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Craniosacral Programs with Lauren Christman

lauren-christman-2.jpgThe Therapeutic Training Center is pleased to host the Craniosacral programs and classes taught by Lauren Christman, LMT, CCST, CBSI/KMI. These programs and classes, initially developed by Ursula Popp, LAc, VCST, CC, is based on the philosophy and methods of A. T. Still and William Sutherland. The approach is also deeply influenced by the work of John Upledger, Hugh Milne, Jean-Pierre Barral and select biodynamic approaches.

According to Ursula Popp, "Lauren Christman graduated from my program in 2003, has assisted me in many classes, and was very instrumental in supporting my program when I started on my own (after I left the Milne Institute). Having her step into my program and continuing it could not be more fortunate. I am very grateful and excited to know that she will continue what I started, crafting it with her own unique signature."  For more information about Lauren, please see her Instructor Biography by clicking HERE.

"Lauren is a strong example of a great teacher. Her ability to combine a rigorous intellectual approach with gentleness, warmth, nurturance and safety was amazing. She brought a tremendous amount to this group with her ability to give space to everyone so that we all felt able to be who we were and learn in our own style and pace without feeling 'less than.'" ~ Fiona Palmer, UK

About Craniosacral: Craniosacral therapy has evolved from roots in manual osteopathy into a method to a gentle, effective mode of treatment for people of all ages and conditions. Using our clarity of attention and depth of listening, we support and guide the body toward balance. Treatment focuses on the fluid body, which bridges the physical, emotional or spiritual dimensions. Craniosacral is centered in stillness and witnessing the unfolding patterns of health, first through the fluid body (the “Tide”) and then further into the dense body.

"I find the most marvelous thing to be the intelligence of the "Tide" expressing itself in the patient as I treat. The process of healing that occurs under my palpatory gaze amazes me. If anyone wants to be inspired in their quest for health, they should have the opportunity to look at how the body heals itself." ~ Paul Lee, DO

Perceiving and working with this intelligence requires a foundation in structural anatomy, particularly of the cranial bones, membranes and central nervous system, and a thorough appreciation of the functional nervous system: the sympathetic and parasympathetic responses to safety, stress and overwhelm. Together, structure and function are expressions of our health and intelligence as human beings.

Engaging and freeing the body's self-healing capacity is the goal of craniosacral treatment methods. These methods are gentle – usually accomplished with light touch – and keenly directed – using on-going assessment and simple interventions to invite change. Each session is a creative dance with the integrated body-heart-mind of the client.

About These Craniosacral Programs: These programs integrates two primary branches of craniosacral therapy: biomechanical and biodynamic. Students learn a variety of perceptual skills, foundational anatomy and physiology, assessment methods for local and systemic imbalances, and treatment approaches for each of the three ‘tides’. Additionally, students are encouraged and supported in deepening their self-understanding and self-care practices – fostering the personal maturity and presence that this subtle work requires.

 alt=Ursula Popp: Recognized as a leader in Craniosacral Therapy education and progressive hands-on healing modalities, Ursula Popp offered state-of-the-art classes for healthcare professionals. She brought to the classroom over 20 years of experience in the field of healthcare and personal development and her expertise in Counseling, Coaching, Craniosacral Therapy, Acupuncture, East Asian Medicine, Zen Meditation and Spiritual Mentoring. Ursula retired in 2017 and has turned her program over to Lauren Christman to continue beyond 2017.

"Ursula is an amazing teacher who approaches this modality with heart and a passion that is absolutely infectious. It is the perfect place to build a sense of community and an acceptance of what is. I am deeply grateful for this and very happy to have been part of her program." ~ NB



Classes and Programs (click links for details)

Registration and class details are provided in individual class descriptions and programs.

Next Core Series and Certification programs will begin November 3, 2021.



Craniosacral Calendar (click on class titles for details)

Dates Class Title CE Hrs
Nov 4-7, 2020 2020-2021 Core Series: Class 1 28
Dec 7, 2020 2020-2021 Core Series: Integration Day 1 7
Jan 14, 2021 2020-2021 Core Series: Integration Day 2 7
Feb 24-27, 2021 2020-2021 Core Series: Class 2 28
Apr 8, 2021 2020-2021 Core Series: Integration Day 3 7
Apr 9-11, 2021 Freeing the Axial Skeleton: Myofascial Balancing for Craniosacral Therapists 21
Apr 30-2, 2021 Craniosacral Introductory Workshop 21
May 12-15, 2021 2020-2021 Core Series: Class 3 28
Jul 8, 2021 2020-2021 Core Series: Integration Day 4 7
Jul 9-10, 2021 Unwinding the Birth Pattern: For Infants and Adults 21
Aug 11-14, 2021 2020-2021 Core Series: Class 4 28
Sep 24-26, 2021 Craniosacral Introductory Workshop 21
Oct 8-10, 2021 Visceral Listening: Enhancing the Motility of the Organs 21
Nov 3-6, 2021 2021-2022 Core Series: Class 1 28
Dec 6, 2021 2021-2022 Core Series: Integration Day 1 7
Jan 20, 2022 2021-2022 Core Series: Integration Day 2 7
Jan 21-23, 2022 Supporting the Brain – Concussion, Migraine and Centralized Pain 21
Feb 9-12, 2022 2021-2022 Core Series: Class 2 28
Apr 7, 2022 2021-2022 Core Series: Integration Day 3 7
Apr 8-10, 2022 Tending the Therapeutic Relationship: Healing Dynamics, Boundaries and Selfcare 21
May 11-14, 2022 2021-2022 Core Series: Class 3 28
Jul 7, 2022 2021-2022 Core Series: Integration Day 4 7
Jul 8-10, 2022 Unwinding the Birth Pattern: For Infants and Adults 21
Aug 17-20, 2022 2019-2020 Core Series: Class 4 28
Oct 14-16, 2022 Visceral Listening: Enhancing the Motility of the Organs 21
  • Green Colored Classes:  The 2020-2021 Core Series is the current set of classes, which began on November 4, 2020.
  • Blue Colored Classes:  The 2021-2022 Core Series is the new set of classes, which will begin on November 3, 2021.

