Cranial Sacral Therapy online

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Discover how cranial work can enhance your practice. This wonderful online class includes over an hour of video footage and a 25 page manual. You will learn how to balance each of the cranial bones and sacrum using 22 varied techniques. Divided into 13 lessons, each lesson focuses on a different bone or aspect of cranial technique. The first three lessons cover the history, anatomy and technique fundamentals. The next 9 lessons cover a specific bone, its’ motion, common dysfunction, and detailed, clearly demonstrated techniques. The last lesson discusses advanced topics in cranial therapy. Stunning visuals add to the presentation making learning cranial-sacral therapy easy.

MASSAGE TODAY says about the video footage: “This video is expertly made. As I have come to expect with Real Bodywork’s videos, the production quality is superb. The pictures are sharp and clear, and the instruction by Mary Sullivan is understandable, without being overly verbose or concise. This video includes at least one technique every MT can incorporate into his or her practice – even those who don’t formally practice CST. The video is an excellent value for therapists who want to explore CST for the first time, and for those who want to periodically review the material.”

INSTRUCTOR: Mary Sullivan has over 35 years of bodywork experience. She is a Cranial Therapist, Polarity Practitioner, Licensed Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist. She has studied with Hugh Milne, Charles Ridley & Michael Shea, and has studied the works of Sutherland, Upledger, Becker, Sills, Jealous, Stone and others. She teaches classes in Polarity Therapy and Cranial-Sacral Therapy. She maintains a private practice in Santa Barbara, CA

Lessons

CERTIFICATE AND CEU INFO- Cranial

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Lesson 1. History and manual download

Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson discusses the history of cranial sacral therapy and specifically the story about William Sutherland’s discovery of the movement of the cranial bones. Download the 25 page manual in this lesson.

Lesson 2. Anatomy

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson explores the anatomy of the cranial system. This includes the reciprocal tension membrane, the names and locations of each cranial bone, the structure of bone, the cranial sutures, the duramater, the dural tube, the ventricles and more.

Lesson 3. Technique

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Length: 11 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson discusses both direct and indirect technique, the correct amount of pressure, and using a fulcrum. Mary then discusses the four possible outcomes of a cranial hold- release, unwinding, still point and no change. Next Mary discusses presence and then leads an exercise to experience the work.

Lesson 4. Sacrum

Length: 12 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson shows the location, anatomy and movement of the sacrum. Then this lesson discusses how sacral restriction can cause sinusitis, migraines, back pain and more. Then 3 sacral releases are demonstrated.

Lesson 5. Occipital

Length: 9 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson shows the location, anatomy, movement pattern, and articulation of the occipital bone with other bones. Next 3 occipital techniques are demonstrated: cranial base release, 4th ventricle release, and still point induction.

Lesson 6. Sphenoid

Length: 8 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson shows the location, anatomy and movement pattern of the sphenoid, as well as it’s articulation with other bones. Then Mary discusses some possible symptoms of a stuck sphenoid which can include headaches, sinusitis, back pain, learning disabilities, tmj dysfunction and vision problems. Next 4 techniques are demonstrated: basic release, motion testing, coronal shear and Sutherland’s grip.

Lesson 7. Temporal

Length: 6 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson shows the location, anatomy and motion of the temporal bone, as well as it’s attachment to other bones and the tentorium cerebelli. Next Mary discusses the symptoms of a stuck temporal bone- vertigo, dizziness, and general ill-health. Finally Mary demonstrates two temporal bone techniques: ear pull- decompression and palming- compression.

Lesson 8. Parietals

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson shows the anatomy, location movement pattern of the parietal bones, and their articulation with the other bones. Then the main parietal technique is demonstrated.

Lesson 9. Frontal

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson shows the location, anatomy and motion of the frontal bone, as well as it’s articulation with the surrounding bones and the relationship to the falx cerebri. Mary then shows how to perform a frontal decompression, how to balance the glabella and bregma, and finally how to perform the frontal and viscero-cranium technique.

Lesson 10. Zygoma

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson shows the anatomy, location and movement of the zygoma. Then Mary discusses issues that can affect the movement of the zygoma, including dental truama, injury or sinus issues. Finally Mary demonstrates the main Zygoma release, called palpation.

Lesson 11. Maxilla

Length: 3 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson shows the anatomy, location, connection and movement of the maxilla. Then Mary discusses symptoms of maxilla restriction, including eye socket headaches, cluster headaches, migraines, and sinus congestion. She then shows the maxilla technique, which is done inside the mouth wearing gloves.

Lesson 12. Mandible

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson shows the location, anatomy, movement and connections of the mandible. Then Mary discusses how tension held in the mandible can contribute to headaches, respiratory inhibition and general muscular tension. She then discusses the jaw in relationship to our identity. Finally she demonstrates 3 techniques: palming, inter-oral 2 hands, and inter-oral 1 hand technique.

Lesson 13. Rhythms

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Standard

This lesson discusses the basic cranial technique and the various cranial rhythms that can be felt. She discusses deep stillness and practice.