Cranial Unwinding

Certificate of Excellence in Cranial Unwinding

Cranial Unwinding is based on the research of the brain, spine, dural tube, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The dural tube is a membrane that surrounds the spinal cord; the space between it and the spine, as well as around the brain, is filled with CSF. There is a rhythmic pulsation that keeps the tube and fluid in motion. Holistic practitioners can feel this rhythm, and with very gentle touch of about five grams, can manipulate the ebb and flow which promotes healing on multiple levels, especially through the use of the nervous system.

At the center of this kind of energy work is the motivation to restore balance in the energy field within the neck, spine, and pelvis. By moving the energy, you can removed blockages and restore flow.

“Life must flow in order to be healthy.”
Gary Strauss
Head of SWIHA’s Cranial Unwinding and Polarity Therapy Department

Gary shares some of his valuable insight (includes a client cranial session).

The Aspects of Cranial Unwinding

There are several pieces to this extraordinary modality that defines cranial unwinding, also known as craniosacral:

  • Cranial rhythm- the movement of the spinal fluid
  • Cranial movement- “cranial osteopathy”, the bones and sutures of the skull move
  • Fascial unwinding- releasing of tension from the tissues
  • Dural tube- releases restrictions in the spine and nervous system, allowing for healing to occur
  • Somato-emotional release- unlocking stored “energy cysts” that hold physical or emotional traumas

In Cranial Unwinding I, you will learn to listen to the body in a completely different way: through the hands. The movement is minimal, however, once you figure out how to “tap in” to the rhythm and movements, the experience is profound. Most experience a new sense of wonderment and awe of the human body and what one person can feel within another. Accompanied with a specified, learned dialogue, as a student, you will also learn how to make your clients feel safe and how to effectively and respectfully speak to them one-on-one. With healthy boundaries, both practitioner and client will often experience powerful healing transformations as they develop a completely non-invasive and client-centered relationship.

Benefits of Cranial Unwinding

  • 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
  • Releases trauma from the tissues
  • Helps you sleep more soundly

Check out our Class Calendar to see the schedule of our upcoming classes!

Our Certificate of Excellence programs are avocational, and these courses/programs are designed exclusively for personal or professional development and enhancement if taken independently of a Diploma or Degree program.

Cranial Unwinding Classes

Students in the Cranial Unwinding Certificate of Excellence program study introductory and advanced classes, including Cranial Anatomy, Listening Skills, Polarity Therapy, Communications, Resonance and Relations, and more. For a complete list of classes, click on “Program Courses” above or click below.

Cranial Electives:
Cranial Unwinding – Integrative Full Body Unwinding
Cranial Unwinding – Techniques Review
Cranial Unwinding for Infants & Children

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts offers a comprehensive 200-hour Cranial Unwinding program that may be taken to fulfill part of a primary specialty requirement within some of our degree or diploma programs. Others want to enhance an already established professional status or earn CEU units, and some wish to further their own personal growth, development, and healing.

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

We would love for you to experience Cranial Unwinding first-hand, in one of our classes! We offer complimentary 4-hour Guest Passes to any class of 8 hours or more. The guest passes can be obtained through Student Services at 480-994-9244. To speak with an Admissions Coach go to Visit our Student Massage Clinic or our Specialty Clinics.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. 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.

We also offer no interest in-house payment plans

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I hereby give my express consent for Southwest Institute of Healing Arts to contact me by phone, email, mail, and/or text message.


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