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Cranial-Sacral Fundamentals

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16 CE Hours - E510
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Cranial-Sacral Fundamentals

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  • Video - 77 minutes
  • Manual - 32 pages (available for shipment or online)
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion


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 Objectives

  • Analyze the history of cranial-sacral therapy.
  • Examine the anatomy of the cranium, including structure and function.
  • Discover the fundamental techniques used in cranial-sacral therapy.
  • Experience the cranial-sacral pulse movement and differentiate between the blood pulse and the cranial rhythm.
  • Discover the sacrum and it's motion and apply techniques for releasing the sacrum.
  • Observe the release of the cranial base, or occiput.
  • Identify the location of the sphenoid bone, temporal bones, parietal bones, and frontal bones and techniques to release them.
  • Learn to identify the location of the zygoma, maxillae, and mandible and techniques to release them.
  • Explain the concepts and theories behind cranial-sacral work and apply the techniques used, summarizing their experience with each technique.

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Mary Sullivan, MS, BA, L.Ac., LMT

Mary Sullivan, MS, BA, L.Ac., LMT

Mary Sullivan received her massage training through the Santa Barbara School of Massage in 1981 and continued her education, earning her license in Acupuncture. As a faculty member of the Body Therapy Institute since 1991, Ms. Sullivan has taught such courses as Cranial-Sacral, Lymphatic Drainage, Polarity Therapy and Pregnancy Massage. She also holds certifications in Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Pre and Perinatal Massage and Polarity Therapy. Mary is the author and instructor of the Polarity Therapy and Cranial-Sacral Fundamentals courses.

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