SomatoEmotional Release 1 (SER1)

Full Range of CranioSacral Therapy Tools for Supporting Gentle Trauma Resolution

Prerequisite: CranioSacral Therapy 2 (CS2) in-person class or equivalent; and reviewing, assimilating and applying what was presented in CS2. This course is intended for licensed or certified healthcare professionals.

"What does it mean to hold space for someone else? It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgment and control. Holding space is a key part of what we do in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy: being in neutral, supporting the client’s intuition and inner wisdom, creating a safe space – rather than trying to fix, give advice, judge, or even to know."

Dr. John E. Upledger

SomatoEmotional Release® is a manual therapy process developed by Dr. Upledger that expands on the core principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the body of the residual effects of past trauma and negative emotional experiences. By gaining a deeper understanding of the self-healing paradigm at the core of Upledger CranioSacral Therapy, you’ll learn how to support the body to do what it knows how to do best: heal itself.

In SER1, we introduce an unbiased communication method based on curiosity, openness, and imagery that helps therapists to become neutral, non-judgmental facilitators in another person's healing process. Therapists learn to support clients, as clients become more mindful about their own body-mind-spirit and start to access deep, self-healing resources.

As a student in SER1, you’ll embark on a journey of discovery and transformation that will not only impact your clients, but also enrich you personally. You will learn about the physiological and psycho-emotional mechanisms of disease, and will participate in hands-on and verbal exercises to facilitate the SomatoEmotional Release process. SER1 offers applications designed to enhance results using CST and other complementary therapies.

SER1 Course Highlights

  • Assess and mobilize the Avenue of Expression, a network of more than 10 structures, including the thoracic inlet, hard palate, tongue, and hypoglossal tissues.
  • Explore the concept of the Inner Physician and learn to connect with your own inner wisdom.
  • Work with clients’ images and belief systems through a non-confrontational, non-judgmental communication process.
  • Explore how suppressed emotions trapped in the body may create resistances and barriers, and may be inhibiting complete structural releases.
  • Demonstrate how to integrate hands-on techniques with verbal dialoguing skills and other methods that emphasize self-healing.
  • Release blockages in the body’s many energetic systems, including chakras, meridians, and vectors.
  • Refine therapeutic presence, listening, and comprehension skills.
  • Practice locating and releasing Energy Cysts.
  • Improve palpation and whole-body evaluation skills.

Class Details


"SER is where you really learn CranioSacral Therapy - you take the training wheels off."

Tim Hutton, UII Instructor

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This course is offered for 2.4 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level)

Contact hours and more complete CEU information is available online.

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