Introduction to the Fundamentals of Cranial Osteopathy Part I. Understanding & Assessing the Cranial Mechanism

New online course !   This course is self-paced and contains eight chapters.  You can enroll now and start learning immediately, and progress through each chapter at the speed that suits you.  For instance, if you complete one chapter per week, including the weekly practice sessions for each chapter and the weekly homework assignments, you can complete this course in eight weeks.  If you have more free time or need to complete this course as a pre-requisite for one of our more advanced courses, then you can progress more quickly and submit all of your practice homework assignments at the end to achieve Certification .

                        Part 1.  Understanding  & Assessing the Cranial Mechanism                

This course is the first of our new Cranial Osteopathy online series.  It contains eight chapters and is set to allow you to work through the course at your own pace.   Each chapter contains instructional theory and videos, and homework assignments with are due at the end of the course in order to achieve a 25 hour Certificate of Completion.  You get access to the downloadable and printable Workbook immediately upon enrollment, as well as access to the Introductory chapters to help you get organized before starting this course.

In Part 1 of this series, you will learn the important Anatomy, Physiology, and Biomechanics of the Cranial Mechanism.  You will begin to develop your palpation skills to locate each bone, suture, and whether each bone in the Cranial Mechanism has full Amplitude, and how to correct Restricted range of motion . An emphasis on Hand Placement and refining your palpation skills is taught through many instructional videos.  You will come away from this course having a solid foundation for understanding and assessing the various aspects of the Cranial Mechanism, to prepare you for future courses in this series, or other ICEO courses where cranial techniques are part of the treatment protocols.

Please scroll down to read the course curriculum for detailed information.

Who this course is for:

This is the first  introductory course in this series, suitable for  all Manual Therapists of Practitioners with an interest in learning the basics and incorporating Cranial Osteopathy into their practice.  Osteopaths (DOs) & Manual Osteopathic Practitioners (DOMPs), Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) , Physiotherapists ( PTs), and Athletic Therapists are among the Practitioners who will have a particular interest in this course.

If you have never studied the tangible, BIOMECHANICAL MODEL of Cranial Osteopathy, and wish to take a more structured, anatomical approach to understanding the Cranial Mechanism and your clinical assessment,s this course is also for you.  Practitioners who had only a cursory or brief overview of Cranial Osteopathy during their training would also benefit from taking this course  series.

For those Practitioners who have experience with the more energetic forms of CranioSacral Treatment, such as Uppledger's CranioSacral or the Biodynamic Model are beneficial when seeking a more diffuse and energetic approach to healing, but when you encounter specific conditions such as Congestion Headaches, Vertigo, Sinusitis, Trigeminal Neuralgia, or Upper Cervical Misalignments related to dysfunctions within the anatomical functioning of the Cranial Mechanism, learning how to treat the Cranium from a more concrete biomechanical perspective will provide more tangible and predictable results within your treatments.  Students who have trained and even mastered these more energetic approaches will benefit greatly from this course, as it will round out and complete your education and understanding of the Cranium.

This course is a pre-requisite for:

This course is a pre-requisite for students who do not have a minimum of 30 classroom hours of training in a biomechanical model of Cranial Osteopathy who wish to enroll in  the following online courses:   

Cranial Techniques and Advanced Treatment Protocols in Pediatric Osteopathy 

Treating the Obstetrical Patient Throughout All Of The Stages of Pregnancy: an Osteopathic Approach 

Students do have the option of taking this Cranial Osteopathy course concurrently while enrolling in any of the above mentioned courses.

If you are unsure if your prior training exempts you from taking this pre-lease review the course curriculum below.

