CranioSacral Therapy for Cranial Nerves 1 (CSCN1)

Prerequisite: CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2), ability to palpate the craniosacral rhythm well, and AT LEAST 25 face/mouth protocols from CS2

CranioSacral Therapy for the Cranial Nerves 1 (CSCN1)

The 12 cranial nerves are a key part of our nervous system and contribute greatly to our wellbeing. They oversee the five senses of smell, sight, hearing, touch, and taste. They help to maintain homeostasis and regulation of our heart rate, breathing, digestion, and blood pressure. They assist in maintaining our equilibrium and balance. New research shows that they play an important role in social engagement, trauma recovery, and human survival in mammalian social groups. Like any other nerve or physiological structure in the body, cranial nerves can become dysfunctional due to a number of different reasons: osseous or membranous restrictions within the cranium or cervical region; inflammation; injury, disease, or trauma; demyelination; poor intracranial pressure; or poor vascularization and blood flow.

CranioSacral Therapists are in a unique position to be able to directly affect the recovery and function of cranial nerves through their structural and energetic practices. This course focuses on the anatomy and physiology of the 12 cranial nerves, how they might become dysfunctional, and how to help restore function using new and existing techniques and protocols derived from Upledger CranioSacral Therapy.

Class Details


"Karen did a stellar job in both presentation and content. This is long overdue. It adds a much-needed dimension to our CST curriculum."

Melinda Roland, MA, PT, LAc, OMD, Dipl-Ac, CST-D, Upledger CST Instructor

"The cranial nerve class was ground-breaking for my practice. Personally, I found it as impactful as when I took my first level of CranioSacral Therapy. Having delicate parts of the brain and cranial nervous system touched and held in such a neutral, intimate way was truly transformative. I recommend this course to anyone wanting to deepen their practice, support their clientele further, and experience true personal healing. The techniques alone, learned in the course, have been transformative for my clients. Thank you, Karen, for sharing your profound wisdom, knowledge, and ability to hold such neutral, grounded space."

Ashley Eden, M.Sc.

"The depth of the course and all the minute details are truly worth learning as part of my expanding world of craniosacral. Try it. You will love it."

Patricia Lowrance, ABT, IAHE Teaching Assistant

"The information presented in this course, and its use in the clinic, is what truly sets us apart from all other disciplines. I feel so fortunate to have been part of this life-changing course."

Donna Bettin, PT, LMT, CST, IAHE Teaching Assistant

"I can see how taking this nerve class will permeate into my sessions, making them more efficient."

Terra McDonald, LMT, IAHE Teaching Assistant

"Learning how sophisticated our nervous system is and learning ways of helping people to feel and heal through its palpation has been fascinating."

Andrea Mills, LMT, IAHE Teaching Assistant

"I have been using the techniques and principles of your cranial nerve class in most of my sessions. Thank you so much for this offering and all you brought to this class!"

Holly Edson, R.N., CST, IAHE Teaching Assistant

"This was such an amazing class, with relevant and key information for any level of CS practitioner. Instructor Karen Axelrod made working with the nerves fun and easy to learn, using the CST paradigm and in a way that we can immediately apply to our practices. This will be a very popular class that everyone will want to take."

Melinda Naye, CMT, CST, Upledger CS1 and Clinical Applications Instructor

"Loved, loved, loved the new CranioSacral Therapy for Cranial Nerves class. As a PT, I have been introduced to the cranial nerves in many different ways over the years, and this class by far exceeds all others. I found it to be the most comprehensive look at the cranial nerves of any class I have every taken. Karen has the ability to break down what can be considered complex material and presents it in a way that is easily understood."

Karyn Quraishy, PT, CST-D, Upledger CS1 Instructor

"This was the best CST course I’ve taken."

Eric Shah, Certified Rolfer

"This truly was an amazing class. Karen totally simplified the cranial nerves and made them very "accessible" for us both intellectually and within our hands. She also let us know that we already know how to work with many of the nerves by way of techniques that we have learned previously. When this class comes close to your area, sign up for it! You won't be sorry!"

Julie Manwiller, LMP, CST, IAHE Certified Teaching Assistant and Study Group Leader

"For anyone who loves to learn anatomy, this is a perfect class! Clear and precise. Karen takes very complicated neural information and breaks it down into digestible pieces."

Flanagan MacKenzie, CST-D, IAHE Certified Teaching Assistant, Study Group Leader & Presenter

"A fantastic, comprehensive look at the role of cranial nerves and how we can facilitate homeostasis for them with CST."

Debbie Gledhill, CMT, IAHE Teaching Assistant

"Be prepared to be amazed."

Donna Hall, MBA, LMT, CST-D, IAHE Certified Teaching Assistant


A truly extraordinary class. An essential class for any serious CranioSacral therapist. I continue to benefit each and every day. My work has moved to a different, deeper level. Just the best class. An excellent experience.

Karen Wrinkle, LMT, CST, IAHE Teaching Assistant

This is a great class to take virtual. She makes great use of the zoom class format. 
D. Brown, HHP, CST-T

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