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Report on the Study Day `Craniosacral Therapy and Spirituality`on October 13th by Karen Elsworth. BSc. MA.

Those of us who attended this day were privileged to experience something very profound that will undoubtedly bring a depth to our practice that, if not forgotten, has been revisited and renewed.

Karen, with her background of physiotherapy, craniosacral therapy and theology ,incorporated this richness into her teaching and sharing. We were given quotes from the works of great writers in this field.

She quoted Nicola Brough`s research on Health and Wellbeing: the 4 aspects of this: Social Wellbeing, Physical functioning, Mental wellbeing and Spiritual Wellbeing. These are all connected when being `Aware` in our practice and life. The same is echoed in other Wellbeing research models: the 4 rooms of our `Wellbeing House` to be maintained: Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. Hence the importance of addressing `Spirituality`.

`Being present` as practitioners is: living ones core values,; connection to self, divine,animals, nature; trust, faith in life, having compassion; reflecting on meaning of existence. (Nicola Brough`s research)

We had times of meditation, practice and reflection.

Karen`s introduction was a Zulu quote`I see you and by seeing you bring you into being`

She ended with `I have seen you; I have been with you, now I let you go.`


CSTG courses 2015


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1-day study day with Nicola Brough (RCST, BCST, MPhil)

Saturday 3rd October 2015 in Chedworth Village Hall.


Nicola is currently a doctoral candidate based at Warwick Medical School, practising complementary medicine for over 14 years, working, among other things, as a craniosacral therapist.


This will be a day of theory and practical learning, looking at current CST literature, Nicola’s published paper and her research so far on a therapy specific outcome measure for Craniosacral Therapy with Q&A.


Nicola Brough is in the process of developing a therapy specific measure for CST based on the findings of her qualitative study. 


Opportunities to be involved in the current research study


Nicola is looking for some practitioners to offer some feedback on the draft measure in the format of a focus group and will also be asking if some people who may be interested in being part of a focus/testing group for the further development of this valuable tool which will form part of her PhD thesis.

It would involve us looking at a form prior to the meeting, making some comments on a feedback form and been willing to discuss it during the group session.  The session would be audio taped and the data collected would be used for analysis as part of the research process.


Nicola Brough. MPhil, RCST, BCST, RMT, ITMC

Nicola undertook her training at the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne, Australia and at the Karuna Institute in Devon, UK.  She is qualified in numerous therapies including Bowen therapy, reflexology, reiki and craniosacral therapy.  She has experience of working with adults and families with complex needs.  Nicola has an MPhil from the University of Warwick since undertaking a qualitative study in 2012.  Recent publication includes "Perspectives on the effects and mechanisms of CST: A qualitative study of users' views" Brough et al. (2014) European Journal of Integrated Medicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.eujim.2014.10.003.

Contact: Email: n.brough@warwick.ac.uk or visit www.nicolabrough.com Tel: 07960 46853


Course information:


This course is arranged by the CSTG (Craniosacral Therapy Group (a special interest group of physiotherapists))


Where: It takes place in the idyllic Chedworth Village Hall, Fields Road, Chedworth, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 4NQ, Drive: 2 1/2 hr from London. Accessible from M5, M4 and M40. Near Bristol Airport and Cheltenham Station. 


Breakfast and lunch is included. There are no local shops nearby.


When: Breakfast 9.00. Course start: 9.30 - finish 17.00.


Price: £60 for members (CSTG) and £75 for non-members. Food is included for all.


This course counts towards CPD with 6 hrs learning (includes practicals).


For more information please contact: sueteague1@hotmail.com




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