About Natalie (BSc Physio, CST-D, cert Rehab Pilates, MNZSP, MNSP)
20 years ago I was working as a newly graduate physiotherapist in my dream job in a small private practice at the foothills of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.
I was helping people in the way I had been training to for years and I was loving it. Only, my body wasn’t. I struggled daily with upper back pain, so much so that I often wished I could trade places with my clients. I traded treatments with colleagues and even my boss. And, despite all the traditional approaches it didn’t really get any better. So, finally I decided to invest in myself and go and see a Physiotherapist who had a more holistic, mind body approach to health and wellbeing.
And, it was the best decision I ever made.
Thanks to this wise, compassionate and skilled therapist I was able to connect with how what was going on in my world was influencing my pain (mental, physical and emotional) and more importantly what I could do to both learn from the experience and gain relief from the constant burning, nagging pain in my back.
However, it wasn’t until one particular session that was so gentle and almost felt like my therapist wasn’t really doing anything ( except I felt deeply relaxed and as if my body was sinking through the table) that I experienced full relief from the pain that, if I was honest had been plaguing me on and off since my early teens. As I lay there, body heavy, deeply relaxed I felt this welling up of emotion and, resting in the depth of trust I had for my therapist, I just let it bubble up and bubble over and next thing I knew I was sobbing so hard my whole body was sobbing with me. And, there was no need to analyse, no need to reason — it was a pure release of emotional energy with no story attached. I understood where it came from - I’d talked about, analysed and “talk therapied” my way through this particular issue far more than I care to remember. This was different. I felt as if I was releasing something I’d been holding onto for far too long, and holding onto in my body.
I left that session with no pain and to this day I have never experienced it again. (I have experienced pain, but just not that pain.)
That day I decided that I needed to know how to facilitate this type of work. I needed to work in a way that honoured the mind and the body. This experience catapulted me into the field of CranioSacral Therapy ( it turns out that was what I’d received). I spent the next 15 years training (both locally and internationally) in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy and in 2018 I became one of the only two Diplomat Level Certified Upledger CranioSacral Therapists in New Zealand.
For the past few years I have been refining my practice and developing workshops and retreats so I can share the wisdom of this work ( and the practices that make it so valuable ) beyond the clinic.
As a mindbody therapist I’m like a catalyst for your body’s natural healing abilities. In providing a safe, supportive environment and a skilled, nurturing touch and presence - I facilitate your process of healing — both body and mind.
When you work with me the first step is to gain clarity around where you are now and where it is you want to be. Next, I help you to calm your nervous system so your body mind can be in a healing state. Then, I help you to gain a deeper connection with your body and it’s wisdom so you can respond to your body’s whispers before they become screams. Finally I provide you with concrete tools to help you integrate this experience so you can support yourself wisely even after we have finished working together.
Working with me is like nurturing a seedling. We explore how your environment affects your potential for thriving. You gain tools to nurture your roots, tap into your resources, adapt to your environment... and Thrive!
Clients who have worked with me have experienced a deep sense of rest and relief, greater insight and clarity into their circumstances and a greater connection with their body's wisdom. They’ve learnt tools and exercises to support themselves and they’ve gone on to make profound changes in their lives that have allowed them to be more present and engaged.
I help people who struggle with chronic pain, stress and anxiety feel more ease and joy so they can live a thriving life.