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EVENT Upcoming Presentation via Zoom: 'Red Flags' and How They Can Present in Pratice on Monday 8th March 2-4pm (part of our Developing Confidence series for CSS MembersPresented by Mary-Clare Scragg and Joe Gore.

CSS Members are Upledger Alumni are warmly invited to attend this virtual presentation. We will be taking a look at 'Red Flags' and how they can present in practice (also known as 'dodgy pathology' and how to recognise it!) Joe and M-C will run through possible presentations where the symptom picture or clinical history of the client would make it wise to consider referring on for further tests or help. The talk will embrace contraindications to CST and will cover those situations that we feel with our hands, and that make our hearts sink.  There will be time for questions and comments after the presentation. This event is free to CSS members but you do need to book a place. The event will not be recorded. To reserve your spot, please email us at hello@craniosacralsociety.co.uk  Please note that it will only be possible to attend if you have booked a place. We look forward to seeing you there!  

COVID-19 - Latest UK Government Update (last updated January 10th 2021)

Current Restrictions in England - The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced on Monday 4th January that England would enter a national lockdown from midnight. We have looked at all the information issued by the Government, and the regulations that give legal effect to the lockdown. Based on this, we advise our members to proceed with great caution, and to consider very carefully whether the risks of treating outweigh the benefits. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to limit the transmission of this virus.

There is an additional risk emerging that legal action could be taken if a client contracts Covid-19 as a result of being in close contact with you, even if you are symptom-free at the time. Of course, the risk of transmission is there for you as a therapist, too. If you have any underlying health conditions or live closely with someone who does, then please consider the broader picture. Remember that you are under no obligation to treat unless you are a medical doctor.

The CSS does not create laws. We are here to advise you on safe and ethical practice, and many of you are qualified in different modalities and are statutorily regulated. If your core therapy is statutorily regulated (eg osteopaths, chiropractors), you are advised to follow guidelines from your specific professional associations.

If you are not statutorily regulated and you do choose to treat, we strongly advise that you treat only those clients whose health and quality of life would be severely impacted if treatment were deferred. You must document this clearly, along with adhering to all safety measures.

For suggested templates for your pre-appointment screening and client declaration forms during the current lockdown, please view and download the CSS Guidelines for Upledger CranioSacral Practitioners During Lockdown.

Whatever you personal situation, please consider limiting your practice and potentially closing for a time. If you choose to work, it is essential that you meet the following criteria:

  • you are working in a private health clinic setting (not a spa or beauty venue)
  • you have completed an updated risk assessment
  • you take comprehensive notes clearly stating why each treatment is essential for health or remedial purposes - and specifically how not treating would be detrimental
  • you continue with all safety measures, including pre-appointment screening and phone/digital consultations.
  • you have contacted your insurance provider
We also recommend that you consider contacting your Local Health Authority for written clarification that you may continue working.
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Current Restrictions in Scotland - In Scotland the regulations that came into effect from Tuesday 5th January mean that close contact services must not operate. This includes massage services and complementary and alternative medicine services that require close contact or proximity. 

We advise our Members in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland to continue to follow the guidelines in place in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.
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Please take great care of your own health so that you are in the best place to treat clients when we resume our normal practice.  We would like to remind all of our Members that you are welcome to contact any Study Group Leader or CSS Board Member if you would like further advice or a listening ear in these very difficult times. 

With Warmest Wishes from the CSS Board
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PREVIOUS EVENT: Upcoming Presentation via Zoom: CST and 'Long Covid' on Friday 29th January 2-4pm (part of our Developing Confidence series for CSS MembersPresented by Sheila Hoy and Sara Hammond.

CSS Members are Upledger Alumni are warmly invited to attend this virtual presentation. We will be taking a look at the current picture of 'Long Covid, including what we do and don't know about it so far, and what we have observed in our practices after treating multiple clients with Long Covid over the past six months. We will discuss what we might expect to see more of as CranioSacral Therapists going forward, as well as taking a look at particular techniques, possible contraindicationsi and ever the importance of whole body evaluation and treating what we find. There will be time for questions and comments after the presentation. This event is free to CSS members but you do need to book a place. To reserve your spot, please email us at hello@craniosacralsociety.co.uk  Please note that it will only be possible to attend if you have booked a place. We look forward to seeing you there!  

