Touch is the primary tool of craniosacral therapists. Dr Sutherland, the originator of cranial osteopathy, frequently talked about ‘wise, seeing, feeling, thinking fingers’ and was convinced that ‘finger-seeing is the only possibility for reading diagnostic messages from the body’.

This workshop is inspired by the many and varied questions of students, graduates and long-standing cranial practitioners regarding what it is that they are feeling in treatment session. Also by the common statement “I don’t know what happened during that session but the patient’s symptoms disappeared”.

We will explore relational touch, diagnostic touch and therapeutic touch.

Relational touch  - the quality of the practitioner’s touch sets the scene in which the client can experience safety, perhaps for the first time in her or his life. Relational touch is compassionate and without judgement, it signals unconditional acceptance of the client.

Diagnostic touch – reading the ‘nuances of the tide’ is a key skill for cranial practitioners. Tidal motions of fluids and tissues carry the imprints of individual experience. Listening hands can recognise these patterns of experience but also the deeper felt sense of that experience. This often carries an emotional charge but also the meaning of this experience from the past and how it impacts the client’s life in the present.

Therapeutic touch – simply hearing the story told by the body through our ‘listening hands’ can have a deep healing effect.  In this seminar we will revisit the subtle territory between ‘doing’ and ‘not doing’ and experiment with ‘touching beyond listening’.

Our quest: to refine the art of ‘knowing fingers’


© Katherine Ukleja 2014