craniosacral courses

CRANIOSACRAL BASICS

Craniosacral Therapy is a holistic healing practice combining sensitive hands – on bodywork with the meditative use of the inner eye and inner ear. It is through light touch that the practitioner is able to feel subtle patterns of motion within the body – rhythms, pulls, pulsations – emanating from deep within the core structures of the body. By gently facilitating the subtle unwinding of these deep structures within the body, the Craniosacral therapist can enable the release of Craniosacral restrictions. Release at these profound regulatory levels in turn enables the release of disease conditions throughout the body.

In this one-day class, you will:

  • learn what Craniosacral Therapy is. (I will present a simplified version of the anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system)
  • discover how to recognize the rhythm of the craniosacral system
  • learn basic craniosacral techniques to relieve pain and promote relaxation
  • receive hands-on instruction in craniosacral techniques that you can use on your family, friends or patients
  • experience your innate ability to provide healing energy to others and yourself.

This class is open to anyone who is interested in learning the fundamentals of Craniosacral Therapy.

MILNE INSTITUTE  Visionary Craniosacral Work®

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Cranial 1 (C1) The Foundation Class

This four-day class is designed to introduce analytical and intuitive visionary understanding of craniosacral work, perhaps more appropriately described as Sacred Cranial, since it approaches the head with such reverence. It is the High Art of healing touch. This exquisitely sensitive, subtle and careful work can be highly effective when properly applied; the gentlest of approaches is often more powerful than the most robust. As e.e. cummings said, “nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands.”

The class emphasizes perceptual clarity, inner calm and right action, which form the context for our study of cranial anatomy and technique. Each half-day of the class is devoted to the study of a specific cranial bone, using natural disarticulated specimens, slides and hands-on work with a partner to deepen understanding. All practical work is under the constant supervision of the teacher and his or her assistants. The techniques presented for each bone are brought together in a basic technique protocol that health care practitioners may use as a basis with which to introduce cranial work to their own practices.

Prerequisite: The prerequisites vary from state to state in the US. In general, Milne Institute requires 150 hours of professional training in a form of sensitive touch – massage, bodywork, energy work or a medical field. However, Oregon requires a license to touch such as LMT, PT, OT, DC, LAc.

*You will receive 32 CEs from NCBTMB for this class*

Tuition: $650 USD

Cranial 2 (C2) Coupled Holds, Sacral Work and Unwinding

This class is designed to broaden scope and deepen capabilities in Visionary Craniosacral Work, building upon the foundation of the introductory class. Cranial 2 is structured to show new ways to harness perception and insight to tactile and communicative skills, and to show new ways to interact with the conscious medium that is the body.

The class devotes 2 days to studying supine approaches to the sacral and coxal bones and muscles of the pelvis. The third day is focused on the lateral bony structures of the cranium and introduces coupled and spanning contacts with both the head and the face. The last day is dedicated to understanding the concept, sensitivity to, and practice of unwinding, and process.
*You will receive 32 CEs from NCBTMB for this class*

Prerequisite: C1
Tuition: $650 USD

Cranial 3 (C3) Practitioner’s Skills: Sculpting the Conscious Medium

The “Practitioners Skills” are a combination of visionary, poetic, tactile and ceremonial ingredients that make up Visionary Craniosacral Work. Cranial 3 begins by interlacing meridian work and cranial work with a “Windows to the Sky” protocol.

Windows To The Sky (WTTS) points are a series of acupressure or acupuncture points located on the upper arms, shoulders, chest, neck and cranial base that have been used since antiquity to help facilitate insight, flight to other realms, and the transition from sunlight to oceanic consciousness. They may also be used to help ease pain and discomfort. The use of WTTS points helps to refine touch, understand the energy body, and deepen intention.

