Why train with us?
To answer this question, we actually wanted to hear from the horses’ mouths so to speak! We asked some of our practitioners why they chose us. Here are some of their responses:
“ I love this training because you can take it in chunks at your own pace – you learn the nuts and bolts of anatomy and techniques you can integrate within your practice. As you progress, the journey becomes very personal, you make connections with people at a completely different level and it gives you the tools to facilitate some really amazing treatments with your clients.”
— Soraya Coyte
“I came to this training having directly seen the positive effects of treatment on my daughter, initially for glue ear but also for ongoing injuries due to high levels of sport. I was a physio and wanted to return to work after a break, but not to the NHS. I love the way CST helps the body to help itself. It is an ongoing voyage of discovery and I love the connection with patients.”
— Kate Fletcher
“It is something that has popped into my life on so many occasions. I am now learning to trust what I feel, and getting feedback that it has made a difference fills my practice with… excitement, joy, inspiration and a thirst to learn more.”
— Lorna Robinson
There are many more, though they do tend to fall into two broad categories: either people who have experienced tremendous change in themselves or their loved ones (often who had been ‘written off’ by conventional medicine) and want to be able to offer that to others, or, those who have found there is a limit in their other practices and they want something more to offer their clients.
“I went into the wrong room for a seminar on acupuncture…. and an hour later put up my hand to ask: “what do you call this? And where can I train in it?” I found a way of earning a living that makes me truly happy.”
— Fiona Gilbraith
Why train with US?
When Dr John Upledger, the developer of this work, was asked to do research by the Cranial Academy at Michigan State University, it was to figure out whether or not there was any truth in the claims of the Cranial Osteopaths that there was movement at the sutures of cranial bones. It was this research, which did show that movement was possible, and that fed into his practice and brought him to the conclusion that the cranial bones were ‘slaves to the fascia’ rather than solely responsible for their own alignment.
The techniques he went on to develop were in response to this belief, driven by his huge amount of anatomical understanding. In addition, he found that fascia does not take much pressure to respond, that intention and the ‘right attitude’ are most important for a therapist (more important even, he felt, than ‘correct technique’). From all this came the tenets and approach of CranioSacral Therapy, as distinct from Cranial Osteopathy.
He published the first book on CranioSacral Therapy in 1983, and four more text books over the years, and he continued to share his innovative ideas. SomatoEmotional Release is the name he gave to part of his appraoch, but it is important to understand that this is not different from CST, but an addition to the work we can do when we are very grounded in what is happening in the clients’ tissues.