Cranio-Sacral Therapy: An Integral Medicine Approach

10 Month Comprehensive course -- Beginning through Advanced. Includes Pediatrics and Visceral coursework.


Try to think of one thing in your client’s life that has absolutely no influence on their health. No matter what your modality, when you are working with your client, you are working with a whole person who is having a whole life. And anything or everything in their life may be at the root of the health issue for which they are consulting you.
Cranio-Sacral therapy offers a practical, hands-on, learnable methodology for helping your client identify and treat the root causes of their health issues, whether those roots reach into their biochemistry, their beliefs, their energy or social situations. It allows you to treat your client as a whole person: able to work not only with their body, with its alignment, muscle and fascial tension patterns, fluid flows and organ functions, but also with their body memory, cognitive memory, hidden beliefs, energy flows and blockages and, best of all, connect their conscious mind to their own deep source of knowing.  This and more is what advanced Cranio-Sacral therapy: An Integral Medicine Approach can give you. NCTMB certified for 140 hours of CE for LMTs. Also certified for 140 hours CE for NDs. 

Please call 425-557-7706 now to register or fax or mail the registration form at the bottom of the page. 

What is Cranio-Sacral Therapy?

Originally conceived as practicing osteopathy in the cranial field, Cranio-Sacral therapy can be thought of as a sub-specialty in Osteopathic Medicine. Developed over many years of study and practice by William Sutherland, D.O. and a dedicated group of practitioners studying under him, for the first seventy years, cranial work was kept mostly to a small group and was barely known even by osteopaths. In the Seventies, John Upledger, D.O. did more basic research on the fundamentals of cranial osteopathy and started teaching its principles to a much wider audience. Cranio-Sacral therapy is the name Upledger gave to his style of the work and though there are now several different styles of cranial osteopathy, Cranio-Sacral therapy is the name generally used because it has the greatest name recognition in the community.
Defying explanation, the body generates subtle rhythmic movements that do not depend upon muscular or other contractile tissues. Three rhythms have been identified so far, the cranio-sacral rhythm being the most obvious. Cranio-Sacral therapy teaches you to assess these rhythms by palpation and apply a host of therapeutic approaches to balance and harmonize these rhythms. In the process, the client’s own natural forces for health are accessed, limiting beliefs are corrected and isolated aspects of the client’s body and psyche are integrated.
The palpation and observation skills necessary for the practice of Cranio-Sacral therapy can be taught and practiced; as can the suggestions used to facilitate the client’s own healing.

What is Integral Medicine?

Integral Medicine is a system of medicine that has a place in it for every valid healing concept and therapeutic approach. Integral Medicine is arrived at by applying Ken Wilber’s Integral World View to the field of human health. It gives us, as practitioners, a way of helping our clients survey their personal subjective experiences, objective experiences and cultural collective experiences as they relate to their health. It also reminds us to use all three (monological, dialogical and translogical) ways we know things as we work with our clients.

Integral Medicine provides the philosophical framework for unifying conventional and alternative medicine. It is holistic medicine in the truest sense of holism.

Course Description

Cranio-Sacral therapy: An Integral Medicine Approach will equip you with the basic tools and concepts needed to work with your clients on an advanced level. Taught as ten two-day modules with roughly a month between each module, you will have time to read, practice and really incorporate the information presented in class. The class will be limited to a maximum of twelve people to allow for plenty of personal time with the instructor.
The class format is a balance of lecture, demonstration and supervised practice. Students will take turns practicing the techniques and concepts on each other. There will be assigned and suggested reading. Handouts will be provided for each class. Appropriate grasp of the skills and concepts will be assessed during practice sessions. No grades will be assigned. Certification is available upon successful completion.


A working grasp of human anatomy would be a real asset but is not absolutely required, as the pertinent anatomy will be reviewed for each technique. If, at the end of the course, you want to practice Cranio-Sacral therapy on clients and get paid for it, a valid state-issued license that allows you to touch clients is required. You do not need such a license to take the class.

Learning Objectives:

After the successful completion of this course, you will:
1. Have the clinical skills and confidence to utilize Cranio-Sacral therapy on an advanced level.
2. Have a thorough working knowledge of the Seven Tools for Healing and be able to recognize which tool your client is utilizing when and be able to coach them in advancing their skills to be able to do their own healing work on themselves.
3. Have a clear understanding of how to use Cranio-Sacral therapy with any other therapeutic modality in which you have been trained.


Snoqualmie, WA, Summer Winds Farm


Since we pair up and practice on each other, your classmates’ experience depends upon your attendance. Please make being present for each class a top priority in your life. Classes are Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a break from 12:00-1:00 for lunch. 


For the 2016 class:

  • October 15,16
  • November 19,20
  • December 3,4
  • January 2017 21,22
  • February 4,5
  • March 18,19
  • April 22,23
  • May 20,21
  • June 24,25
  • July 8,9 


* General tuition: $3000.
* Students or licensed practitioners within three years of graduation: $2500, with a letter from the Dean of your school documenting enrollment or a copy of your diploma.

A deposit of $500 will hold your seat in the class, the remainder is due on the first day of class. Payments may be made by cash, check, Visa or Mastercard. Payment by installment may also be arranged individually.

Refund policy: if you withdraw before one week before class starts, you will get a full refund of your deposit. If you withdraw after one week before class starts but before the fifth weekend, you will get a refund minus the $500 dollar deposit and minus a pro-rated portion of the remaining tuition. If you withdraw after the fifth weekend, you will receive no refund of tuition. 


1. Hugh Milne, The Heart of Listening, Vol. 2, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA, 1995. A bone by bone description of the embriology, anatomy, pertinent physiology and treatment techniques for the Craniosacral system.
2. Michael Kern, Wisdom in the Body, Thorsons, London, England, 2001. A very accessible description of Biodynamic cranial work.
3. Franklin Sills, Craniosacral Biodynamics,Vols. 1 and 2, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA, 2001. A very detailed description of Biodynamic cranial work.
4. John Upledger, SomatoEmotional Release and Beyond, UI Publishing, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 1990. An excellent presentation for how to use Craniosacral Therapy to access the body memory and hidden beliefs and start the process of real change.


1. John Upledger and Jon Vredevoogd, Craniosacral Therapy, Eastland Press, Seattle, WA, 1983. A classic in the field, presents the same material as in Milne but from a more traditional perspective.
2. Ken Wilber, A Brief History of Everything, Shambala, Boston and London, 1996. An accessible brief presentation of the core of Wilber’s Integral Worldview.
3. Ken Wilber, The Marriage of Sense and Soul, Random House, 1998. A clear presentation of a philosophical basis for the integration of science and spirituality, an approach that can be directly applied to the integration of Conventional and Alternative medicines.
4. Bruce Lipton, The Biology of Belief, Elite Books, Santa Rosa, CA, 2005. An excellent summary of the research that supports the view that Consciousness is primary and physicality follows.
5. Ken Wilber, The Integral Vision, Shambala, Boston and London, 2007. A very short introduction to the Integral Approach to Life, God, the Universe and Everything.
6. William Sutherland, Teachings in the Science of Osteopathy, Rudra Press, 1990.


For more information please contact Steven M. Hall, MD by leaving a message on his voice mail at 425-557-7706.
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An Integral Medicine Approach


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