CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CST2) builds on the previous course in a number of ways. You will learn some more techniques to add to and integrate within the 10 steps, more ways to evaluate the whole body and therefore know where to work, and be introduced to Dr Upledger’s concept of the ‘energy cyst’, which is one of the unique aspects of his work.
The course begins with the study of cranial base distortions as perceived, diagnosed and treated by Dr William Sutherland, the ‘father’ of cranial osteopathy. Specifically, we mean the sphenobasilar joint and how to use the movement of the sphenoid to evaluate and treat any anomolies here. You will be able to understand the different ways this area can be in dysfunction and identify, evaluate and correct it.
Have you ever considered the extent to which the facial bones and those of the hard palate might affect the craniosacral system? You will learn some of the finer anatomical details of these: nasals, zygoma, hard palate, mandible and temporomandibular joint and how to evaluate and treat these areas from inside the mouth.
New approaches to whole body evaluation will increase your palatory skills again; you will feel the difference between using the craniosacral rhythm, the energy cyst and pulls of the fascia to help you locate areas of ‘issue’. The idea of allowing tissue to ‘unwind’ will be practiced in relation to the limbs (we call it ‘regional unwinding’). A few other treats will be thrown in and an introduction to SomatoEmotional Release® will also be presented.
What you will learn from coming on this course:
- Dr Sutherland’s views of the cranial-base dysfunctions and ways to evaluate and treat via the sphenoid
- Anatomy and treatment of the hard palate, including the maxillae, palatines, vomer, nasals and zygoma
- How to evaluate and treat the teeth
- More methodology for the mandible and temporomandibular joint dysfunctions
- Whole body evaluation techniques including: arcing, fascial glide, symmetry/asymmetry in the craniosacral motion
- Develop more skill evaluating the mobility of the dural tube
- How and when to effect a regional tissue release
- Explore the concepts of energy cysts and SomatoEmotional Release®
- By the end of this course you should be able to evaluate general vitality, motivation, emotional status and biochemical dysfunction using the craniosacral rhythm.
- You will gain confidence in ways to evaluate the whole body. You will have more techniques under your belt to incorporate into the 10 step protocol or to treat the cranial base, mouth and whole jaw complex. It gets really fun!
Successful completion of CST1, followed by ample independent study time for skill development and practice.
You should have a confident and thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol, gained, it is suggested, from conducting around 75 individual 10-step treatments.
Required Advance Reading
CranioSacral Therapy, chapters 7-15, by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, and Jon D. Vredevoogd, MFA;
CranioSacral Therapy II: Beyond the Dura, chapter 3 on the Temporomandibular joint, by Dr. John E. Upledger
Our venues for CST 2 this year are in the Borough area of London in April and September.