Semester 1 – Relational Touch

Explores the phenomena of touch, space, perception and Tidal forms. Looks at the craniosacral biodynamic concept in depth.

  • The relational field
  • Holistic shift
  • Unfoldments of the Breath of Life
  • Perceptual Fields

Starting to look at:

  • Stillness
  • Resourcing
  • Patterns of Experience
  • Inherent treatment plan

You will learn how to:

  • Establish a state of balanced awareness and practitioner fulcrums
  • Be able to achieve a settled state within your own system
  • Negotiate the contact space with your client
  • Be able to sit back and listen to how your client’s system is
  • Establish a clear relational field
  • Notice expressions of primary respiration in your own body and others
  • Recognize stillness in yourself and others
  • Invite systemic stillness in your client's system
  • Offer a wide perceptual field

Semester 2 – The Midline

Explores the spine as a unit of function and natural fulcrum for the whole body’s health as well as a conductor for the primary energies of the bodymind system. Looks at how natural adjustments take place around this axis.

  • Embryological origins
  • Original health and blueprint
  • Primal midline
  • Holistic spine
  • The two poles - sacrum and occiput
  • Spinal motion dynamics
  • Fluid spine
  • Key Joints

Starting to look at:

  • Natural states of balance
  • Tissues, fluids and potency
  • Body learning
  • Recognising and treating trauma affects

You will learn how to:

  • Recognize how the health of the spine affects the health of the whole body
  • Become familiar with recognizing expressions from the primal midline.
  • Listen to the spine as a whole unit of function.
  • Relate to the health of the spinal curves and the continuity through the spinal column helping you identify spinal joint patterns.
  • Recognize the horizontal relationships of the spine, that is, facilitated segments and irritability in visceral and somatic nervous arcs and how to meet them therapeutically.
  • Learning skills of assessing your client’s health.

Semester 3 – Whole Body Dynamics

Explores the phenomenon of holism. When the body communicates and moves as a whole, there is access to greater health. Looks at continuity of tissues, whole body patterns and shapes. Also looks at reciprocal motion through the body.

  • Connective tissue
  • The Fascial web
  • Reciprocal motion in membranes
  • Horizontal and transverse structures
  • Whole body whole field
  • Resolving whole body patterns
  • Trauma models
  • Hip and Shoulder Joints as key nodes in Fascial Web
  • Wide perceptual fields and the Long Tide
  • Practice development: skills of assessment, diagnostic baselines, language for touch, recording treatments

You will learn how to:

  • Recognize how the health of the connective tissue matrix can affect the health of the whole system.
  • Become familiar with assessing connective tissue health.
  • Feel whole body patterns.
  • Differentiate between longitudinal and transverse strains in the body - appreciating their convergence and inter-relationships.
  • Recognize the qualities of dural membrane, being able to relate to the falx and tentorium as key structures for cranial health.
  • Listen to the dural tube, observing dural glide as a way of assessing mobility.

Semester 4 – Craniopelvic Resonance

Explores primary respiration around cranial and pelvic bones. Looks at how the two poles of the midline mirror each other and create health when there is synchrony.

  • Mobility and motility of cranial vault and pelvic bones
  • Patterns of experience
  • Specific resonances
  • Bipolar contact
  • Integration and resourcing
  • Bony-membranous expressions
  • Core-periphery resonance: midline and limbs
  • Practice development: structure of a treatment session, treatment processes, safety in practice

You will learn how to:

  • Start to recognize how bones feel and express healthy motion
  • Recognize how the health of the Reciprocal Tension Membranes affects the bones of the midline.
  • Feel whole body patterns through craniopelvic resonance.
  • Recognize how the falx and tentorium are key structures for healthy motion of the vault bones.
  • Learn to listen to the dural tube as the core link between the pelvis and cranium.

Semester 5 – Birth, Ignition and Original Health

Explores how we develop in utero and the prenatal conditions for health. Craniosacral therapy can form a relationship to these early forces and facilitate a re-ordering of early affects. Looks at the process of birth and how the body shapes itself in response to this unique event.

  • Pre-natal experience and the psyche
  • Cranial base patterns and their resonance
  • Whole body birth shapes and posture
  • Understanding entrainment
  • Ignition processes
  • Attachment and bonding body affects
  • Relating to the transpersonal
  • Pacing and containment
  • Practice development: developing trust in body intelligence, diagnosing health and assessing change

You will learn how to:

  • Work with the vault hold (Sutherland’s hold) and modified vault hold (Becker’s hold) to explore cranial distortions.
  • Work with whole body shapes and patterns, exploring links to the cranial base and perinatal events.
  • Orient to the cranium as a fluid membrane bag, appreciating the effect of birth stages in distorting the fluid filled bag that is the baby’s cranium
  • Start to get a sense of compression, side-bending and torsion patterns.(physiological strain patterns of SBJ)
  • Start to get a sense of lateral and vertical shear patterns of the cranial base (non-physiological strain patterns of SBJ)
  • Deepen your appreciation of Long Tide through relationship to a ‘horizontal’ perceptual field
  • Deepen skills around facilitating resources, presence and understanding pacing and containment

Semester 6 – Visceral Intelligence

Explores how organs feel and move - their embryological origins and primary health expressions. Looks at how treatment can change their physiology in a profound way.

