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CranioSacral Therapy 1


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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 techniques 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 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.


It is usual that participants will be a professional healthcare practitioner, or a student in a healthcare programme, with a Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology qualification. If you are not a healthcare practitioner but want to do the course please contact the office.
If you have never experienced CranioSacral Therapy for yourself, it is highly recommended that you have at least a few sessions prior to the class. This will help you gain valuable insights into how the technique works and what its effects are on the body. If you need help with finding a practitioner then you can have a look on the Therapists page of the website (link here and also above- these are are experienced and qualified practitioners), contact the office, check the practitioners listed on the CranioSacral Society website, or go to which is the international UI listing and Search for a Practitioner. However, please be aware that inclusion on this list does not imply any recommendations from UIUK.

Required Advance Reading

CranioSacral Therapy, chapters 1-6, by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, and Jon D. Vredevoogd, MFA
Your Inner Physician and You by Dr. John E. Upledger


Our venue in Kenilworth is the Holiday Inn; in Brighton, we will be at The Old Ship; in London, The Diorama Arts Centre NW1; and, in Perth, at the Royal George. Spaces are limited in all these venues so please book in time to avoid disappointment!

Any hesitations? our guarantee:

We are so confident that if you are a practicing therapist you will see straight away the value that this course will add to your work, that we guarantee if you do not feel this by the end of the first day of the class we will refund you the entire course fee on the spot, on return of the manual. So what do you have to loose? 

Additional information

Location & Date

Brighton, 20-23 Nov 2024, Brighton, 3-6 July 2024, Kenilworth, 11-14 Sept 2024, Liverpool, 20-23 March 2024, London, 15-18 March 2023, Brighton, 14 – 17 June 2023, Perth, Scotland, 20-23 September 2023, Brighton, 29 November – 2 December 2023


£580 + VAT, Balance payment after deposit paid, Deposit – balance due 1 month prior to course start date, I am ALREADY signed up to the Core Pack / TFS payment plans, Retake £290 + VAT

1 review for CranioSacral Therapy 1

  1. Neil M

    I have made a reasonable living for the past forty (and the rest) years working as a bonesetter and sports first aider without troubling myself overmuch with such things as Latin names for what may be found under the skin.

    Coming on this course, I needed to unlearn plenty. Far from using one’s hands to perform some life saving therapy upon the patient, the practitioner function is to reassure the patient’s own repair and maintenance system that all is well and let it get on with what it has been designed to do.

    Dr Upledger’s course emphasises the cerebrospinal fluid, and its rhythm, with the bones being regarded as handles and reflects the very different times within which he lived. The actual course appears remarkably well planned. Within four days we had covered a two hundred page instruction manual; moves were explained, demonstrated then worked on one another.

    This was the third cranial type course I have attended but I will not compare the course with any other we may know, it was unique.

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