Brain and Heart connection with a more confident and happy baby through craniosacral therapy

Babies are connecting very much to their mothers, what the mother feels, the babies will feel.

If the mother is stressed out during pregnancy the baby will be too, even after they are born.

If the mother listens to relaxing music during the day or any other time in the evening, then those relaxing hormones will be around more often, which it means that the baby is more relaxed than ever when they come out.

Also, babies do feel their parents love through touch on the belly, through words, singing, talking. As voices and words are made of frequency and tonality, the baby will recognize that once they are born. I mentioned in my past blogs that if you read the same book to the baby during pregnancy, the baby will recognise that book once they are born.

Once the baby is born, the brain or neurons have not yet developed, they will be developing up to 2 years of age and then completely up to 5 years of age.

It seems that the most important factor in a healthy brain, is love and connection with love. Or mainly a good positive connection with the mother or father or any other loving family member.

Did you know that the physical heart is also considered the compassionate brain?

The reason why is that the heart is made of 60 % neurons and they are all connecting to the brain, specifically to the pre-frontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is the brain that connects to the world around us and the one that is connecting to more feeling good.

So if the baby up to 5 years old is well connecting with the mother and anybody else around them with love and compassion and positive interactions, then their lives will be connecting very much to positive life patterns filled with confidence and love for themselves and others.

My point is, if you and the baby had a traumatic pregnancy or birth/labour then is good to rebalance that with a sense of security and peace through craniosacral therapy for the baby and the mother!

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – R-Craniosacral Therapist

Craniosacral therapy and NLP similarity

Recently I have been to an NLP training course again, just because I like it and because there are few tools that I would like to use from them. Every time I do a workshop in NLP I can see clearly how similar is to craniosacral therapy. Neuro linguistic programming, for who ever is unfamiliar with NLP, is a method that can change the way you perceive the world or it gets rid of some phobias. Again, very similar to NAET method that I use and CST. The common things that these therapies have with each other is working with the unconscious mind very much so that the conscious mind can be aware of any feelings, negative or positive, trauma, and patterns that the body and mind have, so that the person can deal with them in a logical way and get on with their lives. CST involves the body system and not only the unconscious mind but they are both very powerful therapies. I know and I think my clients know by now that our mind is a very powerful tool, it can either heal us or kill us! A part from physical trauma, quite often our mind can cause our own illness, and it is our own mind that can heal that illness if we give it a chance. Some disorders or diseases are genetic and not part of our minds of course, and my opinion is what trigger that negative gene? Again, this is not for every disease or disorders and it is not for everything that we have or catch. I think, maybe 20 to 50% of the illness comes from our mind, the rest is from other causes.

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET – R-Craniosacral therapist

Chromium and Glucose Tolerance Factor for blood sugar control and binge eating

Chromium is a metal that exist on earth in several states, from Cr3+ to Cr63+ (the latter is toxic for the body). The one that the body uses is the Cr3+, which is the most stable of them all. This mineral is found in water, air and soil. Because of being trivalent (three), it can attach to other compounds such as nitrogen, oxygen or sulphur and form big complexes. Foods contains the form that humans can consume without damage, and it is usually found in high amount in organ meats and whole grains, and in lesser amount in mushrooms, cheese, spices tea and beers. Brewer’s yeast is very high in chromium and contain the form called glucose tolerance factor.

Chromium is essential in our body to form the glucose tolerance factor, with nicotinic acid and amino acids (two amino acids). This form the Glucose Tolerance Factor, which is essential for getting insulin communicating with insulin receptors, therefore promoting glucose uptake into the cell and making energy for the body to use, and is also involved in lipid (fat) metabolism as well.

Chromium increases the insulin sensitivity, by activating insulin receptor enzyme. This mineral has been studied extensively for the management of hypoglycaemia, diabetes and disorder eating, binge eating with depression involved. One of the studies have shown that also increased the effect of dopamine and serotonin, hence affecting positively the mood of the person and therefore reducing binge eating.

You do not need to have diabetes or binge eating to take chromium. If you do not eat organ meats, brewer yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is used for wine making, baking and brewing), or whole grains, and you feel low in energy, without having anything in your blood results that indicate any problems, and if you have family history of diabetes or thyroid problem in your family, you might benefit from taking extra supplement every now and then or eat foods that contain chromium or have brewer yeast in supplement every now and there (unless you have a yeast infection or candida and problems with yeast, or have bloating or IBS conditions).

, or whole grains, and you feel low in energy, without having anything in your blood results that indicate any problems, and if you have family history of diabetes or thyroid problem in your family, you might benefit from taking extra supplement every now and then or eat foods that contain chromium or have brewer yeast every now and there (unless you have a yeast infection or candida and problems with yeast).

