Osteopathy in the Cranial Field 'Mini' 

In partnership with the European School of Osteopathy.

Location: European School of Osteopathy, MAIDSTONE
Duration: 3 days
Price: £580 (non-residential)
Entry criteria: ESO graduates / Module 2 / REBI 40-hour course
Next delivery: 9—11 February 2018

The SCCO is pleased to be able to offer to ESO graduates a trial version of our Module 2: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field course as entry onto our Fellowship programme. This 3-day hour course, has been  organised by the SCCO, will be directed by Sue Turner FSCCO supported by leading SCCO Faculty including Dianna Harvey FSCCO, and will take place at the ESO Campus in Maidstone. 

The course will introduce each of the five phenomena, as developed by Sutherland, with treatment approaches that you can use immediately in practice.

The five phenomena are:

  • The mobility of the cranial bones

  • The reciprocal tension of the membranes

  • The motility of the CNS

  • The fluctuation of the CSF

  • The involuntary motion of the sacrum between the ilia

These five phenomena are an oversimplification of a very subtle and complex whole body unit of function. Contemporary scientific research has enhanced our understanding of these phenomena and this will be presented on the course.

This course will help you understand how treating the involuntary mechanism (IVM) can be applied to all, from paediatrics to geriatrics, and how to attain better outcomes of treatment from day one with Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT) and other modalities covered on the course:

In the first half of the course you will learn to recognise the unique palpatory quality of the structures making up each of the five phenomena, and begin to understand how they relate to each other. The second half of the course moves into the area of diagnosis and treatment, including the fascia, face and intra-osseous problems.

This course will teach you treatment approaches that you will be able to use immediately in your practice.

Course Format

The course consists of a well balanced mixture of short lectures or workshops followed by practical sessions. You will work in small groups of 1 tutor to 4 students, giving you almost individual tuition in the practicals. Time is set aside at the end of each day for individual reflection and discussion with your tutor.

Excellent course notes are provided.


We offer bursaries of £75 off the course fee to those who have graduated from the ESO, up to two years before the course.

Our Full M2 Osteopathy in the Cranial Field Course

If you do not fill the eligibility create for our M2 Mini Course, please visit our Module 2 Osteopathy in the Cranial Field 40 hour course page for all details and how to book.


How will this course benefit my practice?

Cranial treatment is highly sought after by patients, who enjoy the fact that it is so gentle and yet so effective. 

You will be able to apply the knowledge and palpation skills gained on this course directly in your practice. It will deepen your osteopathic understanding of your current patients and allow you to treat a wider range of patients and conditions.

Can I use the cranial approach alongside my current osteopathic approach?

The cranial approach to osteopathy can be integrated into your current osteopathic approach in many ways. This can either be as a diagnostic tool, for local or whole body treatment, or to assess the efficacy of your structural approach.  

Does cranial osteopathy have a scientific basis?

Cranial osteopathy is difficult to ‘prove’. But modern scientific understanding of physiology, in particular the physiology of fascia and electromagnetics in the body, are increasingly validating the theory and palpatory experiences of cranial osteopaths. 

SCCO Research

Why it's worth it

Recent feedback has shown that 86% of our students rate our courses' value for money as excellent and very good. 

SCCO prides itself on an exceptional standard of teaching, which is personalised to meet individual needs. 

Our Student Feedback can tell you more 

What next?

Keep a learning log to record questions, successes and failures. This can be a really useful way of mapping your progress, and highlighting areas where you need to seek help or do further study.

Review relevant anatomy after you have seen your patients, this really helps to develop your understanding of what has changed during treatment.

Joining the mentoring scheme can be really useful for ongoing support after the course.

Refresher days: bring your questions to a refresher day where experienced tutors will help you consolidate the learning from the course

Repeat this course: There is a lot to take in on this course, and many students find it useful to repeat the course to consolidate their learning, and to help to apply it in practice.

Join the SCCO pathway: If you are interested in exploring this approach to osteopathy in more depth, the SCCO pathway is tailor made for you. You can take the courses in any order.