Michael Shea

Michael J. Shea received his Masters degree in Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University, and a doctorate in Somatic Psychology at The Union Institute. He taught human embryology in the pre & perinatal psychology doctoral programs at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He was a consultant or member of numerous doctoral committees studying the phenomenology of prenatal life. He was an editor and wrote the Foreword and an Appendix to Prenatal Development and Parents’ Lived Experiences, How Early Events Shape Our Psychophysiology and Relationships by Ann Diamond Weinstein published by Norton. He is an editor and writing the Preface to Breathing, Mudras and Meridians, Direct Experience of Embodiment by Bill Harvey, forthcoming with Handspring. He is the author of five books on Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Volumes 1-5 and Myofascial Release Therapy with North Atlantic Books. He is in training to become a Buddhist chaplain at Upaya Institute in Santa Fe, NM.

He is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA). He is licensed as a massage therapist in Florida since 1976. He is a founding member of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings (IABT) and was a founding board member of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA-NA). He makes his home in South Florida with his wife, Cathy where they grow mangos and papayas. Information about his courses can be found on his website:, or contact him at email:, by phone at 561.775-9912 or in writing at 13878 Oleander Ave., Juno Beach, FL 33408.

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