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

Suggested Links and Resources

Colleagues and Organizations

Cranial Intelligence

A practical guide to Biodynamic Craniosacral education by Ged Sumner and Steve Haines, authors of the book Cranial Intelligence.  Great information and links to more, based on the authors' clinical experience and teaching of the work all over the world. Their wiki is a phenomenal resource, complete with a Biodynamic craniosacral glossary and photos of many of the contacts we use.

Michael Shea Teaching

Training in Biodynamic Cardiovascular Therapy

Michael J. Shea is one of the preeminent educators and authors in the fields of somatic psychology, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy.  He presents seminars throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Craniosacral Research and Case Studies

This blog was established by Samantha Lotti, BCST, a colleague who has built a library of research and case studies on craniosacral therapy. We are grateful for this collection designed to provide practitioners of craniosacral therapy as well as the general public with a one-stop location for all craniosacral therapy research published online to date.

The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America


The Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA) is a non-profit organization supporting practitioners and schools of the biodynamic model of craniosacral therapy, as developed by Franklyn Sills, in the lineage of William Garner Sutherland, DO, and others.

The Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK

The Association's work is focused on maintaining high standards of education and competency in the UK. The website provides good resources, including useful information on the basics of craniosacral therapy.

International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings

IABT was founded in 2006 to support and develop the work of schools teaching a biodynamic approach to craniosacral therapy. IABT promotes quality, innovation and responsibility in the design and implementation of biodynamic craniosacral therapy education and practice.

Ellen Mossman: Craniosacral Therapy and Education

When Ellen isn't teaching in the east for Turtle Back Craniosacral, she's offering classes in the Bay Area, CA.

Ryan Hallford: Street Smart Craniosacral Blog & the Craniosacral Podcast

What a great thing craniosacral educator Ryan Hallford of Texas is doing for students of craniosacral therapy around the world! You can find his podcast series, which includes fascinating guests, on iTunes or at the link above. Similarly, Ryan's blog is intelligent, thoughtful and thought-provoking.

Ginger Crisenbery: 3rd Coast Craniosacral


Biodynamic Craniosacral education in Chicago with our good friend Ginger Crisenbery, BCST.

The Milne Institute Inc.


Milne Institute Inc. offers training in Visionary Craniosacral Work™.  Classes are based upon the work of the third-generation Scottish osteopath and author The Heart of Listening, Hugh Milne.

The Upledger Institute International


Founded by Dr. John Upledger, the Institute has become a healthcare resource center recognized worldwide for its varied education programs, particularly in the field of craniosacral therapy, as well as advanced treatment options and outreach initiatives.

Relevant and Complementary Resources

Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute

The Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute™ is a non-profit, educational and research organization dedicated to the worldwide healing and prevention of trauma. The Institute provides professional training in Somatic Experiencing® and outreach to under served populations and victims of violence, war and natural disasters. 

NICABM: The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine is a leader in the field of mind-body-spirit medicine, providing continuing education for health and mental health care professionals for over 20 years.  Excellent teleseminars offered at a very reasonable cost.

Chronolab Atlas of Human Embryology

Online interactive study of the first eight weeks of the developing human being.

UNSW Embryology


An amazing Wiki site designed to allow interactive development of Embryology resources and information. Incredibly comprehensive; includes animations and timelines.

How the Body Works: About Kids Health

This is an animated, interactive atlas of child anatomy and physiology. Designed for caregivers to help parents and families see and understand how organs normally work, and how they are affected by illness.  Great teaching tool for craniosacral practitioners, too.

The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health

The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health focuses attention on the life-changing discoveries being made in the first period of human development from preparation for pregnancy through the postpartum period and establishment of breastfeeding.

Searching for the Mind with Jon Lieff, MD


Are you aware that the bulk of current scientific knowledge has been discovered in the past ten years? And that many of the most original results have appeared in the last year? Can you imagine where we will be ten years from now? This blog is intended to be an exploration of a paradigm shift in the scientific understanding of the connection between mind and the material world. Posts look at scientific discoveries, as they appear, in the fields of neuroscience, animal behavior, microbiology, molecular biology, evolution and biophysics, and explore their relevance to the emerging view of mind as an integral aspect of nature.

Yoga Life Style

Since 1996 Yoga Life Style and Bheka Yoga Supply have provided ethically-sourced, animal-friendly yoga supplies for class, yoga therapy, and bodywork. The Bheka bolsters and cushions provide perfect support for both craniosacral therapist and client. Our favorites are the Tadpoles and Salamanders. (See photos here.) Therapists qualify for wholesale discounts. Contact owner Ray Greenberg: email Ray.