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CranioSacral Therapy



Sub-group: Manual Physiotherapy


Philosophy: CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.


By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:



Chronic Neck and Back Pain

Motor-Coordination Impairments



Central Nervous System Disorders

Orthopedic Problems

Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries


Infantile Disorders

Learning Disabilities

Chronic Fatigue

Emotional Difficulties

Stress and Tension-Related Problems

Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders

Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)

Neurovascular or Immune Disorders

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Surgical Dysfunction


SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. SER1 offers applications designed to enhance results using CST and other complementary therapies. Assess and mobilize the Avenue of Expression working through more than 10 different body components, including the thoracic inlet, hard palate and hyoglossal tissues.Locate and release Energy Cysts. Release suppressed emotions that may be inhibiting complete structural releases. Refine listening and comprehension skills. Improve palpation and whole-body evaluation skills.


Online certification No


Certificate programme

CranioSacral Therapy Certification Preparation (1-2 days)

CranioSacral Therapy 1

CranioSacral Therapy 2



Advanced 1

Advanced 2

Advanced 3


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Special equipment required: No 




Craniosacral Therapy by John E. Upledger and Jon D. Vredevoogd (1983)

Your Inner Physician and You: Craniosacral Therapy and Somatoemotional Release by John E. Upledger (1997)

Craniosacral Therapy II: Beyond the Dura by John E. Upledger (Jun 1987)

CranioSacral Therapy: What It Is, How It Works by John E. Upledger, Donald Ash, Richard Grossinger & Don Cohen (2008)

Somato Emotional Release: Deciphering the Language of Life by John E. Upledger & Richard Grossinger (2002)




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