Basic Cranial: Beyond the Rhythm

Head to Tail Cranial Sacral Approach

This four day course takes you on the journey of learning Cranial. We start by learning how to feel the Cranial Rhythmical Impulse. From there we set sail for more adventure. We first travel to the land of "fascia". We discover the membranes in the cranium and spine, and how these membranes are the core link between the sacrum and the skull. Along the way we'll experience an appreciation for the body's facial system and how to release transverse diaphragms in the pelvis, torso, thoracic outlet, and neck. And then we continue our expedition to the cranium.

Date & Times

  • Date

    4 days
    To be announced
    Friday to Monday

  • Class size

    Maximum 8 students

  • Credits

    14 PE CMTBC credits.

  • Location

    Vancouver, BC
    Location will be provided

  • Live class times

    9:00am - 1:00pm
    Lunch 1:00 - 2:00pm
    2:00 - 5:00pm

Want to become more SKILLED at decreasing persistent pain? Needing to REDUCE the amount of wear and tear on your body? Are you looking for a technique that enhances your palpation?  

If you answered "Yes" to any of the questions above, then this in-person course is for you.

What will you learn?


Accomplish better results treating persistent pain that is gentle for the patient/client.

  1. Introduction to concepts of craniosacral
  2. Introduction of basic principles of craniosacral
  3. Enhance your palpation and experience feeling the Cranial Rhythmical Impulse
  4. Explore of methods to influence the craniosacral system

Helpful for people in persistent pain


When your regular Massage Therapy treatments are too painful or "extreme" for sensitive people.  

While people are dealing with persistent pain their nervous system is often highly stimulated with "sympathetic knock" and using gentle cranial-sacral treatments they can settle down their systems. 

Is this course right for me?


These treatments work particularly well on sensitive clients/patients. You will be able to utilize these  treatment methods immediately into your practice. For both assessment and treatment.

Do you have people that come to your clinic and your usual methods are not getting the desired result?

Are you experiencing burnout and sore upper extremity and neck pain from treating all day? This will help take the load off your own body and still offer your clients/patients relief from their pain.


  • You are a registered health care worker such as a Registered Massage Therapist, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor etc.

  • You have be vaccinated for the current Covid pandemic

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Choose to become more effective

This course helps manual therapists learn to palpate the Cranial Rhythmical Impulse (CRI) or Cranial Sacral Rhythm throughout the body. We can use this as a powerful assessment tool to locate areas requiring assistance. You will use light pressures to influence the pelvis, cranium, dural tube and horizontal fascial membranes.



Lead Instructor

Robert Hackwood

A Registered Massage Therapist since 1992, Robert Hackwood - Dynamic Therapist - brings the success of his hands-on treatment and courses to the online arena in a state-of-the-art online program that all therapists can benefit from, regardless of their location. Robert explains:" Therapists can improve outcomes with less wear and tear. These courses help you to work smarter and easier so you can stand apart." Therapists can complete the training in the privacy of their own homes at a pace that works for them, saving time and money.

Robert has been involved with teaching Massage Therapy skills for over 25 years, including Muscle Energy Technique, Craniosacral in several forms, Neuromuscular Therapy, Assessment, Osteopathic Techniques, and more. He has been a teaching assistant for several instructors offering continuing education, taught in 3 different Massage Therapy Colleges, written articles and been involved in the running of the Massage Therapy profession in British Columbia.

What to expect

What amazing information will I see?

  • Theories and principles of Cranial Sacral Therapy

  • Experience palpating the Cranial Rhythmical Impulse (or Cranial-Sacral Rhythm)

  • Review anatomy of the cranium, dural membrane, sacrum and brain

  • Indications and Contraindications

  • Treatment methods for influencing dysfunctions


Pay in one payment


  • Are there CMTBC Continuing Education Credits?

    Yes there are 14 PE for cycle 12 and 13

  • What are the prerequisites?

    • Registered health practitioner
    • Vaccinated for current Covid pandemic
  • How many students will there be?

    This is a limited sized class. ONLY 8 students will be registered for this course. This allows for an excellent teacher : student ratios. Learning to palpate the cranial rhythm is very experiential so having a small class is paramount.

  • Is there a manual that comes with the course?

    Yes, the detailed manual will be provided to you at the workshop.

  • What is the cancellation policy for this course?

    Cancelling 2 weeks prior or more to the course a refund of 50% will be made.

    There are no refunds for cancelling within 2 weeks of the start of the course.

    If you cancel and we are able to replace you in the course you will be refunded the full amount minus $100.00 administration fee.

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