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Advanced seminar for craniosacral practitioners

How might orienting to the gut microbiome support digestive health, restful sleep and psychological wellbeing? We will explore pathways of communication between the gut microbiome and the central nervous system, known as the 'microbiome-gut-brain complex. Through this lens, we will look at common scenarios in clinical practice, including digestive issues, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), as well as sleep disruption, stress, trauma, depression and anxiety. Our primary focus will be the application of this understanding in craniosacral practice. This seminar deepens into material from previous classes while remaining accessible to those new to the subject.

By the end of the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Confidently describe the communication pathways of the microbiome-gut-brain complex and apply this knowledge in craniosacral treatment.
  • Assess meaningful craniosacral interventions to support digestive health and psychological wellbeing.
  • Recognise which details in a case history indicate the potential benefit of attending to the gut microbiome.
  • Understand digestive issues commonly seen in clinical practice, including IBS, SIBO and celiac disease.
  • Explore the two-way relationships between the gut microbiome and the stress response system, including the role of the vagus nerve.
  • Discuss the relevance of the gut microbiome in anxiety, depression, sleep disruption, Adverse Childhood Experiences and PTSD.
  • Orient to the large intestine, and the various aspects of the microbiome-gut-brain complex in craniosacral treatment.
Viola Sampson

Course Tutor:

Viola Sampson has taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate Craniosacral seminars, and has a special interest in the area of gut health. She draws on her background as a research scientist working with bacteria in laboratory settings, as well as her practical workshops on making richly probiotic foods to replenish the microbiome. She is passionate about this exciting, emerging field, and about offering engaging and accessible course content while maintaining a strong foundation in medical research.

Venue and Times:

Skylight Centre,
49 Corsica Street,
London N5 1JT
Nearest station: Highbury and Isington (Victoria Line and mainline).
From 9.30am - 6.00pm.


£100 if the payment is received by 11th May 2018, or £120 if received after this date. All fees are non-refundable. Please make cheques payable to CTET, or contact our administrator for bank details to make a transfer.

For further details and bookings, please contact:

Craniosacral Therapy Educational Trust,
78 York Street,
London W1H 1DP
Tel: 020-7101 3915