Blending: Accessing the Power of CranioSacral Therapy

3 day, small group workshop
Prerequisite: CST 1 or Equivalent
21 CE’s for Massage Therapist’s

This class is for beginners and advanced students of CranioSacral Therapy. Blending is one of the defining characteristics of CST, a life time evolving skill. It is the unique ability to use focused, intentioned touch as the interface between you and the patient/client.

For advanced students it will be an expansion and challenge to blending skills, helping to develop listening and imagery perceptions so vital for this work.

For beginners it will help to create the solid understanding and foundation of blending which is the most important tool for a CranioSacral Therapist.

The class focus is to deepen one’s ability to blend, to know which tissues one is accessing in the body and cranium. The intentioned touch of blending often engages the perception of images as they come through the hands to conscious awareness. Learning how to receive, trust and work with imagery is a vital component of successful blending and treatment. This class works with both awakening and enhancing the use of imagery in the blending process, developing a dynamic interaction between intentioned touch and imagery to optimize treatment results.

As part of building such blending skills, participants will enhance their ability to interpret and use feedback from the CranioSacral System, including SQAR (symmetry, amplitude, quality and rate) while also learning new ways to work with the meningeal system the spinal cord and facilitation.

Continuing Education for Chiropractors\

Craniosacral Therapy for Chiropractors

2 day small group class

Chiropractors are specialists in the mechanics and treatment of the nervous system. As an adjunctive therapy, CranioSacral therapy (CST) can provide ways to enhance both diagnostic and treatment capacities. The craniosacral system (CSS) comprised of the meninges and the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is the encasement and environment for the central nervous system.

It is a dynamic system that has a rhythmical motion created by the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid. We call this the craniosacral rhythm or motion and it is transmitted by the nervous and myofascial systems to all the body’s tissues where it can be easily palpated and monitored. To have unobstructed craniosacral motion of the tissues correlates to health of the tissues.

The craniosacral motion’s relative freedom or obstruction can be used both diagnostically and therapeutically, while also providing treatment feedback.

As a chiropractor,  understanding of the nervous system without taking into account its environment and dynamics within which it lives, is to have only half the story.

Integrating this fuller perspective into treatment can dramatically improve results. Understanding the CSS, its anatomy and function, also helps in understanding subluxations, why they occur and why they return.

The dural membrane is a continuation of the meninges out of the cranium that covers the spinal cord and the nerve roots ending with blending to the periosteum of the coccyx. A restriction of the dural membrane can result in contracture of the dural sleeve and therefore the nerve root.

When there is nerve root pressure from a tight dural nerve sleeve it can be coming from anywhere in the meningeal system not just at the vertebral level. Meningeal contraction in the cranium from an impact can translate down the dural tube to the nerve root. In this case then the area of meningeal impaction in the cranium would need to be released for the resultant dural pull lower down in the spinal cord to resolve.

Chiropractic adjustment alone may not always release the dural contracture or restore the craniosacral motion to the vertebral subluxation complex and as a result the subluxation can return. In such cases, the ability to both palpate and treat the CSS can produce better results and more rapid healing.

Learning to palpate the craniosacral rhythm (CSR) to diagnose and treat obstructions of flow in the CSS involves a deepening of subtle palpation skills and contributes to overall enhancement of chiropractic palpatory and treatment skills.

This workshop introduces chiropractors both to the functional dynamics and anatomy of the CSS and palpation of the craniosacral rhythm. The goal is both to provide participants with CST techniques to use within a short time frame, and to contribute to deepening of palpation and treatment skills. The class is designed for a small group, to provide individual attention to participants as they work with each other.


Somato training

Deepening the Somato Emotional Release Process

3 day workshop limited to four people
Prerequisite: SER 1 or Equivalent
21 CE’s for Massage Therapist’s

Somato Emotional Release (SER) is a process that allows our innate healing wisdom to be heard. This natural process was observed by Dr. John Upledger who didn’t dismiss it but listened to it and then developed it.

Patients are often unaware of contracture in tissue caused by past traumas and emotional disturbances. Our intelligence or inherent wisdom has retained them in such a way as to be the least disturbing or distracting to us on a daily basis. SER is the process that lets us release emotional contracted areas of tissue in the body and also within the somatic psyche or intelligence.

Working through the body and using the craniosacral rhythm these stored emotions can eventually be uncovered as a self-actualization process to move us forward. These retained energies can be superficial or more profound ones caused by physical and or emotional traumas along with the need to protect and guard ourselves from life’s struggles.

For many individuals, emotional releases seem to occur spontaneously in the course of a session of CranioSacral Therapy. Such releases are emotionally healing, and are frequently accompanied by physiological and therapeutic improvements as well. At the same time, given the generally unconscious nature of buried emotional, mental and physical pain, supporting a patient/client in the release process requires skill, detachment, practice, and trusting in the extraordinary journey involved.

This workshop provides a unique opportunity to explore, practice and expand one’s SER skills. Each day, each person in the class will have the opportunity to act both as lead therapist, assistant therapist, and as patient/client. During each session, Dr. Upledger will offer guidance and hands on assistance. There will also be plenty of time for discussion and answering questions.

Integrating Meridians with Craniosacral Therapy

2 day workshop
Prerequisite CST 1 or Equivalent
14 CE’s for Massage Therapist’s

This small group workshop teaches craniosacral practitioners how to includebasic meridian work into their craniosacral sessions.

Knowing some of the basics of the meridians their qualities, locations, relationships to other meridians, the emotions they filter, the Chinese clock and more gives another tool for the therapist to increase the positive results for patients/clients.

Both CST and meridians ork strongly with the body’s energies thereby complementing each other for an enhanced treatment.

Participants will explore how to incorporate this information and meridian work into their CranioSacral Therapy sessions. Throughout the workshop, classwork will include discussion of treatment insights obtained through the integration of meridian and CranioSacral Therapy techniques.

Treat with Dr. Lisa

$75.00 per day

One of the best ways to deepen your therapeutic skills is to spend a day working with a professional as skilled in the field as Dr. Lisa. This gives you the opportunity to observe firsthand the dynamic between Dr. Lisa and her patients, and to learn through modeling someone with many years of experience.

As you participate in the treatment process, you will learn firsthand how to modulate each step of treatment by observing how the patient responds at any given point to Dr. Lisa’s initiatives. In addition, since you will participate in the treatment Dr. Lisa will provide you with invaluable feedback, suggestions and support on the strategies you explore. Your time together will include ample opportunity for addressing questions you may have and discussing the process of treatment.

“I have been a chiropractor since 1981 and practicing CranioSacral Therapy (CST) since 1986. I consider myself blessed to have Dr. John Upledger, the founder, creator and developer of CranioSacral Therapy as my husband, teacher and mentor. My front row seat to the development of his work and long hours of discussion about CST proved invaluable in my practice. Together we worked at healing, teaching and treating patients, exchanging many hours of treatment.

I created these classes for the opportunity to share knowledge, experience and my enthusiasm for this work with others. – Dr. Lisa Upledger

*The specialty recognition “CST-D” has been received from a private organization not affiliated with or recognized by the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine.