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What is Biodynamic Craniosacral?

The foundation of Biodynamic Craniosacral is embodied awareness, deep listening and a receptive touch. We are

present and connected to our own body as practitioner and with the client’s body, and through that embodied presence and receptive touch, we listen and allow the body’s inherent movement and innate wisdom to express itself. It's not about fixing or using an active force as in many modalities. The trauma and emotions that the body holds will release when the person feels safe and deeply heard.


Do you need to do the courses in a specific order?

It is recommended but not required to do the Embodied Awareness course first. The Embodied Awareness and Core Practices courses are a requirement for taking the Deepening Your Perception course. The Core Practices course must be taken first before the Jaw and Neck course.


Why is it important to do the Embodied Awareness course early in the training?

The foundation of practicing craniosacral work is the ability to be solidly present within your body and to listen on a deep level. The Embodied Awareness course provides you with these skills.


Can I begin practicing after Core Practices?

Yes, you are encouraged to practice immediately after taking the course; how you improve and learn is through practice. You will learn how to work on the cranium, spine and sacrum in the Core Practices course. That is not to say you are fully equipped to practice craniosacral after one level. Each course is designed to add another piece to the puzzle and support you in becoming a more outstanding craniosacral practitioner.


Can I transfer to another date or location if I am unable to attend?

You can transfer to another course date or location after paying the relevent transfer fee, as long as it is 14 days before the course begins. See cancellation policy for details.


How are each of the courses structured?

Each course includes: Hands-on practice (Approximately 85% of course), lecture on anatomy, physiology, trauma and theory, embodiment practice and sharing of personal experiences.


Do I need to have a background in bodywork or healthcare in order to attend the courses?

No. Anyone can participate in the Embodied Awareness or the Core Practices course. In fact, many students who excel with craniosacral work are those with no previous background in bodywork. They have nothing to unlearn.


Will I be certified after attending the course?

After each course level you will receive a certificate of attendance.  In Australia as in much of the world, craniosacral is not recognized by the respective governments. This influences your ability to offer health rebates directly for craniosacral without having a certificate in another area, such as remedial massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, etc. Any school offering a certification or diploma is only recognized by that school or association it belongs to. The two craniosacral associations in Australia are not recognized by the Australian government.


Can I receive CPE’s for attending each course?

Most associations in Australia have historically offered CPE’s for attending courses offered by the Craniosacral Institute Australia. You will need to contact your association to confirm how many hours are offered for each particular course.


Do I need to do Core Practices if I have already attended a craniosacral course at another school?

Yes, every craniosacral school in Australia teaches different information. What is learned at Core Practices forms the foundation for all the other courses. The exception to this is the Deepening Your Perception course which does not require completing the Core Practices course.


Do I need a massage table in order to attend?

It is necessary that each course have a sufficient number of tables. Not everyone needs to bring a table but if you have one you should bring it.


Can I get liability insurance for practicing craniosacral work in Australia?

Yes, there are several insurance companies that cover craniosacral with or without an association membership. Please contact the Craniosacral Institute Australia for details.

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