Craniosacral Training

Since 2008, Craniosacral Certification Program with Master Therapist Etienne Peirsman of Belgium, has become one of the most sought-after trainings. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) focuses on the body’s craniosacral system which is made up of the cerebrospinal fluid and fascial membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord and their connection with every structure in the body. Through gentle, non-invasive touch a practitioner releases craniosacral and fascial restrictions to improve the overall functioning of the central nervous system.

In order for the brain to help the body function optimally, it needs the maximum space possible to do its work. CST creates more space for the brain to function, allowing physical and emotional challenges to be dealt with and resolved more easily. CST is very effective for addressing a wide range of medical conditions and emotional difficulties.

As a Master of Meditation, Etienne Peirsman has developed a unique teaching style over the past two decades that adds an extraordinarily compassionate and meditative depth to the methods used by the Upledger Institute and combines a practical, no-nonsense approach with the biodynamic style. Etienne has been teaching for over twenty-three years, bringing his life experience to the classroom. He has schools in Belgium and the Netherlands and teaches in North America in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington near Seattle. He, along with his late wife Neeto, is author of the book Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Small Children, which has been translated into 7 languages.

Members of the general public can study Craniosacral Therapy with no previous bodywork experience. This program is also excellent for professional bodyworkers, including Massage Therapists, Polarity Therapists, Rolfing practitioners, Acupuncturists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Doctors, and Chiropractors. There is no application necessary for this program.

The first four classes form the foundation from which to build a strong understanding and ability to apply CS techniques and concepts. The classes include Basic Class, Follow-up to Basic Class, Unwinding Meridians Rhythms, Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence and Talking to the Heart and the Birth of Love. Once these four classes have been completed, students may take the remaining courses as time, resources and capability allow. Please, note that there are courses that require permission from Etienne. This simply ensures that each student is ready for the content and will get the full import of the class.

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Course Descriptions

 Basic Class (32 Hours)

This class teaches how to listen and feel the inner movements of a person’s body. You will connect to the basic Cranial rhythms and see how they impact the client’s body. You will study fascial intelligence, all the diaphragm releases, and the Cranial lifts. Each day participants will both give and receive a practice session. By the end of this Basic class you will be able to give a full basic Cranial session.

Follow-­Up to Basic Class, Unwinding Meridians Rhythms (32 Hours)

This class explores deeper Cranial rhythms and the neutral touch. You will learn the unwinding process of the head and neck and the extremities. In this class we use the meridians to open the heart and release the lungs. You will learn how to use energy to direct a healing flow, and finally I will help you find your ‘original voice’.

Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence (32 Hours)

When a child is born there are many pressures on the skull that hold the base of the Brain and the platelets of the head into fixed positions. The normal hardening of these bones locks the skull into a ‘baby position’. Without intervention this position stays with us for the rest of our lives. In this class we will be able to increase the flexibility of the Cranial Base and allow the Brain to function within the maximum space available. This class will release a whole new avenue of intelligence that was unavailable before, because of a lack of space for the Brain.

Talking to the Heart and the Birth of Love (32 Hours)

In this class you will go beyond working in total silence. You will practice the use of your ‘original voice’ and help your client to do the same. You will engage the intelligence of cells and organs and speak directly to structures inside the body. You will release blockages from around your own heart and heart protector and those of your client. Since therapy is dependent on the love that the therapist can allow, everyone who wants to claim this ability has to make sure his/her Heart is as free and open as possible.

Allowing Expression and Listening (32 Hours)

This training addresses TMJ dysfunctions and opens up the muscles and tendons of the jaw, tongue, hard/soft palate and ears. This involves mouth work. You learn how the Sympathetic and Para-­‐sympathetic Nervous Systems are interconnected with our Brain and how they impact our general well-­‐being. You learn how to correct dysfunctions that arise from dental interventions like braces, implants, and negative input from others.

Understanding and Working with the Alarm Systems (32 Hours)

Survival is the main goal of our body, so that we can fulfill our life tasks and evolve. Unconsciously we take on other peoples’ opinions, angers, anxieties etc. In this class we learn how to consciously remove ourselves from these encumbrances and utilize the delicate mechanisms of control, to pilot our own course in life. Here we explore the Reticular Alarm System and the total Stress Cascade Response in the body. We learn how to take ourselves off ‘automatic pilot’ and consciously direct our own Stress Cascade.

Eyes, Vision and Education (32 Hours)

The Eyes record everything we encounter. Understanding their anatomy and connections to the Thalamus and Visual Cortex will help us release the energy they have had to absorb. We de-­‐stress the Eyes and the Brain. We will explore the drag that the Medulla and Cerebellum have on the Brain Stem, and study the functions of the Visual Cortex. Finally you will be able to reverse your direction of vision, resulting in Eyes that can also look within.

The Immune System and Working with Stem Cells (32 Hours)

This system is governed by the Thymus and an array of organs, such as the Spleen, Liver and the total Lymphatic System. You will clean and revitalize these Systems and learn to work with Stem Cells.You will constantly repair and replace tissues, bringing your body to a peak of healthfulness. Then we will explore the specialized Immune system which is responsible for maintaining the health of the Brain and Spinal Cord within the Dura Mater. In this unique milieu, we have totally different fluids and specialized Glia and Stem Cells working in the Glymphatic system that is so specialized it was only observed a year ago.

