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Dipl. Tao Healing Cranio-Sacral-Bodywork by Dott. Mazza ® Practitioner

This kind of innovative and gentle bodywork combines cranio-sacral work and body-oriented mental training with the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

A flexible, healthy body strengthens our psyche and promotes the build-up of resources in order to be able to cope calmly with the challenges of everyday life and to remain rooted in ourselves.


This unique form of bodywork combines intensive self-awareness with the basic elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with cranio-sacral work, body-centered meditations and body-oriented mental training. This effective bodywork is additionally complemented by profound psychological, medical knowledge and the symbolic meaning of the organs and body parts

More than 80% of the training time is dedicated to practical practice. In this way, at the end of the course, graduates will be able to perform treatments and energetic consultations independently and professionally.

Another advantage, especially from a financial point of view, is the possibility to pay the seminar fee continuously in seven installments.

The body tells our emotional story

Different internal and external influences, such as stress, tension, lack of exercise, mood swings, repressed feelings and emotions, unresolved personal crises, shocks or traumatic experiences can cause energy blockages in our body. As soon as a mental imbalance becomes apparent, we repeatedly feel an unpleasant sensation, tension pains or restrictions in our mobility in certain areas of the body.

Impulse and accompanying techniques

The harmonious alternation between impulse and accompanying techniques of this kind of bodywork gives the body space to create security and freedom. This allows the body’s self-regulatory mechanisms and processes to open in full harmony, stillness and loving companionship.

TechniquesofthemethodTaoHealingCranio-Sacral-BodyworkaccordingtoDr. Mazza® allow to dissolve deep-seated tension patterns in the body sustainably and gently with focused application of mental power and gentle touch. The impulse techniques of this method help to achieve deep relaxation and initiate regeneration processes of the body. These processes reconnect to the body’s natural healing state and create a balance of body, mind and spirit.

After applying the impulse techniques, the regeneration processes are accompanied only by gentle techniques. Thus, the self-regulation and regeneration processes are left to the body without any further influence on it. The body can now release stress and tension patterns on its own through the initial impulse.

The pillars of the Dipl. Tao Healing Cranio-Sacral-Bodywork according to Dr. Mazza ® Practitioner

The bridges of Far Eastern and Western bodywork

Here you will find a detailed overview of the basics of this holistic bodywork:

1. Pillar: Self-awareness – Perceiving your own body as home

This part of the training aims to support each participant through different experiences to enter into a conscious relationship with their own body. The conscious and attentive perception of one’s own body in silence, in dynamic movements or in free dancing allows the participants to discover a new universe within themselves. In this way, the hidden and dormant potential of their body becomes accessible to them as a friend and wise advisor.

In this training, through self-experience with your own body, you will be able to take a look inside it and see how your thoughts, feelings and actions show up as an expression of the body relationship. Full attention is also given to the expression of your body’s flexibility and health.

The self-awareness builds on various breathing techniques as well as body exercises from Eastern and Western traditions. Through this variety of methodological and professional approaches, you will find new ways to relate to your body and open your breathing spaces. This broadens the horizon of your mind as well as your psyche.

Contents of the self-awareness

  • Breathwork as self-awareness: opening of the breathing spaces (harmoniously integrating chest, abdomen, back and flanks into the flow of breath)
  • Consciously feeling the connections between breathing and feelings
  • Conscious awareness of one’s own stress and tension patterns in the body and confrontation with their meaning and message
  • Allowing free, relaxed movement sequences through intuitive dancing
  • Mindfulness techniques in connection with breathing techniques
  • Dynamic meditation according to Osho
  • Active meditation techniques to express pent-up, suppressed feelings as well as stress patterns in a safe setting
  • Initiation of self-reflection processes in connection with one’s own body
  • Conscious perception of the different physical levels and parts of the body
  • Confrontation with one’s own emotional storehouse (e.g.: “My stomach hurts all the time or I get headaches when I am under stress […]”)
  • Lasting resolution of stress-related tensions and tension patterns in the body that restrict the body’s mobility at the fascial and muscular level

2. Pillar: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupressure

The foundations of Tao Healing Cranio-Sacral Bodywork are based on Japanese bodywork, Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine . The meridian systems originating from TCM as well as the Five Elements teachings also play an essential role.

