Craniosacral Level 2: The Bones of the Skull, Face & Mouth (CS13 - 13CS2-12)

  Please register at the door - room 1062. Down the hallway on 1st fl. that has stand up computer stations along it.
December 6th, 2013 1:00 PM   through   December 8th, 2013 5:00 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
ROOM 146
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
Professional after Nov 20 $ 570.00
Bastyr/NIAOM alumni after Nov 20 $ 510.00
BU Staff after Nov 20 $ 455.00
Full time student $ 345.00
Retake $ 150.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience Licensed health care professionals whose scope of practice includes manual therapy, and students in health care fields. All others must obtain instructor permission to attend.
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Other than osteopathy, most manual treatment programs do not address the mobility of the skull bones which is so critical to the health and functioning of the central nervous system. This seminar focuses on a set of techniques for working with the cranium. Cranial work is also very useful in addressing intra-oral, TMJ, and ear and sinus problems. Dec 6-8: Fri, 1-8:30p.m. - Sat & Sun, 8a.m.-5p.m. Instructors: Einat Arian, ND, PhD, CST-D and Nancy Witt, PT, MSW, CST-D. 23 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs. Prerequisite: CranioSacral Therapy - Level 1 at Bastyr CCCE or equivalent

Prerequisites:  Craniosacral Therapy Level 1.

Required Textbooks: Read chapters 3, 4 & 9 of Rhythm and Touch: The Fundamentals of Craniosacral Therapy, by Anthony P. Arnold. And, since you’ll be using the following book in class, familiarize yourself with the layout of An Integrative Approach to Craniosacral Therapy – Cranial Connection, by Faith A. Christensen and Masahiro Takakura ($22).


The focus of Level 2 is on assessment and treatment of lesions in the cranium and facial bones.  A full set of skills to address 16 bones in the cranium will be presented. The techniques build upon and integrate with Level 1 techniques for working with the cranial membranes, as well as the connections within the entire body.

The seminar includes a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice. Healthcare professionals who complete Levels 1 and 2 will have a comprehensive set of craniosacral skills in the biomechanical-structural approach to address restrictions in the body and head. In addition, this seminar provides the necessary skills for massage therapists to apply for Intraoral Endorsement in the State of Washington. Further integration of these skills with a holistic approach to the mind, body, and spirit is presented in Level 3. The seminar includes a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.

Upon completion of this seminar you will be able to:

  • Conduct a basic cranial bone assessment of the head, using movements of the cranial and facial bones to determine restriction patterns in the head
  • Explain the differences between open, fixed and compressed sphenoid lesion patterns
  • Use techniques to correct sphenoid lesion patterns by releasing restrictions associated with the sphenoid lesion pattern from within the body, the dural system or the vault
  • Conduct a basic assessment and treatment of the ethmoid bone, with relation to the bones around it
  • Conduct a basic assessment and treatment of the vomer bone, with relation to the bones around it
  • Conduct a basic assessment and treatment of the maxilla bones, with relation to the bones around them
  • Conduct a basic assessment and treatment of the zygoma bones, with relation to the bones around them
  • Conduct a basic assessment and treatment of the palatine bones, with relation to the bones around it
  • Conduct a basic assessment and treatment of the mandible bone, with relation to the bones around it
  • Conduct a basic assessment and treatment of dysfunction of the TMJ
  • Conduct a basic assessment and treatment of the tongue and the floor of the mouth

This is one of three classes in the non-credit CranioSacral Certificate Program. You can take the class individually or as part of the entire program. To read about the program’s course sequence, requirements and fees, just click on the Program Flier PDF.  

Cost Notes: Receive a discount, register by Nov 20.

Course Notes: It is recommended that you register at least two weeks prior to class start in order to complete the reading assignments (required books can be purchased in the Bastyr Bookstore – call ahead to ensure books are available 425-602-3026). There are 23 in-class hours plus 5-10 hours required reading assignments.

Please Bring:  your binder (for the additional hand-outs that will accompany this class), blanket and a pillow, and the three required books (books for both Levels 1 and 2).  Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.

Meals: Fri - 1/2 hour dinner break - bring a sack lunch and drink.  Sat/Sun -  one hour lunch break - bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr's dining commons.

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room 146. 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.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs, PDAs, CMEs, CPEUs):

CEUs available for NDs (except CA & OR)
CEUs available for LMPs licensed in WA
NCBTMB CEs available for LMPs
CEUs available for ARNPs and RNs licensed in WA
CEUs available for DCs licensed in WA
Category II CMEs available for MDs and PAs licensed in WA
NCCAOM PDA points available for LAc’s
CEUs pending approval for LAc’s licensed in CA
CEUs approved for PT/OT's 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.