craniosacral therapy

Postgraduate Seminars 2016-2017.
(First price is for early bookings. Second price is for late bookings)

To book a place on any of these seminars, please send a deposit of £50 in order to secure your place. Balance is due one month prior to the seminar in order to take advantage of the early bird booking price. Please pay by internet banking. All fees are non-refundable. Please contact the college for an application form, or if you would like any further information.

First Aid (with Alex Braskiewicz).
Sunday 11th September 2016.
£90 (£100)

This is a one day appointed person First Aid Course. The course is open to all - therapists, student therapists and members of the public.

The course provides a First Aid Certificate valid for three years.

Time: 9.30 am - 5.00 pm .

This course fulfils the CSTA’s membership requirements and provides a 3-year qualification.

Alex is an excellent and dynamic teacher. Places will be limited, so please send in your bookings as soon as possible.

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Monday 10th October 2016 £90/£100.

This course is suitable for Cranio-Sacral Therapists who may not have a background in massage, Shiatsu or Osteopathy but who none-the-less would like to have some techniques for working with the musculo-skeletal system in a more robust way to complement their craniosacral work. Techniques will include oscillation, lymph drainage, inhibition, traction and articulation, and are the types of techniques that William Sutherland would probably have learnt from his teacher, Andrew Still.

Monday 7th November 2016 £90/£100.

This course is suitable for Cranio-Sacral Therapists who already have some experience with fascial unwinding. We will explore how partner exercises from the “soft martial arts” of Tai Chi and Shintaido can inform and deepen our confidence with the unwinding process. We will also explore some alternative hand-holds and approaches to unwinding. No previous experience of Tai Chi or martial arts is necessary.

Monday 13th March 2017 £90/£100.

This course is suitable for Cranio-Sacral Therapists who would like to deepen their confidence with facial work by exploring new holds and approaches. We will cover such approaches as: intra-oral holds for the mandible; alternative intra-oral holds for the maxillae and palatines; working with the “transverse diaphragms” of the face; working with the tongue.

Monday 12th June 2017 £90/£100 .

In this course, in addition to the standard approaches to the treatment of First Breath Patterns, we will also explore aspects which are not so commonly considered, including: the treatment of blood shock; the treatment of heart shock; the figure-8 fluid drive, and the importance of the left fibula.

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Transformational Dialoguing in CST: The Welcome Technique - to be arranged.

Andrew will teach his own method for talking with the tissues, “The Welcome Technique”, which can un-stick the most intransigent of stuck places with uncanny gentleness and effortless flow. The technique combines the healing potency of story-telling, the magic of symbolization and the magnificent power of unconditional positive regard in a curiously simple yet exceedingly powerful method, which can be used on the body or off the body in CST; and even beyond CST, to clear the energies of buildings and places, and to send distant healing.
(This course was previously day two of 'Meditation, Emotion & the Transverse Diaphragms')

I use the welcome technique in at least 50% of my treatments and find it astonishingly helpful especially where there is anxiety or trauma around a blockage. I see it as an extension of Levines' theory of staying in a present, resourced place while allowing the body to let go of sometimes powerfully unsettling associations.” (Frances Walker, RCST).

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FASCIAL UNWINDING - £90/£100 with Thomas Attlee

PART 1: The Arm and the Leg - Sun 2nd April 2017 (£90/£100)
PART 2: The Neck and the Trunk - Sun 21st May 2017 (£90/£100)

Fascia is now recognised as having profound and widespread significance for many aspects of health, with numerous research programmes in many therapeutic fields. Its significance was first identified by Andrew Taylor Still (the founder of Osteopathy) in the mid 1800s, but it is only recently that his insights are finally becoming widely appreciated and the value of fascia more fully acknowledged.

“The soul of man seems to dwell in the fascia of the body” - Andrew Taylor Still

  • Fascia holds our physical structure together, maintaining tensegrity
  • It penetrates deep into the internal structure of cells, to the nucleus of the cell.
  • It provides an essential communication system throughout the body
  • It has a vast sensory nerve supply
  • It makes substantial and profound connections with the autonomic nervous system
  • It transmits forces, injuries and restrictions throughout the body
  • It retains memories of injury and trauma (tissue memory)
  • It carries emotional tensions

Woking with the fascia is an extremely valuable process with potentially profound repercussions – whether working with musculo-skeletal injuries, chronic pain and restriction, emotional tension, profound debilitating trauma, or overall integration of the body-mind.

