Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Books

Overview Books
Intermediate Books
BCST-Related Books
Supplementary Reading, Audio & Visual

Many books on this list, along with anatomical models, can be found at Pacific Distributing Books and Bones.

Overview Books

Gilchrist, R. (2006).  Craniosacral therapy and the energetic body.  Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Kern, M. (2005).  Wisdom in the body:  The craniosacral approach to essential health. Murrieta, Calif.  Berkeley, CA.: Pacific Distributing; North Atlantic Books

Menzam-Sills, C. (2018). The Breath of Life: An Introduction to Craniosacral Biodynamics. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books

Intermediate Books

Becker, R. E. (1997).  Life in motion.  Portland, OR: Rudra Press

Becker, R. E. (2000).  Stillness of life:  The osteopathic philosophy of Rollin E. Becker, D.O.  Portland, OR: Stillness Press

Chila, A. (2010)  Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 3rd Edition

Shea, M. (2008).  Biodynamic craniosacral therapy, Volume 2.  Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books

Shea, M. (2010).  Biodynamic craniosacral therapy, Volume 3. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Shea, M. (2012).  Biodynamic craniosacral therapy, Volume 4. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Shea, M. (2013).  Biodynamic craniosacral therapy, Volume 5. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Sills, F. (2011).  Foundations in craniosacral biodynamics:  Volume 1: The breath of life and fundamental skills.  Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Sills, F. (2012).  Foundations in craniosacral biodynamics:  Volume 2: The sentient embryo, tissue intelligence, and trauma resolution. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Sumner, G. & Haines, S. (2010).  Cranial intelligence London: Singing Dragon, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

BCST-Related Books

Blechschmidt, Erich, MD. Biokinetics & Biodynamics of Human Differentiation: Principles and Applications

Blechschmidt, Erich, MD. Ontogenetic Basis of Human Anatomy: A Biodynamic Approach to Development from Conception to Birth, Edited and Translated by Brian Freeman PhD 

Bohm, D. (2002).  Wholeness and the implicate order.  New York, NY: Routledge

Cornell, A.W. (1996).  The power of focusing:  A practical guide to emotional self-healing. New Harbinger Publications

Doige, Norman (2007).  The brain that changes itself:  Stories of personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science.  London, UK: Penguin Books

Fehmi, L., & Robbins, J. (2008).  Open focus brain:  Harnessing the power of attention to heal mind and body.  Trumpeter Publications.

Gendlin, E.  (1982).  Focusing.  Bantam New Age Books.

Handoll, N.(2000).  Anatomy of potency.  Hereford, England; Osteopathic Supplies Ltd.

Jealous, J.  The biodynamics of osteopathy.  54 audio CDs on various aspects of biodynamic osteopathy in the cranial field.
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Keleman, Stanley. Emotional Anatomy

Lazarus, Arnold A. Practice of Multimodal Therapy : Systematic, Comprehensive & Effective Psychotherapy

Lee, R. P.(2005).  Interface:  Mechanisms of the spirit in osteopathy. Portland, OR: Stillness Press

Lever, R (2013).  At the still point of the turning world:  The art and philosophy of osteopathy.  United Kingdom: Handspring Publishing Limited

Lipton, B. (2007).  The biology of belief:  Unleashing the power of consciousness, matter & miracles.  Hay House Publishers.

Maté, G.:  The following four videos (and others) are available on U-Tube
Part 1 of 3: 
 Gabor Maté & TZM Vancouver- What Promotes Positive Health? – Pt 1. Gabor Maté
Part 2 of 3:  Dr. Gabor Maté: When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection 2 of 2
Part 3 of 3:  Democracy Now! 2010-02-15 Dr. Gabor Maté Part 3 Dr. Gabor Maté: Attachment and Brain Development

McTaggart, L. (2002).  The field:  The quest for the secret force of the universe. New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

Menzam-Sills, C. (2021). Spirit Into Form: Exploring Embryological Potential and Prenatal Psychology. Independently published.

Oschman, J.  (2000).  Energy medicine:  The scientific basis. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Parker, L. A. (2004).  Polyvagal theory: What is it & why should we care? Available from

Pert, C. (1997).  Molecules of emotion:  The science behind mind-body medicine. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster

Porges, Stephen. Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

Porges, S. (2011)  The polyvagal theory:  Neurophysiological foundations of emotions, attachment, communication, and self-regulation.  W.W. Norton & Company.

Schwenk, Theodor. Sensitive Chaos

Seifriz, W. (1954)  Protoplasm of a slime mold (DVD). Available from

Sheldrake, R.(2009).  Morphic resonance:  The nature of formative causation. Park Street Press.

Siegel, D. (2010).  Mindsight:   The new science of personal transformation.  Bantam.

Sills, F. (2008 ). Being and Becoming: Psychodynamics, Buddhism, and the Origins of Selfhood

Sills, F. (2001).  The polarity process:  Energy as a healing art. Berkeley, CA:  North Atlantic Books.

Stone, R.  (1999).  Health Building:  The conscious art of living well. Summertown, TN:  Book Publishing Company

Supplementary Reading, Audio & Visual

Arbuckle, B. E. (1994).  The selected writings of Beryl E. Arbuckle. Indianapolis, IN: American Academy of Osteopathy.

Barral, Jean-Pierre. Manual Thermal Evaluation

Barral, Jean-Pierre / Mercier, Pierre. Visceral Manipulation 1: Revised Edition

Barral, Jean-Pierre. Visceral Manipulation 2: Revised Edition

Barral, J. P., & Croibier, A. (1999).  Trauma:  An osteopathic approach. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press.

