Turtle Back Craniosacral Education
 with Margery Chessare, LMT, BCST, RCST    PLLC

Biodynamic CST Foundation Training Curriculum



Year One

  • Basic principles of Biodynamic craniosacral therapy
  • Mindfulness, presence and self-regulation: challenges and self-discovery
  • Vocabulary of BCST and its applications
  • Three-dimensionality, fluidity and slowing down
  • Early development of embryo
  • Ergonomics at the table
  • Zones of perception
  • Basics of cell biology and the immune system
  • Compassion and the therapeutic relationship
  • Processes of healing
  • Palpation skills
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Transverse diaphragms and the breath
  • Respiratory diaphragm
  • Psoas
  • Cranial bones, ventricles and dura

Year Two

  • Pregnancy, prenatal development and birth
  • Vagus nerve
  • The fascia
  • Digestive system - early and adult
  • The organs and visceral work
  • Enteric nervous system
  • Social nervous system 
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Neuroscience and psychology - how recent research informs the practice of BCST
  • Epigenetics and potential
  • Heart development and working with the cardiovascular system
  • Cervical nerves
  • Embryonic development of face and cranial nerves
  • Treatment approaches to face, neck, cranium

Year Three

  • Cerebrospinal fluid
  • Brain structures
  • Sutherland’s Fulcrum
  • Cranial venous sinuses
  • Trauma treatment - understanding different approaches
  • Viscerocranium
  • TMJ dysfunction, whiplash, concussion
  • Anatomy of the jaw, mouth, tongue
  • Intra-oral work
  • Cranial nerves
  • Metabolic fields
  • Self-assessment
  • Final projects as required for BCST certification (optional)