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Maria Esposito has a degree in Health Science: Nutritional Therapy BSc (Hons); Dip. A.E.T.; is a NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques) practitioner and she is a qualified Craniosacral Therapist. She has worked in complementary therapy since 1990 in various clinics in London. She has worked as a Nutritional Therapist since 2001, and as a Craniosacral Therapist since 2011. She is an NLP practitioner which she now combines the tool from the course into her craniosacral work. She is also an Angel Guide Certified for distance healing work, combined with NLP tools. She works by using a combination of all her training and experience that she has accumulated during the past 26 years. She has a certificate of meditation practitioner/teacher. She is still curious about life and especially one’s spiritual life, which she feels has an immense impact on people. The more she learns about spiritual life, the more she feels that as humans, we know little. She runs courses for Craniosacral Therapists and anyone who is interested in healing; She has been working with babies with craniosacral therapy and she now runs workshops for craniosacral therapists to teach how to work with babies. She has co-run a community clinic for 2 years till 2020. She also works with children with NAET and craniosacral therapy. Her client’s testimonial shows how dedicated and passionate about health and the well-being of her clients she is.

Working with CST from 9 months to 8 years plus

This is a new workshop online on the 22nd of October 2023. 6 Hours CPD

What it will cover:

  • Tips and tools to work with babies from 9 months to 12, 12months to 3 years and children from 4 to 8 plus years
  • This will be online – How to work with the moving babies from 9 months to 12 months, some of the health that you might encounter then.
  • Walking toddlers from 12 months to 3 years, how do you approach them and what health issues you might encunter.
  • From 4 to 8 plus years, how do you work with them and some of the health issue you might encounter. 
  • This is a 6 hours CPD workshop, questions and answers as well as meditations. From my experience working with different backgrounds of toddlers and children. Watch this space click here to learn more

From 9 months old babies and toddlers are very suspicious of anybody else that is not part of their circle, as a natural instinct kicks in. Working with them in craniosacral therapy can be challenging at times and rewarding at the end. From 9 months old the issues that you might encounter are different from the baby stage. They might have more of sleeping problems, attachment issues, teething, ear problems and for some they might still have a trauma from birth if they have not dealt with it earlier.

This workshop will give you some of the tips to work with them, hands on and off, depending on the stage and trust that they will have. You need to be very flexible with your way of working, to allow the babies and toddlers to tell you their story. With children from 4 years onwards is a bit different, with various issues that they will come up. This has to be a collaboration between you the parents and the children.

In this workshop there will be some mindfulness meditations, to get you as a therapist in a state of stillness, inner peace, and calm that is needed to work with moving toddlers and children!

Questions and answers throughout the workshop is allowed.

The zoom link will be emailed to you near the time of the workshop.

Price for this workshop is 75 pounds paid via bank transfer. Once you pay you are booked. I will email you a receipt and a CPD certificate once you finish.

Payment via bank transfer:  (email Maria Esposito on the above emails if making payments in this way). Maria Esposito TSB code 308472 account 24603860

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher- Resilient heart (heart-Math)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Brian-gut health depends on:
Gut health: gut barrier intact
• Leaky gut due to various reasons, eg. Stress, medications, alcohol, viruses, bacteria overload, candida, allergens, low nutrients and more
• Low serotonin due to leaky gut, or damaged gut barrier, affect mood and positive thinking
• Low enzymes function
• Low liver function—unbalanced liver phase I & II
• Unbalanced TH1 & TH2 immunity
• Low gall bladder function
• High intestinal histamine
• High intestinal inflammation

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Gut health: gut barrier intact
• Leaky gut due to various reasons, eg. Stress, medications, alcohol, viruses, bacteria overload, candida, allergens, low nutrients and more
• Low serotonin due to leaky gut, or damaged gut barrier, affect mood and positive thinking
• Low enzymes function
• Low liver function—unbalanced liver phase I & II
• Unbalanced TH1 & TH2 immunity
• Low gall bladder function
• High intestinal histamine
• High intestinal inflammation

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher- Resilient heart (heart-Math)

Myths about babies!

