Thank you for visiting Northwest Craniosacral.

My name is Barbu Panaitescu. My passion and life’s work is to support people in recovering their health and re-discovering the sovereignty of their bodies. I practice in Portland, Hood River and the greater Columbia River Gorge, utilizing Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, mindful movement, meditation and lifestyle optimization to help the people I work with regain their somatic sovereignty and heal from chronic pain. I help people come home to their bodies so they can re-discover health and a sense of empowerment in their lives.


Having experienced craniosacral work over several years with 3 different practitioners, I pretty much expected my 4th healer to be using similar and familiar techniques with me.  My history included two car accidents, dental trauma, and a less than optimal result from major spinal surgery. Chronic pain had begun to be all too normal for me. What has changed for me along with Barbu’s care is that I have found a healer who I can partner with instead of just showing up and having them work on me. Barbu creates a foundation built on trust and very careful communication before, during and after the BCST healing session. His intuition and ability to tell you how the body is responding to the gentle guidance of his hands is remarkably comforting and confirming. He has always known exactly where to start, what to work on and how to make a discernible difference for me. I can happily recommend Barbu for your care no matter what your needs are. The guy is brilliant.

JS – Madison, WI, 2017

My goal is to help you realize that you contain within you all that you need to heal, be empowered and discover how to live in line with your core values.


Are you ready to regain your health and rediscover a feeling of choice and empowerment in your life? Let’s work together and help you return to a relaxed, present and confident state of being that allows you to make a meaningful contribution to the world.

The work we do together can help with:

  • Anxiety, insomnia and restlessness
  • Depression, exhaustion, lack of purpose and meaning
  • Chronic pain in the lower back, neck, joints, feet, gut and fascia
  • Whiplash, neck and head injuries and concussion-related stress
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome and digestive issues
  • Acute injuries, sports or work-related, from over-use, misuse or accidents
  • Inflammation and auto-immune concerns
  • Healing from surgery, and readying the body to undergo surgery
  • TMJ issues, headaches and migraines
  • Emotional trauma, sexual abuse, PTSD and issues from a high ACES score
  • Feelings of loneliness, isolation, being misunderstood or different

My deepest gratitude to Barbu and his work. He made me feel very comfortable, and made it easy for me to understand what was going on in my body during the session (I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect). I haven’t felt this type of relief from my back pain, or such a great sense of calm, in a long time. I highly highly recommend Barbu, not only for just emotional or physical trauma, but anytime! It will give you an outstanding opportunity to tune into your self, and connect the mind to your physical body. Thank you Barbu!

ML – Hood River, OR 2018

I see clients at my lovely home office in Hood River and the spa at Flow Yoga. On Fridays I practice at the Portland Healing Space in NE Portland. I am also able to visit you in your home if circumstances warrant it. Please use any of the contact forms on this site to initiate a conversation or use the blue button to schedule a session.

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