Foundation Certificate in Body Science - 15 days

For the love of anatomy & physiology, insight into pathology & exploration of palpation

The training as a whole melds the anatomy, physiology and pathology needed with the palpatory training modules and ‘Becoming a Therapist’ element. It consists of five 3-day modules, typically available one month apart.  The first three cover the anatomy and physiology of the major areas and systems of the body with the introduction of the palpation approach and basic CST techniques. The fourth concentrates on pathology, and the fifth gives you a day of recap, the exam and the ‘Becoming a Therapist’ element of the course. You will need to pass the exam and present some case studies to completely finish this part of the course. Depending on scheduling, you may be able to begin a CST1 class before the training is completely finished.  

This has been developed by the College of Body Science in conjunction with UIUK and the Cranio Sacral Society, which have ratified the syllabus and content. Full and exciting details of exactly what you will learn are HERE, with a summary below. NB there is also a palpatory session on the last part of each day, which is detailed in the syllabus. 


Foundation Certificate in Body Science Outline

Session 1

Day 1     Introduction: Anatomical language, body components, the cell, tissues, organs

Day 2     The Head: Bones of the cranium, joints, muscles, TMJ, meninges, ventricles & CSF

Day 3     The Brain: Structure of the nervous system, nerves, endocrine system, special senses, blood supply

Session 2

Day 4     The Neck: Bones, joints and blood supply, hyoid, pharynx, thyroid, neck muscles

Day 5     The Thorax: Bones & muscles, respiritory system, heart & cardiovascular system, blood & lymph

Day 6     The Shoulder & Arm: Bones, joints, muscles, movements, physiology of bones & muscles, fascia

Session 3

Day 7      Digestive Abdomen: Function & physiology of organs, getting fuel in and wastes out, peritoneum

Day 8      Posterior Abdomen - Urinary & reproductive systems, adrenals, endocrine functions

Day 9      The Pelvis and Lower Limb: Bones, muscles, nerve & blood supply, joints of hip, knee, ankle

Session 4

Day 10    Pathology: Immune system processes & cells, cardiovascular & respiratory pathologies 

Day 11    Pathologies of the digestive & musculoskeletal system, nervous and endocrine system

Session 5

Day 13    Participatory review of all coursework - areas determined by student need and request

Day 14    AM: AP&P Exam, feedback on quality of palpation; PM: How to be a Therapist - part 1

Day 15    How to be a Therapist - part 2 


So look at all that! We think that covers the start of what you need to know. It is equivalent to a level 3 / 4 qualification honed to give you what you will need as cranial practitioners. Of course, there is always more, and you will continue to broaden and deepen your knowledge as you work and progress. But we feel this is a good start. There will be some pieces of written work to be completed and an exam to help you find your own inventive ways to absorb it all!  


Session 4 - Pathology as a stand-alone

If you do not have previous pathology training, but have done some A&P, you are welcome to join us for just those 3 days. If your original training did not include much pathology, it would probably suit you too. Whether you are at CST1 or 2 in your training, or have covered even more, as you work with a greater range of clients, this will add to your background knowledge. We also go over how to find out about different diseases that you have not come across before.

The cost for the three days alone is £325. There is even an exam, if you wish to go that far! 
Please call the office to book a place on 0800 690 6966.


Half of Session 5 - 'Becoming A Therapist' as a stand-alone

This day and a half's training may be of interest if you are either on the Training from Scratch programme and have done the AP&P elsewhere, or if you have not covered these topics. We will look at all the things you need to consider when setting up a practice - from insurance and legal requirements to creating a space to work from, to working within the code of ethics and practice to taking case histories... and much more! This will be completed by a quiz after the 1 1/2 days class. 

The cost is £195.

Please call the office to book a place on 0800 690 6966.


The course will be run in our beautiful new office in Brighton.

2020 dates:

15 - 17 January 2020
12 - 14 February 2020
18 - 20 March 2020
29 April - 1 May 2020 (date change due to new Bank Holiday date)
10 - 12 June 2020

2021 dates:

13 - 15 January 2021
10 - 12 February 2021
10 - 12 March 2021
5 - 7 May 2021 
9 - 11 June 2021


The cost for the course is £1450

This includes:
15 days teaching 
All marking of homework
2 hours of personal tutorial time
Workbooks and notes

And there is no extra charge for sitting or having the exam marked! 

It can be paid in one go at £1450 or in five monthly instalments of £300, to be completed by the end of the course. 


Introducing Palpation

Although this aspect of the training is woven into the Certificate in Body Science Foundation Course, if you have the A&P but no palpatory experience, you may want to consider doing an Introductory course first. See our Calendar for the next dates, or let us know if you would like us to schedule some.


Cranial Anatomy Separately

The College of Body Science also offers other anatomy and physiology classes to support your training in this area - in particular, Inside the Cranium covers the cranial anatomy needed for the core CST training. 2020 dates tbc. You can find out more at collegeofbodyscience.com.  



If all that excites you and you are still interested, please call the office and we can take a deposit payment that will secure your place.

Here is the information again on the Core CranioSacral Therapy Curriculum and the places that will take you to!