Biodynamic Cranial

The definition and meaning of biodynamic craniosacral changes depending upon the person or institutions consulted. This definition morphs as each cranial lineage advances its curriculum, marketing endeavors and certification standards.

What is presented as biodynamic cranial work in Todd's workshops is as simple and pure as it was originally shared with him by Bruno Ducoux, D.O. (France).  With the biodynamic approach we learn to palpate the source of health within the client and facilitate the intelligence of health's expression throughout their being. 

Todd Jackson has studied the Biodynamic approach to cranial work with European osteopaths since 1994.  Teaching since 1997, he encourages students with patience, lightheartedness and a generous amount of hands-on guidance.  Class sizes are intentionally small and assistants are employed to ensure students confidently integrate the approach.  Ongoing support is available after workshops via Supplements, Treatment Exchanges, Feedback Sessions and Mentorship.  All workshops occur in Portland, Oregon unless otherwise specified.  Please see the current curriculum offered below.

Read more about Todd's cranial teaching philosophy.

Cranial 1 - Biodynamic Interface

27 CEUs  |  maximum 12 students
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At the heart of any healing modality lies the ability to remain present; biodynamic cranial therapy teaches us how. Come learn this subtle yet extremely potent way to facilitate deep healing.

With the Biodynamic approach, we form a relationship to the health already abiding within the client and facilitate it's expression throughout their entire being.  Their cranial system shows us how to be more present, which enables an intelligent healing potency to express itself freely. Presence unites the practitioner to the natural world, enabling the client to access profound healing resources.

You will learn how to sensitively work with the cranio-sacral system, advance your confidence in subtle palpation skills and experience the profound stillness at the heart of health.  Open to all licensed health-care providers and those enrolled in a health-care training school.

Cranial 1 - Osseous Motility

30 CEUs  |  maximum 12 students

Learn to palpate the subtle undulatory expression (motility) of the bones. We will work biodynamically with the osseous motility expressions to improve health in joint spaces and within individual bones. Learn how to evaluate the bones and joints, report findings to your clients, and facilitate enduring change.

Our bones remain long after we have departed. They are the most physical, enduring aspect of our being. This class will help students learn to remain connected to the grounded, physical expressions of the subtle, etherial cranial therapy realm. In addition to studying the relationships between bones, we will examine how to resolve interosseous lesions, torsions and other disruptions within individual bones.

Cranial 2 - Deepening Quietude

24 CEUs  |  maximum 12 students
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Through stillness, the Breath of Life enters the craniosacral realm to nourish our entire being. 

This intermediate course in biodynamic cranial therapy will carry you deeper into the art and science of Presence.  Using the "neutral" as an access point, we will cultivate a relationship to the process of emerging stillness.  It is this relationship which trains us further in biodynamic cranial work.  This frees us from the limitations of mid-tides, long-tides, embryological and other biodynamic matrices.  Learn to connect to the unified wholeness of life, leaving behind the known, letting go of dogmatic approaches. 

Sustained, personalized teacher to student assistance with awareness, technique and questions. Open to all who have prior training in biodynamic cranial work, with the ability to form "neutrals". 

Cranial 2 - Sutural Harmony

prerequisite: Cranial 1 - Osseous Motility
30 CEUs  |  maximum 12 students

Explore the bevels and pivots of the cranial sutures.  Learn how to harmonize the relationships along sutural lines.  Refine and advance your motility palpation skills.  Recognize, understand and communicate about biomechanical issues all while working biodynamically. 

Unwinding

prerequisite: Cranial 2 - Deepening Quietude
24 CEUs  |  maximum 8 students

When the client's inner body begins to unwind, the physical body often follows.  The practitioner's ability to facilitate these expressions without leading, exaggerating or diminishing them can make a substantial difference in a client's return to health.  Together we will explore how to recognize the first signs of unwinding, how to safely support the client as they unwind and how to dialog with the client about the unwinding process.  Special emphasis will be directed to palpating the source driving the unwinding expressions and helping the practitioner remain at these source locations while simultaneously supporting the client's moving body.