Myths about how parents behave with babies:

  • You will spoil a baby if you hold them all the time – this is not true. You will never spoil a baby when you hold them. They will grow stronger and feel safer at all times. They will develop a sense of security and be confident within themselves.
  • When they cry, and you do not pick them up, they will fall asleep by themselves and stop crying. – This is not true. They will stop crying, but with that, they will learn that nobody will come if I cry or ask for help!
  • You can start giving big babies finger foods at 4 months or any other foods rather than milk, they can handle it! False, even with big babies, their intestinal tract and digestive system is not formed yet and hence any food that you give that is not milk will cause big intestinal tract problems, allergies and inflammation of the intestinal tract, leading to more serious intestinal tract problems later in life.
  • Babies do not lie, or pretend they are sick! They do not have that inclination yet. If they are crying, it means they are either tired, hungry, something is upsetting them or they are in pain.
  • Babies do not feel pain. Wrong, babies do feel pain, they feel emotions from others, they do feel emotions.
  • Babies do not smile in the first few weeks, it is gas! Babies do smile within few hours; they are happy to hear their parents voice, and they do smile!
  • Babies do not feel your emotions. Babies do feel emotions, they feel your love when you touch the belly when they are inside the womb, they will feel that touch of love when they are born. They do feel love, sadness, grief, anger, and more from their parents and mum when in the womb and outside.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher- Resilient heart (heart-Math

Tongue tie in babies. What happens if you leave it?

Many babies now have been diagnosed with tongue tie. I researched the reason for that, and it seems that is mainly due to more awareness from mothers and midwives and breastfeeding consultants. Even about 8 years ago the awareness was much less in the UK, or at least I did not see many, but at the same time, many mothers even about 3 years ago were bottle fed instead, due to problems of the baby latching. So it might be due now to mothers wanted to breastfeed more and hence the tongue tie and lip tie being the main issue for poor latch and painful mastitis, it is addressed more.

You might know already that a tongue tie or a lip tie, including posterior tongue ties, do cause and increase colic, reflux and explosive poos, as well as mastitis and poor latch. You also might know that most mothers might be told that a posterior tongue ties is ok, especially if the baby is growing.

Now if the baby is growing could be due to the mother having a very good supply of milk, or the baby being bottle fed instead.

A frenotomy as it is officially called is fairly quick and easy (no laser as it can burn the skin a bit to much, do research). It take about two weeks for healing completely.

I was very surprised though that here in the UK, even the private clinics do not recommend the post-procedure exercises for the parents to do. These exercises are as essential as the frenotomy. The reason for that is to avoid for the regrowth of the tie and also because the brain does not recognise that the tongue can move in different directions now, including up and sideways. And it is done once a day for at least 6 weeks after the procedure. Very simple exercises and easy to do, and again very, very essential. Here is a wonderful u-tube video that shows the exercises very clearly and easy. The baby is already the star and the therapist is wonderful too. click here to see it. As well as having a craniosacral therapy, afterwards to release any possible jaw tightness and maybe the trauma for the mother rather that the baby.

Remember that the baby will feel the emotions and feelings like a sponge of the parents and cares. If you react to the procedures with calm and love, they will feel it.

What happens if the tongue tie, even the posterior tie is not addressed?

  • No new sounds learning as the tongue does not move all the way up or sideways, which it means the larynx and vocals muscles will be affected, with possible speech problem later in life.
  • Constant colic due to inhale of more air, even with the baby growing remember, will cause a bloated belly and more reflux.
  • A bloated belly will lead the baby to dislike having tummy time.
  • No tummy time, means no crawling
  • No crawling means no hand-eye coordination
  • No hand-eye coordination, no eating much of finger food and fussy eater.
  • No hand-eye coordination, strong connection with dyslexia.
  • No crawling, no stretching of the intestinal tract, with possible digestive problems later in life.
  • and the list could go on, with possible things that are not yet been researched on or had a connection with.