Contents of TCM, Acupressure and Shiatsu

  • Basics of the philosophy
  • World and human view in TCM
  • The personality development of the human being in the mirror of the five transformation phases
  • Anatomical, psychological and energetic aspects of the meridians
  • Anatomical, psychological and energetic aspects and application of acupressure points
  • Energetic treatment procedures in connection with meridians, acupressure points and empathy techniques
  • The personality types in the mirror of the elements and the “spirits” of TCM
  • Diagnostics in TCM (tongue and face)

3. Pillar: Cranio-Sacral Work

The cranio-sacral system consists of the skull, spine and sacrum and is surrounded by the cerebrospinal fluid. This system is closely connected to the entire body. Primarily, this system consists of the meninges, cranial bones, cerebrospinal fluid, and other physiological structures.

A harmonious, rhythmic movement is characteristic of this system – a rhythm that accompanies us throughout our lives. The harmonious expansion and contraction of this system makes up the craniosacral pulse, whose movement sequence averages between about six and twelve beats per minute. States of tension as well as limitations of vital functions in the body are reflected in an imbalance of the cranio-sacral system.

The theoretical and practical basics of this field offer the possibility to dive into the fascinating world of cranio-sacral work and to acquire professional competences in this field.

Contents of the cranio-sacral work

  • Feeling and treating the cranio-sacral system
  • The three levels of the cranio-sacral system
  • Self-palpation of the body rhythms
  • The resource-oriented approach in energetic treatment
  • Basic information about the resting point
  • Listening to the cranio-sacral rhythm and the body’s own resting points
  • Perceiving and relaxing the organs

4. Pillar: Psychological and medical basics, body-oriented mental training and body-centered meditations with inner images for regeneration and relaxation

Being “at home” in the body not only strengthens our mental and physical health, but also opens access to our authenticity.

The symbolic, psychological and energetic meaning of the organs and the analysis of the messages of the organs are an important aspect of Tao Healing Bodywork. Through this type of bodywork, the doors to a person’s psyche can be opened.

This special kind of body-oriented mental training offers you as training participants as well as all your future clients the opportunity to develop a high level of self-reflection towards your own body. In this way, participants and clients learn to consciously perceive bodily processes and to optimize the body’s self-regulation mechanisms as well as its ability to regenerate.

Contents and psychological basics of body-oriented mental training

  • Aspects of the symbolic and psychosomatic meaning of the organs from a psychological point of view
  • Mental training in connection with body awareness: relaxation techniques and imagination procedures to activate inner stillness and mindfulness as inner resources
  • Silent and dynamic meditation techniques from the inner martial arts and Qi Gong
  • Body-centered, guided inner journeys to strengthen body awareness and self-awareness

A tension-free cranio-sacral system revitalizes body and psyche

An undisturbed, tension-free cranio-sacral pulse supports all functions of the brain, central nervous system and organ system. However, the cranio-sacral pulse influences not only the body, but also our soul and mind. Therefore, disharmony of the cranio-sacral pulse can be reflected in mental imbalance. In addition, a disharmonious craniosacral pulse and tension in the craniosacral system affect our psyche.

Disharmony in the cranio-sacral system leads to a variety of tensions throughout the body and on a psychological level. Thus, the clear, gentle, mindful touches of cranio-sacral work aim to strengthen the self-regulatory processes in the body. In addition, gentle and mindful touches to the bones or specific areas of the body release deep-seated patterns of stress and tension. This leads to a lasting improvement in physical and mental health. Cranio-Sacral work is one of the main pillars of this training.

Your benefits: Strengthening your personal skills

The course supports you in enhancing the following personal competencies:

  • Consciously perceiving the patterns of tension and stress in your own body and the body of your clients
  • Developing body awareness, self-reflection skills and empathy
  • Strengthening your mental power and resilience skills
  • Developing a deep understanding of the causes of physical and psychological complaints
  • Improving your own communication skills and conversational skills
  • Developing a deep understanding of the importance of non-verbal communication and misalignments in posture

Professional competencies

Training graduates acquire the following professional competencies:

  • Energetic analysis of a person’s energy system according to the five elements teaching and according to the cranio-sacral analysis
  • Implementation of energetic and physical treatments that activate the chi flow in the body and support the cranio-sacral system
  • Implementation and design of specific treatments that stimulate the vital chi of the internal organs, the skeleton and the different parts of the body
  • Conscious conversation in preliminary discussions and debriefing with clients
  • Design and implementation of body-centered, guided meditations and visualizations for relief from physical discomfort and deep relaxation
  • Compilation of self-coaching programs for clients with body exercises and meditations

Fields of activity

The Dipl . Tao Healing Cranio-Sacral-Bodywork nach Dr. Mazza ® Practitionerbegleitet and supports with his treatment the natural process of self-regulation and self-healing and promotes the self-help of the client through:

  • anincreasedself-awarenessandunified body awareness.
  • an understanding of the function and wisdom of his/her body.
  • Confidence and self-empowerment for change and development.
  • Teaching of self-treatment techniques.

