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bodywork and movement since 1988 and has been an educator since 1980. Beth has studied cranial work with Franklin Sills, the Colorado Cranial Institute and the Upledger Institue. She is a Certified Craniosacral Therapist through the Northwest Craniosacral Therapy Association and has a gift for creating an environment that is safe and welcoming and holds the learning experience with great care.
Cranio-sacral is a subtle yet powerful method of bodywork that can help facilitate healing on many levels. By working with fluid tides and anatomy, sometimes referred to as biodynamic cranial, this work can be applied to a variety of problems from head injuries to sprained ankles.
This training is rooted in the work of a number of cranial practitioners, including William G Sutherland, DO, the founder of cranial work. Sutherland maintained that if a person could listen clearly and intelligently to the cranial system, it would teach the practitioner exactly what they needed to do. The emphasis in this program will be on how to think and listen in a cranial way. So rather than teach a set of steps to be gone through for every client, students will be taught how to apply their knowledge of the cranial system to whatever presents, how to listen intelligently and respond openly.
Intelligent listening requires good language skills. Anatomy is the language spoken by bodies and the training includes a focus on learning anatomy from a cranial perspective and developing palpitation skills that can distinguish between fluid drive, boney and fascial restrictions, and a variety of specific structures.
This intensive program takes place in seven, four-day modules and includes outside class work for a total of 203 credit hours of training. The instructor takes advantage of a wide range of teaching methods, including videos, text, and experiential work to accommodate a diversity of learning styles. There is a ratio of one senior staff to every 5-6 students and each module allows for small group tutorial time. A variety of techniques are covered including; appropriate touch, identifying cranial rhythm in bones, membranes, organs and fluid. These topics are taught with a depth and breadth that allow time to develop the deep listening skills and touch that facilitate the highly sensitive nature of this work. Throughout the program, students explore ways to integrate this work for the whole body.
This class is an intensive learning experience. Students are required to write up practice sessions, a long term study, and an exam, both practical and written. The class also involves a number of technical texts.