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
  • Feather Stone Energy Healing, Levels I &II, Edinburgh Shamanic Centre. September & December 2015
  • Case History and Case Report Writing, CSTA. April 2016
  • Introduction to Somatic Trauma Therapy.  School of Holistic Therapy, Edinburgh. July 2017
  • Cranio-Sacral Therapy and the Human Microbiome, CSTA. July 2017


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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