My suggestions for new parents or old parents, is that if you have been told that your baby or child now, has a tongue tie, and not to do anything because it will grow out of it, and as they are putting on weight because you have a really good supply of milk and you are still hearing the clicking noise when they are breastfeeding, or they are bottle fed and still have not yet made any sounds by the time of 4 to 5 months, then you might have a problem there. A little discomfort for the parents or the baby, it is worth a lifetime of bigger discomfort! Do research it and make your decision as soon as possible, private procedures are not too expensive now, and with the essential exercise and craniosacral therapy before and after, things will be great!

posterior tongue tie
tongue tie
lip tie as an older child

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher- Resilient heart (heart-Math)

Chocolate and headache for adults and babies

I love chocolate, it is my favourite treat. The darker the better, I love the bitterness, and I love coffee for that reason. Now I try not eat as much or even buy any form of chocolate, as I will eat it all. So I avoid it as much as possible, apart when I go in a country where the chocolate is pure and thick, and when you ask for the hot chocolate you will need a spoon to actually eat it, rather than drink it. So when my friend suggested to go a check an Italian chocolate bar, I was very keen to go, and in the hope that I would not suffer of headache afterwards. I was prepared with my glutathione, liver support so that I could detoxifying the chocolate by the night time. Aheme, that did not happen, as when we got there, the chocolate was so divine, dark, triple chocolate, so I ordered a hot chocolate and we share a triple chocolate piece of cake, which was so big. Plus, there were complementary chocolate tear drops on the table for us to eat even more chocolate. Boy it was heaven for me! Till I got home, and night time and morning I had such a strong headache, I could not get up. It became a migraine and hence had to take up to 4 capsule of glutathione complex to detoxifying. I felt like I had drunk a bottle of Vodka and felt so sick with. So, yes it was my amazing treat, but obviously that cannot be repeated again.

pure dark chocolate and bean chocolate

Now I know that dogs will die if they eat chocolate or garlic and onions, and that is all about the liver detox, and mainly the second part Phase II liver detox, which is the rubbish bin collectors taking the rubbish from the bins away. Click here to understand the liver detox.

The reason I had such a hard time detoxifying chocolate is that I have Gilbert Syndrome, which is a defective or slow liver pathway that is genetic, my father has it and I am the only one in the family who has it. Many people have a liver snip either quite severe or mild. My one can be dealt with the glutathione pathway taking up extra rubbish to eliminate; others might have the Gilbert’s Syndrome with the glutathione snip as well, and that is where problems will be even worse, if they do not keep taking the liver support to support the other pathways of elimination.

Now in babies, quite often they have jaundice, which also with Gilbert Syndrome you would get, and that means that the liver is not functioning still in his full capacity. Remember that the mother’s hormones needs to be also detoxified by the baby, up to few weeks after birth, and also that the liver needs a bit of time to grow and eliminate more things.

So if you eat are a mother that is breastfeeding, and you eat a lot of garlic, onions, chocolate, coffee or normal tea, the baby might not detoxifying it very well and hence possible have a form of headache or inflammation which will cause them to cry and feel sick a bit. So do be aware if you also have a lot of cake and sugary food which you are breastfeeding as for some babies, they need more time for the digestive system to function at their optimal level.

I managed to deal with my Gilbert’s Syndrome and taught my father to do the same, since I went to started my Nutritional Therapy degree about 26 years ago. I remember that at that time, my liver had signs of lupus or the antibodies for that. I was referred to a liver specialist, and at that time I started also to take the glutathione. The specialist said that it was a placebo effect. Well sometimes specialist do not think out of the box, and hence look at alternative way of healing. My father often does get the total bilirubin test to check that it does not get too high. After taking the glutathione as recommended his bilirubin was back to normal more often than not, with the surprise of the medical doctors 25 years ago.

Breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women cannot take any high dosage glutathione, but asparagus has got some natural glutathione, and hence they can eat that.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher- Resilient heart (heart-Math)

A proven naturally way to Lowering your cholesterol and tri-glycerides

I am so thankful that after three years I can still pass my Christmas in Italy with my family. Lots of things have changed, people do different things, some with family and others by themselves travelling a bit more. There is still a lot more fears attached to Covid than in other places, and any new news about it becomes an extra worry. In pharmacies people still wear a mask and you feel like the odd out if you don’t. There was a new strain of flu going around and young and older people felt worse than ever with it. This is due to the immune system not being challenged for 3 years. My parents, even in their old age are always worried about lack of food, so they buy more than they will ever eat in one week, and they love to plant seasonal vegetables, even in big pots. When they were given big pots as a gift, they were so happy that they can manage to plant their seasonal vegetables without much effort, as the planting them on the land would be too much for them.

Green and red salad

They try their best not to take extra medication that they can avoid, even though they might take some that are essential. Both my parents were tested high for cholesterol last year, and of course, they were given by their GP the usual medication to lower it. They both did not react well with it, and I mentioned to try to see if with Benecol, as I knew that it would work, would go down enough for the doctors to be ok with it. I also suggested to take fish oil in capsules for both of them, for two reasons, one for the brain, and the other to reduce tri-glycerides, which again they both had a bit high. They have been taking it since the summer, and I asked if their cholesterol was low. They said they were so happy with it, as the cholesterol got down so much, as well as the tri-glycerides, with the fish oil. To be fair the doctor in Italy did suggest the fish oil for that too, which is good. They have not told the doctor about the Benecol though and the reason for being lower. My mum had a heart operation 6 years ago so she had to have a lower cholesterol.

The main ingredients that is beneficial to reduce cholesterol in Benecol is plant sterol ester, and I would not agree with all the ingredients in Benecol, but for people, like my parents that would rather have a food that keep taking pills, this is the 2nd best option.

Freshly squeezed orange juice

The best one is to take plant sterol and phytosterol in capsule as well as combining the dietary changes. My parents do eat their own seasonal vegetables, and fennel, endive and salads, as well as broccoli, chicory, and broccoletti (found in Italy but not England), are part of their stable diet, as well as beans, lentils and fruits. Green leafy vegetables, sage, nuts contain plant sterols as well as the food above.

We were so fortunate to have my mum make us freshly squeezed orange juice every morning, that is because a couple of kilos of oranges would cost two Euros, compared to 2 pounds for a pack of 5 oranges here. They would also eat good nuts such as pecans and walnuts as snacks, which would help with having higher good fats as well. At their age, they eat less meat and hard cheese, due to my insistence, less frying and more oven baked food, as well as using only olive oil if any food needs to be cooked. Using their own olive oil from their own olive tree only raw with salads and food.

© Fennel

 If you do have high cholesterol and high tri-glycerides, you need to consider the entire life style change as well, to make the most of it and get things sorted out for good, and that would include walking 30 minutes, twice a day, to keep your circulation going and keep your heart pumping well.

Some of the plant sterols in supplements might cost as much as the Benecol, so maybe worth getting that instead and you get more for them, like a monthly supply. Fish oil with high EPA and DHA, again get a good brand as that would still be worth it, and even if you eat fish, you might not get enough from a couple of times that you eat it a week. At least you can get the plant sterols and fish oil till your tests come back normal and then keep going with the dietary changes and walking to keep it stable, and maybe just get the Benecol every now and then to keep it down.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher- Resilient heart (heart-Math

Babies reflux, colic, sleep problems and breastfeeding problems with craniosacral therapy

Babies reflux and colic are very common, and there is not always the need to give a baby anti-acid. There are ways of reducing the reflux and colic and re-balance the nervous system to get the baby healthy and well for his life! Craniosacral therapy is a gentle but powerful tool for the baby and mother.

Often mothers after a second session would say “It is like another baby, calmer, does not have a high pitch cry anymore, only small discomfort that goes away very quickly”.

 Symptoms of Reflux are spitting up milk, with or without a burp.


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 Pulling away or arching during feeding

 Crying and fussing during feeding

 Grunting or gurgling and not calming after feeding.

Also the silent reflux can be notices when baby will look like they are licking their lips or tasting something.

When acid comes up, the baby will have a high pitch crying sudden or continuous, and some babies will not cry much.