Graduates of the course will be able to perform energetic cranio-sacral treatments independently or as an employee with the energetic practitioner’s license.

This method can be combined with all forms of traditional massage and gentle bodywork as well as with osteopathy, Tuina or Far Eastern bodywork such as Shiatsu.

For whom is this training suitable?

The know-how of this training enriches the professional and personal skills of therapists, body therapists, educators, doctors, energeticists or child energeticists. Also kindergarten teachers, educators and people working in helping professions, such as life and social counselors, social workers or psychotherapists benefit from the comprehensive nature of this training.

This training is suitable for:

  • anyone looking for an effective method that unites the physical and psychological levels and enables the unfolding of body awareness in clients, whether children, adolescents, adults or the elderly.
  • Therapists, body therapists (physiotherapists, shiatsu practitioners, masseurs, ayurvedic practitioners, etc.), doctors, educators, energeticists, children’s energeticists, educators or people working in helping professions, such as life and social counselors, social workers or psychotherapists, who are interested in energetics and also in the energetic dynamics of the body.
  • People who want to create a balance in the three-layered system “body-soul-mind” for themselves, their friends, their family or for their own clients.

Course content

Self-awareness entering into relationship with the body and listening to its wisdom

Module 1: Self-awareness and holistic body awareness

  • Training of perception for a conscious and unintentional touch
  • Feeling and releasing energetic blockages in the body (both during self-treatment and during treatments)
  • Self-treatment: special exercises and techniques to feel the unity of body and soul and to integrate it into everyday life
  • Interaction of impulse and accompanying techniques during treatments
  • Conscious focusing and use of mental power during treatments
  • Implementation of whole body treatments and self-treatments

Module 2: Understanding and activating the self-regulation processes in the body

  • Self-treatment for relaxation and regeneration
  • Impulsive and accompanying techniques for the energetic regeneration process in the body and in the energy field for self-treatment and treatment in energetic craniosacral work
  • Delimitation and centering exercises: Achieving presence and inner stillness in everyday life and in treatment
  • Basic treatment sequences for the recipient

Module 3: Touch and movement: conscious touching and walking

  • Self-treatment to strengthen self-awareness
  • Empathy exercises: Establishing an empathic relationship with oneself
  • Mindfulness training: mindfulness exercises and visualizations
  • Examination of one’s own body image, exercises and self-treatment
  • Treatments to develop body awareness
  • Perceiving the energy flow in the body through body scanning
  • Learning to appreciate and balance the principle of Yin and Yang in the body
  • Stress and tension patterns that interfere with a natural, upright posture and their psychological significance

Module 4: Rooting in one’s own center

  • Self-treatment, special treatment procedures and exercises to strengthen one’s own center
  • Meaning and explanation of the term “Hara”: strengthening one’s own center
  • Sharpening the power of observation and learning different techniques for energetic analysis
  • Treatment procedures for centeredness, physical and mental strength and relaxation

The art of cranio-sacral work: experiencing the body as home

Module 5: Biology / Anatomy / Physiology

  • The human energy cycle, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, digestive system, respiratory system, musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones)
  • Energetic treatments of selected organs
  • Energetic first aid
  • Practical exercises

Module 6: Getting to know the Cranio-Sacral System

  • History of cranio-sacral work
  • Contact with rhythm and structure
  • Perception exercises and visualization techniques for inner seeing
  • The cranio-sacral system: understanding anatomical, psychological and energetic relationships
  • Feeling movement in the cranio-sacral rhythm

Module 7: Feeling the pulse of life in all facets

  • Grasping the Cranio-Sacral-Pulse:
    • Palpation of the cranio-sacral rhythm
    • Palpation of the cranio-sacral rhythm at the feet and the knees
    • Palpation of the cranio-sacral rhythm on the thighs
    • Palpation of the cranio-sacral rhythm on the pelvis
    • Palpation of the cranio-sacral rhythm at the costal arch
    • Palpation of the cranio-sacral rhythm at the shoulders
    • Palpation of the cranio-sacral rhythm at the head
  • Relaxation of the sacroiliac joints
  • three-dimensional pelvic awareness phase (arm bridge without traction)
  • The sacroiliac joint widening phase (arm bridge with traction)
  • Understanding the process of human healing and regulation
  • Somato-emotional connections