COVID-19 - Latest UK Government Update (last updated December 21st 2020)

Tier 4 - following the UK Government announcement that many areas are now in Tier 4, we are still awaiting full clarification around whether therapists may continue to offer treatments if they meet the same criteria as during the November lockdown (see previous update below). We will update this page as soon as with have further advice. In the meantime, we recommend that our members proceed with extra caution and consider closing until we can confidently confirm what is permitted.  

COVID-19 - Latest UK Government Update (last updated November 10th 2020)

From today, Thursday 5th November, the UK Government Guidance for the lockdown period suggests that Complementary Therapists in England may contine to offer treatments, as long as you meet the following criteria: you are working in a private health clinic setting (ie not a spa or beauty venue), you have completed an updated risk assessment for the lockdown, you take comprehensive notes clearly stating why each treatment is essential for health or remedial purposes, and you continue with all safety measures, including pre-appointment screening and phone/digital consultations.
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We also strongly recommend that you contact your insurance provider, and that you also consider contacting your Local Health Authority for written clarification that you may continue working.
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Mobile therapists are not currently allowed to work.
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We are currently recommending to our Members that you do not work within your home; this is unless and until we receive clearer guidance regarding whether working in your home is permitted. We will update this page as soon as we have further information.  
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If your core therapy is statutorily regulated (eg osteopaths, chiropractors), you are advised to follow guidelines from your specific professional associations. We advise our Members in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to continue to follow the guidelines in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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We would like to remind all of our Members that you are welcome to contact any Study Group Leader or CSS Board Member if you would like further advice or a listening ear in these very difficult times. 
With Warmest Wishes from the CSS Board
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COVID-19 - Latest UK Government Update (last updated September 18th 2020)

The latest UK Goverment guidelines for close contact services now also include displaying an official NHS QR code at your premises, including if you work from home. Please note that your clients do not have to scan this, or use the app - however, displaying this code is now mandatory from 24th September 2020. You can read about this in Section 2.1 of the UK Government's Close Contact Services Guidelines, and learn about creating and displaying your own QR Code here.
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COVID-19 - Latest UK Government Update (last updated July 10th 2020)

The latest UK Goverment announcement (9th July) stated that 'spas', 'physical therapy businesses' and other close contact services are allowed to re-open in England from Monday 13th July. As Cranio Sacral Therapists we are CAM Practitioners and as such we are included in this announcement. We are awaiting information and further clarity on the situation in Scotland, and we will update the website as soon as we have further details. 
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You can read the Cranio Sacral Society's latest guidelines here: (click below to read in full)
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Please note that it is a requirement that each individual completes a full risk assessment before returning to work - you can find further information on how to complete a risk assessment on the HSE Covid-19 Risk Assessment page, including a template for your own risk assessment.
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In preparation for a return to work, please also see the latest UK Government Guidelines for Close Contact Services here. You can also download this guidance from the website.
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May 2020:

COVID-19 Update 

We have an evolving situation with Covid-19, but no guidelines about the precise date of being able to resume our hands-on practice. It seems likely to be later this summer, but that is conditional upon certain criteria being met. We all want to know what will be expected of complementary and alternative practitioners as they open their doors to clients again, and the CSS Board has some suggestions about how to prepare in the best way. This information is by no means complete and will be amended in response to Government Guidelines as they appear during the next weeks. In the meantime the guidance from GRCCT and other Regulatory Councils remains the same. There is good, sound information on their site so its worth checking on it regularly. The introduction is repeated below. 
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Guidance on contact 
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Physical Contact Disciplines 
The guidance issue by the Government via Public Health England has been and continues to be very clear that all physical contact therapies should be ceased. The GRCCT code of Professional Conduct requires you to take all appropriate measures to safeguard the health and wellbeing of your clients, your staff and yourself. 
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Non-Physical Contact Disciplines 
The Government is advising that all non-essential travel be avoided. This advice will shortly become mandatory. In accordance with the Guidance on social distancing and The GRCCT Code of Professional Conduct non-physical contact disciplines should only be conducted remotely. 
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Practical advice on remote working 
If your business is suitable for remote working and you are now working from home, it is worth downloading video conferencing and/or messaging software.
Options include: 
▪  Facebook Live – broadcast live events to your customers 

