Avadhan Larson is an Upledger Diplomate Certified CranioSacral Therapist, Upledger Certified CranioSacral Therapy Instructor, Certified Upledger Certification Examiner, Registered CranioSacral Therapist (RCST®, Biodynamic method), Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), Certified Homeopath (IFH); Graduate of Ray Castellino’s Birth Process Training; Licensed Acupuncturist, (L.Ac.), Montana; Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM)
A native of Northampton, Massachusetts, Avadhan left her home in 1967 to move first to Boston and then to the Western U.S. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband Dick.
Her pursuit of healing wisdom began in her early twenties, and led her to major in premedical studies at Boston State College, and later to take a job in the field of women’s health, as a medical assistant and health counselor.
In the late 1970s she was introduced to alternative medicine practices in the form of Chinese Medicine via a friend who had just returned from studying in Taiwan. Fascinated, she enrolled at New England School of Acupuncture, graduated in 1979, and maintained a private acupuncture practice for several years in Boston, Massachusetts.
From Boston, she moved West, first to Oregon, then to California, where she continued to practice various forms of alternative therapies, including massage and Shiatsu. It was in California in 1987 that she discovered CranioSacral Therapy for the first time, falling in love with its gentle, sensitive touch and profound results. She was hooked! She began to practice CST exclusively.
In 1991 she moved to Missoula, Montana, where she met Dick and joined him in his acupuncture clinic, practicing both CST and acupuncture during that time, and becoming certified as a homeopath. She also began teaching CranioSacral Therapy internationally for the Upledger Institute in 1995.
Since then Avadhan has completed three, 3-year training programs in other related fields. She studied with Michael Kern and obtained certification as a Biodynamic cranial therapist; with Diane Poole Heller and Peter Levine to become a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP); and with Ray Castellino and Myrna Martin to become certified in their methods of healing pre and perinatal trauma in adults and children.
She feels blessed to be able to do the work she loves: in her private practice with her clients, using CranioSacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and Castellino Birth Process Therapy; and on the road working as a Certified Upledger CranioSacral Therapy Instructor, teaching CranioSacral Therapy I & II, SomatoEmotional Release I, SomatoEmotional Release 2, Advanced CranioSacral Therapy and two CST Brain classes, TBS1 and 2, to health professionals internationally.
Avadhan is also a passionate meditator, Tai Chi practitioner and knitter and loves training and competing in Canine Agility with her two Australian Shepherds.