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET – R-Craniosacral Therapist


Brownley KA et al. (2013). A double-blind, randomized pilot trial of chromium picolinate for binge eating disorder: results of the Binge Eating and Chromium (BEACh) study. J Psychosom Res. Jul; 75(1): 36-42

Free craniosacral therapy drop in clinic for babies and adults

Donation based craniosacral drop-in clinic, co-run by fully qualified and professional therapist

Wednesday’s mornings 9.35-12 noon at:

Hornsey Vale Community Centre  60 Mayfield Road N8 9LP.

The Clinic is non-appointment based, closed during school holidays and is for all – babies, children and adults.

Arriving at the clinic around 9am is recommended to secure a time-slot for your session as at time could be very busy

The clinic is closed during school half terms 2018-2019:

  • Closed for the summer, from the 24th of July till the 28th of August 2019.
  • Clinic reopens Wednesday 4th of September 2019.
  • Open every other Wednesday

This clinic is co-run with my collegue Zoe Rigby.

This community clinic was set up by our wonderful colleague Richard Kramer 20 years ago and thank to his determination and love for the Craniosacral therapy that this clinic is very successful.

Craniosacral therapy for Babies

Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle but powerful therapy. Babies love the treatment and connect to it very well (there is no manipulation of any kind). Any type of trauma from minor to bigger can be relieved with one or two treatments. Things that CST can work on:

  • Colic’s which are very frequent in babies
  • Traumatic birth (C-section- Forceps – Ventouse, very fast birth, et)
  • Frequency of throwing up the milk
  • Sleeping better and more peacefully
  • You gain a stronger connection with mother and babies (the mother needs to be treated as well as the baby for both reflux and connection with the baby)
  • Other problems that have been helped with treatment with CST are:
  • Teething
  • Coughing
  • Frequent colds for the babies, Toddlers and children

Craniosacral Therapy for adults

Cranio-sacral therapy is a subtle and profound healing form.

In a typical cranio-sacral session, you will usually lie fully-clothed on a treatment couch. The therapist will make contact by placing their hands usually lightly on your body and tuning in. The first thing you will probably notice is a sense of deep relaxation, which will generally last throughout the session. This release of tension often extends into everyday life.

Sometimes the benefits are not immediately noticeable but become obvious on returning to a familiar environment. The work is often deeply moving and exhilarating.

The benefit can also be noticed after few days in some people. The experience is different from each baby, child or adult according to their own need of balance and adjustments.

click here to read more about CST

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – R-Craniosacral Therapist – email: – Tel. 07956662954 –

WORK SHADOWING for qualified Craniosacral Therapists for primary CPD

WORK SHADOWING for qualified Craniosacral Therapists:

The clinic is held weekly (only on school terms) and is held at the Hornsey Vale Community Centre, 90 Mayfield Road N8 9LP    website

The clinic caters for babies, children and adults.

It’s held on Wednesday mornings starting at 9.35am and finishes at 12pm, for the public but for the therapists to be there by 9.00-9.15 max to help set up.

In the course of the morning we can see up to 6 people, which equates to about 25 mins per session – some good work can be achieved in this time.

The Clinic can be full within a short space of time, and usually it is.  But occasionally only 2 or 3 people turn up and no babies!  It’s quite unpredictable.

We’ll usually ‘treat’ together. When the clinic finishes, we like to retire to a local café for an hour or so to discuss the morning’s work. Please allow time for this if possible.

There is an attendance fee of £25 per clinic (to be paid on the day in cash), and you must have completed your diploma from a CSTA accredited college. In addition, you must be insured for practicing craniosacral therapy.

A receipt and attendance certificate for CSTA and up to 4 hours Primary CPD will be provided.

I encourage those assisting to book at least two Clinics for continuity, but this isn’t a precondition for attending.

It should be noted that the clinics will be led by Maria Esposito RCST & Zoe Rigby RCST

Please provide the following information by filling the form. Email the form to the following email and we will email you back the availability for assisting us in the clinic. Maria Esposito email: 

The clinic was established by the wonderful Richard Kramer R-CST 20 years ago.

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I wrote the article below a while back, just a reminder for you why water is so essential to life. Also adding why mineral water is better than tap water to drink every day.

Bottled water have different percentage of all microminerals essential for our body. Different type of water from various sources have different percentage. So, my suggestion is to drink bottle of water of various sources to be interchanged every week or so. Tap water have more chloride and other disinfectant and filtered water is less mineral as well. It can be used for cooking though or teas. This is essential especially for children and adults who do not eat a lot of green leafy vegetables.

Water is the most important treasure on earth, without drinking water you could die in about three days. If you are one of the many people that do not drink enough water, here are some reasons for you to start drinking more of this precious liquid.

