Biodynamic CST Foundation Training Curriculum


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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)