about the course

Craniosacral work is commonly taught using physiologic models for which there’s little scientific evidence. Practitioners often don’t agree on what they’re feeling in the same patient. And randomized trials don’t see a difference in outcomes between Craniosacral and gentle-touch modalities.


And yet, for many seasoned practitioners and patients, this work is experienced as uniquely beneficial.  The way that Craniosacral touch manifests over the course of a session, the images that guide the touch, and the sense of very deep contact using minimal pressure -- these make for a compelling therapeutic encounter.


The tension between these realities leaves many practitioners with a real dilemma:  How to deepen their skills and deliver good care without propagating the ideological flotsam. Can it be done?


I don’t know.  But I know it is possible to delight in that challenge.  To stay curious about what’s really driving our palpatory experience, and stay connected to our clinical intuition.  That is the aim of this class. Real methods coupled with careful claims.  

Can the methods of Craniosacral be taught without making anti-scientific claims?   Can we hone our direct palpatory experience and also ask critical questions? Find out in this fun and profound tour of science, mindset, and introductory methods.



  • Historical/philosophical context in which Cranial Osteopathy and Craniosacral work evolved

  • Unifying principles of Craniosacral work, and why it might be valuable

  • Physiologic claims used in teaching Craniosacral, and why they’re often problematic

  • Hands-on Experience: Focusing on the real & emergent sensory conversation.

  • How to speak about meaningful intersubjective encounters without making unscientific claims.


NOTE: This class is *not* for those seeking to bolster their argumentation, for/against Craniosacral. (You can read a blog for that.) Intellectual humility is a must if we are going to get anywhere interesting.

continuing education certification


  • This 3-hour Continuing Education class is open to all healthcare practitioners licensed in Manual/Massage Therapy


  • This 5-hour Continuing Education class is open to all healthcare practitioners licensed in Manual/Massage Therapy.

  • Other practitioners are welcome to join for the first 2 hours of class. (i.e. Movement Teachers, Allied Healthcare Practitioners, and body nerds).

Both meet the WA state CE requirements for physical therapy and massage therapy.

upcoming classes

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Saturday July 10th

11:00AM - 12:45PM


class format

Zoom Online Webinar

what to expect

Once registered, attendees will:

  • receive pre-class videos via email to watch in preparation

  • option 1: virtual
    a Zoom link will be provided for a livestreamed class with lecture, demo, and QA session.  A recording of the session will be provided at the end of class.


  • option 2: in-person
    attend class which includes the above lecture, a lunch break, and a hands-on demo/practice session 

  • receive a follow-up quiz to grant you a Continuing Education Certificate for completion

related content

book recommendation /

Craniosacral therapy: a systematic review of the clinical evidence