The nuts and bolts of Upledger CranioSacral Therapy
The core training consists of the following five workshops: CST1, CST2, SER1 SER2, ADV1.
The first three classes (CST1, CST2 and SER1) are all four days long and cost £580+VAT (£696). The fourth class (SER2) is also four days long and costs £610 +VAT (£732). The Advanced 1 is five days, held on retreat and costs £1150 plus accommodation, which reflects the small class size and depth of the work. Click ‘read more’ to find out about the content and highlights of each class.
Please be aware …
Sometimes we get asked by students who have done their core training (or part of it) at another school, if they can join our further courses, or continue their training with us. Unfortunately this is not possible as, although there will be crossover, there will also be differences, and we need everyone to be on the same page when they start any class beyond CST1.
The most cost effective way of taking these core curriculum classes is via our Core Pack Payment Plan. This saves you money and enables you to pay in smaller regular amounts. Find out morehere.
CranioSacral Therapy 1
CranioSacral Therapy 1 presents the groundwork for learning how to palpate and work with the craniosacral system. A key component of this is learning to feel the craniosacral rhythm and using it both in assessing the whole body and applying the techniques effectively. In CST1, this process begins by practical comparisons of various other body rhythms and learning and feeling what we mean by flexion and extension of the craniosacral system.
As a safe and effective start to using this work, Dr Upledger and colleagues developed what we call the 10-step protocol. This is a set of techniques which treat key areas of the body, enabling you to work with and understand the delicate palpatory skills needed, at the same time as getting effective results for your clients.
The 10-step technique address bones, fascia and fluid, and include: methods of treating the transverse diaphragms: pelvic, respiratory, thoracic inlet, hyoid and occipitocranial base; the frontal & parietal lifts; sphenoid compression-decompression; temporal mobilisation, ear pull (or bilateral temporal decompression); dural tube evaluation, traction, treatment and TMJ technique… Sound fun?!
Relevant anatomy and theoretical concepts are explained so that the left brain is satisfied, while the focus on experiential exploration and practice definitely serves the right brain.
Feel the craniosacral rhythm and use it as an assessment tool
Appreciate the anatomical intricacies of aspects of the skull, cranial sutures and the vertical and horizontal cranial membrane systems
Why working with the dural tube has such positive effect on the rest of the body
Understand fascia as a whole body system, the visco-elastic characteristics of tissue and how we can use it to pinpoint the source of physical problems
What a still point is and how and why to induce one (including CV4)
How and when to use ‘direction of energy’ techniques
Come away with the 10-step treatment protocol you can integrate into your practice immediately or use on family and friends.
See our ‘Where to Begin’ page for entry requirements. Also reading Your Inner Physician and You and chapters 1- 6 of CranioSacral Therapy by Dr Upledger.
CranioSacral Therapy 2
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.
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! 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.
CST1 and 75-100 practice experiences of the 10-step protocol.
SomatoEmotional Release 1
SomatoEmotional Release (SER)® is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. SER1 offers ways to enhance the results you get from using CST and expand the areas in which it can be useful. By the end of the course, you should be able to help clients dissipate residual effects of past trauma and negative emotional events, which is often necessary to allow many people to let go of the deepest causes of pain and illness.
To get to this, you will learn more techniques to release the tissues of the mouth and throat and why this is so important. You will find out more about the physiological mechanism of disease, learn specific techniques for finding and releasing energy cysts, and how to incorporate the craniosacral rhythm into this level of work.
The other key part of the SER process is the ability to use imagery and dialogue. As you explore some of the ways to do this, your improved listening and comprehension skills will increase your understanding of verbal and non-verbal signals. This, in turn, will help to encourage clients to work cooperatively with you in this process and become active in improving their own health. During this course you will participate in numerous hands-on experiences to practice facilitating the process of SomatoEmotional Release®.
What will you learn from coming on this course? Overall, this course will take your treatments to a new level. For some people, it can be a very new way to work, while others will find it more familiar, but it is the integration of the imagery and dialogue with the special features of the craniosacral system that give SomatoEmotional Release® its edge and make it worth talking about!
How to integrate this with the core skills of CranioSacral Therapy and the unique way to ensure a treatment is effective and on track
How to integrate imagery and dialogue techniques with the process of SomatoEmotional Release®
An introduction to the idea and use of therapeutic imagery and the principles and practice of dialogue
How to assess and mobilise what is dubbed the ‘Avenue of Expression’ (i.e. the vocal apparatus), to aid expression and release of suppressed emotion, using techniques that address the thoracic inlet and hard palate learned in CST1 & 2 as well as new ones to treat the hyoglossal tissues (floor of the mouth)
How to refine and improve your whole body evaluation palpation skills to locate and release energy cysts
An introduction to and a historical review of the development of the concepts of energy cysts and SomatoEmotional Release®.
CST2 and at least 25 experiences of practicing all of the techniques taught there.
