Bruce Aitken – Craniosacral Therapist

After qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 1983, Bruce worked full time in the NHS for the following six years. He then also qualified as a Shiatsu practitioner and a Craniosacral Therapist.

Bruce’s experience is broad based, having worked in mental health, in hospices and with people following strokes and head injuries, as well as those with musculoskeletal problems. In recent years, he has developed a special interest in two particular areas.

One is mothers and babies, particularly when there was a difficult birth, but also if the baby has unusual symptoms, even when the labour was easy. These symptoms might include colic; problems with feeding or sleeping; inconsolable crying, or simply the impression that all is “not quite right”.

Mothers can frequently benefit from help to rebalance after childbirth: for example, to recover from strains to the pelvis or to ease residual backache.

The other area of special interest is people who have complex or longstanding physical symptoms. Typical examples are recurrent backaches or headaches; widespread muscular pain and chronic fatigue. Sometimes other treatments will have been tried without success. They may be feeling low in mood and lacking energy. This can often occur when there has been a trauma associated with the onset or when the causes of the symptoms are not clear.

Bruce’s personal philosophy is based around acknowledging and validating all aspects of yourself and recognising that fundamentally we are all one.