Exploring Dynamic Stillness: Craniosacral Therapy Module 1 – Working with stillness
From bodywork to a silent psychotherapy
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 unbounded.
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
This thirty hour course is taught over 11/12 September and 9/10 October