These two seminars will be very practical and interactive days. They will be led by Thomas Attlee, principal of the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy, presenting an approach to Fascial Unwinding that is not generally available elsewhere. Thomas’ unique way of working with Fascial Unwinding provides a profoundly effective means of interacting with the fascia, which can be transformative for many circumstances and an invaluable resource in day to day practice.

For those new to Fascial Unwinding these seminars provide an excellent means of understanding and experiencing this powerful and profound process.

For those already familiar with Fascial Unwinding, they provide valuable further insight, detailed attention to refining skills and deepening engagement, enabling increased confidence in working with fascia and its application within the cranio-sacral process.

“I used to think that Fascial Unwinding was a superficial waste of time. Wow! What a difference!! One of my sessions was one of the most profound Cranio-Sacral sessions I have ever received”

“There was so much useful learning in the day. It has really transformed my understanding of Fascial Unwinding”

“Although I have practised Cranio-Sacral Therapy for many years, I had never encountered Fascial Unwinding before. This is a revelation!”

“I had heard that Fascial Unwinding was superficial and not very relevant. These two weekends certainly dispelled any such ideas. I am so pleased to have discovered this remarkable process.”

“I can’t wait to put all this into practice with my patients”

“I feel that I really understand Fascial Unwinding for the first time”

“I used to find Fascial Unwinding a real struggle, but now it’s suddenly become easy”

“I thought I was doing OK with Fascial Unwinding. Little did I realise how limited my skills were - until now! A completely new understanding!”

“I’ve always loved Fascial Unwinding but now I adore it”

“A really enjoyable and useful day”

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Dentistry and the Cranio-Sacral System (with Dr. Granville Langly-Smith).
Saturday/Sunday4th/5th February 2017.
£225 (£250).

Can you identify primary dental sources of ill health?
Can you distinguish dental and non-dental sources of disturbance?
Do your patients really need the orthodontic treatment recommended by their dentist?
Can you help to resolve TMJ syndrome and other persistent tooth and jaw pains?
Can you trace obscure symptoms of chronic fatigue and debilitation to their dental source?

Granville Langly-Smith is one of those few Orthodontists who, not only understands the cranio-sacral system, but uses it himself as a matter of course with his dental and orthodontic patients. He has practised as a Dentist and Orthodontist for 30 years, integrating an understanding of whole-body mechanics and Cranio-Sacral Therapy into his practice. He runs a specialist orthodontic practice with treatment based on the whole-body approach.

In this course, he will demonstrate how dental malocclusions and crooked teeth can be manifestations of cranial and body distortions, and how orthodontics integrated with cranio-sacral work can produce outstanding results in patients. With the help of slides from his vast library of case histories, he will explain the various dental approaches and describe the progress of various cases. He will demonstrate the benefits of a better understanding of cranio-sacral dental relationships, and the value of referral both ways.

This will be a practical seminar, open to Dentists, Cranial Osteopaths and Cranio-Sacral Therapists, enabling an inspiring and informative interaction.

“Cranio-sacral therapy combined with good dentistry can be nothing less than awesome!”
Dr Dietricht Klinghardt

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Birth, Babies, Children, Mothers (with Thomas Attlee).
Sat 29th April – Thurs 4th May 2017.
£550 (£600).

An inspiring and comprehensive seminar, recommended for anyone wishing to work with babies and children.

We will be exploring:

  • The Birth Process.
  • The effects of Birth Trauma.
  • Engaging with Birth Process.
  • Addressing Birth Trauma, both in children and in adults.
  • A Practical Approach to the treatment of Babies and Children.
  • Management of Babies and Children.
  • Common Childhood Conditions (and less common ones).
  • Getting in touch with Our Own Birth Process.
  • Treatment of Mothers - during Pregnancy, Birth, and Post-Partum.

