Craniosacral Therapy Level 3


Prerequisite: Craniosacral Therapy Levels 1

Most of the restrictions in the body develop as a response to some form of trauma in the life of the client (including prenatal experiences). In Craniosacral Levels 1 and 2, the focus is on a biomechanical/structural approach to releasing restrictions found in the body, the cranium and the face. In Level 3, the focus shifts to another aspect of “restriction” in the body – the emotional response – which can also develop as a response to some form of trauma.

This class explores current theory on trauma and its resolution. It provides practitioners with tools that allow their Craniosacral practice to address their clients more holistically. Skills taught include creating a safe environment for a client to allow for an emotional release, assessment techniques, listening skills, appropriate dialogue, and use of unwinding of the body. Breathing techniques will also be used as adjuncts to releasing trauma. Additionally, we will address how the practitioner can triage an emotionally loaded situation and determine if outside referral is necessary. Level 3 serves as a wrap-up of the three-class series, pulling together all the elements that a practitioner has learned to create a comprehensive set of skills to add to their practice.


Upon completion of this class you will be able to:

  • Describe the “normal” reaction to trauma and how this process is often thwarted.
  • Describe how a thwarted response to trauma causes the emotional aspects of the trauma to become archived in the tissues of the body, held in such a way as to create restrictions.
  • Assess for and recognize held-emotional-trauma in the course of the regular assessment and treatment of the client with Craniosacral.
  • Assess for the appropriateness of engaging the client emotionally in a particular setting.
  • Assess for the appropriateness of using Craniosacral as the modality for the release of held-emotional-trauma.
  • Use one of the techniques taught in this course to help the client release the emotional aspect of the held trauma.