Jilna Shah

Craniosacral Therapist (R.C.S.T)

Diploma and Craniosacral Therapy

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I am a Craniosacral Therapist living and working in Brighton. I am interested in how we can live our lives in a way that makes us feel most aligned and free. I’ve been amazed by the power and potential of this subtle therapeutic practice ever since I experienced Craniosacral therapy for the first time. I meet a person exactly where they are at and listen deeply to the untold stories of the body. My work is trauma-informed and rooted in an anti-oppressive framework. I offer a gentle, non-judgmental and compassionate ‘holding space’ for all of my clients. I also teach Movement and Meditation. My Craniosacral practice builds on years of meditation and yoga practice and teaching, as well as an understanding of holistic physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. My practice has evolved as my life circumstances have changed. This is a poignant and humbling reminder that healing and growth is not linear, which is also a key part of how I practice. I am often reminded of the teachings of Pema Chodron: “We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again.” The best part of my work is experiencing the magic that often happens when people begin to ‘come together again’.

AbuseADHDAlcohol Abuse and Alcohol DependenceAlzheimersAnxietyAutismBody Image IssuesChild or Adolescent IssuesChronic Pain or IllnessCultural and Systemic OppressionDepressionDomestic AbuseEating DisorderFamily SystemsGender IdentityHistorical TraumaInfertilityInsomniaLGBTQ IssuesLoss or GriefMen’s IssuesObesityOCDODDPanicPanic AttacksPersonal GrowthPostpartumPregnancy (Prenatal Mental Health)PTSDSelf-EsteemSexual AbuseSpiritualityTraumaWomen’s Issues

Craniosacral Integration - My training is in Craniosacral Integration which combines aspects of the ‘biomechanical’ model (for example, addressing specific pathologies) and the ‘biodynamic’ model (working on a more energetic and intuitive level). Fascial Unwinding is a further tool that I may use in sessions. This approach appreciates the value of both approaches and I used my informed awareness to respond effectively to the unique circumstances and needs of every client. Affirmative - Being fully seen, heard and having our whole selves held with care and compassion is a fundamental need that we all have. Through caring touch and via dialogue, I affirm your whole being at a cellular level. Deep Listening - I hold a kind, compassionate and non-judgemental space. I’m not trying to make anything happen, but instead ‘listen’ to the movement, rhythm and intelligence of your body in a non-imposing way. Empowering - As we work together, a wider picture begins to emerge and I may invite us to explore aspects such as lifestyle, thought patterns and beliefs, postural habits, and much more, to support you in moving to a fuller sense of alignment in your everyday life. Trauma-informed - I work in a trauma-informed way and always emphasise that you are in control. I encourage a lot of choice and agency and adapt the way that I work so that you feel as safe as possible.

Holding space for others as a therapist cannot be separated from my own healing journey.I have experienced two significant periods of burnout in my life. These have been turning points for me, as they forced me to look carefully at how I had abandoned myself and the care of my own bodymind in the process of trying to support others. I engaged in talking therapy for a number of years and found it very beneficial. Yet I felt like something big was missing; a deeper connection to the body. I tried various body-based therapies but really felt like I ‘came home’ to myself when I experienced my first session of Craniosacral therapy. I was heartbroken by grief at the time and remember feeling a peace and safety in my body that I hadn’t felt for a long time. I felt like I had been ‘plugged in’ to some kind of a source that left me feeling whole, even amidst the brokenness. Over the years, Craniosacral therapy has helped me to process and recover from several accidents and injuries I experienced during childhood. I trained as a Craniosacral therapist in 2020 and continue to be amazed by the transformative power of this subtle and gentle practice. Connection and community inspires all of my work. In Craniosacral therapy, the gentle presence of the therapist can positively impact the client’s entire nervous system. Through this, the client often enters into a more intimate connection with themself. In my Movement and Meditation work, I am interested in connecting people more fully with their own self, and with the world around us. I am motivated by building communities that are resourced and are rooted in mutuality, cooperation and care.

Type of Therapy
  • Somatic Therapy (Body Centered)
  • Touch Therapy
Client Type
Type of Session
Long Term (Face to Face)Short Term (Face to Face)