Full course description
Dates & Time: Friday, March 10, 2023 (1:00pm - 8:30pm)
Saturday, March 11, 2023 (8:30am - 5:30pm)
Sunday, March 12, 2023 (8:30am - 5:30pm)
CEU Credits: 21 CEUs
Please Note: This is a live course held at the Bastyr Kenmore Campus. Please see: Bastyr University's Covid-19 Health and Safety policies
Participants must be licensed health care practitioners who are licensed to touch. We can also accept students who are training in those fields.
The fascial system and its critical role in health and well-being will be discussed, from the specific to the whole body (including the membranes of the head). You will learn to recognize and assess the craniosacral rhythm at various points in the body, and to use it as an assessment tool. Learn to perform the still-point technique and dural tube glide, and explore the role of these techniques in normalizing tensions throughout the body. Additionally, we will cover the importance of the various membranes within the craniosacral 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. There are 23 in-class hours plus 5-10 hours of pre-reading assignments.
Health care practitioners who complete Level 1 may immediately incorporate these techniques in their practice, as well as go on to take Levels 2 and 3.
- Describe the function of the fascia.
- Treat fascial restrictions unsing 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 craniosacral (CS) system, including the meninges and cranial membranes.
- Assess the CS rhythm.
- Induce a still point in the CVS 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.
CEU Credits: (21 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs for the following professions:)
- ND (licensed in WA)
- MD & PA - Category II CMEs (those licensed in WA)
- ARNP & RN - Category II (licensed in WA)
- LAc - NCCAOM PDAs (pending)
- LMT - NCBTMB CEs
- PT & OT (licensed in WA)
Interested in the Full Certificate Program? Here is what is required:
Courses: Successfully complete Levels 1, 2 and 3
Supervised Practice Sessions: Attend a minimum of 10 practice sessions (total of 20 hours)
Two-Way Trades: Complete at least 10 trades with another participant (total of 20 hours)
Client Treatment Sessions: Complete a minimum of 100 hours
Personal Treatment Sessions: Receive craniosacral treatments from a Certified Practicioner (minimum of 10 hours)
Practical Test & Written Exam: Pass with 80% or higher
- Rhythm and Touch: The Fundamentals of Craniosacral Therapy (Links to an external site.), by Anthony Arnold.
- An Integrative Approach to Craniosacral Therapy - Fascial Connection (Links to an external site.), by Faith Christensen and Masahiro Takakura.
- Pocket Anatomy and Physiology (Links to an external site.), by Shirley A. Jones (for CST Levels 1 & 2)
It is recommended that you register at least two weeks prior to class start in order to complete the reading assignments.
Please Bring: A blanket, pillow and both required books. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Personal water bottle (filtered water dispensers available on campus to refill).
Meals: One hour lunch break – due to Covid-19 there are no food services available on campus. Please bring your own meals. If the Bookstore is open during your class, snacks will be available for purchase.
Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus
Covid-19: Masks are required at all times and locations on campus, except during lunch breaks. Social distancing while in close quarters will also be enforced, however due to the bodywork nature of this course, may not always be possible.