Why should we drink 8 glasses of water per day?

Normally, approximately 2.5 liter of water is required each day for a fairly sedentary adult in a normal environment to replace the total loss of water that occurs though urine, faces, skin and lungs.

To replace the water loss about 1 to 1.2 liter needs to be in drinks, (manly water or cold herbal teas), 0.9 ml is taken through food and 0.3ml will be made by the body (oxidative metabolism).

Effect of water restriction-

What happens if you don’t drink enough?

The following are a series of changes in a case of water restriction:

1-            Increase in pulse rate and in rectal temperature.

2-            Increase in respiration.

3-            Tingling and numbness of fingers and feet.

4-            Increase in concentration of blood

5-            Diminution of blood volume and more difficult circulation.

The difficulty and inadequacy of the circulation of blood under these conditions leads to difficult breathing, to gastro-intestinal upsets accompanied by nausea and appetite failure and eventually to difficulty in muscular movements and emotional instability. (Lloyd).

In an animal study, where water was restricted the animal were highly irritable and, in some cases, bad tempered


It has been shown that under intense activity a man will voluntarily drink only about half as much water as what is needed to replace his losses from sweating and urine. Only after food and rest does a person crave the water needed to replace the deficit.


Herbal teas

Ingestion of hot drinks may cause internal body temperature to rise, which will result in sweating in order to cool the body down. Hot drinks are sometimes used in medical practice when it is desired either to temporarily increase body temperature or induce sweating. Therefore, cold or cool drinks are preferred to hot drinks to replace fluid during the day, especially if the hot drinks are the only fluid daily intake.

Sugary drinks

During physical activities lasting less than 90 minutes, water is generally the beverage of choice, however, the inclusion of small concentrations of carbohydrate (6%-8% carbohydrate) have been shown to better sustain power output over water alone during physical activities that produce fatigue in 60 minutes or longer.


Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET – R-Craniosacral Therapist

Do you know how you feel? Looking at what emotions is connected to the food you eat.

Do you know how you feel? Emotions connected to the food you eat. How grounded and integrated are you? 

Date to be announced for 2019

Finding yourself, finding your own mid line and centering yourself. This is what this workshop is teaching you!

This workshop is for people who have made the choice to change their present way of dealing with life into a more positive one and that are not scared of working on themselves!

If you book for the workshops you agree to allow yourself to start healing your yourself and your life.

Workshop includes the following:

  • Grounding technique
  • How do you feel? is one of the issues that we are going to cover.
  • We deal with emotions connected to Anger and Fears and then let them go and more.
  • Connecting to the positive emotions more such as love and joy.
  • Do you know if you are fully integrated or not? Are you too much into the logical mind?
  • What emotions can you recognize in yourself?
  • Do you know how you feel at all times?
  • What kind of food do you tend to eat with each emotions. Talking about my observation with eating certain foods for certain emotions.
  • If things around you go all over the place, do you know how you feel and what is causing the havoc around you?
  • Knowing how you feel, acknowledging that feeling and dealing with it, is a way of knowing yourself and going for what you really meant to do.
  • Most of all if you are very sensitive you might constantly pick up other people problems and fears, if you are one of them, then this workshop is one of the step that you can take to be conscious of who you are and what you can do about it.
  • By doing so, you will see your life around you changing like magic!
  • Grounding technique, closing down and clearing ourselves emotionally and energetically.
  • Dealing with emotional issues, connection to the current lifestyle and food and drink choices according to our emotions, or exercise choices.

The workshop is a combination of my clinical experience, research and various workshops in varied fields, as well as the thousands of workshops that I have done in all the possible fields to heal and know who we are physically, mentally, chemically and spiritually, after my University degree in Health Science Nutritional Therapy 20 years ago. Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Craniosacral Therapist

Venue: London

Payment see website 

Please notice: There is no refund for this workshop once you booked unless you find a substitute for the workshop.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapist – R-Craniosacral therapist

Histamine what is it? and Why does it go high in some people and not in others?

Histamine is a funny little compound. It is a very helpful one but it can also be fatal. I always thought that stress can increase the release of histamine, and in fact it does. There is a big connection between stress and how much you are allergic to either food or the environment. This can also be true regarding babies and children, that might have picked up the stress hormones from the mother during pregnancy and therefore react to food that the mother eat if breastfed or even to bottle cows milk alone.

Allergies as mentioned in the past articles are over reactions to food. Histamine is part of the immune system and also is a neurotransmitter in the brain, working closely with the hypothalamus the main brain commander, which in turns is involved in turning on and off the stress response. Because histamine increases the permeability of the capillaries it means that more things can get through the capillaries much quicker to get proteins and white blood cells to the infected tissues or areas.