Module 8: Freeing and healing our “life column” from tension

  • Relaxation for the upper end of the spine
  • Relaxation for the lower end of the spine
  • The structure of the pelvis: relaxation of the sacrum and the pelvis

Module 9: Being mindful while treating

  • Grip techniques: Meaning and application
  • Specific energetic treatment sequences to perceive and promote the movement dynamics of the body structures at the skull, spine, pelvis and membrane system

Module 10: Head treatment: relaxation and clarity in the head

  • Preparation of the treatment in the head area
  • Relaxation of the cranial bones and meninges
  • Relaxation of the frontal bone, parietal and temporal bones
  • Relaxation at the mastoid process
  • Relaxation of the temporomandibular joints

Module 11: Entering into dialogue with the body and its natural rhythm

  • Interactions with different states of “stillness” during energetic treatment
  • Working with the brain and the central nervous system
  • Basic information about the point of rest
    • Listening to the cranio-sacral rhythm and the body’s natural resting points
    • Inviting/triggering rest points on the sides of the body
    • Invite/trigger rest points on the occipital bone
    • Invite/trigger rest points on the sacrum
  • Natural focus while working

Module 12: Listening to the organs

  • Basics of energetic fascia work
  • The psychology of the org ans (connections between organs and emotions)
  • The influence of the organs on our posture and structure
  • Perception of organ mobility and motility
  • Exercises and treatments for an upright and natural posture
  • Special exercises, self-treatments and treatments for activating the “inner doctor”, i.e. self-regulation and regenerative processes in the body

Traditional Chinese Medicine: the teaching of the Five Elements

Module 13: Introduction to the Five Elements Teaching

  • View of man and the world in the Five-Element-Teaching
  • Relationships between meridians, organs, personality types and emotions in the context of the Five Elements teaching
  • Self-treatment to activate the Five Elements in the Hara
  • Determination of the energetic quality of the Five Elements and the organs in one’s own body and in the body of the recipient before and after a treatment
  • Different types of testing
  • Special treatment procedures for the energetic activation of the meridians and the organs

Module 14: Feeling the life force with the quality of the water element

  • Meeting with the quality of the water element
  • Being in flow with life: activating the quality of the water element in oneself
  • Self-treatment for strengthening the bladder-kidney energy circuit
  • Learn anatomical, psychological and energetic aspects of the acupressure points of the bladder and kidney meridian
  • Special treatment procedures as well as self-treatment for the skeleton, shoulder and pelvic girdle and the energetic alignment of the spine
  • Treatment of the pelvis
  • Treatment for strengthening the life force
  • Treatments for strengthening the primal trust, healing of the prenatal phase

Module 15: Strengthening mental clarity and physical health

  • Activating the foresight and vitality of the wood in oneself
  • Self-treatment for strengthening the hepatic-gallbladder energy cycle
  • Feeling the quality of the wood element
  • Learn anatomical, psychological and energetic aspects of the acupressure points of the liver and gallbladder meridian
  • Special treatment procedures to strengthen detoxification and support natural and gentle physical and mental cleansing
  • Special treatment procedures as well as self-treatment to strengthen the inner center and to bring out the feeling of having “arrived” in the body
  • Special treatment procedures to strengthen mental clarity

Module 16: Feeling and activating the fire of the life force

  • Self-treatment for the strengthening of the heart-small intestine energy circuit
  • Activating the fire of the life force: activating the qualities of this element in oneself
  • Feeling the quality of the fire element
  • Learn the energetic quality and the most important energy points of the heart and small intestine meridian
  • Treatment to strengthen motivation and concentration
  • Treatment to support the joy of life
  • Special treatment procedures as well as self-treatment to support communication skills and self-confidence

Grasping the transformative power of life

Module 17: Activating the three gates of body energy

  • Activating the gates of power within oneself: strengthening the secondary fire
  • Examination of the three basic forms of energy in the body: nutrition, sleep and breathing
  • Learn anatomical, psychological and energetic aspects of the acupressure points of the triple meridian and cardiovascular meridian
  • Special treatment procedures to support the immune system
  • Treatment to strengthen mental and physical relaxation and self-confidence
  • Special treatment sequences as well as self-treatment to support the inner fire and emotional healing

