About Gentle Strength


My name is Bryony Smith and I am a registered Cranio-Sacral Therapist (RCST) with a qualification in Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy.

I came across Cranio-Sacral therapy by chance about 15 years ago.  Faced with a sudden physical problem someone recommended I try it. I gave it a go and was immediately impressed by its profound impact on my whole system and sense of well-being.  Since then I have continued to receive regular treatments which help in reaching deeper levels of my system and positively impact on my whole life and experience in profound and subtle ways.

I also have a Bachelors degree in Psychology and  Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. I initially worked in trade union research and then moved to the NHS and began working in  Mental Health. I have also worked as a support worker for children with Additional Support Needs.   In the NHS I worked with various client groups in different settings, including people with long-term mental health problems and older people with mental health problems.   I then moved to a monastery and spent 7 years living as a Buddhist Nun.  On leaving the monastery I began training in  Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral therapy with Ged Sumner and Steve Haines of Body Intelligence. This included anatomy and physiology as well as the philosophy that lies underneath Cranio-Sacral work.

During my Cranio-Sacral training I realised how all my previous education, interests, meditation and life experience can come together and greatly support my work as a Cranio-Sacral therapist. I feel very passionate about Cranio-Sacral therapy and its potential benefits for everyone. I find it a deeply positive and profound approach to health, affecting all levels of our experience from physical aches and pains, our emotional experience, to our overall well-being, and our relationships with ourselves, others and the world.  It is a truly  holistic  approach  which  recognises  the interconnectedness of all aspects of ourselves and with our environment  and this in itself brings for me a deep relief, and sense of recognition and validation of our lived experience – a healing in itself!

Please call 07890189757 to book an appointment or discuss how cranio-sacral therapy might help you.dark gren r i i

 Training and Education
BSc (Tech) Applied Pyschology, UWIST, Cardiff
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford
MSc Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, Boston, USA
Diploma in Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Body Intelligence.
Post Graduate Training

Working with Babies, Children and Families. Resonance Trainings.  January 2014              The Speech of the Embryo. Japp Van Der Waal, CTET. May 2014                                                The Shamanic Body.  Conscious Embodiment Trainings. July 2015                                          Case History and Case Report Writing, CSTA. April 2016

Regular study days.

Supervision and Professional Registration
I am a Registered member of the Cranio-Sacral Therapy Association.
I am insured through Holistic Insurances.
I attend regular clinical supervision with a qualified supervisor.
I am a member of the PVG scheme under Disclosure Scotland and am CRB – Enhanced Disclosure checked.
I am registered by the Scottish Social Services Council.

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