CranioSacral Therapy & Somatoemotional Release. 

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive hands–on therapy that facilitates the body’s self-corrective activities.

CST helps you recover from physical and emotional traumas, both recent and as far back as childhood.

The combination of the practitioner's;  presence, touch, understanding, and belief in the body's intelligence as well as their capacity to create safety, is powerful for the nervous system. When a nervous system is met in this way, it down regulates, it frees up resources for repair. The changes that occur are profound. 

This regulating effect on the nervous system and its whole body approach makes CST suitable for a wide range of conditions. At Thrive Beyond Pain I use CST as part of my Pain and Stress Transformation programme. The most common reasons people seek my help are;

CranioSAcral Therapy
  • Chronic Pain (e.g. headaches, neck pain, back pain)

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic Illness

  • Post Concussion Syndrome & 

  • Support for general Wellbeing. 


Using a system of assessing your whole body – the CranioSacral Therapy approach helps to identify the primary restrictions or root causes of pain and dysfunction.


Our bodies are very good at compensating around restrictions. However, over time, this process of compensation begins to use up our energy reserves and it becomes more and more depleting to compensate. When it gets to this point – we usually start to notice symptoms. Chronic pain is often one of these.  CST helps to boost our body’s reserves as well as release restrictions that are contributing to these symptoms.

Many people who struggle with chronic pain, stress and the effects of trauma have hyper-vigilant nervous systems as a result of previous trauma. Sometimes the body retains the emotional imprint of this in the tissues.

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a progression of CranioSacral Therapy that helps to release any emotions retained in the tissues. Tools such as therapeutic imagery and dialogue can be used, in conjunction with the many CST manual techniques, to help a person release any retained emotional energy that may be contributing to their pain. This can and often has a profound healing effect - contributing to lasting change. 

Natalie uses an integrated approach in her work as a therapist- with her grounding in physiotherapy informing her practice as a CranioSacral Therapist.