CranioSacral Therapy in the South Bay

           Karen Axelrod

           Certified CranioSacral Therapist

About Karen


I have been doing bodywork since 1998. My private practice is in Redondo Beach, California. I have studied CranioSacral Therapy with Dr. John Upledger and the Upledger Institute, French osteopath Alain Gehin, and at L.A.'s Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (IPSB).

IPSB's 500-hour Massage Therapist Training Program provided me with a foundation in holistic bodywork. I went on to pursue other bodywork and personal growth studies at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. I am also trained in Dr. Bruno Chikly's Advanced Lymph Drainage Therapy and Suzanne Scurlock-Durana's Full Body Presence/Healing from the Core work.

I hold a Master's in Psychology from Antioch University, with an emphasis on somatic interventions for trauma recovery.


In addition to my private practice in Redondo Beach, I am a CranioSacral Therapist with the UCLA Children's Pain and Comfort Care Program. In the past, I have worked as a staff therapist at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Silverado Assisted Living.

I have been a contributing writer/editor for four books related to chronic pain and CranioSacral Therapy:

CranioSacral teaching certifications

  • Upledger-certified instructor of:
    - CranioSacral Therapy 1
    - CranioSacral Therapy 2
    - CST for Cranial Nerves
    CST & the Immune Response 
    - CST & the Immune Response: Abdomen
    - CST & the Immune Response: Praxis
    - Clinical Applications
    - Intro to CranioSacral Therapy
    - CST Techniques Certification Applicant Preparation

Other Upledger Institute CranioSacral certifications

  • Diplomate-level certified CranioSacral Therapist
  • Techniques certification examiner
  • Teaching assistant
  • Mentor
  • Study group leader

Professional associations & memberships

  • California-state certified massage therapist with CAMTC (California Massage Therapy Council) #7399
  • ABMP -- Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professional
  • ACSTA -- American CranioSacral Therapy Association
  • IAHP -- International Association of Healthcare Practitioners

On a personal note

As a holistic bodyworker, my treatments encompass integration of body, mind, and spirit to help clients recognize and reconnect to inner resources necessary for deep healing at a core level.


Prior to transforming my life and becoming a bodyworker, I worked in the field of marketing and communications for 20+ years. As an educator, I still hold a keen interest in using those skills to educate the public about the work I now love to do and to help people experience the transformational power of human touch.

CranioSacral Teaching Certifications


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"I love how committed and passionate Karen is about her work. I feel her focus and support when I have sessions with her. Thank you for the difference that you make to all of us who have experienced your wonderful gifts and talents."--G.L., Manhattan Beach