Foundation Course

Our Foundation course is perfect for anyone who is curious about the anatomy and function of these areas and would like to discover more about the five principles of osteopathy as developed by William G Sutherland.


Penny Price

Enjoy the high quality tutoring for which the SCCO is renowned in a student to tutor ratio of 4:1. This enables individual tuition and guidance as you learn to palpate and interpret what you feel. Each day includes a balance of theory and practical sessions, with regular breaks, to facilitate learning and minimise fatigue. There will be time for discussion about how you might apply this new perspective to patients you see everyday in practice.

A pre-course home-study package is provided in order to maximise time for practicals and learning.


This course is open to any registered osteopath. It is a requirement before attending Module 2: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field unless you have had previous experience or training in palpating involuntary motion.

Course Content

Each topic is followed by a practical session, to gradually develop your confidence in centering and monitoring throughout the course.

  • Introduction to Sutherland's five principles
  • Basic overview of embryology and why it is relevant to this work.
  • Anatomy and function of the reciprocal tension membrane 
  • Bony anatomy of cranial base and vault, and review of landmarks of the cranium
  • Sacrum and pelvis
  • The fluid body
  • Basic anatomy of the face, landmarks.

Further Study

For further study of osteopathy in the cranial field, join the SCCO 5 day course Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.

Plan Your Own Course - Or Experience a Taster Day!

The 2 day foundation course can be arranged on dates and at a location to suit you. There is a minimum requirement of four students. So if you can gather a minimum of 4 osteopathic colleagues or friends, we will provide you with a tutor to teach you the introductory course at your own practice or a mutually convenient location .

Alternatively, we can provide the similar set-up as a one off taster day! For a special price of £99 per person we can provide a  bespoke taster day. For more information or discuss these options, please contact us.

Dates & Prices

The price for all instances of Module 1 is £275 (non-residential).

Crista Galli, LONDON - FULL 1 - 2 July 2017
Axminster, DEVON 12 - 13 August 2017
Crista Galli, LONDON 7 - 8 October 2017
SHREWSBURY 18 - 19 November 2017
Crista Galli, LONDON 24 - 25 February 2018
NORTH 14 - 15 April 2018
Crista Galli, LONDON 16 - 17 June 2018


Do I need any previous experience in this work to do the course?

No previous experience or training is required.

Can I be exempt from this course?

Yes, if you have had previous training at undergraduate or postgraduate level in the cranial approach.

Will I be able to use this on my patients after the course?

It is a good idea to practice your palpatory skills on your patients in a diagnostic way, but this course does not include any treatment approaches.

What our students say

I am very pleased to have attended this course. Penny Price is an amazing, inspiring, extremely knowledgeable teacher and certainly lit the candle for the passion of cranial osteopathy. The course gave me more than I was even hoping for and given more confidence to feel able to start practising cranial osteopathy authentically. Rather [than] feeling like I am stumbling around in the dark with it. The demonstrations by Penny about embryology was very clever and may I add theatrical. I certainly will always remember what she showed to us. Combining theory, practical application with demonstrations and using plastic skulls to look at and try to put together very helpful as well. Thank you very much I really enjoyed Module 1.

November 2016 student

1. Our teacher Penny Price was wonderful, very thorough and sharing of her knowledge and experience. Also highly entertaining. 2. The other students on the course. Again the shared experience and openness we enjoyed. 3. The good balance of theoretical information combined with clinical practice, and also the fascinating demonstrations by Penny of embryological development. I wish someone had shown me that years ago. I am very grateful. the whole course was well worth the money, and also the time passed so quickly.

November 2016 student

One of the best courses I have attended since graduation

Exceeded my expectations – surprised at speed and confidence in ability

Changing my perception of what cranial osteopathy was about. The ‘haven’t a clue/question mark’ mindset

Turned into an exciting discovery and realisation that a whole new level of palpation was possible in the body

I felt very well supported throughout the session, with constant feedback and encouragement. The reminder about standing back has helped me to progress into deeper palpation and further centering. It was a gentle reminder that opened up the focus and deepened it. There were many ‘light-bulb’ moments. Thank you!

I really appreciate the “easing” in approach. I think being dropped in the deep end would have been really difficult but I feel there was enough basic discussion to pull together the more difficult content.

I always wanted to explore cranial work. This was a fascinating course and a great addition to my practice.