Hay fever season and craniosacral therapy

Hay fever season has been there for quite a while and the more I use NAET and CST together, the more I understand that the two are meant to be together. Hay ever is a combination an over reaction to pollen, which it has been around us for millions of years and should be recognized by the body as a non enemy, and therefore not react to it. However many still do, and quite often by working on a possible stress cycle that is on all the time and working on some trapped emotions, that do not want to leave the body and mind, is the key to the successful outcome. The emotions might be trapped into the muscle tissues or cells memory and by working on a possible emotional or physical trauma, that might be reduces or gone completely. Now as a craniosacral therapist and a healer, I also know that we pick up things from our parents from when we are babies to quite later in life. So, some of the trauma, or emotions trapped in our body or mind might be not quite all ours. By working on these hidden emotions, we let go of many more emotions that we did not know we had.
I do not usually have or suffer of hay fever, and as a therapist I am always healing myself, deeply and deeply, so that I can offer more and more help to my client. At times when I know I need to let go of things, and I have not had the time to process them or even acknowledge them, I can sneeze and sneeze like I have suffered of hay fever all my life. Then as soon as I deal with whatever needs to be dealt with, my sneezing goes and I do not sneeze for the entire summer!

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

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Zinc and why it is so important in our diet, especially for boys or men

Zinc is one of the most essential minerals in our diet, you do not need a great amount, however, if you are low or deficient then you might need more than the normal quantity to get to the optimum level again. It has been connected to many disorders, including eating disorders and mental wellness, growth, fertility for men and women, and many more that we do not know yet.

The highest source is oysters with 17 to 91 mg per 100g, Crabmeat, down to about 3.8 mg per 100g, liver is up to 3.9 mg, beef and veal similar to liver, eggs is about 1.1 mg per 100g, cheese up to 3.2 mg, legumes cooked very little about 0.6 mg per 100mg, pumpkin seeds is one of the highest after the oysters, is about 7.6mg in 100mg

Zinc in the meat and fish is more bioavailable than from cereals or legumes, it means that it is absorbed better. In pumpkins seeds, if chewed well, it seems to be absorbed well as well.

Zinc functions in the body:

Zinc is an essential mineral for the functions of many enzymes in the body, from 70 to 200 enzymes require zinc functions, including sugar metabolism, lactic acid metabolism and fat metabolism. One of the enzyme that uses zinc is the blood cells and the renal tubule (kidney), one enzyme in the liver uses 4 zinc ions to work at the optimum level, and the enzyme that breaks down alcohol and makes serotonin also uses zinc ions to work at optimum level, as well as the visual cycle and night vision. An enzyme secreted by the pancreas for digestion of protein uses zinc, and zinc deficiency reduces this activity.

One of the other major part of zinc is being essential for the cell antioxidant enzyme that reduces the free radicals. Also, our DNA and RNA uses zinc for their transcript and work,

The above are only few of zinc essential work, there are about 200 and more. Especially if you are vegetarian or pregnant is essential that you either take extra zinc or eat the available sources of zinc in your diet as mentioned above.

Adults needs about 15 mg a day of zinc, if you are pregnant a bit more and children up to 12 needs between 6 to 12 mg, above 12 is the adult size.

I say that boys and men needs it a bit more, because sperm needs more zinc to be made.

Groff J. L., & Gropper S. S. (3rd ed, 1999). Advanced nutrition and human metabolism. Wadsworth. Australia

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

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Lowering your cholesterol with Globe artichokes

Superfood: Globe Artichoke, benefit for the liver and elimination of fat soluble toxins

I would consider Globe artichoke and Jerusalem artichoke as a superfood. I am going to talk about the Globe artichoke as I am a bit biased with this vegetable, as I love it and I am Italian, which makes me a bit biased towards it as in Italy we use this vegetable a lot. Artichoke was considered a vegetable for the Emperor and the wealthy at the Roman times, as it was one of the most expensive vegetable (Murray). The benefit of this vegetable is a long list, the most of them are all connected to the liver and detox of fat soluble toxins through the stools.

It is a good non-soluble fibre to have, as the friendly bacteria will use what you do not eat and make fuel for the intestinal cells to repair its lining. The bitter taste of the vegetable is a stimulant for the liver.

In Italy, it has been converted to a liquor, so it has two benefits there, you can use it as a acholic drink, if you like that, and you can help the digestion of your heavy fatty meal. Many Italians use this liquor almost every day.

Now as usual when something is good and there are lots of studies proving that is good, the science and the pharmaceutical companies takes it and decide that it is their property. There are many scientific papers showing the benefit of the artichoke vegetables and supplements in regenerating the liver cells as well. As you know it is important for the liver cells to be healthy and have fuel to regenerate as well.

The liver is one of the most important organ in our body, after the heart. Without the liver detoxing everything from inside and from outside of your body (through the intestine), you would be a body full of rubbish and oxidation. Your body would be in a mess in a nutshell!

Now the scientific bits and why is artichoke so good for you:

The Latin name of the vegetable is Cynara scolymus (Murray).

