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Dedication to Al Pelowski


About the founder of SAICS – Al Pelowski


CranioSacral Training 2011/12

Johannesburg diploma course underway: Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy: 13 - 14 April 2013   *** Part 2: The Craniosacral System - Into the Stillness: 18 - 19 May  2013.  Contact us for future training dates. For Cape Town training contact us here .



Queries to us here at SAICS or through the

Cranial Sacral Therapy Association of South Africa where you will find regional lists of registered practitioners.


Outreach Programs


A Note About Trauma

by Al Pelowski


Open Source Cranio

John Dalton’s gateway

into the global cranio community, a free e-newsletter, learning materials and forum.


Cranio Art

Ray Lacey’s exquisit  drawings, pictures, articles and charts illustrating cranio work.





            ~to the South African Institute of Cranial Studies


The South African Institute of Cranial Studies (SAICS) was founded in 2000 by Al Pelowski (1942 – 2009) to teach CranioSacral Therapy in southern Africa. His legacy lives through the work of the practitioners and teachers he inspired.


The institute exists as a community of teachers, tutors and students who promote the study and practice of CST in South Africa, and more recently, Mauritius.


Studying for a diploma in CST involves a serious commitment of time and resources.  The CranioSacral approach to anatomy and physiology is revolutionary.  Students  learn to integrate the arts of deep palpation and dynamic holding with the best of biomechanical and biodynamic philosophy.  This journey is  transformational – you will never look at life in the same way again.


CST has many applications.  Stress and trauma of all kinds can be addressed with this approach and it has value in resolving the symptoms of various conditions.  It is particularly effective with babies and younger children. As a therapy it can stand alone or be integrated with other modalities.  Midwifery, bodywork, dentistry, optometry, veterinary science and many other disciplines can be enhanced by the cranial way.  There are approximately 17 000 CranioSacral practitioners in over 40 countries around the world. 




CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a dynamic hands-on approach to health and well being.  It is client led, gentle and empowering.    


CST involves reflective rather than directive ways of holding.  Its intention is to create a safe and contained space for the client’s healing process to emerge.


No two living creatures will respond to life events or to cranial holding in the same way.




Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.

Each person is unique and it is the person, not the disease,

that has to be taken care of .





We welcome you onboard!



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