Cranial-Sacral Fundamentals


16 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • DVD and Manual Shipped; Test Online
  • DVD, Manual and Test Shipped to You
  • Fully Online Video, Manual and Test


With Cranial-Sacral Therapy techniques, a trained practitioner can balance the rhythm of the cerebral-spinal pulse and treat numerous ailments. This continuing education program teaches the history of Cranial-Sacral work, including Dr. Sutherland's contributions to the development of Cranial-Sacral techniques, in addition to demonstrating specific techniques to evaluate and free bones in the sacrum and skull.

In this introductory course on cranial-sacral fundamentals, participants will learn about the following techniques:

  • Sacral Release Technique
  • Sacro-iliac Decompression
  • Core Link Technique
  • Cranial Base Release
  • 4th Ventricle Technique
  • Sphenoid Release Technique
  • Ear-Pull Decompression
  • Palming-Decompression Technique
  • The Parietal Hold and Lift
  • Frontal Decompression
  • Balancing the Glabella and Bregma
  • Zygoma Palpitation
  • and Mandible Compression/Decompression

Along with the many cranial-sacral techniques covered, participants will also learn to distinguish between the possible outcomes: tracking, release, unwinding, still point and no change.

Course Reviews

Gina Kraus

The website, the materials, Mary Sullivan on the video, the courtesy of the gal I spoke to at the Institute, all was an outstanding experience. Extremely professional! Cranial Sacral is now a critical aspect to my practice. Clients are getting even more results. Thank you!

Diane Perkins-Ducey, LMT

I very much enjoyed the presenter in this particular course. Her gentle voice and quiet enthusiasm offered to me a consistent reminder of the reasons I still do this work. I hope to incorporate a number of these techniques into my practice. Thank you!

Eva Wheeler-Sagiao, LMT

I love, love, love this course. It certainly whet my appetite to explore further and dig deeper into the subject. Definitely highly recommend this course to anyone who has clients with PTSD, or fibromyalgia as a go to source.

Ellen Sherfey, LMT, NCTMB

I appreciated the demonstration/lesson video. Not only were the practitioner's actions helpful to learning more of this modality but the additional learning format was particularly helpful to me, since I'm more a right-brain type. The presenter/practitioner's voice & manner were also conducive to my acquiring a better sense of an appropriate "presence".

Audra Stoker, LMT

I was nervous to take this course for fear of not understanding with out an instructor to answer questions. Once I started I realized how well it was presented and it was explained very well.Easy to follow. Thank you.

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  • DVD - 77 minutes
  • Manual - 32 pages (available for shipment or online)
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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