Hello, I’m Alison (she/her).
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.
- Your body is a really powerful self-healer; it just needs to be given the opportunity and support.
- My mission is to help women reconnect to their total wellbeing, no matter how obscured it may feel.
- Our bodies are inseparable from our emotions, and 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!
- I’m invested in providing trauma-informed care and providing a BIPOC-supportive, LGBTQ+ positive space.
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. The last two sessions
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 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. I’m also 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.
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 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 their effect on people of all ages. This training is informed by the work of Ray Castellino (resolving infant trauma), Peter Levine’s teachings on the nervous system’s response to trauma and healing (Somatic Experiencing), and Polyvagal Theory (Stephen Porges).
I’m also a Transforming Touch Therapist (TEB), having studied with Stephen J. Terrell. This work builds resilience in the nervous system, and supports healing from early life trauma (including conception, gestation, birth and childhood) through safe, gentle touch.
Currently I’m studying interpersonal neurobiology in therapeutic relationships with Bonnie Badenoch.
How about you?
I would much rather hear from you. What are you going through and what kind of support do you need?