▪  Zoom – host free 40-minute meetings with multiple people 

▪  Skype – free video calls from desktop, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Alexa 

▪  Google Hangouts – make free group video calls for up to 10 contacts 

▪  Microsoft Teams – a free version is available that offers unlimited chat and video cal 

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Guidance for business 

For small companies the UK government has announced that it will offer a 100% Business Rates retail discount for companies whose property’s rateable value is less than £51,000. Businesses that pay little to no rates may also receive a £3,000 grant, provided they are currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR) or Rural Rates Relief. 
For small and medium-sized business there is the Government-backed Business Interruption Loan Scheme which provides and access route for businesses needing access to bank lending and overdraft services. 
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If you are facing immediate cashflow problems, you may be able to delay your tax
payments to HMRC by calling their helpline on 0800 015 559.
It is a good idea to check if you’re covered by your business insurance. The Chancellor
 has confirmed that the government’s advice is sufficient for businesses to make a claim, where they have appropriate interruption cover for pandemics in place.

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Guidance for the Self-Employed
Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme
HMRC will contact you if you are eligible for the scheme and invite you to apply online.
This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed. 
You can apply if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you: 
▪  have submitted your Income Tax Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19 

▪  traded in the tax year 2019-20 

▪  are trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19 

▪  intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020-21 

▪  have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19 

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We would stress the importance for members to stay up to date with the latest information and guidance provided by the government and authorities in the country where they live and practise. Information from some professional associations on-line applies only to one country, so be aware it might not be applicable to the UK. 

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Your responsibility starts with keeping up to date with information about the virus and how it spreads, and what precautions need to be taken and how we can best support our clients and our own health. We will be updating this information as things change on the website www.craniosacralsociety.co.uk. 

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All of that information can be found on the World Health Organisation (WHO), NHS and Government websites. Here is a link to the advice page at the GRCCT website http://www.grcct.org/covid-19-advice-to-registrants/
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Preparing your workplace for re-opening your practice when advised:

CSS members work in different types of practice, from their own home, in the clients’ home, in treatment centres, gyms and spas and also combine CST with other modalities where there can be additional precautions and constraints to being able to practise. Be sure to check on the Guidelines from other modalities you offer. 

          
If you use space in a multi-therapy centre, then you will need to follow the guidance of the management of that centre. Now is a good time to consider your clients’ experience and how it will be changing. Of course most clients will be familiar with social distancing and all the advice about hygiene we have been surrounded by via TV and other media. 
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CSS recommends that all members adopt Best Practice Principles when we are able to resume our hands-on work and a framework for this follows: 
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Create a document giving information about actions you are taking (protective clothing, masks and gloves, plus additional cleaning), and display it on posters inside your premises and your treatment space. 
Email that information in advance to your clients, plus details of any new opening times and scheduling arrangements. 
Prepare some additional forms for Covid-specific information pre-treatment, such as a series of health related questions, for example: do they have a fever or a cough or feel unwell? Have they been in contact with anybody displaying any these symptoms? 
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Preparing a disclaimer – here is an example
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COVID-19 -virus appears to be spreading easily, and is thought to spread mainly from person-to person through people who are in close contact with one another or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. 
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Ultimately, this practice is doing all that it reasonably can to minimise risk to clients. However, we cannot eliminate risk completely, especially as COVID-19 can be spread by those showing no symptoms.
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Please tick the statements below if you agree with them, and sign and date this form. 
I understand that there is a risk of transmission of COVID-19 as a result of attending for treatment 

I agree that this practice cannot accept responsibility for transmission of COVID-19 should I become infected. 