SomatoEmotional Release 2
This workshop is designed to teach you how the SomatoEmotional Release® techniques can integrate with various other creative imagery and dialoguing methods. By attending this class, with its focus on the development of therapeutic imagery and dialoguing skills, you will become more proficient in the SER techniques. With an emphasis on self-healing and wholeness, our goal as practitioners is to enable a comfortable and holistic mind-body approach that will help our clients resolve problems and obstacles to their progress and growth
The class begins with a review of the techniques taught in CST2 & SER1 to encourage the expression of suppressed emotion through the release of the throat and hard palate. This is followed by an introduction to psychosynthesis and Gestalt and Jungian psychology.
By blending concepts from three schools of psychology with SER and CST, you will add a range of more specific techniques to your toolbox to enable you to work with patients and increase awareness of the ‘inner self’. As in all our courses, participation and practice with fellow students helps you increase both your own self-awareness and your confidence in your practice, strengthening the relationship between the conscious and non-conscious mind and expanding the ways you can assist your clients.
The history, key concepts and therapeutic process of psychosynthesis and Gestalt and Jungian psychology
Practical application of the integration of the above with SomatoEmotional Release® and therapeutic imagery and dialogue
Review of throat and hard palate techniques for releasing the vocal apparatus
Methods for inviting a solicited image, maintaining it and discovering an image’s purpose
Skills for facilitating dialogue between the patient’s levels of consciousness
Exercises in active imagination, archetypes, self-awareness and dialogue and facilitated imagery
A 10-step protocol for imagery and dialogue
The benefit of continued focus on using the craniosacral rhythm to keep ‘on track’
To trust your hands more as you experience the gentleness and safety of the SER approach and see the benefits that ensue.
The SomatoEmotional Release® process requires extreme sensitivity on the part of the therapist, and a positive attitude and trust from the patient. The SER2 workshop gives you a greater insight into your patient’s issues and specific techniques that enable you to fine-tune your dialoguing skills.
Successful completion of the SER1 workshop and practice using the techniques during at least 25 treatments.
The Advanced CranioSacral Therapy 1 workshop offers an extraordinary experience for the serious CranioSacral Therapy practitioner. It provides the opportunity to draw together all the techniques and skills taught in previous workshops, through giving and receiving treatments, supported by a senior UI instructor and two highly experienced staff therapists.
While mornings are given over to discussion of the work and the experiences and insights being gained, during the afternoon sessions, each student is treated by the other four in the group, with the supervisory team giving guidance when appropriate.
This course is five days long, residential and intense and helps you take a big leap in your practice. There are only 10 participants and you work in two groups of 5. This means that there is plenty of time for individual support, both of your learning and practical skills and of your own process through the treatments.
Refine how you use the CST techniques and develop your palpatory capabilities even further
Enjoy the chance for one-to-one instructor-participant skill evaluation & development
Actively participate in multi-hands sessions and improve your ability to work with other practitioners in a unified way
Deepen your understanding of the work from going through your own process
Pull together everything learned in previous courses and take your skill and understanding of this in-depth therapy to a new level.
Successful completion of the SER2 workshop, as well as being ready to do deep introspective work, and be comfortable giving and receiving SomatoEmotional Release. Required advance reading – none – you should have done it all by now!
If the courses are only four days, what do I have to do between them?
Because they are postgraduate (except if you are part of the Training from Scratch programme) we do not have any formal assessment or testing between courses.
However, to get the best value from the course you have just done, as well as from the next one, (and for the colleagues you will work with on the next class!), we STRONGLY ADVISE…. (did you see the in CAPS and BOLDED bit!):
Between CST1 and CST2 that you:
Keep a record of75 – 100 10-step protocols using the simple sheet we will provide, or another if you prefer
Attend at least two study groups and record that attendance on the CPD sheet we will give you
Spend a couple of hours with a Study Group Leader, either 1:1 or in a small group to review and practice the 10-step technique and review on-going experiences. This can also be recorded on the CPD sheet
Receive at least two treatments from an experienced practitioner – who has completed their advanced class and/or is techniques qualified.
Between CST2 & SER1 we again, STRONGLY ADVISE (!):
You keep a record of at least 25 treatments where you have incorporated the sphenoid work and the mouthwork protocol
Attend two more study groups (they can be with a different person)
Spend a couple of hours with a Study Group Leader, either 1:1 or in a small group, going over the new things learned in CST2
Continue to receive treatments from an experienced practitoner (again, it can be a different person).
After SER1, we encourage you to start to use the dialogue techniques as soon as possible. Practice, practice, practice…. You could also consider working alongside a more advanced practitioner or Study Group Leader.
Again, emphasis on getting your own work done – ie getting regular treatment from an experienced practitioner as well as colleagues you swap with – will help you hugely in being able to apply the work as fully as possible.
So this was all about out our Core Curriculum. It really is quite extraordinary work.