Upledger’s CranioSacral Therapy 10-Step Protocol

Learn more about how CranioSacral Therapy can help you.

The late Dr. John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M. developed  CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release. To learn more, go to YouTube and Subscribe to I.A.H.E.’s Upledger CranioSacral Therapy 10-Step Protocol. Clink here to watch the YouTube.


My deepest love to Dr. john Upledger and appreciation of source material and credits: International Association of HeathCare Practitioners I.A.H.E.

© 2016 Claude Barrett, LMT, MTI, CST – All Rights Reserved.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle,hands-on approach to improve the quality of life. It helps to release deep soft-tissue tensions and pain and to restore the whole body’s health.

To understand a bit more about CranioSacral Therapy and how it helps, we need to know a little bit about the craniosacral system itself. This is a very general overview of the system. In general the craniosacral system is like protective membrane for the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). The central nervous system is protected by the bones of the skull (the cranium), the vertebrae of the spine, and the tailbone, (the sacrum). Inside of this bony outer boundary are the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and make up the craniosacral system.

The outermost layer of membrane is called the dura mater, it is the membrane that lines the inside of the cranium and extends down the vertebral canal around the spinal cord. It has very few attachments within the vertebral canal that allows movement of the spine, and then the dural membrane extends and securely attaches again on the tailbone, the sacrum. The dural membrane creates the watertight, outermost boundary for the cerebrospinal fluid, which supports the entire weight of the brain and spinal code.

The other two layers of craniosacral membrane system is the arachnoid mater and pia mater, all together the 3 layers are called the meninges.

Just like the respiratory system and the cardiovascular system, the craniosacral system is a physiological system that has its own rhythm. This rhythm, or cycle of expansion and contraction is created by the production and reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid with in the meninges. The cerebrospinal fluid’s volume with in the system is constantly changing; it is rising and falling at a rate of about six to twelve cycles per minute. This rhythmic motion helps to circulate cerebrospinal fluid through out the craniosacral system.

This rhythmic motion, pumping of the cerebrospinal fluid through out the system helps to provides nutrients to the brain and spinal cord, removes metabolic waste products, acts as a shock absorber, creating buoyancy to reduce the effects of gravity on the brain and spinal code, also it maintains an environment that supports good nerve functions throughout the body.

A soft-tissue restriction could cause any number of problems including chronic pain, headaches/migraines, visual and auditory, motor coordination and endocrine and immune system issues, scoliosis, learning disabilities, chronic fatigue, and other health concerns.

Medical science had previously believed that the bones were fused together by adulthood. We now know today, that this is not the case.

A CranioSacral Therapist knows how to evaluate movement of the craniosacral system to detect restrictions, and thereby support their release and return to neutral. CranioSacral therapy is a gentle hand-on-modality that works closely with the body’s own inner-wisdom to help facilitate improvements in functioning, by releasing these restrictions which in turn helps the body’s own healing processes. A CranioSacral Therapist can help keep your nervous system and your entire body functioning at its best.

A Blessing Be.

Claude Barrett, LMT, MTI, CST

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Now in Garland\Richardson AREAS of Texas

Also for more information about CST go to www.upledger.com

© 2016 Claude Barrett, LMT, MTI, CST – All Rights Reserved.

CranioSacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy is a light, gentle touch approach to help release deep tensions, pain and dysfunctions to improve the whole body’s health.

Developed by the late Dr. John E. Upledger, an osteopathic physician, when he was a professor of biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University from 1975 to 1983.  Dr. Upledger led a team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers who performed and published the clinical research that formed the basis for the therapeutic approach that Upledger named “CranioSacral Therapy”.

Later in 1985, Dr Upledger founded The Upledger Institute to teach people worldwide about the therapeutic value of CranioSacral Therapy and this effective approach. Today there is over 100,00 therapists who have been trained in CranioSacral Therapy.

Claude has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since March of 1991. He has been a CranioSacral practitioner since taking his first CSTI and CSTII courses in 1995.   In 2010, Claude became an advanced certified CranioSacral Therapist.

A blessing be,

I hope enjoyed the information here. Share with your friends and family, let them know how much CranioSacral Therapy has helped you.

Upledger CST Certified

Claude Barrett, LMT, MTI, CST


Located in Garland\ Richardson, Texas

© 2016 Claude Barrett, LMT, MTI, CST – All Rights Reserved.

CranioSacral Therapy & SomatoEmotional Release

A straight forward 3 stage approach was originally developed by the late Dr John E. Upledger D.O., O.M.M. to insure that the client can receive the maximum benefit of the sessions.

Stage One

The CST Ten Step Protocol focuses on the membrane and soft tissues of the Central Nervous System. The Ten Step Protocol was first developed to mobilize the flexible components of the Central Nervous System and eliminate any restrictions to its proper mobility. The facilitator follows the the CranioSacral rhythm throughout the body to locate and release any tensions along the length of spinal code and cranial membranes. Key focus areas are the cranium and the sacrum. By applying a gentle and light touch, about 5 grams of pressure, the facilitator mobilizes the soft tissues and membranes of the cranium and sacrum.

Stage Two

Known as the “Avenue of Expression”, is the areas that extends from the eyebrows to the collar bones. Theses are the structures, tissues, fluids and energies involved in the expression of words, images, feelings and so on. Each of these components have at least some influence over the ability of the client’s ability to express him\herself. These expressions can either be in words, sounds, or expressions of emotions.

The session focuses on the structures of the face and neck. This includes the muscles of the neck that connect with the hyoid bone and the bones of the face and jaw.  Some of this work is done inside the mouth. It is of the utmost importance that the Avenue of Expression are opened before proceeding to Stage Three.

Stage Three 

SomatoEmotional Release ® is based on the concept that the whole body as well as each of its cells, tissues, viscera, and systems having an independent and yet integrated body unconsciousnesses, which is often referred to as a Soft Tissue memory.

This approach involves releasing disruptive and blocked energies that have been lodged in the soft-tissues of the body that originally occurred during the traumatic injury.

Dr. Upledger coined the term “energy cysts” to describe these anomalies, which are found in soft-tissue regions of the body and often loaded with negative emotional content. Left untreated, these regions can lead to a decline in the body’s health.

SomatoEmotional Release® is very effective method for aiding the body’s own self healing ability. The CranioSacral Therapist works to support the client, to help identify and release these areas of the body that are holding these “energy cysts”. Releases are always based on individual experiences and circumstances and are facilitated through the cooperation of the body’s deep unconsciousness.

The progression through the 3 Stages are dependent on the individual progress of the client. Each stage depends on the preceding stage. The majority of sessions will more than likely be spent on Stage 3.

SomatoEmotional Release® is very effective in releasing emotions that are stored in the body’s tissue, which in turn helps the body facilitate its own healing. As the stored emotions are processed and released, the body has a greater ability to improve its total health.


Richardson, Texas


A Blessing Be

Upledger CST Certified

Claude Barrett, LMT, MTI, CST

For more information see www.Upledger.com

© 2016 Claude Barrett, LMT, MTI, CST – All Rights Reserved.