• I have had the chance to ask all the questions I wish to at this time. 
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Signed: _______________________________________     Date: ___/___ / ____
If you are under 16 years of age, this consent should be signed by a parent or guardian. 
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Treatment areas: 
Make sure you schedule extra time between patients to allow for extra hygiene and cleaning procedures as well as ventilating your treatment space. Ensure you are aware of all the surfaces that need particular care – door handles and other surfaces that the client contacts. Prepare a reminder list for all therapists who use the space, and make it into a grid that can be ticked and initialled after each client. Ensure you have adequate supplies of gloves, face- masks and any protective clothing. Gather all the hand sanitiser, wipes and cleaning materials you need before you re-open your practise. Store used laundry in a plastic, resealable bag that can be disposed of once emptied. Change your therapy tunic/top after cleaning and prepare the treatment area for the next client, as an extra precaution (unless the UK government and health authorities have advised the use of a plastic apron or similar). Use a foot-operated pedal bin with a lid and plastic liner for rubbish. Remove from display all items that cannot be wiped down: soft furnishings, rugs, magazines, books. Clean your room very thoroughly and consider whether any items stored can be taken elsewhere during this time, (electric fans for the summer, skulls, skeletons) as Covid could be around for many months. Consider using an inflatable mattress (as we do on classes) on top of your treatment couch. This will protect your hands and also offer a wipeable surface. 
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Expectations of the client 
Advise your clients to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser as soon as they arrive for treatment. Use single use disposable cups for water. Ask your clients to wear a face mask. 
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Summary 
We acknowledge that this is an incredibly difficult time for all of you. There is a lot of uncertainty around when and how we will be able to resume practice. We will keep you updated on the website. It is your personal choice when restrictions are lifted when you feel it is safe for you and your clients to work together again. 
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Stay well and stay safe,

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With warmest wishes from the CSS board. 
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May 2020:

The Cranio Sacral Society AGM

Friday 19th June 2020 at 11am (Vitual)

We warmly invite you to our Virtual Cranio Sacral Society AGM on Friday 19th June 2019 at 11am.

Due to the social distancing measures in place, this year our Virtual AGM will take place via Zoom. CSS members are welcome to attend the Cranio Sacral Society AGM (if you're not a member, you can join here) and members will receive an email invitation and access details the day before the event. Whether you've just completed CST1 or you've been in practice for years, everyone is welcome.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday 19th June at 11am!
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March 2020:

COVID-19 Update

Further to the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Cranio Sacral Society would like to assure members that we are closely monitoring information from Public Health England and other informed sources to see if the UK situation escalates and potential impact.

While this situation is fluid, and advice may change, currently we would recommend members to:
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1. Follow Government advice in terms of both yourselves and your patients:
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a. Establish if individuals have travelled to and/or from those countries of concern (eg Italy, China, etc) This information can be found on the Foreign Office website, which will have the most up to date information on travel.
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b. If you have had any contact with individuals, 'self-isolate' as per Government advice.
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2. In terms of your clinic:
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a. You may wish to provide a notice and/or establish information from patients from point 1.a before appointments.
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b. If a patient arrives with symptoms of flu (even if they have not travelled) you may wish to decline treatment as a precaution.
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c. You should continue to maintain a high level of cleanliness and hygiene in your clinic in both public and in-clinic rooms, in line with health and safety legislation.
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This may include although not exclusively:
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- Sanitisers/gel for all staff and patients' use in public areas and clinic rooms.
- Sanitising wipes for all surfaces (eg. plinths) and/or equipment post each individual patient.
- Sanitise all areas at the end of the day (eg. desks/chairs with relevant sanitiser).
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Public Health England has also provided specific guidance for health professionals on this issue.
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The following is a link to information provided by The Upledger Institute:
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March 2019:

The CranioSacral Society 20th Anniversary AGM

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April 2019

We warmly invite you to the Annual Cranio Sacral Society AGM Weekend on 6th-7th April 2019 at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton!

CSS members are welcome to attend the Cranio Sacral Society AGM (if you're not a member, you can join here) and the workshops are open to all. Whether you've just completed CST1 or you've been in practice for years, everyone is welcome.