The Psoas: Its Role in Pelvic Integrity and Emotional Well-Being (18 Hours)

Our psoas is the only muscle to connect our upper body to the lower. Its location deep within the core puts it in touch with the enteric, central and autonomic nervous systems. This large and dynamic muscle passes through the pelvis, has direct contact with the kidneys and diaphragm and is part of the deep front fascial line. As the container for our most primal fears and our everyday stresses, the psoas reflects how safe and empowered and how centered and congruent we feel. Its health is critical to our feeling grounded and at ease in the world. In this three-day class, we’ll explore the structure and function of the psoas and its interrelationship with the pelvis, breath, alarm system, emotions and more.

Susan Maycock, M.S., C.S.T. has over 40 years experience helping individuals and families live more balanced and empowered lives and has trained with leaders in the fields of Rehabilitation Counseling, Craniosacral Therapy, Sound Healing and Shamanic Healing.  For more detailed information go to

Babies and Small Children (32 Hours)

All babies are from the very beginning perfect. Look into a baby’s eyes and you will find innocence and the perfection of Enlightenment. This class also reveals your own perfection and restores your chances for trust, innocence and love. From this point, you can be in true empathy with a new-­‐born child. Including and beyond our techniques, you will see how to really communicate with the intelligence of babies, to welcome them into this world and find them still at the source from which they have come to us in this life. Herein lies the true secret of all of our work.To make real contact with a new being, to give love but also to receive love from such a one. A blessing. You will learn the techniques which can help you come in tune with or correct situations relating to the birth experience.

Advanced Intensive (60 Hours)

This is the deepest place that our Cranio Sacral experience can take you. Attendance is limited to 10 participants and is divided into 2 teams of 5 participants. Each day you will give and receive an ultimate session from the other 4 members on your team. This affords you chances to go into areas of your life that are more hidden but which need to be found, understood and healed. This is where our Cranio Masters are found.

Advanced Courses

Please note that these courses require permission from Etienne.

Brain 1 (32 Hours)

This class focuses on the special skills needed to experience Brain matter. It is the ultimate exercise in both neutrality and awareness. Here we meet right at the cusp, where one’s energy starts to materialize and where cells are as close to pure electricity as is humanly possible. It all starts with the eyes, looking inside the body. From there we will refine our skills of touch so that it will be possible to transcend the human form. Our focus will then move to harmonize the symmetry so that all brain parts can integrate. The Brain’s pathways cross the midline at different parts. This creates an explosion of possibilities; we will be able to harmonize these different places and regain unity. You will learn and be able to use Neural Stem Cells to repair all places that are damaged or suffer from lack of oxygen. You will be able to travel around the Brain and visit your total ventricle system and repair this wherever this is needed. Finally, we will be able to unwind and experience a fully harmonized Brain, a Buddha Brain. Pre-requisite: Understanding and Working with the Alarms Systems.

Brain 2 (32 Hours)

This class will go into the specifics of the subconscious and the conscious parts of the Brain. You will learn to look into your own mirror and visit your own possible evolution. It is your choice what and where you want to go with these insights. You will be able to understand connections, motoric and sensory tracks and how to restore balance. We will look at all homeostatic processes and release them from static charges so they can work freely again. be able to face your possibilities as if they were an adventure and not a trauma to be feared. Finally, we will explore totally new ground by diving in and experiencing the world of Glia cells. It is here that pure energy, pure nothingness finds its expression in this world. This last subject is as close to nothingness as matter can ever be. Pre-requisite: Brain 1.

Systemic Family Constellations (32 Hours)

Family Constellations is a powerful method to help you recognize difficult entanglements, both in your family of origin as well as in your present family or relationship. Solution-oriented interventions bring understanding, which is followed by a deep relaxation that allows love to flow again between members of the family system.The systemic view focuses on the causes and needs behind symptoms (rather than on the symptoms themselves). Systemic interventions primarily focus on clarifying what is going on, so that people in the system can contribute to making the system vital in their own way. Everyone can contribute to the (sub) system from their own place and position, sometimes by looking in a different way, sometimes through targeted, necessary interventions. You will learn the basic dynamics of family constellations and we will apply what we’ve learned in a craniosacral session. Pre-requisites: Basics and Talking to the Heart.

This class is taught by Tina Vervaeke, who taught the first 4 classes at Etienne’s schools in Belgium and Holland for over 10 years. She currently teaches Systemic Family Constellations at the Peirsman CranioSacral Academy in the Netherlands.

The Internal Work (20 Hours, NM PT Board)

Learn the latest research on myofascial pelvic floor therapy, brain mapping and orgasm, and the history of cultural/societal perception of the vagina. Discover what a healthy pelvic floor feels like through meditation, movement and breath work. Gain proficiency In self-care so that you can authentically teach your patients. Develop confidence and skill treating intravaginally and intrarectally. This is an integrative, lab centric experiential training exploring intravaginal/rectal manual techniques to treat myofascial, ligamentous and neural restrictions of the of the pelvic floor. This is a women’s only class open to MDs, PTs, DOMs, nurses, midwives, chiropractors. LMTs may audit. This is not a Craniosacral class but Etienne finds it to be a complementary modality.
Lauren Rose, MPT, has over 30 years of experience in manual therapy and specializes in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction for men & women.

Death & Dying (32 Hours)

A deep understanding of the physical process that we call dying and the stages that a body goes through when dying. A deep understanding of the emotional and mental and spiritual barriers that a person might encounter during this terminal process. How a therapist can prepare him/herself to be able to understand the process of the dying. How to use Cranio Sacral to help a dying person go through all these processes.