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Hello, I’m Alison.

At Springtide Craniosacral Therapy I collaborate with you to transform your emotional and physical pain so that you can enjoy greater ease and wellbeing, naturally. I do this by tuning into your body with my hands and helping to release physical and emotional restrictions in a gentle, compassionate way, and by guiding you to connect to your own body’s healing response.

My Philosophy

  • Your body is a really powerful self-healer; it just needs to be given the opportunity and support.
  • My mission is to help you reawaken your total wellbeing, no matter how obscured it may feel.
  • It’s so clear to me that our bodies are inseparable from our emotions, and that we can help both at the same time.
  • I’ve seen the transformation that can happen when we connect into our bodies and be with what’s there, and I’m excited to help you begin your own transformation!

  The last two sessions just completely transformed my left shoulder. I feel like I have shifted in a very deep way from within. My shoulder used to be curved forward, and I was in constant pain, but now my body is more symmetrical, and I have less pain in my shoulder and chest. My shoulder is not 100% yet, but I already feel centred, calmer and more whole. Before, I couldn’t really connect to this part of my body because of the chronic pain. Now I actually enjoy being in my body!   A. Rose, Holistic Therapist

How I got here

Before becoming a craniosacral therapist, I was a costume designer. I loved it. But I was also burnt out and increasingly dismayed that my chosen path was proving to be unsustainable and emotionally exhausting. I felt totally disheartened, and struggled with clinical depression and feelings of failure and shame. Finally, reluctantly, I had to admit I needed to move on. Through a lot of searching for the next step, I realized I was drawn to using my hands in a holistic way. A memory emerged of having gone to see a therapist for a painful jaw problem. At the time I’d been astonished at how her light touch resolved the issue in only a handful of sessions — and she hadn’t even touched my jaw! I started to explore this intriguing technique called Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. And what I experienced astounded and deeply moved me. On that treatment table I lay in a state of serenity and safety that I hadn’t even been aware was possible. All the stress I’d been under receded and I got up feeling — knowing — that I would be all right no matter what happened. Within those sessions, I was able to let go of the sadness, anguish, and anxiety, and rediscover a part of myself that felt whole and boundless. This state of profound wholeness felt inexplicably right to me, like I had rediscovered my true self. It didn’t take long before I felt compelled to help others connect to their own wholeness.

Training and background

I’m someone who is happiest working with my hands — drawing, carving, sewing, working with clay. I’m fascinated with the human body — our anatomy, how we move, how we tick mentally and emotionally. I get really excited about the cutting edge of healing our minds and bodies. And I thrive on silence and being still; for me meditation feels like a home base. It’s been a wonderful gift to discover that all those elements come together in biodynamic craniosacral therapy.

Training

I’m a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (RCST®) with the Biodynamic Craniosacral Association of North America. I completed a three-year, 700-hour training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, which included in-depth anatomy, over 200 hours of hands-on session work, and an independent study. I’m continually honing my skills through advanced trainings and by doing my own research into trauma and the nervous system.

Healing Birth/Early Life Trauma

I completed a two-year advanced training in Pre- and Perinatal somatic therapy with Myrna Martin, focusing on resolving pregnancy- and birth-related difficulties and supporting parent/infant bonding. This training is informed by the work of Dr. Raymond Castellino (resolving infant trauma) and Dr. Peter Levine’s seminal understanding of the nervous system’s response to trauma and healing (Somatic Experiencing).
Further back, I thoroughly enjoyed my post-secondary studies in Sociology and Comparative Religion. My secret power: I can make a hand-fitted corset and a Jane-Austen-era man’s suit to order. (I was also once commissioned to make a custom-fitted fun-fur bodysuit for a very large cat, but that’s another story…)

 How about you?

I would much rather hear from you. What are you going through and what kind of support do you need?

You’re welcome to set up a no-pressure phone call or email me to discuss any questions you might have. Or read first about how I might be able to help you. Check out the FAQ, too.

Get my gift to you: The 5-minute Quick Calm Technique mp3