Possible nutritional reason is due to allergies to milk protein if bottle fed or from mothers cow’s milk and cheese intake or other foods such as caffeine, chocolate, tea and other stimulants.

Breastfed and bottle fed babies have reflux, but bottle fed seems to have more.

Possible too much lactose in mothers milk and sometimes just giving Colief or lactase enzymes might reduce reflux and colic.

With colic, the baby will try to pull his/her legs up, will cry after 1 hour to 2 hours after feeding, more during the late evening feed as the milk is denser. This can be easily resolved with craniosacral therapy and baby probiotics.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher- Resilient heart (heartMath)

Migraines and what can you do about it

Headaches and Migraines are very common from children having migraines to adult. The triggers and cause of migraines are different for everyone. Below are some of the possible triggers:

  • Fasting
  • Food
  • Hormonal – pre and menstrual cycle –
  • Sleep – oversleep or lack of sleep, change of time of sleep and week end different sleep
  • Activities
  • Stress – due to high demand job, conflicts, arguments, family problems, society, aggressiveness
  • Emotional such as crying and anxiety
  • Environmental – hay-fever, allergies, pollution, wind, rain, cold weather, hot weather, dust, cigarette in the air, cigarette smoking, air pollution, perfumes, strong perfumes (due to possibly liver detox slow, cleaning products, gasoline,

Certain foods that trigger more than others are:

  • Chocolate
  • Sausage
  • Allergies to foods and drinks
  • Salami or processed meat
  • Monosodium glutamate (from soy sauce and Chinese food), as well as some vegetables cubes and olive (check labels for any processed food).
  • Cheese, some hard cheese and fermented cheese more than others
  • Dairy milk
  • Aspartame in certain foods including some chew gums, fizzy drinks and processed drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Red wine, depending on the amount of sulphur and additive that they have, women more susceptible for the red wine.
  • Coffee is a catch 22, as caffeine helps reduce the headaches and some migraines and for some people the withdraw of coffee can trigger a migraines or headaches
  • Citric fruits
  • Ice creams
  • Nuts
cinque terre. peace

What worked in the research studies is a combination of Magnesium citrate (as most absorbed) at about 350 mg for an adult to 600mg a day, combined with a good multivitamins and minerals during the day and CoQ10.

Magnesium is found in drinking bottled water, all green leafy vegetables, bananas, nuts and seeds. For some people though food intake of magnesium is not enough, depends on their triggers, stress level and the way their own bodies deals with magnesium.

I would suggest a good multivitamin from any of the good brand and the CoQ10 from my experience is G&G brand, you just need one capsule a day. Magnesium citrate or a mix of magnesium from BioCare powder as you can increase or decrease your magnesium intake according to your needs and at the start of your headache/migraines and during, as well as investigating the trigger of your headache and eliminating it. If you are taking any prescribed medications do consult your doctor before taking any magnesium, especially if you have had a heart surgery or any heart problems.

As a therapist I would treat any possible food trigger with the method NAET and combine the treatment or even by itself with CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY, MINDFULNESS MEDITATION and HEART RESILIENT meditation, as well as Neuro-Linguistic Programming tools for old emotional and learning or positive resources, to reduce the stress level and the muscle tension, as well as allowing the system to flow nicely.

This is combined with nutrients and supplements if that is essential as well.


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© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher- Resilient heart (heart-Math)

Babies and mothers craniosacral therapy sessions

From reflux, during pregnancy, to tiredness and relaxions for anxious mothers to babies and mothers birth trauma, Craniosacral therapy is a gentle but very powerful and magical therapy that allows the entire body system to settle and balance up. This will reduce, anxiety for the mother, and stress mode, or vagal irritation for the baby when they are born. In turn for the baby means, less colic, less irritation or fear mode, less reflux, improved breastfeeding, more peaceful sleep for baby and mother. craniosacral therapy is a gift of a lifetime for your baby, as it will improve the mother and baby connection, a HAPPY BABY, will increase the good positive neurons forming and good memory that will positively affect them for their lifetime!

For babies with a small amount of birth trauma just few sessions is enough to settle them in a balance way. This improve the connection after a tongue tie for a good latching and hence feeding well.

