CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2)

Moving Beyond the Dura for Assessing Acute and Chronic Conditions

Prerequisite: CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) and thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol.

CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2)

Prerequisite: Professional healthcare practitioner, student in healthcare program or graduate awaiting licensure/accreditation with experience in sensitive, light-touch palpation, successful attendance in CranioSacral Therapy 1 (CS1) and a thorough working knowledge of the 10-Step Protocol. Course participants typically include a variety of healthcare professionals, including massage therapists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, speech therapists, athletic trainers, midwives, nurses and more.

CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2) greatly expands the work learned in CS1 and completes the biomechanical CranioSacral Therapy training. The hands-on sessions will focus on cranial base dysfunctions, the masticatory system-hard palate, mandible and temporomandibular joint, whole body evaluation and the energy cyst with regional unwinding.

CS2 Course Highlights

  • Cranial-base dysfunctions as assessed and treated by Dr. William Sutherland, the originator of Cranial Osteopathy. These strain patterns can produce profound full-body effects.
  • Review of the 10-Step Protocol.
  • Adverse strain patterns of the face, to include: nasal bones, zygomatic bones, maxillae, vomer, and palatines. Stressful patterns of the bony face can cause a myriad of issues related to the face, throat, intracranial membrane system, the entire body and physiological systems.
  • Arcing is an assessment technique used to locate primary strain (lesion) patterns. Advanced CS practitioners use this assessment technique most often for its accuracy and speed.
  • Regional Positional Tissue Release is used to locate body positions that are most helpful in releasing lesion patterns. It is an elegant and efficient treatment process.
  • Facilitated Segments are spinal cord areas that can cause debilitating issues. Using a process to locate these segments and then treat them is essential to a CS protocol, especially when working with clients experiencing chronic issues.
  • Fascial Glide is an assessment technique used to precisely locate fascial lesions. If more than one lesion is found then a process of determining the primary lesion will be used.
  • Discussion of adaptation of CS technique for children.
  • How to effectively integrate techniques from CS1 and CS2 into treatment sessions of any length, or in combination with other modalities.
  • Discussion of SomatoEmotional Release.

Learning Objectives

  • Build the foundation to understand the craniosacral system and study techniques to effect change
  • Discuss and describe the anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system and its relationship to illness, pain and dysfunction
  • Practice and refine your light-touch palpation skills to access subtle restrictions in the body by focusing on the cranium, sacrum, craniosacral rhythm and related soft tissue
  • Evaluate and treat sphenobasilar lesions and bones of the hard palate as they relate to the craniosacral system
  • Discuss application of craniosacral techniques for children
  • Demonstrate and evaluate the fascial segments
  • Demonstrate and evaluate arcing, fascial glide, dural tube and listening stations
  • Demonstrate energy cysts, definitions, clinical significance
  • Demonstrate regional tissue release
  • Demonstrate facilitated segments


"Highly recommend this (CS2-V)! I did CS2 virtually, then followed up with the in-person class and feel I learned, retained and joined the dots SOOOO much more than just doing the in-person class."

C.L. Bean

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