  • Visceral nervous system
  • Fight or flight response and the brain stem
  • Limbic system and emotions
  • Individual organ expressions and clinical considerations
  • The gut and umbilical affects
  • Physiological affects of stillness
  • Practice development: acute and chronic conditions, dealing with serious illness, relationship with short, medium and long term clients

You will learn how to:

  • Work precisely with the pericardium and its connection to other structures, especially the link between the cranial base and the diaphragm.
  • Orient to the fluid nature of organs and the physiology of the body.
  • Relate to the peritoneum as a visceral reciprocal tension membrane system.
  • Sense of the gut tube and its particular, potency and movement expressions.
  • Deepen your skills of listening form CRI and mid tide to body structures.
  • Appreciate the integrative affect stillpoint has on organ physiology.
  • Orient to body cavities as internal spaces.
  • Understand the holistic nature of viscera, fluids, nervous system and potency.
  • Deepen your skills of differentiation.

Semester 7 – Neural Matrix

Explores the fluid/electrical phenomenon of the central nervous system right at the heart of us. In particular how the brain feels and responds to light touch. Looks at how to relate to neural patterning to bring about smoother neural flow dynamics.

  • The whole brain
  • Neural flow
  • Ventricles and deep potency reservoirs
  • Blood and brain
  • Brain states
  • Nerve facilitation
  • Psycho-neuroimmunoendocrine response
  • Stillness in the central nervous system
  • Sea of stillness
  • Practice development: being a successful fulfilled craniosacral therapist, how to survive as a self employed therapist

You will learn how to:

  • Feel the ventricles of the brain and the deep potency that resides there. Following the potentization in the ventricles during stillpoint.
  • Recognise how the health of the third ventricle can affect the health of the whole system.
  • Become familiar with nervous tissue expressions of health. Learning to recognise states of balance and work with different parts of the brain, including the eye.
  • Relate to venous sinuses. Assessing their freedom of movement and encouraging greater mobility and flow, potency and movement expressions.
  • Identify brain stem activation and how to tone down the nervous system.
  • Relate to the hypothalamus and pituitary and detect endocrine changes in the body.

Semester 8 – The Facial Complex

Explores the dynamics of the face and the special senses. Looks at how the face functions in relationship to the neurocranium, the whole body and a plethora of inter-relationships. Particularly looks at the pivotal relationship of the jaw and throat to the whole body and how it is the fulcrum for powerful physiological and psychoemotional expressions and repressions.

  • Cranial nerves & special senses
  • Motions and emotions of the face
  • Hard palette dynamics
  • The jaw and TMJ harmonics
  • Emotional entrapment and its expressions
  • Shock and the jaw
  • The pivot of the throat
  • Key joints of the lower body
  • The empathetic practitioner
  • The power of acknowledgement and non-action
  • Practice development: framing the physiology of emotion and pain, developing presence and simplicity in the treatment session

You will learn how to:

  • Recognize birth patterns in the facial complex
  • Recognize TMJ compression and its affects
  • Understand ramifications of chronic jaw tension and its affect on all systems of the body including the in particular the immune response, digestion, posture and emotional repression
  • Work with the hyoid as a natural fulcrum for the structural and emotional health of the throat
  • Be able to listen to the face as a whole and be in relationship with all the different facial tissues
  • Become more precise in your ability to name patterns of expression and their quality and direction
  • Define BCST through the spoken and written word

Semester 9 – Deepening Into The Relational Field

Pregnancy, birth and early life are profound and formative times. These first moments can determine many aspects of our health and nature that condition the rest of our lives. Craniosacral Therapy offers a profound understanding of these events and through a unique and deep contact with the human system can help the expression of the innate life force within each individual. To be able to use these skills effectively can help the development of the embryo, foetus, baby and mother.

  • Mother and Baby Resonance
  • Treating Mother and Baby for the first time after the Birth
  • Health Expressions/Trauma Expressions in Mothers and Babies
  • Postnatal Period and Changes that Occur
  • Natural Labour
  • Paediatric Conditions
  • Labour Complications and the Medical Model
  • Physiological Changes during Pregnancy
  • Treating Pregnant Women & Acknowledging the Baby’s Presence
  • Conditions that developed in the Antenatal Period
  • Clinical practise
  • Case taking of the Woman and Baby on the first visit
  • Treating Mobile Infants
  • Verbal Skill enhancement
  • Skills for staying present
  • Practitioner self care and the role of supervision in practice

You will learn how to:

  • Relating to the female pelvic anatomy
  • Deepen your ability to create a relational field to include more than one person.
  • Learn to work is short time frames and with limited contact.
  • Appreciate factors which help create safety
  • Enhance your trauma skills using both verbal and pacing skills.
  • Review the ignitions of the body from a newborn perspective.
  • Orient to the autonomic nervous system and appreciate it’s role in birth and bonding.

Semester 10 – Cellular Intelligence

Looks at how the body is holistic in its very nature. The nervous system, the endocrine system and immune system are intricately linked and complementary, co-influencing our emotional and psychological states. New biology and new science will be examined as theories to help us understand what lies behind physical and emotional conditioning along with practical ways to bring this knowledge into the treatment room and meet your clients system in a truly holistic way.

  • The phenomenon of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis
  • Metabolic fields and the thyroid
  • Immune system potency and the immune organs
  • The hormonal molecular fluid matrix
  • Regulation of the neuroendocrine immune system
  • Understanding the stress/inflammatory response
  • Practice development: building your practice, legal requirements, ongoing development

You will learn how to:

  • Feel the HPA axis and be able to assess its level of biodynamic health and stress response
  • Recognise how the potency connection of the third ventricle is pivotal for the health of the whole system.
  • Become familiar with the immune response and its expression of health. Learning to work with the immune organs.
  • Relate to the lymphatic ducts. Helping to free them and encouraging greater mobility and flow, potency and movement expressions.
  • Learning to identify the pineal gland as a fulcrum for natural balance and rhythm.
  • Relate to the body at a molecular level.