Thomas has been presenting this course for the past 20 years. There will be contributions from a Doula (birth assistant) or Midwife, and from several Babies and Children. The course will also include:
- Demonstration Treatments
- Video footage of several Births
- Practical Work every day, exploring Birth Process.

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As an osteopath working almost exclusively with babies and children, I work with children every day of the week and have done for the past few years. My paediatric training has been very much ‘on the job’, picking up a bit here and a bit there from the many osteopaths that I have worked with. Although I get good results with my treatments, I had this nagging feeling that perhaps there was something crucial missing from my knowledge bank. The problem was I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and this meant that I was not as confident as I should have been considering my experience.

Thomas Attlee’s course ‘Birth, Babies, Children, Mothers’ was exactly what I needed because it presented the birth process, the treatment of babies and children, and the treatment of pregnant and post-partum mums in a structured, sequential format. By the end of the course, I finally felt like I had all the jigsaw pieces in place.

There were several memorable highlights:

It started with the unexpectedly warm welcome on the first day of the course. I was pleasantly surprised to be welcomed into a group of participants spontaneously introducing themselves and readily entering into very enjoyable conversations. I quickly felt part of it.
After the introductions, we had the chance to explore our own and each other’s birth process - not in words (that came later), but with our hands - feeling the strain patterns through the body and the cranium. One participant shared how exquisitely sensitive her umbilical area was and during treatment she relived in present time what could only have been the shock of her umbilical cord being cut too soon.
We watched a video of three women giving birth which, for those people who have never watched a baby being born, dispelled a lot of misconceptions (excuse the pun). Mums and Dads in the group later had the chance to share their experiences as well.
We had a whole afternoon with a midwife who was also a Cranio-Sacral Therapist and had also given birth herself (a very rare individual) which gave me the chance to ask all the questions I have always wanted to ask but had never before met anyone qualified enough to answer. She brought with her a large flip board of drawings explaining midwifery, together with some Forceps and a Ventouse cap. Her attitude was empowering, reminding us that giving birth is a natural process that the female body is designed to go through without interventions.
Thomas Attlee and his assistants brought in some wonderful books from their private library about some controversial concepts and ideas such as the foetus is conscious from conception and does feel pain, and how the relationship between mother and baby is already established long before birth.
The bonus for me was watching Thomas treat the babies in the demonstration part of the course. The skill and efficiency with which he works can only come from many years of experience. But not only that, Thomas has a unique way of treating. It is a very active process of direct action, disengagement and unwinding that is entwined with love, respect and rapport. The babies loved being treated by Thomas and they visibly relaxed under his hands.
I got more out of this course than I had originally bargained for and I would recommend it to anyone who works with, or would like to work with children.

Tracey Aird.

(This course is part of an ongoing professional training in Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and is offered to graduate Cranio-Sacral Therapists because it seems from past experience to provide a valuable resource not readily provided elsewhere, and much appreciated by the postgraduate Cranio-Sacral Therapists who attend it each year).

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Trauma (With Thomas Attlee).
Fri/Sat/Sun 25th/26th/27th November 2016.
£300 (£330)

A profound and practical exploration of Trauma and how to address it.

In this three day seminar on Trauma, we will be:

  • exploring the Causes, Characteristics, and Nature of Trauma.
  • establishing Practitioner Resources.
  • establishing Patient Resources.
  • exploring and addressing different Levels of Trauma

-in the Tissues
-in the Core
-in the Energy Matrix.

  • developing a well-integrated framework for a practical, resourced approach to addressing Trauma from a broad perspective.
  • integrating the many layers and levels of Trauma in a profound, safe, and effective manner.

CCST graduates are likely to find that this course takes you to new and deeper levels, beyond the basic training. For non-CCST graduates, this is an excellent opportunity to explore and experience the integrated approach taught at CCST.


