Detailed Overview of the Craniosacral Certification Program
When you are finished with this course you will have
been presented a large amount of information on both an energetic and
anatomical level. The content of the course has been developed
specifically to give the practitioner the opportunity to be very
competent in both perceiving more energetic phenomena and treating very
specific conditions. I feel very strongly that I want my students to be
able to have a practice using the work they learn. For that reason both
the material that pushes the boundaries of normal perception and
information that can be used with medical referral are included in this
Module 1 – Introduction to Craniosacral
In this introductory class we will explore the history and principles of craniosacral work. We will look at the difference between biomechanical and biodynamic cranial work as well as practice some of the techniques fundamental to each. An in-depth discussion and practice of boundaries gives depth to perceptual skills. We also include and introduction to working with trauma since it is a fairly widespread phenomenon and we want students to be prepared for what may arise in a healing session.
Module 2 – The Cranial Bones and Nervous System
After getting the larger picture in the first module we will look at the specific bones of the neurocranium (brain box) such as the occiput, temporals, sphenoid, sacrum, frontal, and parietals. We will also look at the connective tissue structural support in the CNS, the dura or Reciprocal Tension Membrane. We follow with an in-depth look at the brain and head injuries. We will start to layer in various treatment techniques with and increase in palpation skills.
Module 3 – The Face
Now we will move on to the smaller and very interesting bones of the face. So much tension can be held in this area. It also houses many important functions such as sensory perception (seeing, hearing, tasting) and jaw function. We will work with these bony structures. An intraoral endorsement can be applied for following this class.
Module 4 – Whole Body Fascial Work
One of my specific passions is to use the same forces and movements we work with in the head and spine and to relate them to the whole body. In this module we will look at the body structurally and work to integrate the perception of movement into the fascial tissues of the entire body. This work can be integrated into a regular massage practice.
Module 5 – Embryology, Birth and Trauma Work
At this point in the curriculum we will go further into the biodynamic concepts of the forces of embryology that are seen to be the forces that are present within us in the present moment as healing and organizing forces. We will look at an overview of embryological development as well as the dynamics of birth. We will also go more in-depth into working with trauma: recognizing, supporting and treating it. The elements of embryological development, birth and our daily lives that have shaped us in ways that we may want to change can be explored.
Module 6 – Visceral Work
Here we will look at the larger context of the thoracic and pelvic cavities as well as the specific organs and how we can treat them using cranial style manipulation. The viscera are such a vital part of our vitality and function that having tools to treat them is of great benefit.
Module 7 – Treatment for Specific Conditions
Using all the techniques and specificity of palpation we will present some of the more common problems easily treated by cranial manipulation. We will look at TMD, Headaches, Sinus problems, Ear dysfunctions and Whiplash.
Module 8 – The Fluid Body and Neural Mobilization
In this last class we will return to the more biodynamic
concept of the Fluid Body and the whole body reorganization possible
with cranial work. We will further our skills in contacting and working
with the subtle forces alive in our fluids. We will also look into
working with peripheral nerves and their mobilization for better
function and health.