Alchemical Alignment:  Bodywork for Trauma Resolution and Embodiment of Spirit

A heart- and soul-based experiential bodywork training with a solid amount of information to fill your mind.  Learn principles and skills for interactive, hands-on and verbal health, fight, flight and freeze work.  Use of specialized still touch and deep pressure are taught. Classes include The Alignment Sequence, a mindful embodiment meditation, as well as guided seated meditations, experiential exercises for dyads and triads, and more. 

Level one:

Experiential meditation.

Alignment Sequence.

Creating safe conditions for trauma resolution work. 

Principles and practices of Biodynamic and Full Spectrum Craniosacral Therapy.

Aligning self before working with other.
Alchemical talk skills:  trauma-related language intro. 

Aligning touch skills:  stabilization and extremities, the first steps. 

Shift to client interoception and neuroception being primary. 

Intro to tracking the whole being, and alignment with Blueprint of Health. 

Boundary repair intro.

Thorough introduction to Body Security System and ANS (autonomic nervous system) dynamics.

Working with waves of information.

Intro to standing, seated and table work. 


Level two:

Experiential meditation.

Alignment Sequence.

Level One review.

The alchemy of containment and microchallenge.

Diving deeper into Polyvagal and ANS understanding and tracking. 

Awareness and utilization of the social nervous system. 

Safely inquiring into and meeting imprints:  fight, flight and freeze, with touch and attention. 

Threat response completion. 

Accessing core work using extremities.

Safety valve work at joints, diaphragms. 

Continued standing, seated and table work. 

Aikido principles for shadow work and client symptoms.

Threshold dynamics, sequencing.

Talk skills:  advanced communication overview. 



Tools for activation.

Level three:

Building capacity for more powerful therapeutic work. 

Even deeper stability, transformation:  pelvis, eyes, brain, core, organ, vagus work.  

Boundary repair continued (post-injury, accident, surgery, etc).

More nuanced talk and touch trauma resolution skills. 

Client education. 

Distance work intro.


Current Training Program Dates: 

Level 1   Oct 19-22, 2017

Level 2   Jan 11-14, 2018

Level 3   Mar 22-25, 2018

Future dates:
Level 1  May 16-19, 2018
Level 2  Sept 19-22, 2018
Level 3  Nov 14-17, 2018

Location:  PMTI, Silver Spring, MD.

Day 1-3   9 - 5:30    (lunch 12-1:30)  

Day 4      9 - 4         (lunch 12-1)


Cost includes class only.  Students find own lodging and food (see, or nearby hotel options.)
$945 per level, or $845 if paid one month early.

Level 2-3   Open to practitioners with a practice, minimum 1 year full time, 2-3 years part time.

Homework required: regular meditation, movement, peer exchanges, receiving professional sessions

and giving practice sessions.  Alignment Sequence download and between-class teleconference included. 

Participation eligibility to be determined by instructor.


To apply:

Email AlchemicalAlignment to receive an application.  

Number of spots limited.


27 Bodywork CEU's per level (NCTMB)

Brigit Viksnins is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider.

Withdrawal/cancellation policy

Brigit Viksnins and Alchemical Alignment, LLC reserve the right to cancel or postpone any program.  In such a case, tuition credit is held for future classes.  

In case of student cancellation: 
Up to 1 month before class:  all payment returned minus $25 admin fee.
Up to 2 weeks before class:  half payment returned.
Less than 2 weeks before class:  no payment returned (except in case of illness or emergency).

Instructor Bio:

Brigit Viksnins, MAT, SEP, RCST®, BCTMB  

Brigit is an advanced bodyworker, and the creator of the training program Alchemical Alignment and the movement/embodiment meditation The Alignment Sequence.  She is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, and Massage Therapist.  She has a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Georgetown University.  She has had a successful private bodywork practice in the Washington, DC area since 1996.  Brigit is a first-generation Latvian American, from a lineage rich with healers,
midwives and teachers.  

Brigit loves introducing students to awareness-oriented, interactive bodywork, demonstrating how to facilitate sessions for maintaining and improving health. She also loves to work with experienced practitioners and self-exploration adepts who want to further investigate their inner landscapes, moving from trauma resolution to embodiment of spirit.  

She created a movement meditation -- video recorded in the forest in Latvia -- called The Alignment Sequence, based on movements from Aikido, Qi Gong, and bodywork stretching. It is helpful for practitioners and clients who want to move beyond old patterns into their Original and Potential Blueprints, and cultivate self-regulation, resilience, presence and power.

Brigit taught Massage Therapy at PMTI in the 90's, and has assisted Biodynamic Craniosacral (BCST) trainings, and Somatic Experiencing (SE) trainings. In 2012, she co-taught a six-level BCST for Trauma Resolution program. In 2013, she launched her own training program, Alchemical Alignment: Bodywork for Trauma Resolution and Embodiment of Spirit (see class testimonials here).  For her private practice testimonials and more info, please see Brigit values continuing education highly, and not only teaches, but also participates regularly in in-depth training programs as a student or assistant.

Brigit Viksnins is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider.

There have been several bodyworkers and psychotherapists with decades of experience and extensive education participating as assistants.

Some have been and will be:
Sille Borstad, SEP, RCST®, NCTMB 

Kate White, MA, RCST®, SEP, NCTMB

Cynthia Wilcox, PhD

Rob Sherrod, NCTMB

Wayne Sickels, RCST®, NCTMB 

Carol Syvret Austin, LMT

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