Craniosacral Therapy Level 1



Prerequisite:  Licensed health care practitioners who are licensed to touch including physical therapists and massage therapists and students in those fields.

This course focuses on learning how to assess a patient including the musculoskeletal system, body diaphragms, Craniosacral (CS) rhythm and cranial membranes and how to recognize patterns of restriction. Techniques are taught for joint unwinding, muscle and ligament release, and myofascial trains recognition. You may immediately incorporate your new skills in your practice or continue on to more advanced study in Levels 2 and 3 and pursue the Craniosacral Certificate of Competency.

The course will cover the fascial system and its critical role in health and well-being, from the specific to the whole body including the membranes of the head. You will learn to recognize and assess the CS rhythm at various points in the body, perform the still-point technique and dural tube glide, and explore the role of these techniques in normalizing tensions throughout the body. Additionally, the class will cover the importance of the various membranes within the CS system, including ways to assess restriction within the membrane system, and recognize its implications on general well-being and health. The seminar includes a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.


Upon completion of this class you will be able to:

  • Describe the function of the fascia
  • Treat fascial restrictions using direction of energy technique
  • Assess and treat restrictions in the muscles, joints and extremities
  • Assess and treat restrictions for the body diaphragms
  • Describe the basic elements of the CS system, including the meninges and cranial membranes
  • Assess the CS rhythm
  • Induce a still point in the CS rhythm
  • Describe the structure and function of the tentorium and falx
  • Assess and release the tentorum using the sphenoid and temporal bones
  • Assess and release the falx using the frontal and parietal bones
  • Describe the structure and function of the sacral base
  • Release the joints of the sacral base (sacroiliac and lumbo-sacral)
  • Perform a dural tube glide
  • Assess when it is appropriate to make referrals to other health care or mental health professionals