Module 1 Intro: Counterstrain and the Cranial Scan - Winter 2020 (Annandale, VA)

Module 1 is the foundational first step in the Counterstrain Mastery Program. It is a required course for all modules in the Mastery Program. The primary goal in Mod 1 is to introduce the entire cranial scan and impart clinical mastery of this phenomenal diagnostic tool.


In most cases the entire 40 hour program is dedicated to the cranial scan. First step is to make sure that each student is not only aware of what we are palpating for, but also to ensure that they are palpating in the right location. This requires a survey of cranial surface anatomy, bony landmarks and sutures. 

We will cover the common pitfalls associated with scanning each system and how to best avoid getting sucked in to treating false positives. In addition, the concept of "preparing the cranium" to yield accurate results will be explored in depth. Detailed treatment sequences to clear false positives from the scan will be demonstrated, followed with plenty of time for lab practice and even practice using the treatment sequences in a clinical application setting. This is often where short-term practice in the 3-day courses falls short in giving practitioners adequate exposure to how this technique is actually used in the clinic. 

Students will be required to demonstrate competency using the scan in each and every system. They will also be required to demonstrate surface anatomy and segmental palpation competency for the entire body. This includes spinous processes, para-vertebral levels, rib tubercles and bony landmarks of the entire rib cage, pelvis and the cranium. This is not a simple introduction to CS, it is a Mastery Level Course for the dedicated practitioner who has completed the 3-Day FCS prerequisite course FCS Intro (FCS FI). All levels of CS practitioners are welcome.

  • 40 Hours CE Units
  • Virginia Physical Therapy Association Approved: CEUL017605 
  • NCBTMB Board Certified
  • Prerequisite: FCS FI Intro
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1 or Less
  • Instructor: Tim Hodges, LMT, JSCCI, CACI

Course Prerequisite

- FCS FI Intro

Auditing: If you are repeating Module 1 (since 2016), you qualify for a 35% discount. Use code Audit35 during checkout. You must have complted CSA Module 1 or CS Convention Module 1 to quality for audit pricing. If you are unsure, contact us to confirm your qualifications.

View Program Schedule Below: (Final two days cancelled until further notice. We will notify you via email as soon as the final days are scheduled.)

Day 1
 February 28, 2020
09:00 am — 06:30 pm

Day 2
 February 29, 2020
09:00 am — 06:30 pm

Day 3
 March 01, 2020
08:00 am — 04:00 pm

Placeholder Date
 January 01, 2021
09:00 am — 06:00 pm

First time, full-priced course includes the CSA Module 1 Student Manual. IF you are auditing, you will not be provided with a complimentary manual. If you would like a new copy, you must purchase it here.

If you would like to add a CSA Student manual to your order, click on the checkbox to the left.

Required prerequisiteFCS FI

PRICE: $2295.0

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