Cranio Sacral Therapy Books

There are many good books on cranio sacral therapy.
No one book is definitive. I recommend you read them all.
If you have a favorite book that you feel really helped you in your training or practice and you don’t see it listed here then send me the title and a short review of it and I will list it.


The Heart
of Listening : A Visionary Approach to Craniosacral
Work VOL. 1 & 2
by Hugh Milne.
I like Hugh’s two books. He goes into great depth
on the underlying philosophies involved in cranio
sacral work.

Here’s what other people say about Hugh’s books.

"Hugh Milne’s 2 vol. set combines poetry,
art, and technique in the field of Craniosacral
Therapy. Great insight to the therapist’s process,
as well as, the client. It goes beyond the technical
to the artful and creative process of being with
your client, as you help their body heal itself.
Not only beautiful, and inspiring, but deals,
in detail, with the technical aspects of craniosacral
work. It is a definite “must” in the library of
the body worker who wants to go beyond the ordinary."

"Hugh Milne’s 2 vol. set combines poetry,
art, and technique in the field of Craniosacral
Therapy. Great insight to the therapist’s process,
as well as, the client. It goes beyond the technical
to the artful and creative process of being with
your client, as you help their body heal itself.
Not only beautiful, and inspiring, but deals,
in detail, with the technical aspects of craniosacral
It is a definite “must” in the library of the
body worker who wants to go beyond the ordinary.
Well written with a good index, bibliography and
footnotes for each chapter. The author’s analogies
are also quite helpful as it is really a book
that tries to teach a feeling, hands on, touch
subject. The diagrams are accurate and easy to
follow. At times there are references to techniques
that are in the next volume. Volume one deals
with the background, history and cerebral/philosophical
aspects of craniosacral work.
These aspects are a key to how the author practices
craniosacral work. This is not just a technical
manual of how to shift bones. It deals with energetic
aspects of healing as well. As I am a veterinarian,
the medical aspects were easy to follow. I cannot
speak to how someone with less anatomical training
would see the text."

"If every Massage Therapy School would teach
The Heart of Listening’s lessons on “transference”
and “counter-transference,” I believe Hugh Milne
would have provided a direly needed understanding
and set of constructive guidelines for therapists
who are human and therefore tend to get into trouble
when in close contact with other humans.
There are many other extraordinarily helpful and
interesting stories, explanations and illustrations
to be found in The Heart of Listening. If you
believe that truth is beauty and beauty truth,
I think you would deeply appreciate Hugh Milne’s
book. It is a fine creative effort, especially
in presentation of both the technical and spiritual
aspects of Visionary Craniosacral Work.
Another thing I like about the writing: Milne
doesn’t take credit for someone else’s work. Quite
the contrary. I noticed meticulous care in giving
credit where credit is due. A certain humility
permeates this book, letting the reader know the
author is not just knowledgeable in a gentle way,
but quite honest. Jockeying for “who’s the best”
status obviously isn’t a Milne characteristic."


Therapy for Babies and Small Children

by Etienne and Neeto Peirsman
The authors approach babies as conscious beings
who endure enormous stress during the birth process.
They show how cranio sacral therapy can help restore
the correct alignments in babies’ bodies, freeing
them to grow and attain their maximum potential
without hindrance.
The book focuses on what a trained cranio sacral
therapist can do to remove the blockages that often
arise during birth.
Based on the authors’ extensive experience, this
guide can also be used by parents or caregivers
interested in knowing what babies need in order
to be whole and healthy, and how to prevent problems
— including hyperactivity and ADD — that could become
serious and require medication later in life.


for Healing
by John Upledger.
John Upledger is one of the pioneers of cranio sacral
therapy. He was the one who came up with the name
as he helped the therapy make the transition from
treating bones to deeper trauma in membranes. The
Upledger Institute have this to say about this book.

‘This book expands on concepts originally presented
in “Your Inner Physician and You” to offer new insights
into the promise of CranioSacral Therapy. The new
book is packed with fresh information, repeating
ideas from the first text only when it helps clarify
the historical context within which the concepts
were developed.’
I have read “Your Inner Physician and You”. It is
a good, if overly dramatic description of cranio
sacral therapy. I don’t like the way he gives very
little credit to the pioneers in this field who
preceded him. Having said that it is the best book
about cranio sacral therapy written for the lay


by John Upledger

Many schools use this book as their first text
book for their students.
It always strikes me as if it was written predominantly
to communicate that the author knew what he was he was
talking about to Doctors.
As a consequence this book is hard going to read.

It assumes you know anatomic terminology so if
this is your first book about cranio sacral therapy
I suggest you get familiar with the terminology
before you start.
Having said all that it is a must read for every
cranio sacral therapist.


Cranio Sacral
Therapy 2 – Beyond the Dura
by John Upledger.

This is THE cranial nerves and face book. I haven’t
come across a better book on the cranial nerves,
particularly because it is written from a cranio
sacral perspective. So not only is the anatomy
of the cranial nerves gone into in detail it also
includes the sorts of pathology picture and symptoms
that can manifest.
It also goes into facial anatomy and the neck
in great detail.


Somato Emotional
Release: Deciphering the Language of Life

by John Upledger.
This book is about the sort of therapeutic
talking that can be done with a patient to help
them access the memories locked in restrictions.

It outlines the mechanics of what is happening
and gives models for working with these dream
-like parts of the patient.
Definitely a book to read if you feel that talking
with your patient will help the releasing process
but you just don’t know what to say.


A Brain
is Born
By John Upledger.
This is an excellent book about embryology and
foetal development with a focus on the brain and
its development.

It is written with prospective parents in mind
so is not to jargon heavy.


Byodynamics 1 & 2
by Franklyn Sills.

These two books are excellent. They add another
perspective to cranial work. Here is what Franklyn
has to say about it.
"Craniosacral Biodynamics is an approach
to work in the cranial field which has its roots
in the later work or Dr. William Garner Sutherland,
the founder of the the cranial approach. These
two volumes are geared to be text books for students
and practitioners which outline a particular biodynamic
outlook within the cranial field.
The work within these volumes is different from
most foundation course books currently available.
Dr. Sutherland emphasised that the human system
is not just a mechanism, but is ordered by the
deepest spiritual sources. He called the Creative
Intelligence in action within the universe, the
Breath of Life.
It is this Breath of Life which is the focus for
a clinical understanding, even if we only perceive
the forces it generates. These books focus on
the Breath of Life as the ordering and organising
principle, not just of the human system, but within
the world at large.
Craniosacral Biodynamics is an energy medicine
which attempts to align us to the deepest wellspring
of life. It takes a biodynamic approach in that
the intentions are to clarify our relationship
to the Breath of Life and its ordering processes,
and to function clinically as a servant to the
healing processes it unfolds. Our work is clearly
seen to be one of supporting these intentions,
we do not "do" the healing, we listen
to and support its unfoldment. This work strongly
de-emphasised the CRI level of action.

These books focus much more on the deeper tidal
rhythms within the human system. These are called
the mid-tide and Long Tide. It is within these
slower and deeper rhythms that the resources of
the system are found and within which our unresolved
experience, be it traumatic or pathological, is
centered. Our focus is squarely on the action
of what Dr. Sutherland called the potency of the
Breath of Life as it unfolds within our human


in the cranial field
by Magoun

This book, like the next one, are classics of
cranio sacral therapy.


in the science of Osteopathy
by William

The grandfather of cranio sacral therapy, this
is his pioneering book.




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