Craniosacral Therapy courses 2017

Craniosacral Therapy module 1 – The healing power of stillness

Mallorca – 4, 5, 9, 10 November 2017

Craniosacral Therapy module 2 – Venous sinus drainage

Mallorca – 2, 3, 9, 10 December 2017

Craniosacral Therapy module 1 – The healing power of stillness

The American osteopath, Rollin Becker, tells us that stillness is the key to healing the body-mind as stillness liberates the potency contained within the breath of life. This thirty-hour course is all about stillness, taught within the context of craniosacral biodynamics. This is a practical course taught with the intention that all participants will carry away skills that integrate into their current therapy or bodywork practice.

Module 1 introduces all the basic concepts of biodynamic craniosacral therapy but with special attention on working with the emotional body.

Generally, body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy use physical or psychological exercises to bring unconscious material (held as tensions in the body) to the surface where it can be consciously processed through some form of spoken dialogue.

Apart from some notable and important exceptions (addressed in module 3), craniosacral therapy offers a way of integrating unresolved experiences held in body without the need for verbal processing.

This course will look at the way in which we hold and organise unresolved experiences using the transverse structures of the body (thoracic inlet, respiratory diaphragm, pelvic bowl, etc.) The craniosacral techniques taught are those we can use to bring attention to and invite change to these structures.

Throughout the course we will search for a movement towards holism – not as an idea but as a shift in perception. This shift allows us to discover the stillness within our own and within our patient’s physical organisation. Out of this stillness the intentions of the healing process can manifest.

The syllabus will cover:

  • A brief history of the development of craniosacral therapy, with special emphasis on current biodynamic thinking.
  • An exploration of the concepts of inherent health, breath of life and primary respiration
  • An exploration of the neutral, the relational field and levels of stillness
  • An exploration of the mid-tide, long-tide, and still-points
  • Palpating and perceiving tides and rhythms
  • The transverse diaphragms and their role in organising experience
  • Practitioner and patient resources

Craniosacral Therapy module 2 – Venous sinus drainage

Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy always reminded his students that the physician’s task “was to remove with gentleness all perceived mechanical obstructions to the free-flowing rivers of life (blood, lymph, and cerebro-spinal fluid). Nature would then do the rest.”

This thirty hour course focuses of the movement of fluids through the body and teaches craniosacral techniques to work with problems of fluid congestion and stagnation such as swelling, headaches, sinusitus, etc.

The seminar will be structured around a specific craniosacral protocol called ‘venous sinus drainage’ – designed to encourage lymphatic drainage, especially from the head. This routine also promotes blood supply and encourages relaxation of the sinus cavities.

The seminar will also look at the reflection between head and pelvis and also explore the connection between fluid stagnation and emotional and mental stagnation.

The syllabus will cover:

  • The Primary Respiratory System.
  • Primary Respiration as motion in fluids and tissues.
  • The Reciprocal Tension Mechanism (RTM).
  • Perceiving the membranes of the RTM.
  • Mid-Tide and Cranial Rhythmic Impulse.
  • Palpating motion at occiput, temporal, parietal and frontal.
  • Relationship between the sphenoid and occiput.
  • Cranial bones and the membranes of the RTM.
  • Venous Sinus Drainage protocol.
  • Trauma and resources.
  • Practice of Venous Sinus Drainage and integration.