To complement the MASSAGE Magazine article, “CranioSacral Therapy for Pain Relief,” by John Matthew Upledger, in the February 2012 issue. Article summary: Like massage therapy, CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle and effective tool to have in a therapist’s set of skills for pain relief. Individually, the two approaches help provide relaxation and pain relief, both of which are necessary in the promotion of internal healing. Applied together, however, massage and CranioSacral Therapy can open up a whole new depth to the healing process and treatment of clients.

by John Matthew Upledger

Upledger Institute International (UII) is a health-care resource center respected worldwide for its comprehensive CranioSacral Therapy education programs, advanced clinical treatment options and unique outreach initiatives. Founded in 1985 by John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., UII is credited with developing and teaching CranioSacral Therapy to more than 100,000 practitioners hailing from more than 100 countries.

Today, UII offers a wide range of CranioSacral Therapy Trainings and two levels of certification, techniques and diplomate. Programs range from the core curriculum CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release to many adjunct and application classes, such as CranioSacral Therapy Applications for Conception, Pregnancy and Birthing to BioAquatic Exploration and Dolphin Assisted Therapy.

Among the additional course studies available are multi-level programs focusing on CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics as well as Sensory Integration. Other specialty classes include Unwinding Meridians, Imagery and Dialogue; CranioSacral Therapy and the Immune Response and CranioSacral Dissection. In all, Upledger’s CranioSacral Therapy curriculum includes more than 30 workshops and new research and applications are being explored every day.

In fact, one of the themes of the Upledger Institute International’s Beyond the Dura Research Conference in April 2012 is “Exploring the Future.” There will be several speakers and a panel discussing the latest and possible future applications of CranioSacral Therapy.

Upledger’s CranioSacral Therapy I (CSI) workshop lays the foundation for all of this subsequent work. In CSI, participants learn the scientific foundation of CranioSacral Therapy, develop finely tuned palpation skills, identify the subtle craniosacral rhythm and interpret its patterns to accurately evaluate the source of physical problems. Students practice a 10-step protocol to release restrictions throughout the body, and discover effective approaches to common ailments, such as TMJ dysfunction, head, neck and back pain, central nervous system disorders and more.

To help ease participants’ budget concerns, UII offers CranioSacral Therapy Certification programs for as little as $100 per month.

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John Matthew Upledger is the CEO of Upledger Institute International. For 25 years he has been actively engaged in all aspects of the organization, from education to clinical services. His strict adherence to delivering high-quality continuing education has solidly positioned the organization as a leading provider of manual therapy education.