What you will learn:

Through this course, you will learn to identify & treat all the major components of the Cranial Mechanism.  You will learn the outline and relative positioning of each cranial bone, the location of each suture, how the cranial mechanism works, how the venous sinus system drains, and more.  You will learn how to treat and correct the cranial mechanism,  how to balance its rhythms in order to be able to provide relief for your patient using a very tangible, scientific, anatomically based approach 

Although this is Part I and designed to give the anatomical and functional basics, you will come away with sufficient knowledge to treat basic conditions such as congestion headaches, fatigue, and includes cranial osteopathy into your treatments where full body alignments is crucial for symptom relief.  

What this course contains:

Each chapter contains audio explanations with images as well as video demonstrations of the concepts and palpation techniques for each chapter, as well as homework practice assignments.  The course in total is awarded twenty course hours, which include both online theory learning as well as your own practice time and homework submissions.

Unique Assessment Sheets and Clinical Practice Sheets for beginners, all designed by the Instructor are included, and more.  These tools help you learn how to palpate for and diagnose each component of the Cranial Mechanism in a step by step manner that takes the guesswork out of palpation and diagnosis.  This learning approach was designed by Maureen Hannah Maher, the course Instructor, and Cranial Osteopath for over fifteen years. 

 Maureen is also the author and instructor of Cranial Osteopathy Part 2 Continuing Fundamentals, which will be available online in 202, and the complete Advanced Cranial Pathologies series that she teaches in live semunars and workshops to learners who wish to build on the fundamentals of this course and go on to effectively treatment more complex but common cranial pathologies.  But to do this, one needs to start with the fundamentals, which you will acquire in this course.

What you will need:

Access to a printer to print the Workbook and Worksheets for practice

Order a practice doll like the one you see in the video below.

What you get:

A download able and printable version of the Workbook is available immediately  upon enrollment as well as the Introductory chapter.

Certificates of  Completion are awarded to Participants who complete the course.  Certificates can be submitted to their respective associations for CPDs / CEUs or can be displayed in their clinics. 

Join us online and learn how Cranial Osteopathy can be incorporated into your Bodywork practice today!

Have a question about this course ?  Did you read the course curriculum?  If you still have a question, please feel free to email the Instructor at 

Course Curriculum

The Workbook & Buying a Practice Skull
Maureen Hannah Maher
Maureen Hannah Maher
Educational Director & Instructor

About the instructor

Since Maureen began teaching, she found that not only does she have a natural gift for it (her parents were both teachers, so let hear it for genetics!), she found that she also holds a great desire to give back to the community and a profession that has been so fulfilling to her, and share over fifteen years of acquired experience and knowledge.   

Maureen brings extensive knowledge in Osteopathy  to her educational seminars.  

Throughout her career, Maureen has been an accredited member in good standing in several provinces across Canada, as well as overseas, including being an Associate Overseas member of the Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA) since 2008.  After undergoing accreditation evaluation for foreign trained Osteopaths in Perth, WA, Maureen was offered a practice in one of Singapore's leading Osteopathic Clinics, giving her the distinction of having been the first Canadian trained Osteopath to be approved to practice  in South East Asia.   Right before the worldwide economic collapse, Maureen was offered a position in Shanghai China, which required accreditation with the GOSC, UK, which she underwent, but as prevailing economic conditions worsened, the position was put on hold, and Maureen then settled in Toronto, Canada, where after reluctantly accepting a poorly paid teaching contract, her students began asking her to design courses in more specialized subjects within Osteopathy.  It was not long after that Maureen founded the Center for Continuing Education where she continued to innovate every day!

Maureen has collaborated in the curriculum design with various new Osteopathic schools, and teaches continuing education seminars across Canada and Europe.  Her students say that Maureen's teaching style is animated, engaging, but most importantly, informative.  Her gift lies in communicating complex theories in simple terms and analogies.  Her students come away with a clear grasp of Osteopathic concepts for treatment, and practical knowledge of how to apply them.  Students who enroll in any of our continuing education seminars can contact Maureen at any future date with clinical questions.  As a result, many Osteopaths worldwide still consult with her today regarding challenging Osteopathy cases.