Workshops and presentations this year include:
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The Peripheral Nervous System
Joe Gore CST-D MCSS Saturday 6th April, 2pm
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Our Stroke of Insight
Mary-Clare Scragg CST-D MCSS & David Mason CST MCSS
Saturday 6th April, 3.45pm
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Mary-Clare and Dave share their insights into the Central Nervous System gained last year when Mary-Clare experienced a rare form of stroke, a sub-arachnoid hemorrhage. This is a personal account from the perspective of practitioner and therapist that will refresh your knowlege of signs and symptoms of stroke, and take you through a therapeutic journey to reveal insights that can be used to enhance both our CST practice and our lives.
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GRCCT Presentation
Barry Tanner, GRCCT
Saturday 6th April, 4.45 - 5.30pm
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Working With Water
Caroline Barrow CST-D MCSS
Sunday 7th April, 9.30am
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Running a Successful Clinic
Karen Revivo CST-D
Sunday 7th April, 11.15am
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The 2018 Intensive Programme
Caro O'Neill CST-D MCSS & Caroline Barrow CST-D MCSS
Sunday 7th April, 12noon.
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Into Balance
Maggie Gill CST-D MCSS
Sunday 7th April, 2.15pm
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In addition to the workshops, there will also be plenty of time over the weekend for conversations, networking and building connections!
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How much does it cost?
For members the whole of Saturday is free and Sunday workshops and lunch is only £60.
For non-members the Saturday afternoon programme and all of Sunday is £150. (But do consider joining if you haven't already... it is only £100 to become a network member or £120 if you are CST qualified - Techniques or Diplomate)
Feeling inspired?
Please email Joe Gore, the CSS registrar to book your place:
hello@craniosacralsociety.co.uk
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May 2018:

Join us at the CranioSacral Society AGM Weekend in June!
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How would you like to get together with your CranioSacral colleagues and friends for a summer weekend packed full of Upledger CST workshops? 
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Once again, we warmly invite you to the Annual Cranio Sacral Society Weekend on 9th-10th June 2018 at the Ramada Hotel in Solihull!  CSS members are welcome to attend the Cranio Sacral Society AGM (if you're not a member, you can join here) and the workshops are open to all. Whether you've just completed CST1 or you've been in practice for years, everyone is welcome.

Here are the wonderful workshops you'll be able to participate in this year:
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Tracking the Treatment Plan of the Inner Wisdom
Maggie Gill CST-D Saturday 9th June, 3.20pm
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Menstruation - a curse or a gift?
Alison Williamson CST-D
Sunday 10th June, 9.30am
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We will be exploring the idea of the 'menstrual seasons' and looking at how our Inner Wisdom can communicate through the whole of the menstrual cycle. We will learn how to help our clients (or ourselves) use the cycle as a self-help tool, and we will be connecting with our own womb-space, regardless of whether or not we have a physical womb.
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Engaging with Endocrinology - Helping Your Hormones
Caroline Barrow CST-D 
Sunday 10th June, 11am
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Join us for a fascinating exploration of the endocrine system! We will be learning about some of our many hormones, palpating some of the glands, and gaining a deeper understanding of the connections between them - and all of this from a uniquely CST perspective.
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Hepatically Speaking - Exploring the Liver from A&P through to Dialogue
Joe Gore CST-D and Maggie Gill CST-D
Sunday 11th June, 2pm
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Join us for a fascinating exploration of the liver! We will be looking at 'the basics' as well as lesser known facts about the liver, and deepening our understanding of its role through anatomy, physiology and dialogue.
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In addition to the workshops, Caroline Barrow will be presenting feedback and results from the UIUK Intensive PTSD Programme, and Mary-Clare Scragg will be sharing with us the new rules on data protection and how they affect you as a practitioner. There will also be plenty of time over the weekend for conversations, networking and building connections!
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How much does it cost?
For members the whole of Saturday is free and Sunday workshops and lunch is only £50.
For non-members the Saturday afternoon programme from 12.45 and all of Sunday is £140. (But do consider joining if you haven't already... it is only £80 to become a network member or £100 if you are CST qualified - Techniques or Diplomate)
Feeling inspired?
Please email Joe Gore, the CSS registrar to book your place:
hello@craniosacralsociety.co.uk
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See below for details of previous AGM weekends, and other past news:
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April 2017:

Join us at the CranioSacral Society Summer Weekend in June!
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How would you like to get together with your CranioSacral colleagues and friends for a summer weekend packed full of Upledger CST workshops? 
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We'd like to invite you to the Annual Cranio Sacral Society Weekend on 10-11th June 2017 at the Ramada Hotel in Solihull!  CSS members are welcome to attend the Cranio Sacral Society AGM (if you're not a member, you can join here) and the workshops are open to all. Whether you've just completed CST1 or you've been in practice for years, everyone is welcome.
Here is the programme we have put together for you:
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The Respiratory Diaphragm and the Heart: Anatomy, Energies and Technique
Caroline Barrow CST-D MCSS and Joe Gore CST-D MCSS
Saturday 10th June, 2pm
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We will explore the functional anatomy of the respiratory diaphragm and help you to understand the importance of its place in our 10 step protocol, as well as taking some time to consider the organ that sits right on top of it - the heart. 
We will share some exciting, recently realised aspects of its structure that have not yet made it to the anatomy books, and, most importantly, see how we can make use of this in our touch and apply this understanding to our practice.
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TMJ and Beyond
Fiona Gilbraith CST-D MCSS
Sunday 11th June, 9.30am
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Dr Upledger talked about how TMJ issues were often the 'tip of the iceberg', and that only by looking at the whole person could we really understand and treat them. 
Join Fiona for the morning workshop, Beyond the TMJ: shifting focus to the most unstable joint in the body - the bite. How does the way our teeth come together affect the rest of our body?
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The Magical Hyoid
Maggie Gill CST-D MCSS
Sunday 11th June, 11.15am
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The OCB and the Higher Chakras
Ann-Margaret Whittle CST MCSS
Sunday 11th June, 2pm
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How much does it cost?
For members the whole of Saturday is free and Sunday workshops and lunch is only £50.
For non-members the Saturday afternoon programme from 12.45 and all of Sunday is £140. (But do consider joining if you haven't already... it is only £80 to become a network member or £100 if you are CST qualified - Techniques or Diplomate)
Feeling inspired?
Please email Joe Gore, the CSS registrar to book your place:
hello@craniosacralsociety.co.uk
We hope to see you there!
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April 2016:

Join us at the CranioSacral Society AGM in May!

This year's CSS AGM will be held on Saturday 14th May 2016 at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn, London.

We warmly invite members and Upledger Alumni to join us from 10am for coffee, followed by a talk at 11.15am by our special guest speaker, Dr William Bloom (details below). This will be followed by lunch, the AGM and forum, and time for tea and networking later in the afternoon. The cost for the day is FREE for members and £50 for non-members. For more information and to book your place, please email hello@craniosacralsociety.co.uk or call the office on 01209 211078. 

If you’re not yet a member and you’d like to join us ahead of the AGM, please do contact us by emailing hello@craniosacralsociety.co.uk  The CranioSacral Society is here to support you - we have your interests, and the essence of Dr Upledger’s CranioSacral therapy, at heart! Find out more about the benefits of membership here.

We hope to see you on Saturday 14th May!

More about this year's special guest speaker: 

Body, Heart, Mind, Spirit
Strategies for deepening our own self-care with Dr William Bloom
Saturday 14th May at 11:15am, CSS AGM, Grand Connaught Rooms, London 

William Bloom is a pioneer in the field of wellbeing and spirituality, and the author of books including The Endorphin Effect, The Power of Modern Spirituality, and Meditation in a Changing World.  He will be sharing core strategies that can be used to sustain our own wellbeing and develop our therapeutic support for others, as well as looking at how the interdependence of heart rate variability (HRV), psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI), gut flora and the vagus nerve can be profoundly influenced by certain spiritual practices and meditation strategies.

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January 2016:  

Dr William Bloom will be giving a lecture at the before our CSS AGM on Saturday 14th May 2016, entitled:

'Body Heart Mind Spirit: Strategies for deepening our own self-care'

This session will be an inspiring oasis led by one of Britain’s leading holistic educators. Over 3000 peer reviewed scholarly papers provide rigorous evidence for the health and wellbeing benefits of spirituality. In this presentation William Bloom will summarise this body of knowledge. He will share with us the core strategies that can be used to sustain our own wellbeing and develop our therapeutic support for others.

He will explain how the interdependence of heart rate variability (HRV), psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI), gut flora and the vagus nerve can be profoundly influenced by certain spiritual practices and meditation strategies. These practices can be found at the core of many traditions.

Historically the terms ‘medicine woman’ and ‘medicine man’ indicated someone who was both a practical healer and a spiritual leader. William will remind us how that heritage fruitfully lives on today.

