The CSTAlliance is dedicated to promoting and encouraging the beautiful, gentle, healing art of generic craniosacral therapy. We teach hands-on therapists and medical professionals worldwide. Our education programs offer various levels of training; for the hands-on professionals to foster their skills, for the referring physician desiring to learn about the holistic and integrative benefits of this work for their patients, and for the layperson seeking first level training to help in complementary care for their child or other family member or loved one as they continue on their journey of healing and biological evolution.
Each class moves the student along a continuum of learning that includes anatomy, research, references, clinical techniques described in lecture, and hands-on supervised training in practical application of the work. Each class discusses patient types, clinical considerations and treatment ethics around the material presented.
The Craniosacral Therapy Alliance is a continuing education provider with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) #451232-10.
Descriptions of our classes are available at the top of this page. We also offer supplemental classes that cover topics beyond the main curriculum courses. Information on these supplemental classes can be found at the links shown at left.
For a full description of each class, location, dates and costs please visit the individual course page on this website. Payment plans are available for course fees.
We are honored you have selected CSTAlliance as an educational source and we are dedicated to making your class experience exciting, informative, experiential and immediately applicable to your practice and abilities to be of service to others.
We welcome you and thank you for your interest in the CSTAlliance.
"Everyone knows drops are in the ocean, but not everyone knows the ocean is in every drop."
Beginning a new teaching group brings with it challenges in transition that need to be fully outlined and available to students who are trying to make decisions about their future educational needs. What follows is a prerequisite list for the CSTAlliance curriculum.
We have listed the CSTAlliance prerequisites but recognize some students may be coming from other programs and have taken other classes. Those students are encouraged to call our office and speak to us by phone so we can help you find the level of class that is the best fit for you. The CSTAlliance reserves the right to make the final decision about a student's participation and level in our classes and programs.
Curriculum Course Prerequisites
BE1 Basic Elements 1, (The Rhythm and the Dural Tube): no prerequisites
BE2 Basic Elements 2, (The Cranium): BE1
BE3 Basic Elements 3, (The Anterior Cranium): BE2 or equivalent
SE1 Somato-Emotional Elements 1 (Listening to the Body): BE3 or equivalent
SE2 Somato-Emotional Elements 2 (Expressions of the Body): SE1 or equivalent
CADD (Craniosacral Therapy Around Death and Dying): SE2 or equivalent
The Witness Class (Advanced Methods in Stillness): CADD or advanced equivalent
Our classes are new and original but also based on our years of training so they do reflect the best of teachings from Sutherland and Upledger. For example, elements of Upledger's famous ten step and new ideas about anatomy, rhythm motion and in depth training in palpation is explored in BE1 and BE2, Sutherland's lesions and mouthwork is covered in new detail and approaches in BE3, somato-emotional concepts are defined and experienced in new and exciting ways in the somato-emotional elements curriculum in the four classes beginning with SE1 and culminating in an advanced learning of The Witness.
For the supplemental courses "UCST: Understanding Craniosacral Technique" and "ECST: Expanding Craniosacral Technique" the recommended pre-requisite is BE2 or equivalent.
We want to honor and respect your previous and equivalent training and will make every effort to grant you entry into our program based on that learning experience. If you have any questions about which class to take or where you would fit into the program, please call the CSTAlliance office at 603-948-2820.