Cranio Sacral Therapy Training

FREE Cranio Sacral Therapy Training Resources

Hello and Welcome,

My name is John Dalton.  If you are reading this I am going to assume you interested in learning to become a cranio sacral therapist and are wondering if it is the thing for you.

In my working life I have been a carpenter, a cameraman, a scriptwriter, I have even been a television presenter. I can say without question that being a cranio sacral therapist is the most fulfilling work I have ever done.

It is challenging, demanding and highly pressured work. It requires
me to be very sharp mentally while at the same time deeply meditative.
It demands a high level of confidence while at the same time being
comfortable with uncertainty. At it’s core, helping people in pain
– physical, emotional or spiritual – is a wonderfully satisfying
practical application of compassion.

My motivation behind Open Source Cranio is making cranio sacral therapy training information freely available to people in developing countries.

For me this is a no brainer as cranio sacral therapy is very effective and doesn’t require any technology to practice. Just a pair of hands.

My intention is to provide improved healthcare where it is needed so badly while at the same time creating jobs for the people who become cranio sacral therapists.

If you are from a developing country and want to learn cranio
sacral therapy I want you to know that I don’t pretend to even
begin to know the challenges you face in this endeavor.
I am counting on you to let me know how I can better tailor this site to help you.

Open Source
I borrowed the term ‘Open Source’ from the computing world where
it is defined as, ‘A model of operation and decision making that
allows concurrent input of different agendas, approaches and priorities.’

The current model for cranio sacral therapy training is to make
the student pay for information and demonstration. There is little
focus on assessment and this has the long term effect of devaluing
the therapy because of inconsistent training outcomes.
Put another way, not focusing on assessment can produce some
very incompetent cranio sacral therapists

With Open Source Cranio I am making my cranio sacral training
information available on this site for FREE.

Do I think you can learn to become a cranio sacral therapist from a website?

Certainly not.

But I do think you can get the same amount of information and instruction
as you would attending a 4 day weekend in a class of 40 with one trainer.

What I think you should pay for is mentorship and assessment.

I hope that other schools will adopt this model and focus more on
assessment and recognition of prior learning.

How To Get Started
To get you started I suggest you read the Training FAQs to get a
better idea of what is involved.

Please leave comments and feedback so I can improve this site.

Wishing you all the best,

John Dalton


  1. Great site! Very sophisticated yet stratightforward. I’ve only had level 1 but I use it w/most massages and love it-esp. when I’m lucky enough to feel the therapeutic pulse, a real thrill-ha! I’m curious how you obtain the “live traffic feed”. And maybe you could put your name further to the top of your site-I had to look for it. BEst wishes-let’s Twitter. PS. my ancestors last name: Antrum. That’s north, right?

  2. Hi there, I am actually trying to find out info. on trigeminal neuralgia and CST. I can’t seem to find anything when I do the search. However googled TN and CST and it lead me here. Can you help? Thanks so much. Jessica Kilbourn

  3. hi john love the information will learn heaps.
    Doing it will Pat Farnsworth and done one and two with upledger still want to learn more.
    Want to ask not all the time but sometimes i get a feeling of sickness and feeling dizzy i feel heat from the person and then this happens my osteopath says i need to protect myself other students have said this, the white light idea does not work for me i have started doing breathing for grounding do you have any ideas please, like i said it comes when unexpected and not all the time. joan

  4. Hi John found this suggestion by a Richard Kirby from Heart Energetics online he does workshops in Sydney, I personally think it comes from my C1 when I overstretch but these are his comments see below. I must admit all sounds a bit airy fairy but look I am open to suggestions. It sounds like your container is not strong enough to hold the space for your clients right now. (In other words your core inner- ground needs to mobilized. This is one of the things we do really well.) His comments. I am thinking about doing his workshop out of curiosity.
    I have also sending my clients to your website as you explain craniosacral really well. And I have mentioned they can leave comments and ask questions; hope this is fine with you.

  5. Hello from Mauritius
    Dear John, I must say your website is a bank of resources that i have yet to tap from! Am training in CST with Al’s group in Mauritius and just completed module 4 with Jacob a couple of weeks ago. I am looking forward to more ‘feeling’ and tuning in the tide.
    Just wanted to comment on what you and Al noted re having non-cst practitioners/mums ‘do’ CST on their offsprings(Sharecare), especially after an incident 2 days ago. My friend’s semi-tamed dog rushed on and around my son and scared the hell out of him. She was only trying to play but may be ‘biting’ in a playful manner. Luca of course was catatonic. My reflex as a mum and cst trainee was hold the chest and help him ‘resolve the trauma’ right there and then. If other mums could do same and with the knowledge where to hold, that would go in line with A’s concerns. On the other hand as a CST proponent, i am inclined to say mums can only have a very loving touch. Yet again that touch can determine if that trauma stays a trauma and makes the body develop conditions /compensations etc.. I am a bit lost here.
    I hope you are getting me. So sorry if my english is not so great and that my comment has been so long.
    Salam (bye bye in Kreol)

  6. john I am interested in learning about CST and becoming a therapist i am in cork and was wondering if you train there and how much is it thanks


  7. Hi john,
    I am very intereseting in learning about CST and gaining a qualification. I am In tyneside in the uk. Are there any courses in the region and how much do this cost. My little girl is 2 and half and has brackycephaly so i would like to learn how to heal her and have an intest in plagiocephaly.


  8. Hello,
    Is there a finished, post production full length DVD available? your clip on you tube was incredible.

  9. Hi John –
    I was recently diagnosed with TN while looking for a holistic approach for relief a friend from my Tai Chi class recommended Cranio Sacral as something I needed to try. My first experience was a bit frightening I was told I have a very high energy level and it was hard to get it to calm down hence the uncontrollable shaking and chills afterward. But that night after my session was one of the best nights sleep I had had in quite awhile. It has intrigued me to the point where I am hunting on how I can train to do this kind of bodywork. I currently teach Tai Chi to a small group. How wonderful it would be to add in CST. I am looking forward to your site and all the wonderful information it has to offer. Brightest Blessings to you for giving this freely to us who are searching for answers!
    Many thanks! Sandy

  10. Hi,

    I am currently a practising sports massage therapist and am alooking at ways to add additional services to my practce. Are there any mentors I can contact in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa so that I can beging this training.


  11. … after days of what seemed like endless googling for training in my area at an affordable fee ~ your link appears … making those searches worthwhile afterall. Thank you for sharing your infomation, experience and wisdom.

  12. Hello Dear Friend ,
    I am very happy after seeing your website , Friend , i am running A Institute for Special children , (MR, CP, Autistic), i need your personal contact number and Email address pplease as soon as possible i need of that.

  13. Hello
    I am interested in your on-line course. I work part time as a massage therapist and am hoping to study a complimentary modality. Craio-sacral work interests me as I find myself doing a lot of work on scalps, cranial areas, lower back and of course neck and shoulders. However, there are no training opportunities where I live in Taupo New Zealand.
    Please let me know if I am eligible for your programme.

    With thanks,


  14. Would like to extend my knowledge of this practice. I love the fact that its none invasive and requires no effort of the person being treated, only MY hands.

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