For the past 30 years, I have heard of mothers saying that their baby do not poo for few days or even a week or more at the time, and they have been told that it is normal.

After just one session and suggestions of babies infants probiotics, babies poo few times a day, as they should do.

The foundation of good bacteria from the start of the baby’s life, will set them for a lifetime of good intestinal tract. There are plenty of research now connecting the gut health with the brain healthy development of the baby in their adult time.

The past 50 years with the use of too much anti-biotics, which at times, they do save lives, but others were prescribed as sweet, have seen the stripping of the good bacteria, with an increase in gut dysbiosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and other Irritable Bowel disorders. Now that we have learned how important our friendly gut bacteria are from the start, let’s keep them in and start from the beginning!

Give yourself and your baby the gift of life, with craniosacral therapy. For the mothers and adults, the change is a bit more slow, but worth starting and carrying on!

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher- Heart Meditation certificated (Heart-Math)

Transformation by Maria Esposito in the Fulcrum for craniosacral therapy

(taken from) The Fulcrum, Issue 82 January 2021 click here for original article

I find that the more I follow my intuition and connect to the heart, serving everything that makes my client whole and integrated, the faster they heal and in so doing transform their lives and mine.

Having held CST workshops on how to deepen one’s practice for the past five years, I was recently invited to write about the journey that led to teaching. Hesitant at first about how to put my thoughts and experiences in words, I was reminded that there seems to be a hunger to understand ‘grounding’ more deeply and learn to apply it to our daily lives, and a desire to develop a more intuitive, heart-centred connection with ourselves, our work and our clients. In recalling my own efforts to learn these things, and the wonderful transformation when I was finally able to apply them to myself and my practice, I’d like to share my journey.

A massage course led to further qualifications in sports massage, reflexology, nutritional therapy, muscle testing and Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET). I found that I loved helping others to resolve their problems and pain and have been a holistic therapist for more than 28 years.

Informed by anatomy, physiology, nutrition and Eastern approaches, I spent many years helping clients and yet I still felt a need to meet them more holistically. My first experience of CST was when cranial-osteopathy was recommended for my son’s recurring colds and coughs. The process that led to the release of his birth trauma made me so curious that I eventually enrolled to study CST at the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CCST).

My scientific and therapeutic training was comfortable with the physical focus of cranial-osteopathy but I found myself unsure about the whole-system approach that was taught at CCST. Nevertheless, during treatments and practical sessions, I felt much-needed changes occurring within me and experienced profound results. Whatever it was, it was working. Still, it was challenging; I was very good at the physical and scientific aspects of CST but not as good at grounding and working off-body. I became increasingly conscious of being ungrounded, of not being fully present in my body, especially in the mornings and evenings, which led to exhaustion. Not able to ground well, I did not pass my practical exam. It was the first time that I had not succeeded in something that I had put effort into and it was difficult to accept. So, as a positive and stubborn person, I set out to understand everything I could about grounding.

‘Just Ground’

A healer brought a fresh perspective on grounding that helped me understand the concept of being fully present and embodied, and why I was ungrounded in the first place. At the same time, Octavia Kelly, a CST colleague, brought her experience and insight to my training. I am very thankful to both and for my failure to pass the practical part of my final training assessment, as my journey would have been completely different otherwise. I would not have understood the concept of grounding as deeply as I do now and how essential self-healing is to our work.

I realised that the more grounded I was, the more I felt calm, focused, alive and less tired throughout the day.

Developing Intuition and Heart-Connection

My interest in intuition and heart connection first began when I started to practise CST in combination with the NAET method of treating allergies. Many clients began sharing what they saw and felt during treatments, which was often beyond my wildest expectations of what was possible or logical. My natural curiosity led me to explore this. Hence, when I tuned into and followed a client’s whole system during a treatment, I often saw images, for example, a femur or tibia or fibula in an incorrect position, and sometimes I would feel pain in my own leg, knowing that it was not mine. This would lead me to ask if there was a problem with the limb that presented to me, and I found that the answer was always ‘yes’ when I worked this way. So, I started to mention more of what I felt or saw during treatments and the answers often confirmed where a problem that affected their body and sometimes their mind had started. If my hands felt something hot or cold, or if my clients spoke of seeing images and/or colours, I would follow and see where it led.

