection and the variety of spiritual practices and beliefs that relate to the body.
In 2009, she earned her certification in Therapeutic Massage and Health Education from The National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA. She practiced massage for 6 years in California before her curiosity and passion for the complexity of the human body got the best of her and she earned her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ in 2017. Her passion for craniosacral therapy began at her first course in 2011; since then, she continues to take courses with the Upledger Institute to deepen her skills and practice of craniosacral therapy.
Currently, she works in a small private practice called The Wellness Station in Durham, NC alongside Paul McAndrew, a Feldenkreis practitioner and PT. Together, they create a supportive learning environment for their clients to develop awareness, curiosity, and intimacy with their body and how it moves. They are integrating evidence based principles of pain science with what we know about how the brain and body learn. Their approach to physical therapy blends the practical skills of mindful movement with self-compassion. They support this process with gentle therapeutic touch and their grounded, therapeutic presence.
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IN THIS EPISODE:
The path that lead her to where she is today
Her experience going to community college to pursue physical therapy
The truth about pursuing a dream + the “grunt” work that’s often required to get there
Why she decided to pursue PT with a focus on a neurological population
What ultimately lead her to become a cranial sacral practitioner
Her experience working in aquatic therapy
Her passion for working one-on-one with people in a safe & quiet environment
The challenge of attempting to quantify intuition
The disconnect of stressed out healthcare providers who sacrifice their own self care and the effects this has on the patients/clients they interact with and treat
Her self-care practices
What makes a space, safe
Intentionally creating a space where you can rest in your own home
Performance anxiety + ecstatic dance
Celebrating someone saying no to you “thank you for being so clear with me”
What happens when we aren’t given structure + norms
What’s going to happen if I’m not told what to do, or what to expect
CONNECT WITH CAITLIN:
Here’s a good article from the NYT about Ecstatic Dance! https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/style/ecstatic-dance-nyc.html
Learn more about The Wellness Station: https://www.thewellnessstation.com
If people are seeking a certified craniosacral therapist in their area, this link has a button at the top of the page to search for one. It lists each practitioners courses completed at the institute and certifications.
This link to Caitlin’s ecstatic dance space & helpful background on the community / creation of safe space!