Nutritional Benefits:

Globe artichoke is full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fibre. A great combination for a whole around healthy food. The nutrients that it contains are:

  • Minerals such as: Magnesium, chromium, potassium and manganese.
  • Good source of vitamin C, flavonoids and other antioxidants.
  • Good source of B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin’s, thiamine, folic acid, biotin.
  • Vitamin A
  • A medium size Globe artichoke provides about 4.2 g of protein, 11.2 g of carbohydrate and about 5.4 g of fibres!

The beneficial amount of fibre that is recommended to eat is about 100 to 170g of fibre per day. This can be achieved with eating few artichokes, plus about 3 to 5 fruits, and some other green leafy vegetables, this can include beetroots as well.

The benefit of dietary fibre are (Murray):

  • They decrease intestinal transit time (This is the time that the food goes from the mouth to the anus, is greatly reduces, which it means that toxins are eliminated quickly and not reabsorbed into the blood stream due to a longer transit time or constipation).
  • Fermentation of dietary fibre by the intestinal friendly bacteria produces 3 types of short chain fatty acids: Proprionic, butyric and acetic acid. The butyric acid is used by the colon cells to repair. Propionate and Acetate are transported directly to the liver and used for energy production.
  • Increase satiety (which it means you do not get angry straight after your meals)
  • Increase pancreatic secretion (digestive juice and enzymes to digest your food properly)
  • Increase stool weight (cellulose find in the leaf of artichoke, are water-insoluble fibres, which increase water in stools, or hold more water, hence easily eliminated, as well as getting rid of fat soluble toxins, including old hormones, faster).
  • Decrease serum lipid (lower the excess cholesterol and other lipids that needs to be excreted)
  • More soluble bile (so prevention of gall bladder stones)

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Craniosacral therapy for stabilizing your life

CST is an amazing tool to stabilize your life in general. People say that they do not know how it works but it does, even though during the session some can feel their body adjusting and moving, while changes and blockages are addressed. I know how it works, and how much our own body is well capable of healing itself if given the chance. 

My theory is that our spine is middle point of our energetic field or our physical body, I include the middle of the head and the middle of the legs (or between our legs) with an imaginary flexible but strong rod. When that rod sway from one side to another or back and forward because of life circumstances, such as strong emotions, old or new physical and mental trauma, then the grounding and the stability of that rod is challenged and we can see it through our surrounding life or feel it through pain in our body. Sometimes, if you have learned how to stabilize yourself, that rod gets back to the middle line very quickly, and sometimes the rod gets stuck in one position or another, and unable to move, which it means, you get stuck in your lives and not able to move or change anything. When it manifests itself in physical pain, you might try the physical therapist to get rid of it, and it comes back over and over again, even though there is nothing seriously wrong with it. That is because there is a blockage there, emotional/mental or otherwise that needs to be acknowledged and let go. 

With CST, what we do, is free that blockage and stabilize the rod in the centre of the body again, so that your life is back to normal, with possible few changes. Life does throw challenges at us all the time, and it is a normal way of living, it is the you deal with them and how fast you get back to the centre, that is important. So, what CST teaches you is to get back to normality quicker and stronger. 

If feels like we are doing magic when you have the treatments and afterwards your life gets a much easier and more stable, however, it is not magic and it does not go away for ever, unless you change the way you see life in general and keep stabilizing yourself with the suggestions that come up during the sessions.

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

Craniosacral therapy – Nutrition for babies and children integration – reducing trauma & allergies

We see trauma, emotional and physical trauma all the time, as adults we get scared and brave and scared again. We usually have an up and down emotions all the time, especially at a time that you know you might not be able to protect your children or yourself sometimes. However what we can do is heal ourselves from fear, pain, sorrow or physical and emotional misunderstanding or beliefs that do not longer help us. With babies and children being very sensitive to their surrounding world, being able to deal with life and life circumstances in a more relaxed way, helps your babies and children deal with life much better. When a baby is born through a traumatic way such as C section or outside forces, then the fear is there for a while, also because the parents got more scared than the baby, and they keep that fear inside them, even though it does not show from the outside.

For children is the same, when they get older, then the parents fear of not protecting them enough, or teaching them enough or knowing enough to protect their children, might lead the relationship with your child to the other way. Instead of installing confidence and less fear, they get a bit more fearful.

We just have to remind ourselves as parents that before the modern life, we lived in caves with wild animal around us, and we learned to survive and live and build a bigger society.

My point is, certain things before were not considered too stressful, while now, even the smaller things are considered stress for the brain and mind. So lets start your baby and child life with the best nutrition and the best relaxed way possible to the world, by giving a CST treatment to your baby and children and yourself you will start the process of giving them confidence that you are able to do what you need to protect them withing your own control.

You are already a brilliant parent, if you think that you are not, as your concern will lead you to your own growth as a parent, giving the best you can to your children!

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

Clinical practice workshop for Craniosacral therapist – Integration of the Whole System

New Clinical practice workshop.

CST clinical practice for integration of the body mind and soul. Working with your higher self and connection to the Angels and their colours.

This is a workshop practical for a minimum of two therapist and a max of three.

