Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy Techniques

Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy Techniques

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What is Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of treatment using extremely light touch with calm quiet presence. Craniosacral therapy is based on the idea that the body is interrelated at all levels. The Craniosacral system and its motion is subtle and the therapy involves light holding of the skull and sacrum and barely detectable movements resulting in powerful and profound effects.


Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy uses a light touch to examine membranes and movement of fluids in and around the central nervous system. Relieving tension in the central nervous system promotes a feeling of well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity. It is also thought to improve efficiency of biological processes through boosting inherent self-regulation, self-correction and self-healing. The therapy can be used successfully with children and adults.

Course Details


During the workshop we will be looking at how we can integrate basic techniques into our treatments and see the body as an integrated whole. Fascia connects us from head to toe and loss of mobility in one area or a torque in a part of the body will affect the whole. By holding the head and sensing and balancing the craniosacral rhythm of the body, we can reach any part of the body, feeling for tension and imbalance in the process.


We will start by examining what is cerebrospinal fluid and how does it flow through the body? What is its function and why is it a vital part of our existence? What happens when the flow is out of rhythm or is interrupted?


You will learn how to palpate and sense from the head and from the feet and feel the flow from head-to-tail.


The techniques you will learn will enable you to achieve a balance at the end of a massage or reflexology session through therapeutic touch. Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, Craniosacral techniques are suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Popular with osteopaths and chiropractors these gentle techniques are a wonderful addition to your therapeutic tool box.


We will cover the following topics:

  • The history and development of craniosacral therapy and the founding people
  • The physical components of the craniosacral system.
  • Understanding how the craniosacral system influences the body.
  • Recognising how imbalances in other body systems structure and function can influence the craniosacral system
  • Understanding the craniosacral system affects the growth and development of the brain and spinal cord
  • How we detect the craniosacral rhythm in the body – e.g. the flexion phase and the extension phase
  • What happens to the body when craniosacral flow is sluggish / interrupted
  • Anatomy of the skull – it moves! – and also the spine
  • Practical Techniques:
    • Palpation and sensing techniques
    • Basic balancing techniques
    • Sensing the craniosacral flow – i.e. feel it on yourself and others
    • Sensing technique exercises
    • Working on each other – i.e. how does it feel as therapists and as client
    • Hands on session – above all, experience feeling the craniosacral rhythm with an occipital hold, a foot hold and an occiput-sacrum hold
    • Simple techniques to use at the end of your session to achieve a sense of balance for client and you
    • Feeling for emotional/energy blockages in the body
    • Feeling the craniosacral flow on the feet using the spinal reflexology points

Join us for this day of practical interactive exercises and techniques and take your therapies to another level.

Who can attend?

Open to bodywork therapists.

Recognition by Professional Associations

Widely accepted by most Professional Bodies. If you are not already registered with a Professional Body and would like to do so here are some useful links – ICGT, CtHA, FHT.


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More Information


The workshop will be largely practical in content and as a result, you will need appropriate clinic workwear for the duration of the course. This is very much a hands-on day allowing sufficient time to practice and perform the techniques under the guidance of the tutor. During the course you will partner up with another therapist and will get the chance to perform the techniques taught as well as being the recipient. This is because understanding what the technique should feel like is an invaluable tool for you as a therapist.


Duration: 1 day


Course fees include the following:

  • All class tuition
  • A comprehensive course manual
  • An MSCM Certificate of Attendance for your professional portfolio
  • 5 cpd points
  • Use of Massage couch in class
  • Tea and Coffee throughout the day

You may also find the following workshop very beneficial:

Gentle Healing Techniques for Therapists


Tutor: Lucy Bush – see our MSCM Tutor Page


Find out what others had to say about this workshop – Testimonials

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Course Dates

November 2024 - Saturday 2nd November - 10am - 5pm

Cost: £98.75 (+VAT)

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