As you learn about modalities in massage school, you may already be considering what techniques you would like to learn more about and specialize in once you launch your massage practice. One such technique is CranioSacral Therapy.
There are several different ways to approach training in CranioSacral Therapy. The method you choose will depend on how you wish to use CranioSacral Therapy. This, however, may change over time, and you may find yourself being drawn to use CranioSacral Therapy in other ways. Fortunately, CranioSacral Therapy training programs are out there to serve the specific needs of practitioners at any given time and throughout the course of their careers.
For some people, training in CranioSacral Therapy is the main door into the world of complementary care, noninvasive healing, touch therapy and energy work. In other words, these people are not approaching CranioSacral Therapy with certifications in other forms of touch therapy or health care. In many cases, people who gravitate toward CranioSacral Therapy in this way aim to become professional practitioners of this method alone.
For this segment of the population, as well as all others who receive training in CranioSacral Therapy, the process begins with a basic course in the method. Those who then wish to open practices or seek employment where they provide only CranioSacral Therapy would then likely continue their CranioSacral Therapy education to become certified in the most advanced skills.
Another approach to training in CranioSacral Therapy comes from those who are already trained in one or more other methods of touch therapy or specific forms of health care. These people may be professional practitioners of skills ranging from massage therapy, bodywork and energy techniques to nursing, chiropractic care and naturopathy.
Among this segment of the population, the chosen approach to taking classes in CranioSacral Therapy can vary. Many of these people may simply be looking to add a complementary technique to their current clinics and practice studios. For example, a chiropractor might like to be trained to provide his or her clients with CranioSacral Therapy in certain cases where it may be beneficial.
The same goes for practitioners of other forms of complementary health care, except that some massage therapists and bodyworkers may have an added reason to seek training in CranioSacral Therapy. Besides the ability to offer CranioSacral Therapy to those clients who might benefit from it, getting trained in this method also gives massage therapists and bodyworkers who practice more physically demanding modalities a chance to give their bodies a break.
This is because CranioSacral Therapy requires only a light touch-around 5 grams, or the weight of a nickel. Therefore, when a client comes in for a session of CranioSacral Therapy, or when the practitioner chooses to weave a bit of CranioSacral Therapy into a session routine, it is a chance to use a lighter touch.
As mentioned, the way in which this segment of the population approaches training in CranioSacral Therapy tends to depend on personal factors. There may be those who feel that just taking basic classes in CranioSacral Therapy is enough, while others may choose to go up the ladder and earn more advanced certifications.