"This course was fantastic, one of the best courses I've done on anything. I particularly appreciated your unique perspectives and explanations, and the excellent practicals through which we could experience and explore the material. The course was very well organised." (November 2008)

"I found the course extremely useful, very profound, and most impressive. The whole course was also put together with the usual care and attention which the college always gives to its courses. A truly excellent and wonderful course." (November 2008)

"A very good course, with an effective mix of theoretical insights and practice. Excellent course notes. Effective group dynamics. The course has given me a lot on both a personal and professional level. Many thanks." (November 2008)

“Thomas Attlee’s course on trauma was a breath of fresh air. It greatly complemented other post-graduate studies and workshops I have taken, and also worked well as a stand-alone post graduate training for those who had not previously studied this area.
The course struck a great balance between the sensitivity and subtlety required when working in this area, whilst remaining pragmatic and informative. I found the focus on practical processes, both for working with the body and through dialogue with the person themselves very accessible and relevant. There was an ease and lightness that created safety without undermining the profundity of working in this area.

I particularly enjoyed the pace of the course. There was ample time to explore and discuss fundamental aspects of trauma work such as grounding, resourcing for both therapist and client, differing causes and characteristics of trauma, catharsis, and re-traumatisation whilst developing the appropriate skills and knowledge that could be immediately used in CST practice with our clients. These included sites of holding trauma and key contacts to work with these, and processes for working with the manifestation of trauma at different tissue levels from the deepest core fluid levels up to the fascial patterns. This meant that we were equipped with a set of skills that prepared us for working along the trauma spectrum, allowing for minor trauma and the physical patterns of trauma to be acknowledged in amongst the more challenging and psycho-emotional aspects of this work.

The structure of the course allowed a well integrated framework to be available for each of us to work in accordance with our own particular skill set. A comprehensive set of handouts have allowed me to refer back to the infrastructure of the course content to maintain a firm understanding of the factors to consider when treating trauma as it arises in my practice, whether this is overtly or on the non-verbal and subtle levels of the system”

Review of Trauma Workshop at CCST, with Thomas Attlee

Thomas Attlee’s “Trauma” workshop is a mind-altering group exploration, literally “Held” by Thomas. The keyword throughout the course is Equanimity, as Thomas fosters the peace and confidence that encourages us to intellectually expand into some of the scariest areas of health practice.
Group discussion rather than lectures, respected our practitionership, as we discovered and shared new ways of perceiving, accepting and dissolving trauma.
Practical sessions animated the coursework within a trustworthy and contained environment, and a detailed, well researched, and thoroughly structured course framework underpins all.

Conferring in circle, we brain-stormed causes and characteristics of trauma, compiled lists, broadened perceptions and shared experiences and concerns about Trauma. Thomas summarised each session and produced - like rabbits from a top hat - crib-sheets of all we’d come up with - and some we hadn’t.

The ideals of Equanimity and Resources pop up through the whole course, as we realise that clients can only feel safe and grounded, if we have paid enough attention to these in ourselves. (After the weekend there was probably an unexpected rush of bookings for Vipassana courses and Buddhist retreats).
During the practical sessions, we were taken gradually deeper into our own internal landscape, starting with guided meditation, and building to 2 treatments a day, to identify sites of trauma, and accessing different levels of trauma, through treating variously with fascia, cranio-sacral levels, mid tide, long tide, and dynamic stillness.

The traumas that I’d thought about - and assumed would come up painfully – didn’t.  I could remember them, but there wasn’t the expected somatic reaction. Later discussion revealed this to be a recognised phenomenon, not just avoidance or denial, because the memories were really there, but not the excruciating pain. The trauma appeared to have dissolved.
Working with deeper levels - I was surprised by the development of humility, but on the other hand, I got stuff I didn’t expect. Fondly assumed to be petty annoyances, feelings came up of …..intense annoyance, linked to…...deeper yuk.

I really valued the group approach. Everyone contributed, and respected each other’s input. Everyone upheld professionalism, with the notable lack of cynicism, sarcasm or black humour that so often accompanies dealing with scary stuff.
Reflecting Thomas’s standards in training, the high level of honesty and compassion among the participants was impressive. Input from people with specialities was pertinent and helpful, with individuals self-monitoring in order not to monopolise discussions. It was a real pleasure to be part of this training, and uplifting at more than an intellectual level.
I felt like a pioneer in a new landscape, scouted by Thomas Attlee. He holds the course-group, in serene exploration of the mine-field that Trauma can be for health professionals.

Carol Williams

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The College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
9 St George's Mews, Primrose Hill, LONDON, NW1 8XE
Tel : 020 7483 0120
Clinic: 020 7586 0148