I began to attend healing classes to become more grounded. The technique that helped me become more embodied and less stuck in my head (with my logical, scientific mind) was to visualise that my legs and feet were weighed down by anchors. Thai Chi and Qi Gong classes, where grounding and body awareness were practised in every class, and swimming and Pilates classes, also helped me to become more embodied. After a few months, I was grounding well enough to pass my practical exam, and a door opened to a new experience of life, professionally and personally.

I realised that the more grounded I was, the more I felt calm, focused, alive and less tired throughout the day. I could see clearly what I wanted to do in my life, and I experienced inner peace for the first time. Reaching a steady state of inner peace is not an easy thing to achieve; it takes time, especially when life challenges you. Still, the more whole and grounded I became, the lighter I felt, and when life ungrounded me I recovered my grounding and balance more quickly.

‘Just ground’ became my personal mantra and after a few years of experiencing the benefits of this amazing change and self-transformation, I wanted to share this simple way of being. This led to developing my CST workshop ‘Grounding and Healing Tools’ and, judging from its popularity, it seemed to fill a gap for many therapists.

This workshop is a reminder of how far I have come on my own journey in grounding and in my own life, and it is a privilege to pass on what I have learnt to others who are ready to understand the concept more fully and embrace their potential. Through teaching grounding techniques I hope to remind, reconnect and deepen practitioners’ understanding of why grounding is so powerful, transformative and important for ourselves as individuals and therapists, and for our clients.

I have also found healing tools useful in my practice. Healing, defined as ‘the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again’, resonates with me and I feel that my work is part of a healing process. The danger is that we can become vulnerable to our clients’ issues, and if not careful, can internalise them. As part of my toolkit, healing techniques help to protect me from holding on to my clients’ emotions and feelings. I find that I feel much more exhausted if I do not combine CST with these tools, and my hope in sharing them is to help others stay protected, resourced and energised in their work.

I found that the more I followed my intuitive sense without fear or judgement, the more accurate my treatments became.

Fascinated by this process, I started consciously to develop my ‘right brain’ – thought to be the most creative and intuitive part of our body. Inspired by John Upledger’s experiences in the ‘Inner Physician’ and ‘Somato-Emotional Release’, I found that the more I followed my intuitive sense without fear or judgement, the more accurate my treatments became. I then read ‘The Biology of Transcendence’ by Joseph Chilton Pearce in which he describes the heart as the fifth or highest brain. As a result of this study, I now practise CST with intuition and heart-connection.

Developing heart-connection transformed my practice. The first time I understood this profound power I was treating a client who shared something I was simply not able to understand. Beyond my comprehension, the only way I could follow and support my client was to let go of judgment, fear and worry and connect to unconditional love for them and their journey. I focused on just being there, trusting and allowing the whole system to do what it needed to do, following where it led. This, of course, is the principle of CST – observe, listen, allow whatever needs to unfold and integrate. Yet, in my experience, we all come to a profound recognition of this truth in different ways.

As I deepened my intuitive perception, following where the client’s system led, it felt natural to share with colleagues, to help them strengthen the intuition that many already experience. I felt that some just needed guidance or reassurance that whatever they were experiencing needed to be followed and taken into consideration for the benefit of their client’s whole system, health and deep healing. The workshop ‘Integration of the Self, Strengthening Your Inner Intuition,’ grew out of this desire to help therapists grow further in their knowledge and awareness to push beyond their comfort zone while remaining sensitive to their boundaries.

Thanks to my inner curiosity, my therapy practice has evolved far beyond my expectations. As I have sought ways to deepen my connection to clients, I have come to realise the power of working from our hearts is essential to serving them in the best way possible. Focused by grounding and guided by intuition, the unconditional love and peace that is inherently present when we are led from the heart enable us to grow both personally and professionally. It is this truth that I wish to share with others.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher- Resilient heart (heart-Math)