Governor and Earth (GE) is a name for a short sequence of techniques that involve deeper pressures to help open ‘bottlenecks’ in the body, places where the craniosacral wave is not flowing freely. GE techniques are introduced in this class to help the student practitioner respond to characterological armoring, restricted-movement body defenses, and to help the return of chi and shen to the dreambody. This includes working with hara, ming men, inferior gluteal fold, vertebra, and the posterior suboccipital muscles. At this level GE work interfaces in an elegant way with the WTTS work that begins this class.
*You will receive 32 CEs from NCBTMB for this class*

Prerequisite: C2
Tuition: $650 USD

Cranial 4 (C4) Developing the Inner Eye

This class is devoted to developing the essential craniosacral skills of focus and perception. The inner-eye and inner-ear are harnessed to sensitive hands-on work with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), muscle contraction, migraine and cluster headaches. The first day begins with the study of psychometry in diagnosis, perception and visualization. On the second day students will study brain anatomy and physiology as related to headache and TMD. Temporomandibular joint approaches are investigated in detail. Students will then be taught to combine the intuitive reading of a model’s being with an assessment of the position, motility and energetic loading of their cranial architecture. The accuracy of their perception will then be assessed by following a cranial protocol with their model.

On the third and fourth days, students learn the meaning and “weight” of postures and gestures and how to apply intuitive diagnostic information to the invaluable rituals of shamanistic naming and use of totems. This combination of the perceptive, tactile and the experiential is what makes Visionary Craniosacral Work “The High Art.”
*You will receive 32 CEs from NCBTMB for this class*

Prerequisite: C2 or C3
Tuition: $650 USD

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GOING DEEPER WITH YOUR CRANIOSACRAL WORK: A Craniosacral Mentoring Program with Regina Callahan

This series of classes is designed to take your work as a cranial therapist to a new level. Gain clarity, depth, skill and confidence. These will be small classes with one-on-one instruction designed to nurture your unique gifts. In these classes, we will work with the cranial bones, membranes and brain structures using a variety of approaches to cranial therapy, ranging from biomechanical to biodynamic. We will dive deeper into anatomy, techniques, the field, structural layers, and presence.

Prerequisite: minimum of 50 hours craniosacral training and a passion for learning.

These classes can be taken in any order.

Helping Clients with Depression

Depression is epidemic in our culture.
Learn to be more effective turning on the light within and bringing relief to your clients.

In this class:

  • We will dive deeper into the anatomical layers (bone, membrane, CSF, the brain and electrical field) of the CS system.
  • We will discuss the types and causes of depression and strategies for relief.
  • You will learn the structural and energetic aspects of the CS system that contribute to depression.
  • You will learn an effective protocol to up-regulate areas of the brain and release the structural aspects that contribute to depression.
  • You will refine your technique, intention and presence.
  • You will gain clarity, depth and skill.
  • You will take your work to a new level.

Small classes – one-on-one instruction designed to nurture your unique gifts.

Cost: $325 14 CE Hours

Headaches

In this class, we will learn about the symptomology and possible causes of different types of headache. We will explore the anatomy of the cranium, brain and the neck and their potential involvement in headaches. We learn and practice Craniosacral techniques effective in the treatment of headaches. We will practice visionary techniques to help the Craniosacral practitioner sense deeply into the specific needs of the client.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

The temporomandibular joint is the second most complicated joint in the body. We will explore the anatomy, function and dysfunctions of the tmj and surrounding structures. We will learn a protocol for releasing with the muscles as well as bringing balance to the jaw.

EXPLORING THE MIDLINE

Midline, the central channel, Sushumna, is the main channel of cerebrospinal fluid and energy inside the spinal column. When life energy flows through this median pathway there is a relative balance of our body/mind. We experience inner peace, harmony, lucidity. When we are stressed or out of balance physically, emotionally or spiritually, we tend to be “off center” or “out of our midline.”

In this class, we will:

    • explore the structures making up the vertical column
    • learn and practice Craniosacral techniques to encourage and realign midline flow
    • practice exercises to help the Craniosacral practitioner sense deeper into the midline stillness and flow.

Prerequisite: A minimum of 24 classroom hours of Craniosacral therapy is required.