Histamine has got few functions and each histamine receptors (the ones that accept the histamine in the cell) have various functions. Some of the function in the brain can either promote sleep and help with that or disrupt sleep.

So far that we know of there are about 4 types of receptors, H1 and H4 seems to be related to allergies reaction itchiness, urticaria, running nose and eyes and H3 seems to be involved in gastric acid secretion (stomach acid) and food intake and neurotransmitter release in the intestinal tract such as serotonin, H2 has the same function as H3 but also more prevalent in the brain, can cross the blood brain barrier and maybe cause some damage there if the immune system start attacking the brain.

As I mentioned above stress and the amount of allergies reaction and the severity of the reactions are pretty much connected with the histamine release and which receptors is activated.  Stress will increase the capillaries permeability to get the hormones that needs to deal with stress into the appropriate organs and glands, so the stress response and the histamine release both of them can cause some inflammation and the inflammation damage as well as reducing sleep and reducing the work of one of the immunes system that deals with cancer cells and viruses. So how you can see reducing your stress level and the perception of your life itself can reduce your allergies reactions and gives you a longevity in some way or another.

With my NAET practice what I do I reboot the body and brain to consider what ever the immune system thought was an enemy, especially if it starts nutrients and environmental compound that are usually safe to have around, as non- enemy, so that the immune system can start dealing with the proper enemies such as viruses and bacteria.

See the Body and mind is amazing in healing itself if you give the right tools and work with it in eliminating possible perceived dangers coming from within or from outside! That is also the work of craniosacral therapy which will reduce the stress, have the body deal with an inflammation and then stop the cycle of alert and deal with things in a normal way, hence promote sleep eventually when the mind let’s go of the fears and worries and let it be.


© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – R-Craniosacral Therapist 

Craniosacral Therapy and unconscious fears. What stops you from enjoying your life!

What I love about craniosacral therapy is that according to the therapist, you can tap into an amazing healing tools that go beyond our own expectation of being a therapist. What I have found in the past 8 years as CST and after 25 years as a therapist, that anything in our lives that we encounter, that we experience from when we are born to when we die, is an experience. It can be a good experience or a negative experience. What I found out is that the majority of fears that we have, are there because either our parents scared us with some beliefs or another or with their own fears and therefore they get ingrained in us, or our society has put them on us, or even watching a horror film or reading ad traumatic book or worse. It is amazing how many unconscious fears most of us have and the majority of them now days can be taken away very simply by acknowledging them and let them go. We have put them on ourselves and we can take them away. If they are unconscious though it is a bit harder or if they are there since our birth or have been passed on from our parents or our society or even from religion sometimes, especially if they add the fear factor when they want somebody to behave well.

These unconscious fears, can easily stop you from becoming who you want to be. If you think that you are not doing what you want to do or have been stuck in a job that you hate, well maybe there is an unconscious fear that is stopping you for living the life that you want to live.

Sometimes you can come across that fear if you have time to look into yourself and meditate more and just be, but most of us don’t have the time, so a craniosacral therapy might deal with it much quicker than you ever expected. Some of the fears might be so silly but very powerful in stopping you to move forward or just for you to be happy in the work or life that you have.

Give it a try and see what change might happen in your life! Can you say that you love your job at this time or that you love your personal life or even are you enjoying the job that you love? Or the personal life that you are in right now? What is it that is stopping you from living and feeling the joy inside you?

You are never too old to heal your life!

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – R-NAET – R-Craniosacral Therapist


Grounding and Healing Tools for Craniosacral Therapists workshop

Grounding and Healing Tools for Craniosacral Therapists (6 Hours Primary CPD)  run by Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-CST 

Sunday 31st of March 2019  10am to 5.30pm- London –

The workshop aim is to make the Therapists more grounded as well as teaching simple tools for our own clients, understand why we and others  might be ungrounded and work towards healing ourselves and others. This in our experience leads to a successful practice as well as safeguarding your own health and well-being.
The aim of the workshop is to give more knowledge to the therapists about grounding, healing and protecting themselves and their client.

  • Introduction to different grounding techniques, including how to deepen your own grounding, and tools to pass on to our clients.
  • Overview of chakras including their relevance in CST; how to use healing techniques to clear, cleanse, protect and balance themselves.  Again can be helpful tool to give clients to work with between sessions.
  • Using the chakras to close down, desensitize and protect the human energy field, and their environment, therapy room, couch, etc.
  • Group discussion of unusual experiences, such as sensing or picking up information about the client empathically and energetically.
  • Clients who are having unusual experiences and how to work with them.
  • About 4 hours practical on tables and off table.

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