The descent was so gentle I am not really sure when or how we reached the place of transformation together. I feel deeply seen, exuberant, and soft, a new way of being. ~ C.S. GRCTI Graduate
The work is profoundly complex and yet so incredibly simple. You are generous with your wisdom and your humanity. Thank you again. This is an exhilarating journey. ~ C.S. GRCTI Graduate
Deeply effective in so many ways - pain relief, peace of mind. A life changing experience. ~ E.J. U.S. Army Corporal critically wounded in RPG attack in Khalidiyah, Iraq, April '04
A physician should be the servant of nature, not her enemy; he should be able to guide and direct her in her struggle for life, and not throw, by his unreasonable influence, fresh obstacles in the way of recovery. ~ Paracelsus C.1530 A.D.
The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. is pleased to confirm approval of the Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute as an AOTA Approved Single Course Provider of continuing education. The Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute is authorized to assign 8.2 AOTA CEUs for the Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute’s Advanced Training Program.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
The Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute’s Introductory Training Program is approved for 20 CE Credits by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). The Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute’s Advanced Training Program is approved for 100 CE Credits (50 CE Credits each half of the training) by the NCBTMB.
The Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute’s Introductory Training Program is approved for 23.4 contact hours for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants by the New York State Education Department, Office of Professions. The Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute’s Advanced Training Program is approved for 101.4 contact hours for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants by the New York State Education Department, Office of Professions.
The purpose of this in-depth, highly personalized Craniosacral Therapy training program is: to enable students to develop and utilize listening skills—through their hands, minds, and hearts –to be of greater service to their patients, and to effectively perform CST on patients to release and resolve physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. Students will also explore the personal and professional applications of this exceptional hands-on healing modality as they access their most powerful personal healing ability.
Sketch the basic anatomy of the Craniosacral system and theoretical background of CST
Perform melding while sensing the direction of energy flow between student and a partner
Differentiate between the cardiac, respiratory, and craniosacral rhythms
Describe the role of fascia in body and be able to release restrictions from pelvic, respiratory, and thoracic inlet transverse diaphragms
Palpate the craniosacral rhythm
Perform a sacroiliac release and lumbosacral decompression with dural tube traction
Release the nasal bone
Perform a frontal bone lift
Perform a TMJ/Mandible compression and decompression
Perform a maxillary lift
Perform a temporal ear pull
Perform a hyoid release
Perform an atlanto-occipital release with dural tube traction and visualization
Restate absolute and relative contraindications to performing CST
Perform parietal compression and lift with dural tube traction
Perform sphenoid compression and decompression
Discuss practical uses of simple CST techniques taught in this workshop—from reducing pain and stress to relieving sinus congestion and anxiety
Perform fascial glide on superficial, mid-level, and deep vertical fascial sheets
Practice remaining present for people undergoing powerful physical and emotional releases from old trauma
Differentiate between active and inactive energetic lesions in the body
Integrate the significance of facilitated segments in the spine
Release energetic lesions and facilitated segments
Assist patients in using their “inner healers” through dialoguing exercise and in conjunction with hands-on CST work
Integrate basic dialoguing principles – such as asking open-ended questions rather than yes/no questions – with hands-on work, utilizing the CS rhythm to determine the significance of a patient’s unconscious images
Integrate facilitating patients’ entering into unconscious trance states with CST hands-on work
Practice helping patients resolve uncomfortable, chronic symptoms by working to bring out the symptom’s underlying meaning
Discuss the association between childhood abuse and dissociation
Recognize the importance of personal healing if one is to help heal others
Perform unwinding of an arm or leg
Perform unwinding of the head and neck
Receive unwinding of the head and neck
Perform full body somatoemotional release in the supine position
Receive full body somatoemotional release in the supine position
Perform full body somatoemotional release from the sitting position
Receive full body somatoemotional release from the sitting position
Describe the benefits and intentions of the small group somatoemotional release process
Effectively practice CST and SER
Practice CST with greater skill than prior to tutorial
Attendance at all sessions.
Active participation in the course.
Completion of required readings.
Completion of two individual tutorials with Dr. Wish (scheduled separately from the workshop periods, though they may be the day before a workshop for people coming from long distances).
Completion of course evaluation.
Disclosures of Conflict of Interest:
Dr. Ron Wish is the founder and owner of the Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute. He has no significant financial relationships with any commercial entity related to this continuing education activity.
Ron Wish, MD is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved provider - number 451491‑10. The Great River Craniosacral Therapy Institute is approved as a sponsor of continuing education for physical therapists & physical therapy assistants by the New York State Education Department, Office of Professions.