Cranial Unwinding

Certificate of Excellence in Cranial Unwinding

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts’ comprehensive 200-hour Cranial Unwinding program may be taken to fulfill part of a primary specialty requirements within some of our degree or diploma programs, to enhance a professional status, or simply to further the student’s own personal growth and development through continued education.

Cranial Unwinding is based on the research of osteopathic physician John Upledger, founder of the Upledger Institute. With gentle manipulations, the therapist learns to read the story of the client’s body, finding places where they are holding issues and following the natural restorative directions given by the client’s own physiology. The techniques is known to bring balance and promote healing throughout the whole body.

With healthy boundaries, both practitioners and clients often experience powerful healing transformation as they develop a completely non-invasive and client centered relationship. This grounded, therapy honors the individual’s own innate healing process as they connect and harmonize with the fluid nature of the body on both the physical and emotional levels.

* NOTE: Certificates of Excellence are not necessarily designed to serve as stand-alone vocational training and may not prepare you for gainful employment if taken independently of a diploma or degree program.

About Cranial Unwinding

“Cranial Unwinding,” also known as “Craniosacral Therapy,” is a clothed, hands-on therapy where the practitioner uses subtle palpation skills on the client’s skull, spine and cerebrospinal fluid, easing or releasing restrictions in nerve passages.

  • Promote relaxation and ease tension
  • Ease or reduce chronic pain
  • Open energy paths in the body
  • Restore balance and equilibrium
  • Revitalize weakened energy
  • Encourage healing and renewal

Cranial Unwinding Classes

Students in the Cranial Unwinding Certificate of Excellence program study introductory and advanced Cranial Unwinding, including cranial anatomy, listening skills, polarity, communications, resonance and relations, and more. For a complete list of classes, click on “Program Sheet” above or download our latest class schedule.

Graduates are awarded a Certificate of Excellence showing completion of 200 hours of specialization in the field of Cranial Unwinding and acknowledging they have met a basic competency in classical, contemporary and esoteric craniosacral techniques.

Explore Cranial Unwinding

Are you interested in Cranial Unwinding, but not sure about signing up for the full 200-hour program? At SWIHA, we are so committed to helping you achieve your dream, we invite you to sit in on the first 4 hours of any introductory class before you decide whether to enroll.

Tuition Assistance

SWIHA is a nationally-accredited college approved by the United States Department of Education. Students enrolled in programs of 600 hours or more may qualify for Federal Student Aid in the form of Pell grants and student loans. Students may be eligible for Federal financial aid for Yoga-integrated programs and both the 600 & 800 hour YTT diploma programs. Title IV Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

SWIHA offers a 10% concession on tuition for Certificates of Excellence that are paid with cash in-full at the time of enrollment **
* Application fees, books, materials, and supplies to be paid for separately and not included in the concession toward the total cost of tuition.
** Not to be combined with any other offer or scholarship.


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