craniosacral therapy

Vanessa is an experienced Craniosacral Biodynamic therapist; she trained in Craniosacral Biodynamics at the Karuna Institute. Craniosacral therapy was born out of Osteopathy in the 1900’s. It is a gentle hands on bodywork that uses relational touch and deep presence to ‘listen’ to what is happening in the clients body.

Craniosacral Biodynamics is a form of therapy that respects the body’s innate self-repair and healing capacities. The therapist is trained to palpate subtle rhythms in the cells and tissues of the organism as a whole, identifying stress, trauma, imbalance and shock states. Through depth therapeutic skills in safe and negotiated relationship Vanessa facilitates her clients to deepen into states of inherent stillness that can lead to profound states of relaxation and mind, body healing. The work is client led, gentle yet extremely powerful.

Clients may seek treatment for a number of reasons: for injuries both muscular and skeletal, trauma, hypo or hyper arousal states, physical, mental and emotional stress, insomnia, anxiety, exhaustion, to support immunity, to support alongside conventional treatment for serious illness or during the dying process. Pregnant women may specifically seek pre and post natal treatment to support themselves and their baby.

Words tend to limit the ubiquitous nature of Craniosacral Biodynamics. The most comprehensive understanding of the work is to experience it. Many clients have regular sessions because they understand and appreciate the invaluable health benefits for mind and body of letting go, dropping into para-sympathetic nervous system states, resting in stillness and deeply relaxing.

Vanessa is accredited by the CSTA, Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK and the IABT, International Association for Biodynamic Training.

A non invasive, holistic approach to health Vanessa works with babies, children, adults and animals, in private practice in central London and Exmoor, Somerset.

She teaches on the 2 year undergraduate diploma in Craniosacral Biodynamics at the Karuna Institute alongside Franklyn Sills and staff.


Vanessa is a supervisor to Craniosacral therapists, supporting them to grow as therapists and to explore inevitable challenges that may arise in their practice with clients. She provides a supervision relationship that is alive, creative and full of dynamic enquiry. She brings her extensive experience as both a practitioner, a teacher and a Psychotherapist.

Vanessa trained with Joan Wilmott and Robin Shohet at the CSTD who are leaders in the field of supervision training. Accredited as a supervisor by the CSTA. She works in person and on-line. If you are interested in Supervision with Vanessa contact her for more information.

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