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December, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 12

In Memoriam: Dr. John Upledger

By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor

Dr. John Upledger - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Former Massage Today columnist and osteopathic physician, Dr. John E. Upledger passed away on Friday, October 26, 2012, at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. After years of research at the University of Michigan, Dr. Upledger coined the term "CranioSacral Therapy" after he and his research team confirmed the existence of cranial bone motion.

Dr. Upledger founded The Upledger Institute in 1985 to continue advancing and spreading the word about the light-touch modality of CranioSacral Therapy. Dr. Upledger was the author of eight books detailing the application of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release. In addition to his work with The Upledger Institute, Dr. Upledger wrote a monthly column for Massage Today for nine years.

Massage Today extends it's condolences to the Upledger family. Dr. John's outstanding contributions and lifetime of dedication to, and accomplishment in, the advancement of CranioSacral Therapy will be realized for years to come. As of press time, a memorial service for Dr. Upledger was still being finalized.

Donations in Dr. Upledger's name can be given to the Upledger Scholarship Fund for patients in need, or for dolphin and veteran's programs. The Upledger Institute also encourages CranioSacral practitioners to offer a complimentary session in his honor. For more information about Dr. John Upledger or The Upledger Institute, visit or call (800) 233-5248.


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