Developer of CranioSacral Therapy and founder of Upledger Institute International dies at age 80

In Memoriam: Dr. John Upledger, 1932-2012, MASSAGE MagazineMASSAGE Magazine has learned that Dr. John Upledger, an osteopathic physician most notably known in the massage-and-bodywork industry as the developer of CranioSacral Therapy and founder and president of Upledger Institute International, passed away Oct. 26, 2012. He was 80 years old.

The announcement was made from Upledger Institute International’s Facebook page: “Sadly, this morning, October 26, 2012, Dr. John Upledger passed away and has begun his next journey. The family is grieving right now and our thoughts and prayers go out to them. Dr. John has made such an incredible impact on so many and we are honored to continue to support his work and carry it forward. We will post information about his memorial service when more is available.”

Upledger, born Feb. 10, 1932, served on the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council for the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. Also, from 1975 to 1983, he worked as a clinical researcher and professor of biomechanics at Michigan State University, according to biographical information posted on Upledger Institute International’s website,

Upledger would later develop CranioSacral Therapy, as well as other complementary modalities, based on his research on the craniosacral system. These modalities are now taught worldwide to health care professionals through educational programs provided by Upledger Institute International.

Among his many accomplishments, Upledger also wrote numerous textbooks and study guides, and more than two dozen research articles.