Note: Students can start with the Core Series and decide to certify at some later point or directly enter into the certification program from the beginning.  All classes are from 9:30am to 5:30pm.



Craniosacral Introductory Workshop

lauren-cs-class-2a.jpgThis class introduces basic Craniosacral techniques and provides the analytical understanding of the related anatomy, physiology, and pathology including the core link between the cranium and sacrum, the cranial wave, and individual cranial bones. In addition to the technical and analytical learning, students will practice techniques to develop sensitive hands, an open heart, and the inner stillness needed to apply this work. At the end of this class, students will have the foundation for cranial therapy, including the theories, the personal presence, the ability to perceive the cranial rhythm, and the most fundamental hands-on techniques in Craniosacral therapy. This class is a pre-requisite to the Craniosacral Certification Program, Core Series, and some Elective courses.

Class Details and Scheduled Classes



Craniosacral Core Series Next Core Series begins November 3, 2021.

lauren-cs-class-3-2-.jpgThe Core Series serves as the cornerstone of Craniosacral work. It provides instruction and practice of the most important tools—stillness and presence, as well as the hands-on techniques, anatomy and physiology related to this work. Students will learn to perceive the cranial wave, mid tide, and long tide, and they will learn to use them fluidly to address systemic as well as localized conditions and client concerns. Students will practice activities to develop their communication skills, intuition, and ability to perceive the client’s overall energy and health. Students complete the Core Series as a cohort, developing bonds that allow them to explore this work deeply and safely. Students receive a certificate of completion upon satisfying the requirements of the program. This 8 to 10-month training consists of:

  • 4 Core Classes, each 28 hours over 4 days (112 hours)
  • 4 Integration Days, each 7 hours (28 hours)
  • 45 Client Records (90 hours)
  • 2 two-way exchanges with fellow students between each class (9 hours)
  • Total of 140 in-class clock hours

Prerequisite -- Craniosacral Introductory Workshop or permission from Instructor.

Program Details (click links for details)



Craniosacral Certification Next Certification begins November 3, 2021.

The Certification Program is expressly designed for students who want to dedicate themselves to developing Craniosacral therapy as a primary modality in their practice. It offers a highly focused, in-depth training with the exploration, supervision, and feedback necessary for students to develop a full Craniosacral practice with competence and confidence. Being certified also allows the practitioner to market themselves with a tangible credential. Upon certification, with their permission, Crafted Touch lists practitioners on its website as part of its referral network.

lauren-cs-class-1a.jpgThe Certification Program moves students beyond the foundations of protocol-driven treatments to a wider range of treatment possibilities, and fosters the skills of moment-to-moment decision making as well as the depth of presence that prepares them to accompany their clients through their discomfort, pain, and pathologies toward genuine healing. The Core Series provides the foundation of craniosacral knowledge and application; the Elective Classes enable students to expand their technical and interpersonal skills following their own interests. The added time and study allows for deepening into the work within a supervised and collegial circle – honing intuition, personal depth, and their trust in their healing abilities.

Certification Program requirements are as follows:

  • 4 Core Series Classes, each 28 hours long over 4 days (112 hours)
  • 4 Integration Days, each 7 hours (28 hours)
  • 4 Electives, each 21 hours long over 3 days (84 hours)
  • 45 Client Records reviewed (90 hours)
  • 2 Case Studies (50 hours)
  • 16 two-way exchanges with fellow students (24 hours)
  • 10 professional sessions received (15 hours)
  • Successful completion of 3 exams (6 hours)
  • Required readings
  • Study time
  • Total of 409 hours of class and extra-curricular activities (not including reading/study time)
  • Total of 230 in-class clock hours

Prerequisite -- Craniosacral Introductory Workshop or permission from Instructor.

For optimum learning, students are asked to complete Certification within 24 months of completing the Core Series.

Certification begins either with the start of the Core Series or students may elect to start with Core and switch to Certification at any point.

Program Details (click links for details)



Elective Classes

lauren-cs-class-5.jpgThese unique classes are designed to enhance and expand any practitioner's ability to work with clients.

Class Details and Scheduled Classes

  • Elective Class Descriptions
  • Some classes require students to either take the Introductory Workshop or receive Instructor permission to attend.
  • Anyone who has previously taken these classes within the past 5 years is eligible to review them at a reduced price of $225 for 3-day classes (regularly $410).
  • The following are the scheduled Elective classes: