CranioSacral Therapy and the Immune Response Curriculum
Detailed A&P of the Immune System – Palpation, Mapping, and Application of CST to Issues Caused by Inflammation
Prerequisite: SomatoEmotional Release 1 (SER1)
CSIR: CranioSacral Therapy and the Immune Response
The immune system is involved in every treatment we do as CranioSacral Therapists. If the client is experiencing symptoms, there is some degree of inflammation, and the immune system is involved. It is vital that we, as therapists, learn how to work with this very important system of the body.
In this class, you will learn the anatomy and physiology of the immune system, as well as how to palpate the movement of immune cells in response to the craniosacral rhythm. You will learn to map inflammation in the body – to tell precisely which tissues are inflamed, whether that inflammation is chronic or acute, what parts of the immune system are involved in that inflammatory activity, and to some extent to what the immune cells are responding, all just by feeling their movement in the CSR. You will learn to communicate with the different components of the immune system to help improve their performance.
In addition to expanding your knowledge and awareness of the immune system, palpating the movement of the immune cells is subtle, and learning to do so will improve your palpation skills and increase the effectiveness of your treatments in general.
CSIR class material covers
- functional layers of the immune system
- pathways where immune cells are normally found
- 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.
The prerequisite for this class is SER1
Additional Immune Classes
Each of these classes focuses on how chronic inflammation typically manifests in specific areas of the body. These courses provide an excellent vehicle to learn the detailed anatomy of the body within a CranioSacral paradigm, making the information directly and immediately applicable, and will help you to develop the precision and specificity that was so much a part of Dr. Upledger's work.
Each course covers
- detailed anatomy of that part of the body
- how to palpate those various structures
- recognize if inflammation is present
- treat any inflammation, fascial restrictions, or other problems they may find, using our process-oriented CST approach
Each of these four courses has the SER1 class as a prerequisite and they may be taken in any order.
CSIRTH: CSIR - Palpating and Treating the Thorax: Anatomy, Palpation, Mapping, and Application of CST to Issues Caused by Inflammation in the Thorax (click for video)
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The focus of this class is on the role that chronic inflammation plays in heart and lung disease. By reducing inflammation in the heart and lungs we may hope to reduce the chance of a client experiencing a heart attack in the future. In this class, students learn to palpate and treat all the organs and structures of the thorax.
CSIRAB: CSIR - Palpating and Treating the Abdomen: Anatomy, Palpation, Mapping, and Application of CST to Issues Caused by Inflammation in the Abdomen (click for video)
Seventy percent of the immune system guards the mucous lining of the gut. Inflammation in the digestive tract is very common and can cause a myriad of problems throughout the body. In this class, students learn to palpate and treat all the organs and structures of the abdomen.
CSIRPE: CSIR - Palpating and Treating the Pelvis: Anatomy, Palpation, Mapping, and Application of CST to Issues Caused by Inflammation in the Pelvis (click for video)
The pelvis provides the structural foundation for the entire torso and contains many of the organs of reproduction and elimination. It is one of the areas of the body in which we most commonly find chronic inflammation. In this class, students learn to palpate and treat all the organs and structures of the pelvis.
CSIREX: CSIR - Palpating and Treating the Extremities: Anatomy, Palpation, Mapping, and Application of CST to Issues Caused by Inflammation in the Extremities
The major focus of this class is arthritis and other chronic inflammatory conditions of the arms and hands, legs and feet. In this class, students learn to palpate and treat all the various structures in the extremities.
Palpation Focus Class
CSIR-PRAX: CranioSacral Therapy and the Immune Response: Praxis
Prerequisite: CSIR: Palpating and Treating the Abdomen: Anatomy, Palpation, Mapping, and Application of CST to Issues Caused by Inflammation; and ONE of Abdomen (CSIRAB) or Extremities (CSIREX) or Pelvis (CSIRPE) or Thorax (CSIRTH); either virtual or in-person.
The primary focus of the Praxis class will be the development and refinement of palpation and treatment skills, allowing students to increase their ability to help their clients who are experiencing inflammation in the body. Students will focus on enhancing the precision and specificity of their work, all under the supervision of the instructor. The course is designed to be a synthesis of theory and practice, and an exploration of the ongoing process of moving between the two.
"I use the techniques from this course more than any other course! It is amazing how much this course opened my mind to talking with the different cells of the body!"
"This class had a great influence in shifting my perspective and core beliefs regarding disease. It brought me to truly believe in the power of our immune system and the ability to heal."