Barral, J. P., & Croibier, A. (2008).  Manual Therapy for the Cranial Nerves

Chaitow, L. (2010).  Palpation and assessment skills:  Assessment through touch3rd Ed. London: Churchill Livingstone.

Buekens, Jo, D., Bone: The Best- Kept Secret:  How A. T. Still’s Vision and Philosophy are Supported by New Scientific Insights

Canarelli, Anne DO.  Osteopaths: the Philosophy, the Spirit and the Art of Osteopathy

Chaitow, L. (2005).  Cranial manipulation theory and practice, 2nd Ed. London: Churchill Livingstone.

Cohen, D. (1996).  An introduction to craniosacral therapy:  Anatomy, function and treatment.  Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Comeaux, Z. (2002).  Robert Fulford, D.O. and the philosopher physician. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press.

Crow, William, DO / Vardy, Terence, DO. Masters of Osteopathy

Feely, R. A. (1988).  Clinical cranial osteopathy:  Selected readings. Indianapolis, ID: Cranial Academy.

Freeman, Brian, PhD. Human Embryology from a Biodynamic Perspective - 6  DVD Set

Frymann, V. M. (1998).  Collected papers of Viola M. Frymann, D.O.;  Legacy of osteopathy to children.  Indianapolis: American Academy of Osteopathy.

Frymann, Viola M., DO (2021). Collected Papers of Viola M. Frymann, DO: Volume 2: Legacy to Osteopathy

Fulford, R. (2003).  Are we on the path?  The collected works of Robert C. Fulford.Indianapolis, IN: The Cranial Academy.

Fulford, R., & Stone, G. (1996).  Dr. Fulford’s touch of life:  The healing power of the natural life force.  New York: Pocket Books.

Journal of the Osteopathic Cranial Association 1948 to 1958 - New Edition, Edited by Mark Rosen, DO

Korpiun, O. (2011).  Cranio-sacral SELF waves:  A scientific approach to craniosacral therapy.  Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Lewis, J. (2012). A.T. Still.  From the dry bone to the living man. Blaenau Ffestiniog, UK: Dry Bone Press.

Liem, T. (2004).  Cranial osteopathy:  Principles and practice.  New York, NY: Elsevier.

Liem, T. (2009).  Cranial osteopathy, a practical textbook.  Seattle, WA: Eastland Press.

Lippincott, Rebecca Conrow (1995). Manual of Cranial Technique

Magoun, H. I., & Foundation, S. C. T. (1997).  Osteopathy in the cranial field, 1st Ed. .Cincinnati, OH: C.J. Krehbiel Company.

Milne, H. (1995).  The heart of listening:  A visionary approach to craniosacral work Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Moeckel Eva Rhea, DO & Mitha, Noori, DO. Textbook of Pediatric Osteopathy

Muntinga, E.  3D Cranio: Craniosacral movement in 3D  (DVD).  Edward Muntinga.

Myers, Thomas W.  Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual & Movement Therapists

Owens, Charles. An Endocrine Interpretation of Chapman’s Reflexes  

Pick, M. G. (1999).  Cranial sutures:  Analysis, morphology & manipulative strategies. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press.

Schuenke, Schulte, Schumacher. Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: Volume 1.  General Anatomy & Musculoskeletal System 3rd edition

Schuenke, Schulte, Schumacher and Stefan. Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: Volume 2,  Head, Neck and Neuroanatomy 3rd edition

Schuenke, Schulte, Schumacher. Thieme Atlas of Anatomy:  Volume 3,  Internal Organs 3rd Edition

Sorrel, Maargaret, DO. Charlotte Weaver: Pioneer in Cranial Osteopathy

Stark, Jan Eliza (2021). Journeyman: William Garner Sutherland, the Formative Years (1873 - 1900)

Still, A. T. (1992).  Osteopathy:  Research & practice Seattle, WA: Eastland Press.

Still, A. T. (1995).  Philosophy of osteopathyIndianapolis, IN: American Academy of Osteopathy.

Still, S. T. (1991).  Early osteopathy in the words of A.T. Still. Kirksville, MO: Thomas Jefferson University Press.

Stone, C. (1999).  Science in the art of osteopathy:  Osteopathic principles and practice. Cheltenham, U.K.: Stanley Thornes.

Sutherland, W. G. (1939). The cranial bowl (First ed.).  Mankato, MN: Free Press Co.

Sutherland, A. S. (1962).  With thinking fingers.  Indianapolis, IN: The Cranial Academy.

Sutherland, W. G. (1990).  Teachings in the science of osteopathy. Portland: Rudra Press.

Sutherland, W. G. (1998). Contributions of thought:  The collected writings of William Garner Sutherland, D.O.  Portland: Rudra Press.

Swenson, C.  Primary Respiration Animations (DVD).  Charles Swenson. (Available from

Upledger, J. E., & Vredevoogd, J. D. (1983).  Craniosacral therapyChicago, IL: Eastland Press.

Upledger, J. E. (1987).  Craniosacral therapy II:  Beyond the duraSeattle: Eastland Press.

Wilkes, John (2017). An Integrative Approach to Treating Babies and Children:  A Multidisciplinary Guide

Wilson-Pauwels, Akesson, Stewart (2002). Cranial Nerves in Health & Disease (with Online Access)