Craniosacral TherapyBiodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner TrainingCraniosacral TherapyBiodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner Training

Course Curriculum

"Allow physiological function within to manifest its unerring potency rather than apply a blind force from without."
- Dr William G. Sutherland

Aims of the Training:

  • to provide a deep appreciation of the Breath of Life and the "primary respiratory system"
  • to provide an in-depth understanding of the healing principles of the system with the ability to appropriately apply this understanding in a therapeutic context
  • to cultivate clearly defined palpation and treatment skills that support the health of the patient and relate with care and competency to disease processes
  • to develop trust in the instinctual, perceptual and spiritual capabilities of the student
  • to graduate skilled, safe and therapeutically effective Craniosacral Therapy practitioners.

Seminar One - Five Days

Preparing the Ground - presence and palpatory awareness

craniosacral therapy palpation of cerebrospinal fluid movement
  • History of the work
  • The 'craniosacral concept'
  • The primary respiratory system
  • Palpation and perception
  • Palpating health
  • Establishing a clear relational field
  • Practitioner fulcrums and negotiating contact
  • Practitioner neutral
  • Therapeutic presence
  • Practitioner neutral and a wide perceptual field
  • Craniosacral touch
  • Craniosacral concept and the primary respiratory system
  • The unfolding nature of the Breath of Life
  • The Breath of Life and the three tides
  • Shifting perceptual fields
  • Perception of the tides: the cranial rhythmic impulse, the mid-tide, the long tide
  • The five core aspects of the 'primary respiratory mechanism'
  • Palpation of the longitudinal fluctuation of cerebrospinal fluid
  • Resources, stillness and stillpoint
  • Introduction to resources and trauma
  • Introduction to tissue expressions of primary respiratory motion
  • Clinical connections

Seminar Two - Four Days

Life and Motion - tissue, fluids and potency

  • Introduction to embryology and the blueprint for health
  • Tuning in to the 'primal midline'
  • The transmutation of the Breath of Life
  • The holographic paradigm
  • Tissues and motility
  • Palpating expressions of health within tissues and fluids
  • Palpation of longitudinal fluctuation of fluid via stations of listening: feet, legs, pelvis, ribs and shoulders
  • Creating safety during practice sessions
  • Surface anatomy of cranial sutures
  • Exploration of specific tissue mobility and motility - temporal, frontal, parietal, occipital bones and sacrum
  • Introduction to natural and inertial fulcrums
  • Introduction to principles of working with shock and trauma – the work of Peter Levine and Babette Rothschild
  • Contacting resources in the body and the process of 'shuttling'
  • Long tide exercise
  • Clinical connections and applications

Seminar Three - Four Days

Entering the Heart of Healing - facilitating states of balance

craniosacral therapy facilitates balance
  • Perceiving the unit of function of tissues, fluid and potency
  • Introduction to the inherent treatment plan
  • The 'wholistic shift' or 'patient neutral' and return to originality
  • Understanding and perceiving biodynamic and biokinetic forces
  • Understanding and perceiving natural and inertial fulcrums
  • Perceiving patterns of experience
  • Palpating inertial fulcrums and the health of the patient
  • Membranous-articular strains
  • The direction of priority in inertial patterns
  • Understanding and perceiving the role of balance and stillness in the healing process
  • Healing principles - introduction to 'states of balance'
  • Clinical skills for the cranial vault
  • Dr. Rollin Becker's work: the state of balance and 'three step healing process'
  • Palpating the three step healing process:
    (1) Tissues and fluids seek a state of balance
    (2) Perceiving expressions of health within states of balance
    (3) Perceiving tissue and fluid reorganisation
  • Trauma and overwhelm, resources and health
  • 'CV4' - theory and practice
  • Clinical connections and applications

Seminar Four - Four Days

Augmentation Skills - engaging the story of the body

  • Embryological development and primary respiratory motion of the reciprocal tension membrane system
  • Learning to initiate 'conversations' with tissues, fluids and potency
  • The principle of traction as an augmentation skill
  • Traction and the reciprocal tension membranes
  • States of balance and the 'point of balanced membranous tension'
  • The principle of disengagement as an augmentation skill
  • Disengagement or decompression within cranial sutures and joints
  • Following the inherent treatment plan
  • The mind-body continuum
  • Stillpoints revisited
  • 'EV4' from the sacrum
  • Trauma skills - states of overwhelm and freezing
  • Fluid fields - reciprocal tension fluid and reciprocal tension potency
  • Perceiving lateral fluctuations of fluid and potency
  • Lateral fluctuation fluid skills for diagnosis and treatment
  • The state of fluid balanced tension
  • Clinical connections and applications

Seminar Five - Five Days

The Whole in the Part - the spheno-basilar junction and beyond

craniosacral therapy palpation of cranial bones
  • Fluids, fields and fulcrums
  • Inviting fluids and potency towards sites of inertia - V-spreads
  • The embryology of the cranial base
  • Introduction to birth dynamics
  • The significance of the cranial base
  • Anatomy and physiology of the spheno-basilar junction (SBJ)
  • Classical cranial base dynamics
  • The inertial patterns of the SBJ
  • Physiological strain patterns of the SBJ
  • Non-physiological strain patterns of the SBJ
  • Whole body SBJ connections
  • Shock and trauma, resources and health; fight or flight response, principles of trauma treatment and developing verbal skills
  • Case history taking
  • The occipito-atlantal junction
  • Encouraging space at the foramen magnum and states of balance in the sub-occipital region
  • Palpating sacral dynamics
  • The sacroiliac joints and lumbo-sacral junction
  • Therapeutic skills at the sacroiliac and lumbo-sacral joints
  • Clinical connections and applications

