CST – The Basics

Carol Gray Loves SkullsDue to COVID-19, we are making decisions about whether to hold or reschedule our classes about a month in advance of class start dates. In some cases we are deciding more than a month in advance. Students who are registered for in-person classes are required to agree to and abide by the Carol Gray Center for CST Studies COVID-19 Safety Protocols.

Classes listed below may say they have waiting lists. Some of them actually have openings. We are suspending registrations for them in order to accommodate people who are registered for classes that will be or that already have been rescheduled.

We encourage you to contact us if you would like to be placed on a waiting list for any class. Our Waiting List Policy.

Please feel free to check in with us before registering if you have questions.

$1050 USD
21 hours – three days
9:00 – 5:00 Wednesday – Friday
All classes are taught in English
All classes are taught in Portland Oregon

December 1-3, 2021 – waiting list
April 13-15, 2022 – waiting list
August 24-26, 2022 – waiting list

CST – The Basics Class Description:
This class is the required prerequisite for the CST – Beyond the Basics class.

This class is the perfect next step after the three-day Subtle Hands-On Skills class. It’s a general Craniosacral Therapy class for people who want some tools for treating adults (not babies, not children, not pregnant and new mothers). The skills learned in this class may be combined with what you already know and do or may be used as an effective stand-alone healing practice.

Subtle Hands-On Skills with Carol Gray is the prerequisite for this class.

In addition, students must be licensed, certified or student health professionals (CNM, CPM, DC, DO, IBCLC, LAc, LDEM, LM, LMT, MD, ND, NP, OT, PA, PT, RN, etc.) or otherwise legally entitled to practice touch therapy. Students may also register if they have instructor approval. Ask me.

While not required, students are encouraged to receive at least one craniosacral therapy treatment prior to taking this class.

In this three-day class we will learn how to apply and refine the basic assessment and treatment tools learned in the earlier class(es) with me. We will learn how to detect dysfunction and restore balance in the Craniosacral System and beyond. This class includes lectures, demonstrations and lots of hands-on practice. You will learn how to palpate, evaluate and treat the anatomical components of the Craniosacral System if your assessment leads you there.

In this class you will NOT learn and memorize a recipe-driven treatment protocol. You will deepen your skills for determining when to treat, where to treat and how to treat. You will become increasingly familiar with what, anatomically, you are treating. You will also fine-tune your ability to determine when a treatment is complete. In order to maximize learning success class enrollment is limited to six students.

The Reading List for This Class

By the end of this three day class you should be able to:

  • Describe the historical and theoretical foundations of the work
  • Effectively communicate with clients and potential clients about the work
  • Identify, describe and palpate the anatomical components of the Craniosacral System
  • Palpate the Craniosacral Rhythm anywhere on the body
  • Monitor the Craniosacral Rhythm and employ other assessment tools to determine a treatment plan as you go
  • Use gentle release techniques to facilitate mobility and restore balance in the Craniosacral System and beyond
  • Deepen your anatomical knowledge of the structures you are treating in the body
  • Work from your heart
  • Provide effective, healing CST treatments for adults

What’s next? After this class you are eligible for:

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