With over 25 years experience in teaching bodywork, we currently offer our best distillation of the work we've been practicing and teaching in entry-level and advanced settings.
We are committed to providing quality learning experiences for students of varied backgrounds and experience levels. Teacher-student ratios are kept low to allow for ample attention during in-class practice sessions. Our classes include principle-based methods (assessment and treatment), clear and practical anatomy reviews, multiple teacher demonstrations and student exchanges. Some classes also include a clinical component where volunteer models come in for treatment. Detailed handouts are provided for each student; most classroom supplies are provided as well.
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Craniosacral Introductory Workshop
This class provides a foundational set of craniosacral principles and techniques. We'll cover related anatomy and physiology, including the core link between the cranium and sacrum, cranial wave, and individual cranial bones. It serves as a pre-requisite to the Craniosacral Certification Program, Core Series and Elective courses.
Craniosacral Core Series
The Core Series serves as the cornerstone of studying craniosacral work. The series consists of 4 four-day and 4 one-day classes, which provide instruction and practice of the important clinical tools--stillness, presence and perception--as well as manual techniques, anatomy, physiology and clinical strategies.
Craniosacral Certification Program
The Certification Program is expressly designed for students who want to dedicate themselves to developing Craniosacral therapy as a primary modality in their practice. It offers a highly focused, in-depth training with the support, exploration and feedback necessary for students to develop a full Craniosacral practice with competence and confidence. The added time and study allows for deepening into the work within a supervised and collegial circle -- honing intuition, personal depth and their trust in their healing abilities.
Elective/Advanced Classes for all CST Practitioners
These unique classes enhance and expand a practitioner's ability to work in depth with clients in an integrated way. Classes include an exploration of the viscera (including the brain and cranial nerves), the birth process and working with infants, working the musculoskeletal 'hard frame' as well as the therapeutic relationship and dynamics of healing. They are open to all practitioners who have an introduction to craniosacral therapy.
In this introductory course, we will look at the essential skills for working safely and effectively with newborns (up to 6 months).
Pediatric Fascial Balancing
(aka Myofascial Balancing for Kids)
In this series, we look at essential skills for working safely and effectively with children.
From the physical stresses of being born and the rapid growth over the first 4 years, on to the changes of early adolescence, this population has its own set of challenges. A lot can be done to help their bodies adjust and maintain health.
Each class focuses on a specific age range:
Infants and Toddlers
In this introductory course, we will look at the essential skills for working safely and effectively with infants and toddlers (ages 6-months to 2 years.)
Toddlers to Tweens
Children ages 3-12 are incredibly fun to work with; they are vital, mobile, and tremendously present. In this introductory course, we will look at the essential skills for working safely and effectively with this age group.
Essentials of Intraoral Massage
This 2-day course focuses on treating the musculature of the jaw, the hyoid muscles, the tongue, the TMJ, and the suboccipital muscles. We have a strong focus on mastering the anatomy of the region. This 16-hour course prepares manual therapists to meet the WA state requirements for endorsement.
Advanced Intraoral Work
Here we expand our skills by focusing on the deeper architecture: the prevertebral fascia of the neck, the TMJ capsule, and the facial bones. Discover the how to treat the underlying structure of the face with gentle mobilization of the facial bones, sinuses, and sutures.
Balancing the Face for Structural Integrators
Free deep patterns in the cranium with this 3-day class! Treat both local fascial imbalances and problems of facial bone alignment and mobility. Learn varied assessments for the TMJ, mandible, facial bones and cranial base. Explore each facial bone in turn, creating a protocol for effective intraoral and intranasal approaches. Finally, we'll bridge from local cranial patterns to full body patterns, putting this work into the context of SI core sessions.
Myofascial Balancing: Series or Individual Courses
These courses offer a unique model of gentle but focused myofascial work that is extremely assessment-driven. Our method includes a quick protocol of standing palpatory evaluation that reveals details of segmental patterns. We'll explore common postural problems, as well as related orthopedic conditions.
In 2019, we're excited to roll out a new configuration of courses. The gentle and precise method is the same; what's new is the way we're organizing and focusing the information. We'll be adding more focus on function (gait, stance and sitting) as well as client education and postural cueing.
You'll be able to take one-day MFB classes, a weekend of MFB, or take the whole series and receive a discount — whatever suits your schedule, practice and level of interest. If you've taken MFB classes in the past and want to see what's new, you can sign up as a reviewer for a discounted rate.
Myofascial Balancing for Craniosacral Therapy: Freeing the Axial Skeleton
Craniosacral therapy orients to the free movement of fluids and energy, particularly within the cranium, spine and sacrum. At times, the dense tissues of the body hold their restrictions firmly enough that it's helpful to address what Barral calls the 'hard frame.' Mobilizing bones, ligaments and my fascial layers in synch with the mid-tide or CRI allows a more vigorous tissue engagement to be accepted easily by the body. Postural and usage patterns are highlighted as we explore this level of structure and function.
4000 Aurora Ave N, Suite 114
Seattle, WA 98103
116 NE 194th St.
Shoreline, WA 98155