Dr William Bloom is one the UK’s most experienced teachers, healers, and authors in the field of holistic development and a pioneer in the field of well-being and spirituality. Director of the Spiritual Companions Trust, he spent 30 years on the faculty of the Findhorn Foundation and was co-founder and director of the St James Church Alternatives Programme in London. His books include The Endorphin Effect, The Power of Modern Spirituality, and Meditation in a Changing World. He is a popular speaker at International Health Conferences and has worked with the NHS, The Penny Brohn Centre and hospices.

Date: 14 May 2016   Place: Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden  

Time: Talk is at 11.15, registration and coffee first - time 10.45

Cost: 

Please get in touch with Joe Gore in the office to book a place 01209 211078 or email hello@craniosacralsociety.co.uk

September 2015:  Announcement of 2016 AGM and Workshops. Put the date in your diary now!

Next year's CSS AGM will be held on Saturday May 14th 2016 at The Grand Connaught Rooms, Holborn, London. Our special guest speaker will be Dr William Bloom - www.williambloom.com. All Members and Upledger Alumni Welcome!

February 2014:   Line up for the Post CSS AGM Workshops! 30- 31 May 2015

The AGM, as usual will be in the morning and is just for members. Straight after lunch we will have: 

Rachel Harrison talking about RED FLAGS - things we should be aware of in practice that are warning signs or contrindications. 
Joe Gore looking at ways and means to ensure you have AN EVOLVING PRACTICE - and he has been at it for 25 odd years so knows a thing or two! 

Sunday will start with Alex Filmer-Lorch looking INSIDE MEDITATION and showing us how a very practical approach to this subject can suppot us as practitioners.
Ann Whittle and Joe Gore will teach a great COCCYX RELEASEe that comes out of the CST for Conception, Pregnancy and Birthing classes that Carol McLellan brough last year and that they have both found extremely useful for their clients. 
A few of us who were there will fill you in on what was presented at the BEYOND THE DURA conference in Florida so we are all up to date with happeings all sides of the pond... 
Finally Maggie Gill will help you to ARC & GO with some multihands treatment to set you on your way! 

We really hope you will join us for this day! 

Costs
Members - Saturday free, Sunday £50
Non members - Saturday (lunch & afternoon) or Sunday £80; both £120
Email hello@craniosacralsociety.co.uk if you would like to book. 

January 2015: Invitation to the AGM and Weekend of Workshops

Our AGM is set for Saturday 30th May and it is an open invitation for members. 
The AGM will be followed on the Saturday by an afternoon and workshops as will Sunday 31 May. 
Non-members are warmly invited to come along. For now make a note of the date in the diary and we will update you on the workshop titles soon. 

DECEMBER 2014:   New website

You are here! This is our news this month! We have been working on the new website for a while and finally put all the ducks in a row to get it live and running. Of course we hope you like it and if you have suggestions we would love to hear them. 

AUGUST 2014:   Summer Board Meeting

We had a meeting in August that allowed us the time to reflect on the AGM and to make the changes necessary to the organization that were voted on back in May. Namely, we continued the process of  moving the organization from being a Scottish company to becoming an English one. We have set up the new categories of membership – student and associate (see Membership page).

We felt that the workshops around the AGM had been well received and that the Mingle with a Pringle on the roof top had been a successful way to connect with members and spend some time together.

Ann Whittle shared that over the last few months she had done a course, contributed to part of the Foundation course and had the AGM and weekend and wanted it minuted how wonderful it is to be part of the loving, sincere family that is Upledger! (we seconded, thirded, fourthed and fifthed that!)

We had invited Barry Tanner of GRCCT to the AGM in order to raise some of the concerns that we had and were pleased to say that he had responded to some of these and begun to put changes in place. GRCCT also have a new website that appears improved. We are hopeful that our members will experience fewer challenges in getting registered and visible on this website.

JUNE 2014: AGM weekend and workshops May 2014

This year we again met at the Grand Connaught rooms in London as it had previously proved and central and easily accessible venue that members appreciated.

In Jan 2013 John Page, founder and chair of the CSS since 1999 resigned as chair in an attempt to continue his gradual retirement! He handed the chair to Ann Whittle who we were delighted to vote in in 2013 and at this AGM she shared details of the things we had been moving forward on as well as her vision for the next two years. 

More Background? 

Click here for News Archives about the effort to work with the moves towards self regulation, which culminated in May 2010 in our decision to join GRCCT, the General Regulatory Council for Complementary Medicine. 

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