Cranial Sacral Therapy

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 (Headaches & TMJ) (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. 



UPCOMING CLASSES

2014

TOUCH, PRESENCE & HEALING (16 hrs) Thu & Fri, Dec 18 & 19 (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 $210.

 

2015

CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING 1 (30 hrs) Mon & Tue, Jan 26, 27, Feb 2, 3 (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 - UNWINDING (24hrs) Wed, Thu & Fri, Feb 18, 19 & 20 (9 am – 6 pm)This class takes the gentle hands-on skills you have learned in Cranial Sacral Balancing I 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: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk: $320, 4-Wk: $310.

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 $210.

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 (Headaches & TMJ) (30 hrs) Thu & Fri, Sep 10, 11, 17 & 18 (9 am - 5:30 pm) This course adds to the foundation built in Cranial Sacral Balancing 1. The work includes expanded techniques for the sphenoid bones, temporal bones and eyes. The focus is on learning to move with the flow of the receiver’s body, allowing release to take place with remarkable ease. In this non-doing space, doors to inner dimensions open, expansion becomes effortless, and the body can heal itself. Prerequisite: Cranial Sacral Balancing I Instructor: Keesha Standley Cost: $430 Prepay: 2-Wk $420.

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 $210.

 


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