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Stress, Anxiety & Depression

When we are stressed, part of our nervous system is activated into a 'fight, flight or freeze' state.  Stress hormones are released that affect heart rate, breathing, digestion, as well as emotional and mental wellbeing, which over time can lead to anxiety or depression.


With Somatic-based techniques, I support the body to 'reset' this activated nervous system response and facilitate adjustment back to a calmer, balanced state so the body can gently release any underlying stress, tension and emotional patterns that lie deeply stored within the body.

”The most essential aspect of healing

is learning to fully inhabit

our inner sense of self in all its dimensions

– not only emotionally and psychological but bodily as well,

as they are inseparable from one another.

Some of the best therapy is largely non-verbal”.

Bessel van der Kolk 

MD, ​Founder of the Trauma Centre

 Author of The Body Keeps the Score 


The following conditions in particular can benefit from treatment sessions:

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Sleeping difficulties

  • Easily annoyed, irritable

  • Feeling ‘stuck’ in life, lack of direction/motivation

  • Low energy

  • Foggy thinking

  • Low self esteem

  • Juggling work/life/family balance

  • Work performance pressure, stress, burnout, redundancy, financial stress

  • Relationship challenges

  • Loss, unresolved grief

  • Stress-related physical problems: tinnitus, panic attacks, unable to fully relax etc


"When you say, "I have a sad heart" then you literally have a sad heart. If we looked inside your heart, we would find it affected by molecules that cause stress and damage, such as excessive amounts of adrenaline and cortisol."

Dr Deekak Chopra


Health Conditions

Your nervous system is the overarching control system of the body. When its function is compromised, other aspects of the body are also affected including the immune system, digestive system, endocrine system and metabolic processes.   Left untreated, this can lead to a reduced level of mind-body wellbeing, pain and illness.


The following conditions can benefit from treatment sessions:

  • Management of pain

  • Asthma

  • Tinnitus

  • Cancer - easing of treatment side effects & stress, resourcing

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • General tiredness, exhaustion

  • Post-op recovery

  • Migraines/headaches

  • Stroke

  • ME, MS

  • Post-concussion syndrome, head injuries

  • Fibromyalgia

A series of treatment sessions can help increase the level of health and vitality in your body, so that it can more effectively repair and restore itself during times of ill health.

Injuries & Strains

Treatment sessions can help to reduce pain, speed up injury recovery time and offer a safe, non-manipulative way to treat physical trauma.  Unlike other manipulative body modalities, there is no risk of making the injury worse during sessions with Somatic & Cranio Sacral Therapy.

Medical Doctor - Chris Centeno, M.D. is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics about new research showing the benefits of Cranio Sacral Therapy for injuries. Click here for article


My specialty area is treating chronic, difficult to heal injuries where other modalities have not been able to fully resolve the condition, including:

  • Car accidents, whiplash, head injuries

  • Shoulder conditions, frozen shoulder

  • Neck pain/injuries

  • Back pain/discomfort

  • Jaw tension/pain, TMJ, teeth grinding

  • Sciatica, nerve pain

  • Hip, knee pain/restrictions

  • Chronic, ongoing, unresolved injury pain and discomfort


Cranio Sacral Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain


"Cranio Sacral Therapy was both specifically effective and safe in reducing neck pain intensity and may improve functional ability and the quality of life."

A Randomised Sham-controlled Trial. 

Clinical Journal of Pain, May 2016 - Vol 32, Issue 35.  

Haller, Heidemarie MSC; Lauche, Romy PhD; Cramer, Holger PhD; Rampp,

Thomas MD; Saha, Felix J. MD; Ostermann, Thomas PhD; Dobas, Gustav MD

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