Content and learning objectives of teaching program
Coming into contact – building a safe therapeutic relationship
Seminar 1 is resource and health oriented.
It addresses the state of the practitioner and development of perception.
Students learn the necessary skills to come into appropriate relationship with the health of the human organism and with its expression, the primary respiration.
The emphasis is on facilitating the vitality within each of us, encouraging a fuller expression of life and of our potential as physical and spiritual human beings.
- History and evolution of craniosacral work
- Fulcrums and presence
- The state of the practitioner
- Establishing a safe relational field
- Developing perceptual and listening skills
- The matrix of health
- The primary respiratory system and biodynamic principles
- The Breath of Life
- Primary respiration and its manifestations
- The primary respiratory mechanism, anatomy and physiology
- Mobility and motility
- The neurocranium
- General listening positions
- Settling into stillness
The core of support – relationships between midline and the whole
The main subject of seminar 3 is the exploration of the different midlines and their
relevance in organizing and maintaining unity and wholeness.
The embryological model is at the basis of the understanding of the forces that
underlay the expressions of life in structure and function.
The teaching program will follow the structures from the core to the periphery.
In the practice sessions we develop skills and tools to support resolution of patterns
and strains of the spine and the fascia system.
Additional tools for the resolution of trauma will be presented and practiced.
The biodynamic view, which treats the individual and not the symptom, allows the
organism to resolve its issues in a holistic way.
- The different midlines: quantum midline, primary midline, fluid midline and structural
- Biodynamic forces and biokinetic forces
- Natural fulcrums and inertial fulcrums
- The process of the state of balance
- Natural augmentation processes
- The duraltube
- The spine and vertebrae
- Clinical skills with fluids and potency
- The horizontal fascia layers: the diaphragms
- The occipital triad: occiput, atlas, axis
- The function of the autonomic nervous system in self-regulation and stress
- Stillness and the inhalation process
- The inherent treatment plan, part 2: Orientation to the state of balance
- Perceive and work with different midline dynamics
- Distinguish between conditional motion and expressions of health
- Work with the state of balance with articular structures and fascia
- Support normalization of vertebrae dynamics
- Cooperate with the inherent forces of health and support their expression
- Apply skills for resolution of traumatic stress
- Differentiate between stillness processes
- Have a deeper understanding of the concept of the inherent treatment plan
The cranial base and reflections of the whole
Seminar 4 deepens the studies of classical approaches while keeping the orientation
to the expression of life forces and wholeness. The influence of birthing factors,
trauma impacts and clinical issues relating to cranial and pelvic patterns are presented.
The sphenobasilar junction (SBJ), a natural fulcrum for the primary midline, allows
physiological compensatory adjustments that reflect the history of the individual.
In this seminar the student learns tools to work with the different patterns of
the cranial base and its relationship with the temporomandibular joint and the pelvis.
- Inertial forces and their effect on the foramen magnum and jugular foramen
- Venous sinuses and drainage
- Physiology and anatomy of the cranial base
- Classical dynamics of the temporal bones, occiput and sphenoid
- Patterns of the SBJ
- Pelvis and sacrum in relationship to cranial base
- Temporomandibular joint
- Additional tools for trauma resolution: activation and discharge of the ANS
- The inherent treatment plan, part 3
After seminar 4 the student will be able to:
- Recognize stagnation in fluids and facilitate drainage and flow
- Perceive and recognize physiological cranial base patterns and support their resolution
- Understand and work with the relationship between cranium and pelvis
- Work with the mandible to support resolution of related TMJ issues
- Deepen the understanding of trauma and facilitate the self-regulatory capacities
of the ANS
Posttraumatic stress and the facilitation of the nervous system (NS)
The orientation towards health is our guide to work with the functions of the NS.
Various levels of facilitation in the nervous system will be looked at in local
and systemic approaches. De-facilitation allows the NS to perform its functions
of communication, regulation and integration according to the project of the original
- Trauma resolution skills
- The psycho-physiology of trauma
- The social nervous system
- Polyvagal theory
- Practice of verbal communication skills
- The tide as an antidote to trauma
After seminar 6 the student will be able to:
- Recognize the onset of trauma affect in a session and effectively support
the client towards resolution and integration
- Support discharge and normal response to nervous stimuli
- Help the clients to contact inner resources and to recognize and enhance
their relationship to health, even if traumatic issues are present.
- Offer antidotes to the after-effect of traumatic events
Deepening and completion
Seminar 7 intends to ground the students in their knowledge and skills and to further
their competences for individual practice. The study program is completed with specific
principles of evaluation and work related to birth dynamics and fascia tracts.
- Sequences and transitions
- Continuity and coherency
- From stillness to soma
- Ignition processes, processes of embodiment
- Birth dynamics
- The fluid-crystal matrix
- Extremities and their natural fulcrums
- Fascia tracts
- The inherent treatment plan as evaluation and treatment, part 6
- Final certification
After seminar 7 the student will be able to:
- Sense continuity and coherency in the system
- Work with sequences and transitions
- Appreciate the forces of the tide
- Work with fascia and whole body patterns in an integrated way
- Be comfortable with different treatment approaches
- Use different skills according to the inherent treatment plan
- Support the reconnection with their inherent health and reorient to a deeper connectedness