BCTA/NA is pleased to offer this special online class for both BCTA/NA members and nonmembers.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy for Concussions
with Michael Shea, PhD

A 2-Webinar Series (held  May 4 & May 25, 2022)
Recordings of this offering are available for viewing until August 25, 2022.

Session 1: Balancing the Cranial Base and Autonomic Nervous System

The prevalence of mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) has increased 70% in the past decade, especially in younger people and athletes. The long-term consequences of such concussions can include physical and cognitive impairments throughout the lifespan. As trauma, it can create Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Polyvagal theory is integrated into the treatment protocol. Rebalancing the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is the first priority in the therapeutic relationship to establish safety and discharge imbalanced ANS tone from trauma.

We explore biodynamic palpation skills for the shoulders, neck and cranium to relieve the effects of closed head injuries and impact trauma to the cranium. We work with facial trauma, which causes mandibular whiplash, as well as impact injuries that create sutural restriction which reduces cerebrovascular and lymphatic drainage in the neck and cranium.

Therapeutic protocols will be taught for:

  • Coherent Breathing for improving ANS tone
  • Carotid Sheath for Jugular Vein
  • Superior Saggital Sinus
  • Parietal Bones - Tentorium
  • Third Ventricle
  • Subclavian Artery
  • Vertebral artery and the Atlanto Occipital Joint (AOJ)
  • Variation on Sutherland’s Fulcrum
  • Sacral outflow of the ANS

Session 2: Balancing MTBI through the Cerebrovascular System

We continue to explore the metabolic-cerebrovascular consequences of impact trauma to the face, neck, head, and pericardium. Research shows that concussions decrease blood flow to the brain, with consequences such as systemic inflammation. In addition, impact traumas causing an MTBI may also concuss the pericardium and dysregulate the epithelial lining of the intestines. Processed food and added sugar in food is known to decrease healing response time from a concussion and contribute to inflammation. Dietary considerations for improving the healing response time from MTBI are suggested.

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy skills for the arteries of the head and neck will be introduced. This includes new palpation of the temporal bones and the internal carotid arteries to effect the Circle of Willis and basisphenoid. An advanced skill for Sutherland’s Fulcrum and the AOJ is taught. Students learn the effects of concussion now all too common in everyday life and throughout all age groups.

Therapeutic protocols will be taught for:

  • Advanced Atlanto Occipital Joint (AOJ) skills
  • Ethmoid Bone
  • Occipitomastoid Suture (OMS)
  • Vagus Nerve
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
  • Temporal Bones/Carotid Canal
  • Core Link
  • Notochordal Midline
  • Embryonic Sphenoid

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy for Concussions

A 2-Webinar Series (Held May 4 & May 25, 2022)

Tuition: $125 for BCTA/NA Members, $150 for Nonmembers


Registration includes access to a recording of this program until August 25, 2022

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. 

About Michael Shea

Michael Shea, PhD, RCST®, LMT,  is one of the preeminent educators and authors in the fields of somatic psychology, myofascial release and craniosacral therapy. He leads seminars throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Dr. Shea received his master’s degree in Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University, and a doctorate in Somatic Psychology at The Union Institute. His books include: Somatic Psychology and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy – Volume 1 through 5, Myofascial Release Therapy and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy: The Heart of the Practice. Learn more about Michael's work at sheaheart.com.