Workshop Structure

Purpose

To help the D.C. acquire the diagnostic, psycho-motor, and treatment skills necessary to access the full potential of this important body of work at a high level of proficiency.

Form and Content

The training includes a combination of lecture, printed materials, demonstration, discussion, experiential, extensive hands-on practicum, case presentation, and case conferencing. It builds on basic skills to develop the more complex. We begin with separate functional components of the CS system and assemble them into a cohesive therapeutic protocol for evaluation and treatment. Appropriate psychodynamic concepts are presented. Birth trauma, shock and PTSD strategies are explored. Ample workshop time is spent in hands-on development of necessary psychomotor skills. Course content is based on classic “cranial osteopathy” originating from the clinical work and research of Sutherland and others, subsequent research, clinical reporting from the field, and the workshop leaders extensive experience and observations from over thirty five years of treating thousands of patients and hundreds of hours of training and teaching.

Early registration is strongly suggested as classes fill quickly. Class size limited to 20.

Go to “References” for a partial list of past workshop participants who have graciously agreed to answer your questions.

Course Outline (Download pdf )

MODULE I:

a) ORIENTATION
b) PRESENCE, NEGOTIATION, PALPATION, PERCEPTION & THE CONCEPT OF THE INHERENT TREATMENT PLAN
c) GENERAL CRANIAL MOBILIZATION

1. Venous Sinus Technique
2. Occipito-Atlantal Decompression
3. Spider Walk

– Occipital-Mastoid Decompression
– Simultaneous Sagittal & Lambdoidal Sutural Decompression
– Simultaneous Coronal-Sagittal (anterior aspect) Metopic Sutural Decompression

4. Simultaneous Facial Sutural Decompression
5. Around The Clock

– Classic Temporal Hold
– Temporo-Zygomatic Sutural Decompression
– Pterion Decompression
– Parietal Lift

6. Nasio-Ethmoid-Frontal Decompression
7. Transverse Intracranial Membranous Decompression
8. Frontal Lift (General Facial and Simultaneous Falx and Spheno- Basilar Decompression)
9. Reciprocal and Synchronous Temporal Rocking
10. TMJ Decompression (Extraoral)
11. Sacrum and Lumbo-Sacral Decompression
12. CV IV and EV IV

MODULE II:

SPHENO-BASILAR/MEMBRANOUS RELEASES

1. Flexion Extension
2. Right and Left Side Bending Rotation
3. Right and Left Torsion
4. Right and Left Lateral Strain
5. Superior and Inferior Vertical Strain
6. Decompression
7. Spheno-Basilar Stacking
8. Cranial Distortional Patterns and their organizing fulcra

MODULE III:

INTRAORAL/ TMJ RELEASES

1. Maxilla/Palatine/Sphenoid Relationship

a) Right and Left Torsion
b) Right and Left Shear
c) Compression Decompression

2. Maxillary-Palatine-Vomer-Sphenoid Release
3. Intermaxillary/Palatine Decompression (External/Internal Rotation– Flexion/Extension)
4. Zygoma Release
5. Lateral Pterygoid/Temporalis/Masseter Releases
6. Oral Diaphragm Release (Floor of Mouth)
7. Medial Pterygoid Release
8. Individual Teeth (inertial fulcrum releases)
9. TMJ Decompression (Intraoral)

MODULE IV:

FULL BODY IMPLICATIONS OF CRANIAL SACRAL TRAUMATIC DISTORTIONAL PATTERNS (e.g. Birth Trauma, Head Injury, etc)

1. An exploration of neuro-myofascial implications of trauma and shock in babies, children and adults.

2. An exploration of somatically oriented non-invasive approaches to resolution of CNS traumatic overload in babies, children and adults (possibly contributing to ADHD, Autism, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, etc), utilizing tools learned in modules 1 – 3.