CranioSacral Therapy in the South Bay

           Karen Axelrod

           Certified CranioSacral Therapist

CranioSacral classes & workshops


Courses Taught through the Upledger Institute


** NEW Upledger CST Class **

CranioSacral Therapy for Cranial Nerves 1 (CSCN1)

The 12 cranial nerves are a key part of our nervous system and contribute greatly to our wellbeing. They oversee the five senses of smell, sight, hearing, touch, and taste. They help to maintain homeostasis and regulation of our heart rate, breathing, digestion, and blood pressure. They assist in maintaining our equilibrium and balance. New research shows that they play an important role in social engagement, trauma recovery, and human survival in mammalian social groups.

Like any other nerve or physiological structure in the body, cranial nerves can become dysfunctional due to a number of different reasons: osseous or membranous restrictions within the cranium or cervical region; inflammation; injury, disease, or trauma; demyelination; poor intracranial pressure; or poor vascularization and blood flow.

CranioSacral Therapists are in a unique position to be able to directly affect the recovery and function of cranial nerves through their structural and energetic practices. This course focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the 12 cranial nerves, how they might become dysfunctional, and how to help restore function using new and existing techniques derived from Upledger CranioSacral Therapy.

The course carries a prerequisite of CS2. Throughout the workshop, students will receive comprehensive information on the 12 nerves beyond what is covered in other Upledger CST classes. As such, this course provides an excellent optional preparation or support for those moving into or already practicing advanced pediatric CST (CSP), obstetrics CST (CCPB), or The Brain Speaks (TBS) work. Click here for a flyer.
June 3 - 6, 2021 Phoenix
Sept. 16 - 19, 2021  Hartford, CT
Other classes taught internationally in 2021.  Click here for the schedule.
Students and teaching assistants who attended the
CSCN1 class in Dallas November 2018.


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CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1)

In this class, you will learn to:

  • Describe the scientific foundation and principles of CranioSacral Therapy - and why it's the key to relieving pain and dysfunction at their source
  • Identify the subtle craniosacral rhythm and interpret its patterns to accurately evaluate dysfunction and improvements
  • Locate the source of physical problems by traveling through the fascial system
  • Release dural tube restrictions to enhance interactions between the central nervous system and the rest of the body
  • Learn treatment approaches to numerous common ailments such as TMJ dysfunction, head and neck pain, central nervous system disorders and more
  • Put an effective 10-Step Protocol into practice right away
Feb. 4 - 7, 2021  Los Angeles

Mention my name, "Karen Axelrod", when you sign up for CS1 and pay only $595, regardless of when you register. Course fee increases as the run date gets closer. (Does not include classes at Esalen.)
CS1 in North Hollywood, CA -- February 2019

 

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CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2)

In the Upledger four-day CranioSacral Therapy 2 class we study:

  • Sphenoid dysfunctions as diagnosed and treated by Dr. William Sutherland, the "father of cranial osteopathy"
  • Cranial base dysfunctions, the masticatory system, hard palate, facial bones, mandible, and temporomandibular joint
  • Energy cyst release via regional tissue unwinding
  • Facilitated segments in the spinal cord
  • Whole body evaluation, incorporating new material and elements from the 10-Step Protocol

Click here for a full list of CS2 classes taught internationally.

CS2 in Los Angeles -- February 2018


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CST and the Immune Response (CSIR)

In this class, you will learn how to better help the immune system perform its magic. To accomplish that, you'll learn how to palpate inflammation and communicate with different cell types to help improve their performance -- especially when invading microorganisms gain a foothold. Class material covers:

  • Primary and secondary lymphoid organs
  • Innate immune system and its cell groups
  • Adaptive immune system, including B- and T-cells
  • Detailed look at when things go wrong leading to autoimmune disorders, allergic reactions, chronic inflammation, cancer, infection, and more.
April 15 - 18, 2021  Moscow
April 29 - May 2, 2021  Kiev
June 23 - 26, 2021  Brighton, UK

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CranioSacral Therapy 1

In this class, you will learn to:

  • Describe the scientific foundation and principles of CranioSacral Therapy - and why it's the key to relieving pain and dysfunction at their source
  • Identify the subtle craniosacral rhythm and interpret its patterns to accurately evaluate dysfunction and improvements 
  • Locate the source of physical problems by traveling through the fascial system
  • Release dural tube restrictions to enhance interactions between the central nervous system and the rest of the body
  • Learn treatment approaches to numerous common ailments such as TMJ dysfunction, head and neck pain, central nervous system disorders and more
  • Put an effective 10-Step Protocol into practice right away
Feb. 7 - 10, 2019  Los Angeles
Sept. 29 - Oct. 27, 2019  Esalen Institute, Big Sur

CSIR in Trieste, Italy -- September 2018

CranioSacral Treatment Sheet

For current CST therapists . . .  click here to download an easy-to-use treatment tracking form, as used in the Upledger Institute clinic.

 

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What students said

about the CSCN1 class:

  • “This was the best CST course I’ve taken.”
  • “Karen made working with the nerves fun and easy to learn, using the CST paradigm in a way that we can immediately apply to our practices.”
  • “Well researched, beautifully taught.”
  • “Karen totally simplified the cranial nerves and made them very ‘accessible’ for us both intellectually and within our hands.”
  • “This one was great!”
  • “Karen takes very complicated neural information and breaks it down into digestible pieces.”