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Course Curriculum

Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner Training

Allow physiological function within to manifest its unerring potency rather than apply a blind force from without.

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

  • Introductions
  • History and development of the craniosacral concept
  • The biodynamic paradigm
  • Practitioner fulcrums
  • The ritual of contact – creating safety
  • Presence, embodiment and mindfulness
  • Practitioner neutral
  • Palpation and perception
  • Being to being relational field
  • Touch and the relational field
  • The five core aspects of the primary respiratory mechanism
  • Primary respiratory system; the Breath of Life and three tides
  • Orienting to the ‘biosphere’ of the client
  • Perception and palpation of the three tides: the cranial rhythmic impulse, mid-tide and long tide
  • Shifting perceptual fields
  • Longitudinal fluctuation and cerebrospinal fluid
  • Stillpoints in the fluid tide
  • Trauma part 1: resources and health
  • Palpation of the fluid tide
  • Synchronising with the long tide

Seminar Two – Four Days

Life and Motion: the fluid body and potency

  • Palpation skills: listening hands, diagnostic touch, therapeutic touch
  • Embryology part 1: from conception to the development of the notochord
  • The midlines part 1:
    • as a fluid core
    • cerebrospinal fluid
    • fluid within the fluid: potency and liquid light
    • primal midline and the notochord
  • Orienting to wholeness and the ‘holistic shift’; gateway to the inherent treatment plan
  • The ‘fluid body’ – longitudinal and lateral fluctuations
  • Tidal motion and disordered fluid motion:
    • as the river flows: stasis, stagnation, rapids, whirlpools and lateral fluctuations
    • fluid fulcra; identification and holding in a wide perceptual field
  • Interacting with fluids: augmentation skills
  • Perceiving the role of stillness in the healing process
  • Trauma part 2:
    • safety, danger and life-threat
    • resources and overwhelm
    • shuttling
  • Supporting safety during practice sessions
  • Reciprocal tension membranes and reciprocal tension motion
  • Orienting to the biosphere and widening to the long tide, transmutation and dynamic interchange

Seminar Three – Four Days

Entering the Heart of Healing: facilitating states of balance

  • Orienting to tissues, fluid and potency
  • Tissue motility – fluidity and tensegrity
  • Palpation of tissue motility: cranial motility, flower petals
  • Distortion patterns and tissue memory
  • Understanding and perceiving biodynamic and conditional forces
  • Natural fulcra and inertial fulcra
  • Perceiving conditioned patterns of experience
  • The ‘holistic shift’ and following the inherent treatment plan
  • The heart of the healing process: states of balance
  • Direction of priority
  • The role of settling and stillness in the therapeutic process
  • Accessing states of balance within the field of tissues, fluid and potency
  • Trauma part 3: Dissociation and embodiment
    • orienting to body sensation
    • WOSI (weight, outline, skin and inside)
  • Reciprocal tension membrane (RTM) – automatic shifting
  • RTMs and patterns of experience, accessing states of balance
  • Stillpoints revisited – CV4 via tissue motility at occiput

Seminar Four – Four Days

Cranial Motility and Health: organising forces and augmentation skills

  • Cranial bowl and the unity of structure and function
  • Embryology part 2: cranial mesenchyme
    • continuity of bone and membrane
    • the cranium as a fluid filled membrane with islands of bone
  • Motility of individual bones and disengagement of cranial sutures: temporal, parietal and frontal bones
  • Augmentation skills
  • The principle of “doing not-doing”
  • Dr. Becker’s 3-step healing process: (1) tissues, fluids and potency seek a state of balance; (2) perceiving expressions of health within states of balance; (3) perceiving tissue and fluid re-organisation
  • Orientation to the Teaching Clinic
  • Working with the continuity of cranial bones and membranes
  • Focusing: as a regulation skill for practitioners
  • Deepening into stillpoints: CV4 from sacrum

Seminar Five – Five Days

The Whole in the Part: birth process, the spheno-basilar junction and beyond

  • Birth process from the baby’s perspective
  • Birth energy and birth ignition
  • Birth as a formative transition: physical and psychological imprints
  • The birth journey and birth presentation
  • Birth stages
  • Cranial molding and patterns of the spheno-basilar junction (SBJ)
  • The significance of the SBJ and whole body SBJ connections
  • Physiological patterns of the SBJ
  • Non-physiological patterns of the SBJ
  • Case history taking
  • Introduction to intraosseous strains – the occiput
  • Trauma part 4: Integrating verbal skills
    • freeze, dissociation and activation
    • ‘Polyvagal Theory’ and social engagement
    • slowing down, staying with body sensations, resources, being present, finding a witness, creating safety, allowing discharge
  • Lumbo-sacral junction and sacroiliac joints

