Craniosacral training

Are you interested in becoming a Craniosacral Therapist, but not sure which school to choose? This page is designed to help you make this decision.

The first thing you need to decide is what kind of Craniosacral therapist you would like to be. There are basically two schools of Craniosacral.

One is called Craniosacral Therapy and the other Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Both originate from William Sutherland’s work as an osteopath.

Craniosacral therapy was developed by John Upledger in the 1970’s.  He extended his focus from the cranial bones to the membranes and the crebrospinal fluid of the body. These 3 elements form the basis of the craniosacral system.

Training in Craniosacral therapy is based on the knowledge of the craniosacral system. Students are taught different techniques that will help them feel with their hands the craniosacral rhythm and locate the primary restriction, which is the root of the problem.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy also comes from William Sutherland’s work, but much later in his life so he did not have time to develop it further and his discovery is not often recognised in the Craniosacral world. His work has then been carried on by Rollin Becker, James Jealous and Franklin Still.

The study of this form of Craniosacral therapy focuses  on a “Creative Intelligence” which orders and organises the various layers of the human system. A manifestation of this Intelligence is expressed as tidal movement. Three different tides can be sensed in the human system; these are long tide, mid-tide and cranial rhythmic impulse (craniosacral rhythm).

Training in Biodynamic craniosacral  will start with feeling with your hands the different tides. Techniques will come later on. The student will also learn about cranial bones and membranes.

So the two different approaches are kind of opposite even if in the end students of both schools will have more or less the same knowledge, and what you will choose depends mostly on your personality. The first approach is more active and the second one more passive.

In Craniosacral the practitioner will look for the restrictions in the body and will decide on a plan of action. Where to start first, where to go next and which technique to use.

In Biodynamic craniosacral, the practitioner lets the body show them where to work and in which order.

In both practices, the practitioner will need to be able to be still, and meditation techniques are part of the training. This is a very important part of the craniosacral training as it is only by being still that the practitioner can allow releases to happen and can “receive” information from the body. The deeper the practitioner can go in themselves, the deeper they can go in the patient’s body, and it is at the deeper level that the releases occur.

So which training to choose?

There are some good training schools around Australia. They all work on the same principle. 5 or 6 days learning and about 3 months practicing. Another 5 or 6 days learning and the practice period. This is because Craniosacral requires a lot of hands on practice. It will take about 2 years to finish the training.

Here under are some web sites where you can find more information about each training school. The list is not extensive.   I know therapists who have studied with these schools and they were all happy with their training.

Training in Craniosacral therapy


The Institute teaches Craniosacral all over Australia. The web site will tell you where and when are the classes.

Craniosacral Institute
Based in Adelaide but has classes as well in Sydney.

Training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Stillness training:
Based in Sydney.

Body intelligence training:
Teaching in Melbourne. Sunshine Coast and Auckland.