International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic

Intensive Introduction to Cranio-Sacral Therapy for Animal Chiropractors

with Sílvia Martí Korff, DVM

Cranio-sacral therapy is a very light-touch manual technique, used to evaluate the body through listening to the tissues, and invite them to change and heal themselves.  It can be used to treat the physical body (subluxations, tensions in cranial sutures, facial tensions on the different body diaphragms, visceral tensions…) as well as the emotional self, through the somato-emotional release. This course teaches you diagnostic and therapeutic tools to do a full cranio-sacral therapy treatment, and also to use the various techniques in combination with chiropractic.

We will practice on each other, as it is very important to feel within your own body how gentle and powerful cranio-sacral techniques are, to better comprehend its impact on your animal patients. More than half the course consists of guided "hands on" practical learning!

Cranio-Sacral Therapy

Course Topics Level I + II


• History and foundations of Cranio-Sacral Therapy

• Therapeutic Dialogue with Body Structures

• Diagnostic scanings from the Intention

• Learning to palpate the Cranio-Sacral Rythm and the Stillness of the Rhythm

• Still Point Technique

• Dural Tube diagnosis, and treatment through the Dural Tube

• Tips to start combining Chiropractic with Cranio-Sacral Therapy

• Fascial Techniques: pelvic diaphragm, respiratory diaphragm, thoracic inlet, hyoid and cranial base.

• Soft tissue techniques.

• Follow the tissues technique: applying the follow the tissue techniques to spinal subluxations and to treat the cranium.

• Cranial vault bones including the hyoid and mandible (TMJ) techniques: frontal and parietal lift, temporal bones techniques, SEB compression-decompression, as well as the ten step cranio-sacral treatment protocol.


Course Topics Level III


  • Why should be Listen to the Emotional Body?
  • Basic need to work with the Emotional Body: The Sacred and Safe Therapeutic Space
  • Basic Concepts about Somato-Emotional Release (SER) after John. E. Upledger
  • Basic Concepts about Craniosacral Biodynamics (theory)
  • Basic Concepts about “Presence in Stillness” after Mike Boxhall
  • Listening to small animals and horse’s Emotional Body:
    • Practice of full deep listening of the physical and emotional body of dogs
    • Practice of full deep listening of the physical and emotional body of horses