Module 18: Resting in your own center with the power of the earth

  • Self-treatment for strengthening the gastro-spleen energy cycle
  • Self-treatment and treatment to strengthen centeredness
  • Learn anatomical, psychological and energetic aspects of the acupressure points of the stomach and spleen meridian
  • Special treatment procedures as well as self-treatment to strengthen self-confidence, centeredness and mindfulness

Module 19: Experience the art of closeness and distance with the power of the metal element

  • Self-treatment for the strengthening of the lung-thick intestine energy cycle
  • Learn anatomical, psychological and energetic aspects of the acupressure points of the lung and large intestine meridian
  • Special treatment procedures as well as self-treatment to strengthen inner security and mental stability
  • Self-treatment to support the ability to set boundaries and supportive treatments for letting go

Body-oriented mental training and inner images: Application for regeneration and relaxation

Module 20: The body tells our story

  • Interpretation of our emotional story about our body
  • Conscious execution of a body analysis
  • Recognizingandinterpretingmalpositions and stress patterns
  • Recognizing the most important stress patterns that affect an upright posture on the physical level, as well as ways to resolve these patterns

Module 21: Exercise as unfolding of self-awareness and body awareness

  • Compilation of exercise programs to strengthen body awareness
  • Breathing exercises and body-oriented work to strengthen self-awareness
  • Exercises and techniques to allow natural and supple movements
  • Basic exercises from martial arts to develop flexibility and ease for body and soul

Module 22: The body as the house of the soul

  • The symbolic meaning of the different body parts and organs
  • Recognizing the symbolic message of the most common physical ailments
  • Performing body-centered visualization exercises and guided meditations to recognize the individual message of each body part
  • Performing body-centered visualization exercises and guided meditations to release stress patterns on the physical level

Module 23: Combination of Cranio-Sacral treatments and body treatments according to TCM

  • Self-treatments to balance the cranio-sacral pulse and the Five Elements in oneself
  • Special treatment combinations of cranio-sacral techniques and TCM treatments
  • Special self-treatments and treatments to activate the power of the Five Elements and the craniosacral system
  • Learning a holistic energetic diagnosis: correct assessment of the craniosacral system and the Five Elements in the client’s body

Module 24: Arriving in the body

  • Body parts and organs as emotional storehouses: receiving messages from one’s own emotional storehouse
  • Difference between body schema and body image
  • The most important characteristics of body language
  • Relationships between verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Compiling exercise programs to restore a holistic body image and make peace with one’s own body

Module 25: Conscious conversation in bodywork

  • Giving and accepting feedback
  • Conversation structures and conversation design
  • Systemic, solution-oriented questioning
  • Active listening – a key to successful conversation
  • Understanding and consciously using “I”, “you” and “we” messages
  • Framework conditions for good conversations
  • Introductory talks: clarification of the client’s expectations and assessment of the client’s concerns
  • Final discussion: joint reflection on the treatment and clarification of open questions

Course structure and duration

25trainingmoduleson7seminarweekendsoneseminarweekendeachfromFridaytoSunday(with 3 modules each) every 2 to 3 months from October to February (of the year after next), on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; (total:270 teaching units (UE) incl. 93 media-based teaching units)

180 hours of self-studyLiterature, video and audio learning enable participants to deepen the theoretical content at their own pace. (240 UNITS)

100 hours of practical training or 50 recorded sessions of energetic treatment and coaching sessions with the practice clients The number of hours corresponds to approximately 50 energetic treatment and coaching sessions with preparation and follow-up. (133 UE)

20hoursofpeer group practice sessions, continuous to the training, not obligatory Concretely, each participant works on his/her own personal development within the peer group and at the same time deepens his/her personal and professional competences. (27 UNITS)

At least 3 hours of self-experience in the form of individual and group supervisionIntheindividualandgroupsupervision, the participant discusses his/her self-experience within the framework of the training with one of the training instructors. Further contents are the analysis of the recorded treatments, an individual perception training, reflection about the own working method and development of personal resources. (4 UE)

Total: 674Teaching units (UE)

Admission requirements

Minimum age: 18 years positive admission interview written agreement to the terms and conditions


at least 85% attendance at the 25 training modules At least 50 recorded energetic body treatments At least 3 hours of individual or group supervision

Final examination: Performance of energetic bodywork

For the successful completion of the final examination, a certificate will be issued with the title “Diploma Tao Healing Cranio-Sacral-Bodywork according to Dr. Mazza ® Practitioner”

Team and Trainer


Dott.ssa. Mag. Ernestina Mazza


Mag. (FH) Clemens Mazza

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