Cranial Sacral Therapy

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Cranial Sacral Balancing is a gentle, hands-on method of bodywork that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John Upledger.

Using a light touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. Cranial Sacral Balancing 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.

A Cranial Sacral Balancing practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the cranial system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the cranial system.

By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, Cranial Sacral Balancing has the ability to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.


Instructors: Keesha Standley and Jim Gilkeson

Classes that make up our Cranial Sacral training are: CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING 1 (30 hrs), CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING 2 (30 hrs), CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING – UNWINDING (24 hrs) ,TOUCH, PRESENCE & HEALING (16 hrs)

You may take classes in any order as long as you are in compliance with any prerequisites. 


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UPCOMING CLASSES

2015

TOUCH, PRESENCE & HEALING (16 hrs) Wed & Thu, Jun 10 & 11 (9 am - 6 pm). This class teaches you to work at the cusp of structure and energy. You will learn to use the physical body as a handle for physical, emotional, and psycho-spiritual processes. This is a non-modality bound approach to energetic bodywork. We will cover the development of bodyworker to healer and the recurring psycho-spiritual themes in energetic work and their application in energy-active bodywork. This is one the possible prerequisite classes for CSB - Unwinding. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Jim Gilkeson Cost: $224. Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.

CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING 1 (30 hrs) Mon & Tue, Aug 3, 4, 10 & 11 (9 am - 5:30 pm).The cranial sacral system is primarily the fibrous covering around the brain and spine, and the fluid within this covering. This system is where our human intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies interconnect most closely. The purpose of Cranial Sacral Balancing (a system of bodywork pioneered by Dr. John Upledger over the past 26 years) is to restore optimal balance to these four bodies. The method of Cranial Sacral Balancing is subtle, gentle, and completely pain-free: freeing the movement of cranial sacral fluid by feeling for and releasing areas of holding in the cranial sacral sheath and in the bones of the skull. In this course, you’ll learn to feel the cranial sacral rhythm (distinct from the rhythms of pulse and breath), to induce a "still point", experience distinct movement in the individuals parts of the cranium, and release tension from the entire system. The benefits of this work include the disappearance of headaches, spontaneous deep relaxation, release of old injuries, and significant lightening of moods and emotions. It is subtle work with amazing results. Prerequisite: None Instructors: Keesha Standley Cost: $430 Prepay: 2-Wk $410, 4-Wk $399.

CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING 2 (30 hrs) Thu & Fri, Sep 10, 11, 17 & 18 (9 am - 5:30 pm) Joining the principles and practices of energywork and craniosacral work is an ideal way to integrate the structure of our body with the energy that enlivens it. This cross-disciplinary course familiarizes students with perennial energetic themes that cut across all aspects of CST, from the bio-mechanical and somato-emotional through to the psycho-spiritual. Perspectives and practices will be presented which are both practical for the hands-on practitioner in work with clients, and useful for the personal development of the practitioner. Prerequisite: Cranial Sacral Balancing I or equivalent Instructor: Jim Gilkeson Cost: $430 Prepay: 2-Wk $410, 4-Wk $399.

TOUCH, PRESENCE & HEALING (16 hrs) Sat & Sun, Dec 12 & 13 (9 am - 6 pm). This class teaches you to work at the cusp of structure and energy. You will learn to use the physical body as a handle for physical, emotional, and psycho-spiritual processes. This is a non-modality bound approach to energetic bodywork. We will cover the development of bodyworker to healer and the recurring psycho-spiritual themes in energetic work and their application in energy-active bodywork. This is one the possible prerequisite classes for CSB - Unwinding. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Jim Gilkeson Cost: $224. Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.

2016

CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING 1 (30 hrs) Mon & Tue, Feb 1, 2, 8 & 9 (9 am - 5:30 pm).The cranial sacral system is primarily the fibrous covering around the brain and spine, and the fluid within this covering. This system is where our human intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies interconnect most closely. The purpose of Cranial Sacral Balancing (a system of bodywork pioneered by Dr. John Upledger over the past 26 years) is to restore optimal balance to these four bodies. The method of Cranial Sacral Balancing is subtle, gentle, and completely pain-free: freeing the movement of cranial sacral fluid by feeling for and releasing areas of holding in the cranial sacral sheath and in the bones of the skull. In this course, you’ll learn to feel the cranial sacral rhythm (distinct from the rhythms of pulse and breath), to induce a "still point", experience distinct movement in the individuals parts of the cranium, and release tension from the entire system. The benefits of this work include the disappearance of headaches, spontaneous deep relaxation, release of old injuries, and significant lightening of moods and emotions. It is subtle work with amazing results. Prerequisite: None Instructors: Keesha Standley Cost: $440 Prepay: 2-Wk $430, 4-Wk $420.

CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING - UNWINDING (24 hrs) Mon - Wed, Feb 29, March 1 & 2 (9 pm - 6 pm) This class takes the gentle hands-on skills you have learned in Cranial Sacral Balancing 1 and applies them to work with regions of the body that hold stress and injury. This is useful, for example, in working with the kinds of musculoskeletal injuries you will encounter frequently as a massage therapist. We work in a non-forcing way with the body's natural intelligence and self-correcting mechanisms. Major topics of the workshop are: unwinding legs and feet, arms and hands, head and neck; releasing held energy from the body; understanding the potential for working with trauma. Prerequisite: Cranial Sacral Balancing 1 or Touch, Presence & Healing. Instructor: Jim Gilkeson. Cost: $345 Prepay: 2-Wk $335, 4-Wk $325.

TOUCH, PRESENCE & HEALING (16 hrs) Sat & Sun, May 7 & 8 (9 am - 6 pm). This class teaches you to work at the cusp of structure and energy. You will learn to use the physical body as a handle for physical, emotional, and psycho-spiritual processes. This is a non-modality bound approach to energetic bodywork. We will cover the development of bodyworker to healer and the recurring psycho-spiritual themes in energetic work and their application in energy-active bodywork. This is one the possible prerequisite classes for CSB - Unwinding. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Jim Gilkeson Cost: $240. Prepay: 2-Wk $232, 4-Wk $225.

CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING 1 (30 hrs) Mon & Tue, Aug 1, 2, 8 & 9 (9 am - 5:30 pm).The cranial sacral system is primarily the fibrous covering around the brain and spine, and the fluid within this covering. This system is where our human intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies interconnect most closely. The purpose of Cranial Sacral Balancing (a system of bodywork pioneered by Dr. John Upledger over the past 26 years) is to restore optimal balance to these four bodies. The method of Cranial Sacral Balancing is subtle, gentle, and completely pain-free: freeing the movement of cranial sacral fluid by feeling for and releasing areas of holding in the cranial sacral sheath and in the bones of the skull. In this course, you’ll learn to feel the cranial sacral rhythm (distinct from the rhythms of pulse and breath), to induce a "still point", experience distinct movement in the individuals parts of the cranium, and release tension from the entire system. The benefits of this work include the disappearance of headaches, spontaneous deep relaxation, release of old injuries, and significant lightening of moods and emotions. It is subtle work with amazing results. Prerequisite: None Instructors: Keesha Standley Cost: $440 Prepay: 2-Wk $430, 4-Wk $420.

CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING 2 (30 hrs) Mon & Tue, Sep 26, 27 & Oct 3, 4 (9 am - 5:30 pm) Joining the principles and practices of energywork and craniosacral work is an ideal way to integrate the structure of our body with the energy that enlivens it. This cross-disciplinary course familiarizes students with perennial energetic themes that cut across all aspects of CST, from the bio-mechanical and somato-emotional through to the psycho-spiritual. Perspectives and practices will be presented which are both practical for the hands-on practitioner in work with clients, and useful for the personal development of the practitioner. Prerequisite: Cranial Sacral Balancing I or equivalent Instructor: Jim Gilkeson Cost: $440 Prepay: 2-Wk $430, 4-Wk $420.

TOUCH, PRESENCE & HEALING (16 hrs) Thu & Fri, Nov 17 & 18 (9 am - 6 pm). This class teaches you to work at the cusp of structure and energy. You will learn to use the physical body as a handle for physical, emotional, and psycho-spiritual processes. This is a non-modality bound approach to energetic bodywork. We will cover the development of bodyworker to healer and the recurring psycho-spiritual themes in energetic work and their application in energy-active bodywork. This is one the possible prerequisite classes for CSB - Unwinding. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Jim Gilkeson Cost: $240. Prepay: 2-Wk $232, 4-Wk $225.


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