About the Training
Craniosacral therapy is an elegant and effective system of healing based on the discovery by Dr. William Sutherland that there exists a subtle micro-movement in the body. Through extensive experimentation, early osteopathic physicians noticed that when this motion is in full expression, many conditions improve. “Craniosacral” also refers to the significance of the central structures of the body including the cranium, spine, and sacrum.
The biodynamic paradigm, which underlies our approach to craniosacral therapy and all courses at the School of Inner Health, focuses on amplifying the inherent health and healing capacity of the system. Though health is always present, it can be obscured by overwhelming challenge.
Skilled biodynamic craniosacral practitioners catalyze the healing process with their informed presence and attention, helping to facilitate well-being anywhere in the human body. They are trained to recognize a client’s whole body as inherently well, regardless of symptoms or injuries present. They also have a solid knowledge of anatomy and can recognize both the patterns of restriction and the patterns of health in bones, tissues, and fluids (including the cerebrospinal fluid).
In this training (700-hours), you’ll delve deeply into the core elements of the biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy. In each module, you will learn and review aspects of the biodynamic paradigm and deepen your knowledge of craniosacral therapy. The training is taught in a layered fashion, exploring anatomical relationships between fluid, tissue, and bone. We focus on the relationships rather than structures or functions in isolation.
The training is structured to reflect the development of the human body and its systems. You will begin by learning to recognize and respond to formative energetic forces and the life force in our bodies. You will then explore fluids, tissues, the nervous system, embryology, the cranial system, and other aspects of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
In this training, you will:
- Learn experientially through hand-on work, exercises, and lecture in a relaxed, safe, supportive environment
- Deepen and expand your subtle, therapeutic, relational, and non-invasive palpation skills
- Develop essential skills that enable you to track the human system in its expressions of health as well as patterns of resistance, imbalance, and disease
- Learn to palpate the three subtle craniosacral ordering rhythms and tides
- Learn safe and effective approaches to a variety of human conditions
- Explore in depth aspects of craniosacral therapy, including primary respiration, inherent Health, stillpoints, and the inherent treatment plan
- Discover and experience how primary respiration generates and maintains function
- Go in depth into the topics of the relational field, biodynamics, fluids, tissues, nervous system, embryology, the cranial system, and working with birth and death
- Explore anatomical relationships between fluid, tissue, and bone
- Discover how to palpate the formative forces of the human system
- Learn to embody your awareness at a deeper level
- Learn to palpate the difference between when an experience or symptom is held in stasis or inertia and when it is in relationship to its inherent Health, often called Dynamic Stillness
- Learn to skillfully invite physical and emotional life experiences that have become isolated by pain, strain, disease or trauma to find their way back from isolation to wholeness
- Work directly with the nervous system and learn to amplify the cerebral spinal fluid that bathes the spine and brain, supporting improved nervous system function
- Learn to support clients in transformation and personal growth
The School of Inner Health’s Craniosacral Biodynamics Certification Training leads to RCST® (Registered Craniosacral Therapist) practitioner status. The training consists of ten modules of five days each, held roughly two months apart. Certification is for 700 hours of training: 350 in-class hours and 350 hours in practice sessions and independent study. Module 1 may be taken independently, but for certification purposes and in support of group dynamics, those desiring to complete the training and be eligible for RCST® status should plan to take the ten modules concurrently.
Training Start Date(s)
Both dates are Module 1 of the training. You choose which one you’d like to attend.