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Upledger CranioSacral Classes

Courses Taught through the
Upledger Institute

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.

March 16 - 19, 2024  Brisbane, Autralia 

June 20 - 23, 2024  Sieroslaw, Poland

Sept. 22 - 25, 2024  Online


CSCN1 in Kiev, Ukraine -- October 2020


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

None currently scheduled.  Please click here for other offerings.

Mention my name, Karen Axelrod, when registering for a CS1 course. Course fees typically increase as the run date gets closer. Call 800-233-5880 to ensure you receive the best discounted rate, often as low as $595.  


CS1 in San Diego, CA -- June 2021

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

Nov. 21 - 24, 2024  San Diego, CA

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CS2 in Los Angeles -- February 2018


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.

Mar. 21 - 24, 2024  Brisbane, Australia

Oct. 10 - 13, 2024  Palm Beach, Florida


CSIR in Brighton, England -- October 2021


CST Techniques Certification Applicant Preparation class

The one-day class will prepare you for the process of taking the Upledger CST Techniques certification exam. While not designed as a complete academic review, this class will help you learn your strengths and, therefore organize your next steps in learning. The more you prepare academically prior to this class, the more you will integrate your knowledge during the class.

This class offers a unique opportunity to: 

  • Ask questions about the three CST Techniques Certification exams and practice sample tests.

  • Learn what subjects are particularly important for you to focus on when studying for certification.

  • Gain insights into how to best utilize your time in preparing for testing.

Dec. 7, 2024  Online  Course fee: $200

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