Prerequisite: Varies from none, to CranioSacral Therapy 1 with horse experience, to SomatoEmotional Release 1 and EcoSomatic Equine 1 (ESE1)
These courses have been developed for CranioSacral Therapists to have direct experiential contact with equines. The best way to appreciate the benefits of Equine CST is to Experience Equus - what it is to be (a) horse.
When we open our minds, our hearts, and our hands, we have the potential to gain a deeper, inner understanding from which empathy, concern, and respect for nature ensues. We offer our healing hands to them, the horses. In return, they teach us, allowing us the opportunity to experience ''what is'', in constant connection with both our personal internal environment and the external environment that surrounds and encompasses us. As we engage with and observe these magnificent, sentient, emotional beings, we become open to new ways of ''seeing.''
These workshops provide an opportunity to enhance our non-verbal communication skills, to study body language, and to explore energy bubbles and boundaries, in addition to learning CranioSacral techniques for equines. It is the hope of these courses to facilitate ''what is'' to come into our hands...connecting heart with hands with heart.
EcoSomatics Equine Introduction (ESEINT)
This 2 day class provides an opportunity for horse owners and lovers to learn the basics of CranioSacral Therapy and how to apply to their family and their equine friends.
CranioSacral Therapy: EcoSomatics Equine 1 (ESE1)
Pre-requisite: CST training and experience for humans with horse experience and a desire to offer CST to horses, or equine professional background without CST (human) training or experience or special permission from Instructor and/or Satellite and recommend receiving prior CST sessions on self (at least 3).
This class provides an opportunity for participants to develop and expand their non-verbal dialoguing skills through the exploration of inter-species communication. Therapists learn to listen with their hands, their hearts, and their inner wisdom. Course content includes introduction to equine anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics, as well as CranioSacral techniques for horses. Theory and practical application is included. Participants receive lectures in the mornings, with afternoon practice sessions entirely on horses. Course syllabus includes: Introduction to CST, CranioSacral Rhythm, Listening Stations, Tissue Release, Fascia/Connective Tissue, Fascial Diaphragms and techniques, Cranial Vault anatomy and techniques, Intracranial Membrane System and Spinal Membrane System, Dural Tube, Musculoskeletal System, Scapula, Sacrosciatic Ligament, Equine Behavior, Energy and Awareness, Safety around Horses, and more.
CranioSacral Therapy: EcoSomatics Equine 2 (ESE2)
Pre-requisite: ESE1 + recommend completion of 75 equine treatment sessions after completing ESE1 + confidence with palpation of CSR in equines; differentiating between stillpoint and significance detector and variability and depth of each + recommend receiving prior CST sessions on self (at least another 3) requirements after completion of ESE1.
This class provides an opportunity for Equine Professionals and/or CranioSacral Therapists to continue to explore and expand their equine CST skills and interspecies communications. Course material is more in depth, and techniques learned in Level 1 are reviewed, expanded upon, and augmented by techniques to include sutures, neural pathways, and kinetic chains. Course syllabus includes: Craniofacial Junction, Facial bones & techniques to release sutural restrictions, Stomatognathic system, Thoracic sling and suspension, Sternum and Rib techniques, advanced Sacrosciatic Ligament release techniques, Hyoid Apparatus, Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), Nuchal ligament and Regional Tissue Release of Cervical Spine, Fascial Glide techniques, Stay Apparatus, Extremity anatomy and techniques, and more.
CranioSacral Therapy: EcoSomatics Equine 3 (ESE3)
Pre-requisite: ESE2 + recommend continued equine treatment sessions to gain experience using techniques learned and sensitivity in palpation and skills + recommend receiving continued CST sessions on self.
This class provides an opportunity for Equine Professionals and/or CranioSacral Therapists to continue to explore and expand their equine CST skills and interspecies communications. Course material is more in depth, and techniques learned in Level 1 and 2 are reviewed, expanded upon, and augmented by techniques to include deeper look at equine biomechanics and more especially the neuromusculoskeletal system, and the profound effect of Equine CST. Course syllabus includes: Facilitated Segments, Energy Cyst Release, Posture vs. Conformation, Cranial Nerve anatomy, function, and techniques to restore balance and function, brachial plexus, lumbosacral plexus, and nerve releases, more in depth look at the workings of the pelvis and relationship to stifle and hock, and more.
CranioSacral Therapy: EcoSomatics Equine 4 (ESE4)
This class provides an opportunity for Equine Professionals and/or CranioSacral Therapists to continue to explore and expand their equine CST skills and interspecies communications. Course material is more in depth, and techniques learned in Level 1,2, and 3 are reviewed, expanded upon, and augmented by techniques to include a deeper look at the equine nervous system - central, peripheral, autonomic (sympathetic & parasympathic) and the stabilizing and rebalancing effect of Equine CST. Course syllabus includes: central nervous system (CNS), autonomic nervous system (ANS): sympathetic nervous system (SNS) aka "flight, fight, or freeze", parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) aka "rest and digest", and peripheral nervous system; gaining an understanding of how CranioSacral Therapy impacts the nervous system as well as accessing the nervous system via the CranioSacral system: fascia, myofascial connections, cranial vault, intracranial membrane system, vagosympathetic trunk; and working with emotionally and physically traumatized horse.
CranioSacral Therapy Clinical Applications: EcoSomatics Equine (CAESE)
This course is designed to help you hone your expertise in blending with equine clients by learning to better understand and read their individual and discipline specific needs; fine tune your assessment, palpation, and treatment skills; learn to incorporate the facility environment, the owners and/or trainers into the treatment session as needed; and to work in a multiple therapist therapeutic setting, including that of lead therapist. The small group setting will help you gain insights to using your time and energy most efficiently, prioritizing therapeutic treatment protocol. You will have the opportunity to review the material of your choice and participate in in-depth group discussions with your instructor, colleagues, and trainers. A different equine facility may be visited each day in the program, including the opportunity for demonstrations for different disciplines (such as roping, barrel racing, race track, dressage, hunter/jumper - depending on program location).
Recent Testimonial about the CAESE Program:
"Dear Upledger Institute,
After attending the Clinical Applications of EcoSomatics Equine (CAESE) I felt compelled to share my experience. Sandra Howlett, DC, CST-D, CAC, EFLC, and her co-facilitator, Brad, presented an amazing program containing a large number of horses of various ages from 1 month to over 30 years of age. Also presented was a look at the various disciplines and the specific stresses on the equine body.
This was truly an extraordinary experience. It broadened my view of the horse and the possible dysfunctions that can be present. Kudos to Sandy and Brad!
Joan Hillerts, OM, NCTMB, CST"
Equine CranioSacral Therapy (Germany)
ECS1: Equine CranioSacral Techniques 1
ECS2: Equine CranioSacral Techniques 2
ECS3: Equine CranioSacral Techniques 3