Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Accessing the inherent healing power of the body with gentle somatic touch.
There is are inherent, intelligent and unexplained forces that create and maintain the human body.
Every second, 10 million cells are destroyed in the body, and have to be replaced immediately and precisely, otherwise the body would explode or dissolve. There is no way to predict where the cells will be destroyed. And yet - every minute, our bodies continue to re-produce themselves and we don’t even notice.
When we were formed as embryos, we first existed as fluid dynamics - before genes and neurons, fluid dynamics impeccably shaped our bodies.
What are the mysterious forces that reliably create and sustain life? What goes awry when they no longer function and disease, dysfunction and pain take over?
These are the questions at the heart of the practice of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST). While these mysteries go unexplained by modern science, the founders and innovators in the field of BCST found that there are subtle fluctuations and movements in the body, and that when these movements are augmented by therapeutic listening, patients recovered from a host of conditions.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle therapeutic approach based on the Osteopathic discovery of micro-movements in the body. Through extensive experimentation, early osteopathic physicians determined that when this motion has full expression, many conditions improve. The name “Craniosacral” specifically indicates the importance of the central structures of the body including cranium, spine and sacrum.
At its start, the work was very manipulative, but later practitioners discovered that less and less intervention was needed in order to make substantial changes, and that creating a supportive environment so that the client’s system generates therapeutic change from within, was actually very effective. This more subtle approach to the work was called “Biodynamic” Craniosacral Therapy.
A skilled biodynamic craniosacral practitioner listens to the subtle pulsations of the system as the body tells its story. The body speaks through its rhythms, micro-movements and especially through its experience-managing patterns of physical shaping. With deep listening the practitioner encourages revitalization of the inherent healing potential of the system, and facilitates the release of resistance patterns. This approach emphasizes hearing the health of the system and encouraging its expression.
Craniosacral Therapy involves gentle hands-on work that honors the client’s own self-healing process. The intention is not to fix problems, but rather to encourage the emergence of new levels of order in mind and body. Practitioners know how to recognize the presence of the Breath of Life in many levels and locations of the body, and use appropriate methods to support and nurture its natural expression.
Our BCST training program blends the development of practitioner skills for subtle sensing with thorough study of anatomy, the autonomic nervous system, trauma, and innovative scientific research. Our programs emphasize personal growth as an integral part of the learning process, creating an experiential and evolutionary approach to learning this work.
Annual BCST Intro
*This is not a pre-requisite for the full training. The dates below are for two separate courses.
October 9-13, 2019
August 5-9, 2020
Upcoming Practitioner Training: Group V
**January 3-7, 2020
March 25-29, 2020
June 17-21, 2020
August 26-30, 2020
November 4-8, 2020
January 6-10, 2021
March 24-28, 2021
May 26-30, 2021
July 21-25, 2021
September 15-19, 2021
**Note that this module of the training doesn't adhere with our regular Wednesday-Friday training schedule. Due to the holiday, we will be starting on a Friday and ending on a Tuesday.
Ongoing Trainings (Enrollment Closed)
July 3-7, 2019
September 4-8, 2019
November 6-10, 2019
January 15-19, 2020
March 18-22, 2020
May 13-17, 2020
July 15-19, 2020
Jan. 16-20, 2019
Mar. 20-24, 2019
May 22-26, 2019
Curriculum & Logistics Overview
CSES Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy training leads to BCST and/or RCST® practitioner status. The training consists of ten modules of five days each, held roughly nine weeks apart. Certification is for 700 hours of training, 350 in class and 350 in supervised independent study.
Price: $820 for each five-day module ($8,200 total). Administration fee ($20/module) is waived for payments received via cash, check, Zelle or Venmo. Tuition is usually paid incrementally, per module.
Instructors: Anna Chitty assisted by Elizabeth Chitty Sandoval
Location: Boulder, CO
Hours: Wed-Sat 9am-5:30pm (with 90 minute lunch) and Sun 9am-2:30pm (with 30 minute lunch)
Module 1: Practitioner Skills: Presence, Relationship and Listening
Module 2: Co-Regulation, Settling, Social Nervous System and Wholistic Shift
Module 3: Working with the Autonomic Nervous System: Anxiety, Depression and Trauma
Module 4: The Reciprocal Tension Membrane system
Module 5: Embryological Forces and the Spine
Module 6: Venous Sinus Drain & Cranial Base Dis-engagement
Module 7: The Face: Ethmoid, Maxilla, & Frontal Bones
Module 8: The Mandible, TMJ & Hyoid
Module 9: Birth Processes
Module 10: Completion