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Inside the Cranium

Date Location Price
4 - 6 November 2014 London Bridge £395

Most basic A&P trainings reach the head but don’t take you too deeply inside the cranium. While not all modalities need this information, it is obviously useful if you are a craniosacral practitioner, a student within the Upledger CranioSacral programme or have a need or desire to find out a bit more about the anatomy of the noddle!

This is one of our courses that we are especially passionate about. Because we practice therapies that use this information in detail we can be quite specific about its usefulness. It is also unique in the UK as there are no other courses, that we know of, that focus on this anatomical area and incorporate the real specimens and functional application to bodywork. Every student we have spoken to since doing this course has said how much better they feel they have become as a practitioner.

We will spend the first two days exploring and learning about all the basic structures. While the naming of the (complex) parts is, well, complex, we aim to explain how and why things are named and therefore make them easier and simpler to relate to and remember. Again, we are thrilled and honoured to be able to include a day in the dissection room to put a previous two days of theory into true 3-d.

What will we actually do?

Day 1: The Bones and Connective Tissues

Gently holding a real skull in your hands you will be introduced to the bones, details of the ways they articulate, the meninges, the foramina, fissures and fossas (holes, crevices and dips!), connective tissue and fascial features. This will include the naming of parts as well as increasing our understanding of the inter-relationships of different structures.

Day 2: Blood, Fluids, Nerves and Muscles

We will cover, in reasonable detail, the blood supply to the head and its drainage, along with production and reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid and its function. We explore how the cranial nerves exit the skull and spine and the structures they supply. Then we complete the picture with the attachments and actions of the muscles of the jaw and upper neck.

Day 3: Seeing Inside the Cranium

After all that, you will be ready for a day in the dissection room examining the structures already discussed, using a variety of pre-dissected cadaver specimens. The review gives another chance to absorb the information and seeing everything in location will greatly increase your understanding of the practical approaches to working with the tissues of the head and neck.

Do I need this course?

Despite the fact that I am biased, I would say that if you work with any kind of cranial techniques then YES! Any approaches that call for us to listen to where we are pulled in the body and be specific in how we our respond to that pull can benefit from an ever increasing understanding of the anatomy. Of course it is a lifetime’s learning drive but this takes you on the motorway for a good few junctions! Because of the structure of the programme and the hands-on nature of much of it, both relative beginners and more studied participants say they have really benefited from the information - it takes you to your next level.

What previous participants have said...

  • 'Have greatly enjoyed the course. I feel quite privileged to have been able to be in the dissecting room and look around the museum. Thank you for a great weekend.'
  • 'I will try out your other courses – it’s great to be able to connect it to complementary work.'
  • 'Have really enjoyed it and have a lot of info to digest!'
  • 'Looking forward to more.'
  • 'I have gained so much information and really enjoyed the last few days. Really nice people too! I will definitely be back for more. Thanks!'

This course will be presented by Caroline Barrow at the London Bridge, Guy’s campus of King’s College University. Please note the course is not affiliated to the university in any other way.

Want to see how much you know? Have a look at our quizzes: Outside the Cranium & Inside the Cranium

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