Cranial 3 - Sacred Heart

prerequisite: Unwinding
24 CEUs  |  maximum 8 students

Facilitate deeper intimacy between the heavens, client and earth.  Palpate and integrate your client's central channel while they are vertical and walking.  Resolve issues affecting the transfers between vertical and horizontal inner body movements.  Help your clients resolve issues affecting them personally which are sourced in elements not personal to them.

Cranial 3 - Dissolution and Disappearance

prerequisite: Cranial 2 - Deepening Quietude
24 CEUs  |   maximum 6 students

Deep inner work for the practitioner to help them move along the spectrum of quietude towards Silence. Set aside personal preferences, affinities, motives and desires.   Learn how to remain unruffled, aware and at peace as your sense of self dissolves.  Perhaps even disappear altogether.  As the practitioner becomes less, the healing becomes more. 

Course Content

  • Review the basics of the biodynamic interface: centered, grounded, derma body, inner-body, pineal palpation.
  • Clarify and amplify the Heart-Hand-Hub continuity.
  • Exploring how practitioner motives influence the interface.
  • Learning how to address motives during treatment and beyond the office.
  • Understanding the relationship between hub-swaddling, hub pith and neutral phase shift.
  • Process facilitation via: supine floating, 4:4 interfacing, group field amplification.
  • Working with quietude reservoirs and transits post phase change.
  • Practice of non-dual emplacement via pineal palpation.
  • Practice of merging solid and empty spaces to sample the indescribably undifferentiated.

Biodynamic Cranial Supplements

A number of workshop participants have requested more frequent opportunities to study the approach, ask questions and receive assistance in refining their skills. The Biodynamic Cranial Supplements are offered for sincere and motivated students to advance their interests.

The supplements are open only to those who've completed a prior Biodynamic Cranial workshop. They typically occur on a Thursday from 5:30-9:00pm or a Saturday/Sunday from 2-6pm. Tuition is $100, which includes 60-90 minutes of receiving treatment, CEU's, an opportunity to ask questions about the process, demonstrations as needed, and a healthy amount of hands-on assistance from Todd and assistants.  If you'd like to reserve a spot at this event, please e-mail Todd directly.

This is a great opportunity to brush-up on your skills, get some hands-on feedback to refine your work, and connect with a wider group of people to exchange Biodynamic Cranial treatments.

Cranial Treatment Exchanges

Deeply embed the biodynamic process by giving and receiving this work regularly.  There is no substitute for receiving profound work so you know first hand what is transpiring for the client.  Advancing our skills as practitioners is related to resolving our own inner body challenges; so give and receive at least twice a month.  The Cranial Exchange list will help you keep your skills current and evolving by exchanging treatment with a diversity of practitioners.   Students may opt-in or opt-out at any time.  All those on the list are interested in contacting and being contacted by others on the list to exchange biodynamic cranial treatment.  Only those who've completed at least one of the above workshops may join the list.

Feedback Sessions

At times, practitioners would like one on one help with a particular facet of the work. A feedback session can be arranged so that the practitioner can be observed treating a model client and receive hands-on guidance and instruction.  The number and frequency of feedback sessions are limited, as the practice has limited room, so advanced planning is necessary.  $145 for 60 minutes.

Mentorship

To qualify for mentorship, successfully complete the "Cranial 2 - Deepening Quietude" workshop. Be assessed for mentorship suitability by giving a treatment to Todd. Those who could benefit from more skill refinement prior to mentoring will be given suggestions to assist their cultivation. Those who are ready to begin mentorship will coordinate schedules with Todd. It is recommended to get on the mentorship waiting list early, as only a few mentorships can be completed each year.

Mentorship Process

Meet twice each month to be observed and guided while treating a demo volunteer. Todd will provide the client model.
You will be paired with another person who has successfully completed the mentorship process.
Meet and work with Todd and the model for 75 minutes, twice a month.
Meet individually with Todd twice per month to exchange treatments.
Meet individually with an approved mentorship graduate twice per month to exchange treatments.
Mentorship continues for 6 months.
After mentorship completion, you may be eligible to assist sessions.

There are 75 hours in the mentorship, 45 supervised and exchanging with Todd, plus 30 exchanging with a graduate. Tuition is $3,600.