The Gentle Touch: Craniosacral Therapy for Family & Friends (CS14 - 14GENT12)

December 6th, 2014 8:30 AM   through   December 7th, 2014 5:00 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
See location under description.
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
General Public $ 195.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni $ 175.00
Full-Time Student $ 95.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience General public, full-time students, massage therapists, naturopaths, nurses
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Craniosacral techniques are safe and easy to use. Craniosacral therapy brings balance and improves health by working with the structures around the central nervous system (i.e., bones of the spine and skull), as well as the fascia system (the continuous membrane throughout our entire body). Learn how to feel the craniosacral rhythm that permeates all parts of the body, and use techniques to work with muscles, joints, arms and legs, as well as several key areas in the abdomen and chest. This class has been created due to the numerous requests from those who wish to use these techniques with friends and family, but who aren’t eligible to take our craniosacral courses offered to health practitioners. Dec 6-7, Sat-Sun, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Instructor: Nancy Witt and Einat Arian. (14 CEUs)

Description: The craniosacral system and its different structures will be discussed , as well as the fascia system and its critical role in health and well-being of an individual, from the specific to the whole body. We will discuss structures in the head that are part of the craniosacral system (however, the course will not include techniques for working with the structures of the head).

You will learn to work with single muscles, groups of muscles, joints and extremities, as well as several key areas in the body. These include the sacrum, pelvis and diaphragm, as well as some areas of the ribcage and neck.

Additionally, you will learn to recognize and assess the craniosacral rhythm at various points in the body, and use it as an assessment tool. Several techniques for balancing parts of the craniosacral system will be taught (dural tube glide and still point).

This course will be a mixture of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice.

Upon completion of this seminar you will be able to:

  • Describe the function of the fascia
  • Use your hands to treat the craniosacral (CS) system
  • Assess and treat restrictions in the muscles, joints and extremities
  • Assess and treat restrictions in the body diaphragms
  • Describe the basic elements of the CS system
  • Assess the CS rhythm
  • Induce a still point in the CS rhythm
  • Perform a dural tube glide

Optional Books: "Cranio Sacral - Fascial Correction", author: Farth Christensen & Masa Takakura and "Rhythm & Touch" by Arnolds

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room # 55. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

Audience: The seminar content has been designed for licensed health care professionals; however, the general public is invited to attend as well.

14 Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

CEUs available for NDs (except CA & OR)

CEUs available for LMPs licensed in WA

CEUs available for ARNPs & RNs licensed in WA

Instructors: Classes may be team taught by both Einat Arian and Nancy Witt. However, there will be classes where one instructor teaches along with the assistance of a TA.

Einat Arian, ND, PhD, CST-D, earned her first doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1997. She conducted research and lectured in the field of neuro-physiology, and has written several publications in peer-reviewed journals in those fields. In 2006 she graduated from Bastyr University with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Einat has been practicing naturopathic medicine in Seattle, with an emphasis on craniosacral therapy and homeopathy.

She studied craniosacral therapy in Bastyr’s continuing education program under the guidance of Dr. Nancy Soliven, completing the certification program at the Diplomate level from Integrative Body Institute (IBI). In 2007 she began working as a teaching assistant for IBI, and also completed IBI’s teacher training and mentoring program.

Einat deepened her craniosacral studies in advanced osteopathic and pediatric techniques with Dr. Faith Christensen. She also studied Dr. Christensen’s vis-palpation techniques using craniosacral in a naturopathic practice to individualize supplement and remedy selections for patients. Einat studied pediatric craniosacral therapy under Etienne Peirsman.

Einat has a private practice in North Seattle where she sees people of all ages, including many pediatric patients.

Read more about this instructor at her web site:

Nancy Witt, PT, MSW, CST-D, graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, and in 1981she earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington.

In the past 40 years she has worked in a variety of settings as a physical therapist, clinical educator and medical social worker. As a physical therapist she has worked with people of all ages.  As a social worker she has specialized in end-of life care, women's issues and critical care. She has also trained as a childbirth educator under Penny Simkin, and as a birth doula and lactation counselor with Seattle Midwifery.

She first studied the Upledger method of craniosacral therapy in 1990, blending it into her 20-year physical therapy practice. Beginning in 2007, Nancy deepened that practice by going through the Integrative Bodywork Institute (IBI) classes through Bastyr's continuing education program under Dr. Nancy Soliven. In 2008 she began working as a teaching assistant in Dr. Soliven’s craniosacral classes, and certified with IBI at the Diplomate level. Following this she completed a teacher-training mentorship with IBI and began teaching craniosacral classes for IBI.

In addition to IBI, Nancy has continued her craniosacral studies with Dr. Faith Christensen in the area of advanced techniques and pediatrics. Most recently she has completed additional pediatric craniosacral therapy with Etienne Peirsman at New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe. Nancy's practice in craniosacral therapy is currently is in Snoqualmie.