The Cranial Base - Inside & Out
This course will cover in detail the anatomy of the cranial base and selected treatment methods for this region. The goal is to learn in detail the anatomy of the cranial base including bones, joints, everything that attaches to it from above, everything that attaches to it from below, and everything that penetrates it. Cranial vasculature, cranial nerves, and intracranial membranes will be explored in detail.
A central intention is to develop in the mind of each practitioner a holographic image of the region which can be rotated, zoomed in and out, assembled and disassembled at will.
Assessment methods from previous courses will be reviewed and their application to the anatomy of this region presented.
Treatment methods from previous courses will be reviewed. Detailed application of treatment methods will be offered for membranes, bones, joints, & ligaments. Treatment methods for nerves and vasculature will be introduced, and the course participants referred to Barral institute courses for thorough instruction.
Treatment methods for the bones, sutures and membranes will be drawn from several diverse schools. Since William Sutherland's pioneering work in the first half of the 20th century manual therapies for cranial structures have developed along ever diversifying lines. Each has value. This course will offer several perspectives drawn from several schools.
Teaching methods will include lecture, demonstration, practice in class, and homework. Homework between class meetings will include both practice of methods presented and preparatory reading.
Rather than working through one system at a time, instruction will move between systems drawing connections between them. Each system will be presented first in general form and then over time in graduated increases in detail.
One or more of the following:
*The varieties of functional methods course offered by Jeffrey Burch
*Barral Institute courses to include both VLT & either VM3 or VM4
*Visceral Manipulation for Structural Integrators: Module 4
*Permission from the instructor based on other similar training
Atlas of manipulative techniques for the head and face, Alain Gehin, 1985
Cranial Sutures: analysis, morphology and manipulative strategies, Pick & Graham, 1999
Cranial Nerves: Function & dysfunction,Wilson-Pauwels et al, 2010
In addition each course participant should have one or more good anatomy books
Highly recommended Texts:
Look for used copies, some of these are out of print, and some prices are high.
Vasculature of the brain and cranial base: variations in clinical anatomy, Grand & Hopkins 1999
Cahiers d'anatomie, volume 1, Systeme Nerveux Central, Perlemuter, Waligora & Djindjian
Atlas of Topographic and Applied Human Anatomy: Head and Neck (Vol 1),
E. Pernkopf, various English language editions
A list of additional recommended reading will be offered during the course.
2014 Class Dates & Times
The class will meet one Thursday and Friday, each month for ten months of the 2014 calendar year. There is a summer break July 19th through September 24th. Except for the summer-break, each class-day pair is spaced four weeks apart. The class will meet each day from 9AM to Noon, and from 1:30PM to 4:30PM.
Jan 30 & 31
Feb 27 & 28
Mar 27 & 28
Apr 24 & 25
May 22 & 23
Jun 19 & 20
Jul 17 & 18
Sept 25 & 26
Oct 23 & 24
Nov 20 & 21
The course is limited to 14 students. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.
A $300 deposit payable before December 1, 2013 will hold a place in the 2014 course. The deposit will be subtracted from the first payment due for the payment plan selected.
Tuition Payment plans
Two options for tuition payment plans are available after deposit has been received. For both plans all payments are due and payable on or before the 2014 dates listed.
A. One payment of $1700 due by January 11th.
(Total tuition including deposit: $2,000)
B. Three payments
$600 due 11 January
$600 due 24 April
$600 due 25 September
(Total tuition including deposit: $2,100)
Refunds - see posted policy.