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Cranial Work is delicate, deep and powerful. It requires a lot of listening, stillness, waiting, humility and surrender to the body's intelligence, its timing and infinite wisdom. With awe, we establish our ritual for Holding Space, "getting out of the way" and being in awareness which the client's system needs for release/re-balancing process to occur. Lots of hands-on practice time and discussion is included. As always, the focus is on clearly understanding principles, concepts and each technique.
Students talk about their own and their clients' experiences:
"Last week I practiced everything we learned in (Cranial 1) class on every client. It was wonderful. They all loved it!”
“One client whom I’ve seen for years expressed amazement at how relaxed she felt. She didn’t want to get off the table, and she’s someone who is highly reactive and stresses over absolutely everything.”
"One client gave me a $75 tip, yes tip! I told him he paid me too much money. He replied that anyone who can do that to me. . . it's well worth it. The next time he came, he said he'd have to take it (the tip) down to $55 because he would be coming every week from now on."
“The class refreshes and enlightens my practice.”
These trainings integrate related therapies. CranioSacral Therapy with Cranial Energy Work, Ortho-Bionomy proprioceptive release with myofascial melting and subtle unwinding. This is continuing education for bodyworkers and healthcare practitioners who love their work and want to expand their career, and their ability to help others.
CranioSacral 1: A basic cranial session.
- History and development of Cranial Work; respect and honor for these pioneers.
- Essential concepts and principles.
- Basic anatomy of the CranioSacral System, including the Reciprocal Tension Membrane.
- Holding Space, a Practitioner Ritual developed by the instructor for "getting out of the way."
- Freeing the Dural Tube.
- "Listening" to the Craniosacral Rhythm, an introduction.
- Arthu Pauls' Cranial energy work with spirals.
- Arthur’s 7 Basic Cranial Hand Positions.
- Additional assessment and releases that complement more traditional CST methods.
- Lots of hands-on practice. Review.
Question and answer time. Receiving is essential to learning.
Additional assessments and releases to the traditional craniosacral techniques work with the same principles of proprioceptive release and are easier for some practitioners to adapt to the client's needs, thus rendering their work more effective. Both practitioner and client must be comfortable to achieve optimal results. The lumbars, especially the lumbosacral joint, the thoracic inlet, and the neck are a few of these. Ortho-Bionomy® students will find some techniques familiar, which makes it easier to integrate new techniques into their practice. Craniosacral students have expressed appreciation for the energy work, the amount of hands-on time to practice, descriptions of everything, and the time given to fine-tune skills. For new students, it's a learning feast.
“I feel more aware and purposeful in my work. The time just goes. The whole session goes a lot easier.”
“Since last week’s class, I’ve been working so differently.”
“I feel more calm and at peace (in my work).”
CranioSacral 2: Expansion of a basic cranial session. The honing of listening skills and focus on TMJ.
- Review of Craniosacral 1 is integrated with new learning.
- Relevant anatomy.
- Focused review and practice to improve skill in "listening" to the cranial rhythms and for assessing where to work.
- Direction of Energy Technique with various applications.
- Five additional techniques for cranial balancing.
- Ear Balancing and Ear Pull.
- Introduction to natural occurring stillpoints.
- TMJ - Tempomandibular joint balancing, including joint and muscle work, pain-free trigger point release, trigeminal nerve information and how TMJ relates to constant on-engram.
- TMJ, the jaw and its relationship to the neck, to muscles and posture; the significance of this to the structural integrity of the body and the nervous system cannot be overemphasized.
- Lots of time for hands-on practice and clarification of technique.
“Oh, another thing I’ve been noticing is that people look differently after the cranial work. Their faces look much more relaxed.”
“I just feel so different (after receiving the work).
“It was incredible. From the moment she picked up my feet I felt so relaxed. Then when she did the releases at the occiput and went down the dural tube (inside the spinal column) I relaxed even deeper. It was incredible. I don’t know how else to describe it.”
Craniosacral 3: Deepening our experience, understanding, awareness and skill. Focus on Temporal bones and the most common cranial restrictions.
- Review is integrated into the workshop.
- A deeper look at cranial anatomy informs our listening and leads us to the next level of techniques.
- Review and expansion of Arthur's Spirals as an additional tool for assessment and release of restrictions.
- Additional cranial assessments, cross-referencing with spirals.
- Additional releases for pulls on the occiput external to the craniosacral system.
- Additional Direction of Energy Techniques for balancing the RTM, other key areas and applications.
- Deepening skill in sensing cranial rhythm, stillpoints, where the "pull" is coming from and, thus, which restrictions are key to improved well-being and function.
- Additional techniques for cranial balancing with a focus on the temporal bones and the most common cranial restrictions.
“My whole body felt very different, all week long. For a full 36 hours I was processing the work done in class. The morning of the second day, I felt different. Still, it’s as if my arms are floating.”
“Since last week’s class, I’ve been working so differently.”
Advanced Instructor, Ann Hoeffel began her study of Cranial Work in 1986. Instructor Education and Certifications): (click here for a full list of training)
A world of gratitude to the teachers and especially to the remarkable pioneers who persevered inspite of great duress to bring us this amazing healing art. Many thanks to the students who prodded me to teach what I've learned about Craniosacral Therapy and Ortho-Bionomy Cranial Work - I've learned so much more in the process !
More information on CranioSacral Therapy. More information on Ortho-Bionomy.