Cranio for Everybody
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) focuses on the body’s craniosacral system which is made up of the cerebrospinal fluid and fascial membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord and their connection with every structure in the body. Through gentle, non-invasive touch a practitioner releases craniosacral and fascial restrictions to improve the overall functioning of the central nervous system.
In order for the brain to help the body function optimally, it needs the maximum space possible to do its work. CST creates more space for the brain to function, allowing physical and emotional challenges to be dealt with and resolved more easily. CST is very effective for addressing a wide range of medical conditions and emotional difficulties.
Since 2008, Etienne Peirsman's Craniosacral Certification Program has become one of the most sought-after trainings. As a meditator of over 40 years, Etienne Peirsman has developed a unique teaching style over the past two decades that adds an extraordinarily compassionate and meditative depth to the methods used by the Upledger Institute and combines a practical, no-nonsense approach with the biodynamic style. Etienne has been teaching for over twenty-three years, bringing his life experience to the classroom. He has schools in Belgium and the Netherlands and teaches in North America in Escobosa, New Mexico and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington near Seattle. He, along with his late wife Neeto, is author of the book Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Small Children, which has been translated into 7 languages.
Members of the general public can study Craniosacral Therapy with no previous bodywork experience. This program is also excellent for professional bodyworkers, including Massage Therapists, Polarity Therapists, Rolfing practitioners, Acupuncturists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Doctors, and Chiropractors. There is no application necessary for this program.
The first four classes form the foundation from which to build a strong understanding and ability to apply CS techniques and concepts. The classes include Basic Class, Follow-up to Basic Class: Unwinding Meridians Rhythms, Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence and Talking to the Heart and the Birth of Love. Once these four classes have been completed, students may take the remaining courses as time, resources and capability allow. Please, note that there are courses that require permission from Etienne. This simply ensures that each student is ready for the content and will get the full import of the class.
Etienne Peirsman is a biology and physical education teacher who has been involved with emotional training, encounter work, primal healing and meditation since 1974. He began teaching craniosacral (CS) in 1991, and founded several CS institutes in Belgium and the Netherlands. He is the founder and director of PCSA (Peirsman Cranio Sacral Academy) in the Netherlands. He is also the originator of the Cranio Sacral Professional Organization in Holland which began as a result of his students becoming professionals. As a result, he has a grandfather status in that organization and is an honorary member of the professional organization: The Dutch Cranio Sacral Practitioner Association (NCSV). Additionally, he taught CS at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts for nearly a decade.
Etienne is the author of the book Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Small Children, published by North Atlantic Books in 2006. His work encompasses the evolution from a bio-mechanical (Upledger) to a bio-dynamic approach (Sutherland/Sills). His specialty is the expression of the Heart, the long tide and their connection to meditation and enlightenment. He has said “Drop the word therapy. It is not part of who and what we are. Face it, you are perfect and your heart is perfect”.
Tina Vervaeke taught the first 4 classes at Etienne’s schools in Belgium and Holland for over 10 years. She currently teaches Systemic Family Constellations in Gent, Belgium.
The essence of her work is to guide people to more awareness about their emotions, relationships, and patterns. From that insight, there can be healing. She guides them, as it were, to do consciousness fitness. The way is in all simplicity with respect for what is. Less is more is the attitude from which she works. Through the systemic 'perception' during her sessions, the wider picture is shown and what is exposed in the unconscious is brought to light. And this without fuss, straight to the core of the problem, with respect for the resistance. "I connect with the solution and not with the problem."
Education: Tina graduated from the Peirsman Cranio Sacral Academy in 2004. In 2008 she also graduated from the Hellinger Institute as a supervisor of systemic work and family constellations.
Wilko Ledema works as Rebalancer and Counselor. He has been one of the main teachers at the Dutch Rebalancing School for Bodywork & Meditation since 1995. Since 2017 he has the role of senior guest- teacher. Wilko is active as a guest- teacher as well at the Peirsman Cranio Sacral Academy since 2011 where he presents the Psoas Release 1 & 2 modules.
One of his specialties is working with anger and fear, in which he offers yearly short and effective intensives for over 15 years.
With great passion and motivation he also shares his love and over 30 years of experience for working with awareness through the body in his private practice SAMO in Amstelveen, Holland.
Wilko has been trained in Rebalancing, Osho Counseling, Rebirthing, Primal Therapy, Arun Conscious Touch, Arun Thai Healing Bodywork, The School for the Work of Byron Katie.
Lorna Sigourney teaches Intro to Cranio and works in the Inward Bound programs. Following many years’ experience in and around Western Medicine in various capacities, Lorna embarked on a quest for holistic, compassionate, effective practices of healing and wellness. Practices that might be attainable and sustainable for herself, her Beloveds, and all whose lives have been drained by living in a dis-integrated culture. From a very early age, many of us have been culturally programmed to live in denial of our true nature, to perform during all our waking hours in compliance and assimilation: to shut up and shut down. We have all been there - and we seek healing or relief or something that we can’t even put words to in order that we may live ~ really live that seemingly elusive life beyond mere survival.
All that her heart, body, and mind were seeking came together in Peirsman Cranio. This unique and profound approach to our whole Being invites us to return home to ourselves, to become reacquainted with our infinite possibilities, our natural brilliance, individually and collectively.
Lorna became a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Usui Reiki Master in 2007. In 2013, she received the Certification in CranioSacral Therapy at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Santa Fe from Etienne Peirsman. A Level I CST teacher certification was granted following a further four-year internship, making her the only student of Etienne's in North America to achieve this level.