Seminar Six – Five Days

Support and Balance: spinal dynamics and the primal midline

  • The suspensory nature of the three bodies: physical body, fluid body and tidal body
  • The spine and connective tissue continuity
  • The dural tube
  • Embryology part 3: formation of the notochord and somites
  • The spine:
    • embryology of the spine: working with embryological triads
    • vertebral dynamics and states of balance
    • cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions
  • Neurological facilitation part 1: facilitated segments and somatic loops
  • Embryological fluid fields of the spine
  • The midlines part 2: the primal midline, layers of function
  • Deepening into the stillness of the midline
  • The suspensory nature of the midline in health
  • The occiput, atlas and axis – where the midline bends
  • The upper embryological triad of the sphenoid, occiput and atlas
  • Listening and responding to the inherent treatment plan – the automatic shifting of potency
  • Stillpoints: EV4

Seminar Seven – Four Days

Return to Wholeness: dynamics of fascia and the inherent treatment plan

  • Connective tissues and connective tissue dynamics
  • Whole body connective tissue matrix
  • New science of fascia
  • Superficial fascia and deep fascia
  • Fascia as a communication pathway and sensory organ
  • Bio-tensegrity: whole body patterns
  • The liquid crystalline matrix
  • Transverse structures; the four diaphragms
  • Thoracolumbar fascia and its significance
  • Psoas fascia and its interconnections
  • Entrapped force vectors
  • Principles and practice working with limbs and peripheral joints
  • The original matrix – a blueprint of health

Seminar Eight – Four Days

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

  • Jugular foramen and cranial outflow – clearing the outlets to cranial fluid drainage
  • Venous sinus drainage
  • Embryology part 4: formation of the central nervous system; the story of the ectoderm
  • Motility of the central nervous system
  • The mind and the brain
  • Neurological facilitation and the stress response
  • Orienting to the cerebral cortex, brainstem and cerebellar hemispheres
  • The ventricles:
    • ‘tour of the minnow’
    • liquid light
    • 3rd ventricle dynamics
    • the pituitary and pineal glands
    • neuro-endocrine considerations
  • Conception ignition: ignition of the ground of being

Seminar Nine – Four Days

Expression and Being: the face and the heart

  • Communication and co-operation – the social being
  • The bony viscero-cranium – maxillae as a hub, suspended from the frontal
  • Motility and mobility of the facial bones
  • Fronto-nasal, lacrimal and ethmoid relationships
  • The face and hard palate: vomer, palatines and maxillae
  • Patterns of the maxillae
  • Embryology part 5: derivatives of the pharyngeal arches; bones, muscles, cranial nerves
  • Embryological fluid fields of the head, face and throat
  • Trauma part 5: the ‘Polyvagal Theory’ and Social Engagement System
  • Babies, social engagement and self regulation
  • Practical feedbacks
  • Introduction to body viscera
  • Embryology part 6: body viscera
  • The heart and lungs

Seminar Ten – Four Days

As Above So Below: the jaw and pelvis

  • The temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and its interconnections
    • the hyoid bone
    • sternocleidomastoid and lateral pterygoid muscles
    • TMJ ligaments – specific dynamics and inertial patterns
    • dental work issues
  • Cranio-pelvic resonance
  • The eyes, boney orbit and zygomae
  • Below the diaphragm
  • Embryology part 7: the story of the endoderm
  • Motility of the abdominal field
  • The liver, stomach and gut tube
  • The sixth sense – interoception and the “second” brain
  • Small intestines and large intestines
  • Practical feedbacks
  • Inherent treatment plan: the “mysterious gateway” – deepening into states of balance and the long tide

Seminar Eleven – Five Days

Out Into the World: pregnancy, birth and completion

  • Closing the circle: biodynamics in practice
  • Introduction to pre-natal dynamics
  • Tuning in to the “inner embryo” and perfect health
  • Birth imprints in adults; birth as a formative experience
    • “As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines”
    • life statements
  • Principles of working with babies and families
  • Birth ignition – the umbilicus, heart and lungs
  • The umbilicus as an organising centre and relational midline – umbilical shock
  • Working with ‘another pair of hands’
  • Review of organisational skills and healing principles
  • Birthing the practitioner; stepping out into practice
  • Practice management
  • Inherent treatment plan; Dynamic Stillness and rhythmic balanced interchange
  • Integration and completion.

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Warm Wishes
Michael Kern