Craniosacral Therapy for Concussions: a two-part series

With Michael Shea, PhD, author and educator

February 14-17 and June 13-16, 2019  •  Saratoga Springs, NY

Students registering for this series will be expected to attend both seminars.

Please find an overview of Michael Shea's approach to Biodynamic Cardiovascular Therapy on here.

Part 1.  Craniosacral Therapy for Concussions: Balancing the Cranial Base

Thursday-Sunday, February 14-17, 2019

The prevalence of mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) has increased 70% in the past decade, especially in younger people, not just athletes. The long-term consequences of MTBI can include physical and cognitive impairments throughout the lifespan.

In this module we will explore techniques for the cranium to relieve the effects of head injuries and impact trauma to the upper extremities. Rebalancing the bones and membranes of the head and neck via the sphenoid, mandible, ethmoid and occiput will be explored.

We will also work with facial trauma, which causes mandibular whiplash, as well as impact injuries that create sutural dysfunction in the cranium.

The following therapeutic skills will be taught:
 • Multiple protocols for the atlanto-occipital joint space (AOJ).
 • Blending traditional craniosacral therapy with the cardiovascular system.
 • Identifying and relieving specific restrictions in the occipitomastoid suture.

Part 2:  Craniosacral Therapy for Concussions: Balancing the Cerebrovascular System

Thursday-Sunday, June 13-16, 2019

Michael's newest craniosacral therapy program on this topic will explore the cerebrovascular consequences of impact trauma to the face, neck and head. Restrictions in the cardiovascular system coupled with soft tissue restrictions from mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) will be explored. New craniosacral therapy skills for the arteries of the head and neck will be introduced.

Recent research shows that concussions decrease blood flow to the brain, indicating both short and long term physical and psychological consequences.

Students will learn to work with the effects of concussion and mild traumatic brain injury now all too common in everyday life and throughout all age groups. Specific protocols designed to increase proper circulation in the brain and neck will be taught for the carotid, subclavian and vertebral arteries. This includes new palpation of the temporal bones and the internal carotid arteries.

The following therapeutic skills will be taught:
 • New craniosacral therapy protocols for the cerebrovascular system.
 • Increasing blood flow to the brain.
 • Identifying and relieving specific vascular restrictions in the cranium and neck.

This series is open to any craniosacral therapist. You will gain a very effective set of tools that you can apply to a wide variety of impact traumas, whether from car accidents, falls or sports injuries.

Course Prerequisites

Course modules may not be taken individually; please plan to participate in the complete two-part series.
- Previous training in craniosacral therapy, regardless of model, is necessary.

Continuing Education Hours

This two-part series will provide a total of 49 Continuing Education Hours for NYS Licensed and NCBTMB-certified massage therapists.

Hours and Location

- 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Thursday - Sunday (ending at 3 pm on Sunday), February 14-17 and June 13-16, 2019.

Hyatt Place Saratoga/Malta
20 State Farm Place
Malta, NY 12020

Within minutes of historic Saratoga Springs, where there are numerous hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, shopping, yoga studios, parks and Saratoga's famous springs. Find information at

Northway/Rt. 87 Exit 12 • 10 minutes from the center of Saratoga Springs • 20 minutes from Albany International Airport • 25 minutes from Albany/Rensselaer Train Station • 12 minutes from Saratoga Springs Train Station.

Group hotel discount available at the Hyatt Place, just $99 per night!  Use code G-TBGB / SMERF for February 2019. Click here for direct link to Hyatt discount in Feb. • Shuttle between Albany Airport or Saratoga Train Station and the hotel is free with 72-hour prior notice (phone Hyatt at 518•885•1109).


Tuition for this two-part series must be paid in full prior to Part 1 in February. 
Payable by check or PayPal (below).

• $150 nonrefundable deposit is required to hold your place now. No exceptions.

• $1300 Early Bird price (includes $150 deposit) paid in full by January 1, 2019.

• $1400 Regular fee (includes $150 deposit) paid in full between January 1 and February 1, 2019.

• $1500 Walk-in fee payable in full on first day of the training, February 14, 2019.

Cancellation policy

Refund, minus $150 nonrefundable deposit/administrative fee, given only for cancellation request received no later than 30 days prior to the start of Part 1 in February.

To Register

Please complete our registration form here and pay deposit by check or PayPal.


Checks may be made payable and mailed to:

Turtle Back Craniosacral
21 Pine Robin Rd.
Greenfield Center, NY 12833

Or make a secure online payment with PayPal.
(Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to use this service.) 

Please choose your payment from the drop-down menu below: 

    • Nonrefundable Deposit, required: $150.
    • Early Bird balance for series by 1-1-19 (after deposit): $1150.
    • Early Bird series fee in full by 1-1-19 (includes deposit): $1300.
    • Regular balance for series after 1-1-19 (after deposit): $1250.
    • Regular series fee in full after 1-1-19 (includes deposit): $1400.

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