3 and half hours primary CPD as it is all practical.

You can book separately or together.

This is for post graduate only and for therapists who wants to explore the deeper connection with their higher self and soul and working with Higher Being.

The choice of work depends on the therapists and their own Higher selves and ready gift. This can be used with clients who also are very gifted, to support their journey and helping them to reach their full potential.

Each therapist will have a full session of dealing with their own issues and healing them of any restriction that they have.

We work on integrating the soul, which can reveal your full potential as a craniosacral therapist and therapist in general.

The workshop will be lead my me and during the sessions I will put my input and my experience in working at the highest level, with the physical, mind and soul all involved.

This is run only with a minimum of two or 3 therapist and the workshops needs to be booked at least 3 weeks in advanced and paid in full when booked.

The time is  10.30am to and only on available days. Excluded are weekends and bank holidays and Wednesdays.

This is an invaluable opportunity for any CST therapist who would like to discover more of what they are able to do if asking for the right help.

It will run from my home N15 6HA London full address will be given at the booking.

Booking in advance only via bank transfer, check paid 3 weeks in advance. The cost for the 3 and half hours for each therapist is £ 70.00.

Payment via bank transfer: Maria Esposito TSB  code 308472 account 24603860 or cheque (email Maria Esposito if want to make the payment in this way).

Craniosacral therapy for chronic fatigue, anxiety and panic attack

Chronic fatigue has got a lot of triggers, the main one is the continuous stress put on the body, either emotionally or physically. This happens when the stress response is not never switched off, either from exams fear and anxiety from childhood or from University, and then going into a busy work, with a lot of busy lives, where there is no time to rest or even to think about what is happening around you. Including enjoying your life as it is.

The stress response is on, even if you do not know it is. It keeps going on and on, till the adrenals, which are the glands who support the stress cascade, gives up and runs out of resources. This can be due to emotional stress response for little things in life to big problems, leading to anxiety and eventually panic attack.

CST works to resettle the body in a normal state of balance, in a more relaxed mode, most of the time, so that the body can deal with healing, fighting viruses and bacteria, and repairing the body so that it works in perfect order for your busy life. CST makes you see life from a different angle so that you can enjoy it more. It makes you slow down so that you can see the scenery and allow yourself to rest while you are still in full mode.

Craniosacral therapy for babies traumatic birth in north london

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle but powerful treatments for babies when they had a traumatic start. This can be from an emergency C section to the full use of forceps or more. The trauma can be let go much quicker with the CST session. You might need just about 2 sessions for the baby, and I suggest a couple for the mums too, as it is very traumatic for the mothers as well. This to let go of possible fears for future babies if it is your first one. There is no manipulation of any kind. We allow the babies and mother system to adjust at the physical, and emotional level. Even though it cannot be seen with the naked eyes, as craniosacral therapist we are trained to feel and listen the little movements and changes that occur when we allow the body to let go of any physical block or stress/fear response that the baby and adult are set on. By doing so, the entire system gets balanced and therefore the baby and mother are allowed to feel safe and protected and relaxed. This method helps with possible colics, reflux, pain and structural unbalance which might cause problems later on in life.


IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME dietary advice and more

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – A two hours workshop run in London on the 21st of August at 7pm-till 9pm

The workshop include:

  • What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
  • What are the possible trigger for IBS?
  • What can you try to reduce or eliminate the IBS symptoms?
  • Nutritional and more tips that you can try to see what works for you.
  • Questions and answers time for each individual

This workshop has limited spaces and you are signed up only if paid in advanced.

Venue:  Clear Break studios (Kentish Town nearest tube station)

2 Patshull Road, London NW5 2LB.

Please check on google map for directions from where ever you come from.

The workshops are 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.

To book for the Irritable bowel syndrome workshop please click on the button below £ 25.00

Please notice – There is no refund once you book, however, you can find a substitute for the workshop.

Here is a link to my e-book: Clinical experience of Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Gut-Brain axis versus Brain-gut axis.



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Illustration copyright (c) Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapist – Craniosacral therapist

Hay fever testimonial


I just thought I should let you know that so far this year I have not needed to take any tablets/ nasal sprays for  what normally is very bad hay fever!

I have had some slight symptoms when I have gone to other countries and other parts of the U.K…but not enough to do anything about it… and I am still waiting for it to hit me… !

Thank you

David (MAY 2017)

Amelia testimonial.

My hay fever started quite early in the season and would go on through the summer and on certain bad days I would get so itchy and sneezy and irritated that I would have to go and lie down. It was frustrating that at the nicest time of year, being outside in the garden/park etc. made me feel ill. I tried using conventional hay fever drugs – clarityn and flixonase which helped a bit but I was still getting symptoms and didn’t like taking these drugs all the time.

So when Maria told me that she could treat hay fever in the long term, I was very interested. I didn’t know anything about the NEAT system. Maria explained that she would test and treat, not only my allergies to pollen but also intolerances to all different kinds of food and environmental factors. She explained that intolerances to other things, even if we are not aware of them can increase the body’s allergic reaction to pollen.  [read more…]