Seminar Six - Five Days

Support and Balance - spinal dynamics and the primal midline

  • Differentiating tissues, fluids and potency within their unit of function
  • The notochord and midline organising principles
  • The significance of the primal and fluid midlines
  • The stillness of the midline
  • Dural tube dynamics
  • Dural tube evaluation via fluids and dural glide
  • Inviting space and traction at the dural tube
  • Vertebral dynamics and embryological sclerotomes
  • Working with embryological triads of the spine
  • Palpation of vertebral dynamics - motility and mobility
  • Assessing inertial fulcrums of the spine
  • Vertebral dynamics and encouraging states of balance
  • Therapeutic skills at the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Facilitated segments
  • Somato-visceral and viscero-somatic patterns
  • The embryological fluid fields of the spine
  • Uncoiling the 'snake'
  • Inherent treatment plan - orienting to the automatic shifting of potency and priorities within the patient
  • Clinical connections and applications

Seminar Seven - Four Days

Return to Wholeness - whole body dynamics and the inherent treatment plan

  • The unity of the body
  • Connective tissues and connective tissue dynamics
  • Latest fascial research
  • The role of fascia in retaining tissue memory
  • Trauma and emotional 'coupling'
  • Fascial glide
  • Palpating inertial fulcrums throughout the body
  • Transverse diaphragms and their relationship to the reciprocal tension membrane system
  • Introduction to visceral dynamics
  • The embryological unfoldment and dynamics of the heart, lungs and gut tube
  • Trauma and force vectors
  • Force vector entrapments
  • Biodynamic and biokinetic forces reviewed
  • Joint dynamics
  • Palpating and relating to joint dynamics in the appendicular skeleton
  • Treatment skills review
  • Listening and responding to the inherent treatment plan
  • Clinical connections and applications

Seminar Eight - Four Days

The Seat of the Soul - fluid, potency and the central nervous system

craniosacral therapy and the central nervous system
  • Venous sinuses and fluid dynamics
  • Freeing the outlets to cranial fluid drainage
  • The jugular foramen and cranial nerves
  • Inertial fulcrums within the venous sinus system
  • The dynamics and embryological unfoldment of the central nervous system (CNS)
  • CNS motility
  • Relating to inertial fulcrums involving the cerebral cortex
  • Brainstem, the stress response and CNS facilitation
  • Dynamics of the brainstem and cerebellum
  • The dynamics and motility of the ventricles
  • The third ventricle and ignition of the fluid system
  • Primary ignition processes at conception
  • The 'tour of the minnow'
  • The limbic system
  • Neuro-endocrine considerations
  • The pituitary and pineal glands
  • Clinical connections and applications

Seminar Nine - Four Days

Nourishment and Expression - the temporo-mandibular joint and its connections

craniosacraltherapy and the temperomandibular joint
  • The hyoid bone and its interconnections
  • Dynamics and assessment of the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ)
  • Clinical approaches to sternocleidomastoid and lateral pterygoid muscles
  • Clinical approaches to unilateral and bilateral TMJ issues
  • The principle of compression and disengagement at the TMJ
  • TMJ ligaments - specific dynamics and inertial patterns
  • TMJ issues in relationship to the hard palate
  • TMJ and whole body harmonics
  • Dental work issues
  • Specific releases of fronto-sphenoidal and spheno-petrous patterns
  • Following the inherent treatment plan - orienting to the long tide and automatic shifting of potency
  • Introduction to the face and hard palate
  • Tuning in to facial relationships, the bony orbit and eye
  • Cranial nerves supplying the eye
  • Practical assessments
  • Clinical connections and applications

Seminar Ten - Four Days

Reflections of the Self - the face and the hard palate

  • The fronto-nasal-maxillary relationships
  • The nasal bones, lacrimals and medial orbit
  • The falx cerebri, frontal bone and ethmoidal notch
  • Dynamics of the ethmoid bone
  • The olfactory nerve
  • The spheno-maxillary complex
  • Disengagement of spheno-vomer-maxillary compression
  • Disengagement of spheno-palatine-maxillary compression
  • Hard palate dynamics
  • Patterns of the maxillae and vomer
  • Polyvagal theory and the 'triune nervous system' - the work of Stephen Porges
  • Practical assessments
  • Embryological development of the face and throat
  • The embryological fluid fields of the face and throat
  • Specific patterns of the palatine and zygomatic bones
  • Clinical connections and applications, plus review

Seminar Eleven - Five Days

Out Into the World - pregnancy, birth, and completion

  • Introduction to pre-natal dynamics
  • Tuning in to the "inner embryo" and perfect health
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • The infant's skull
  • Birth trauma and its effects
  • Birth patterns and intraosseous strains
  • Tuning in to the "inner baby"
  • Treatment of babies and children
  • The secondary ignition process at birth; the 3rd ventricle, umbilicus and coccyx
  • General pelvic dynamics
  • Pelvic patterns
  • Grounding - the Breath of Life and its unfoldments
  • Following the inherent treatment plan - deepening into dynamic stillness and rhythmic balanced interchange
  • Practice management
  • Review of organisational skills and healing principles
  • Completion.