Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy School - Sydney, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth
"The body weeps the tears the eyes never shed." - Robert Bly
About the Courses
We are here to:
Support our students in acquiring and mastering the necessary skills, presence and knowledge so that they are able to practice craniosacral and trauma release safely and effectively. It is also to provide a safe and sacred environment where students are free to learn and create.
These skills include:
Visual and sensate acuity
Communication to facilitate a safe session
Use of a light receptive touch and accurate technique
Having an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system
Creating excellent rapport with the client
Creating a safe and sacred container to work within
Class size is limited and personal attention is given to each student. Along with the principle instructor, each course is supported by very knowledgeable and caring teaching assistants.
Course work is divided between significant hands-on practice, lecture, discussion and processes, all to support each student in understanding and integrating the concepts and information being offered. Comprehensive course notes are provided with each course.
There are no specific prerequisites although an ability and willingness to work on others hands-on and be worked on is required and a basic knowledge of anatomy is helpful.
Many students with previous craniosacral training find even the first level of our course new, exciting and a refreshing departure from what they have previously learned.
The 150-hour program is divided into five courses. Each course builds on the next in order for you to have a thorough understanding of the work, intellectually and most importantly experientially. At the end of each course you will receive a certificate of completion.
Each day begins with dynamic breathwork and body-centered awareness practice to support the students in being more present. After every practice session, we have an integration circle to help integrate and understand what occured. Many students find this sharing process integral to supporting the safety and sanctity of the space.
After completing craniosacral level 1, the other courses can be done in any order
"Heart comes from the Latin cor and points not merely to our emotions but to the core of the self, that center place where all of our ways of knowing converge — intellectual, emotional, sensory, intuitive, imaginative, experiential, relational, and bodily, among others. The heart is where we integrate what we know in our minds with what we know in our bones, the place where our knowledge can become more fully human. Cor is also the Latin root from which we get the word courage. When all that we understand of self and world comes together in the center place called the heart, we are more likely to find the courage to act humanely on what we know.” - Parker Palmer
Craniosacral Therapy 1 - Core Practices
4-Day Course, 34 Hours
Level 1 offers the foundation of a biodynamic craniosacral practice. The core practices, principles and skills are learned to practice craniosacral safely and effectively.
Practice listening presence.
Learn to spaciously listen and follow the subtle craniosacral movements to facilitate release of cranial, sacral and spinal imbalance.
Develop and refine your receptive touch to access the subtle movements and restrictions in the craniosacral system and fascia.
Explore the anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system and each bone's particular movement.
Learn the 3 models of craniosacral practice.
Learn the critical components of the craniosacral practice.
Explore the components of primary respiration.
Begin to learn the theory and necessary skills to facilitate the release of trauma safely and effectively.
The case history and consultation.
Learn how to begin and end a session and the dialogue used to create safety, rapport and integration.
Learn about boundaries.
Learn cranial contacts and access the subtle movements of the sphenoid, temporals, occiput, parietals, frontal, maxillary, zygomae, nasal and mandible bones.
Learn contacts and access the subtle movements of the dural tube, spine, sacrum and coccyx.
Learn many coupled contact relationships of the cranium including frontal-nasal-maxillary, temporal-mandibular, sphenoid-occiput and cervical-occipital.
Integrate verbal dialogue with receptive touch to facilitate a safe healing process.
Develop your intuitive skills.
Discover your ability to facilitate dural and fascial unwinding to release trauma permanently from the body.
Practice and be worked on for extended periods of time.
Receive multiple cranial sacral sessions throughout the four days.
Go home with a craniosacral protocol and begin practicing craniosacral in your office on your first day back.
Level 2 offers the opportunity to learn about and practice craniosacral working within the mouth. Working intra-orally can be a very deep experience for the client to release trauma and help with TMD and systemic inflammation.
Learn about the stomatognathic system, its anatomical components, origins and insertions, and actions.
Learn a systematic and reproducible diagnostic TMJ evaluation.
Discover the importance of TMJ balance and its relationship to the trigeminal nerve and systemic inflammation.
Learn intra-oral contacts for the palatine, mandible, maxillary, and vomer bones to access their subtle movements and restrictions and facilitate release.
Learn releases for the lateral pterygoid, masseter, temporalis, and suprahyoid muscles.
Learn dynamic releases for the cervical spine, associated soft tissues and proprioceptors.
Learn coupled contact relationships with the mandible-upper cervical spine and zygoma-temporal bones.
Learn contacts for the sternum, scapulae and clavicles.
Continue to practice present-time somatic awareness, listening and following of the subtle movements of the body.
Continue to develop and refine your receptive touch.
Continue to learn and experience the necessary skills to facilitate the release of trauma safely and effectively.
Continue developing your intuitive eye, ear and heart.
Review case studies.
Practice and be worked on for extended periods of time.
Receive multiple craniosacral sessions throughout the four days.
Go home with a TMJ protocol and begin helping others immediately.
Craniosacral Therapy 4 - Deepening Your Practice, Healing the Healer
4-Day Course, 32 Hours, Prerequisite: Level 1
Where Levels 1-3 are about widening our base, in Level 4 we take the opportunity to deepen our practice and take our craniosacral and trauma release skills to a whole new level. Level 4 has also traditionally been the place where new material is tried out. We see what “sticks to the wall”; what new material can make a significant impact in your lives and the lives of your clients. The themes of this level are presence, connection to our heart and aliveness.
Each day we will give and receive many extended craniosacral sessions.
Experience many exercises to deepen your sense of presence, purpose and self-determination.
Explore the vagus nerve; learn its role in health and disease and experience practices to strengthen it.
Learn a new contact for the heart and explore practices to connect deeper to your own heart and to others.
Continue to acquire and master the necessary skills, presence and knowledge to practice craniosacral and trauma release safely and effectively.