Craniosacral therapy and positive life changes. The power of the mind!

Craniosacral therapy how wonderful it is and the therapists are usually very intuitive and have so much unconditional love within them to want to help everyone. 
Now that I am teaching post graduate workshops, I can see how much the therapists who choose to help others to heal, they want to help and fix everything for everyone. Having their own treatments is essential for them to carry on healing others, as therapists we do get run down if we do not look after ourselves. 

Life Sailing 

It is the same for parents of children. Of course the health of the child is essential, and comes first as you are responsible for them, but also your own health and well being and happyness, as well as emotional peace is essential for you to help your family to be well. Babies and children feel what you feel, and learn what you show them to learn, either peace, balance, respect for yourself and others, including other people achievemnets no matter who they are or anger, resentment, fear, stress and worries.

If you have more than one child, usually the most sensitive one would pick all what the parents feel, including pain and think they can help, and other children will do exactly the opposite of what the parents do and fight their way till they are old enough to be who they want to be. So before you start worry about something or life itself, write down how you feel, what is your worse fear, acknowledge it and than deal with it and let it go. I have seen over and over again the power of the positive mind changing a situation completely. As well as seeing the power of the negative mind how devastating effect can have in your life. 

You as a parent and an adult have a choice. Either think good wonderful things about yourself and your life and any situation that arises or negative thinking! 
I know right now at this present time with my awareness what I would choose. The sky is blue, the rainbow after the rain is very colorful and life can be wonderful not matter what. That is your power, take it back!
Craniosacral treatments they can change your life and your family life. For chidren it will balance their own rainbow colour in Life!

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

Green mixed salads for the summer and winter to get you moving and healthy

Green mixed salad

Following the fruit salad from last time, I would also mention to everyone that does not like salads or green vegetables, those are the ones that give you minerals and some vitamins for your body to function.

If you look after your car better than yourself or bicycle then in some way, I can describe in the following analogy what the nutrients from vegetables and fruits will do: if the fuel is the carbohydrate that you use in the car to function, and if you cycle then you use energy as fuel to cycle, then the greens and the fruits are the oil that you need for your engine to actually work or for the breaks of your bicycle to function well.

Coming back to our human body for everything else to work at their optimum level, green leafy vegetables are essential for us to function well. Also, vegetables and fruits help to eliminate toxins, from the intestinal tract and from your bladder, through urine.

So, water also is essential and vital for your body to eliminate the toxins. If you do not eliminate the  toxins, well again getting back to the car analogy: all the fumes from your exhaust pipes gets into the car and kills you!

If you think that I am exaggerated,
think again, I am not!

The reason is that if the toxins are not eliminated than little by little your body anti-oxidant pathways, which include the liver and kidney will give up working well, as they will feel exhausted and run out of fuel for them to function well, therefore all those toxins are damped into your muscles, cells, and organs and eventually damage your body beyond repair.

Di-seases starts to get in and you are done!

Would you rather eat few vegetables and fruits than have the scenario above? Which is real? I know I would?

And yes, I was lucky in some way that I grew up in the countryside and my mother was from a generation that cooked everything from scratch, and from what grew from the earth seasonally.

But Even when we did not live in the countryside, I remember my parents cooking and giving us children supplements,which I think the government in Italy was passing them on to family with children. Nowadays, the medicals group, just pass on medication and have forgotten about the nutritional value of supplements, which before included probiotics.

I remember my mother making probiotics from a bunch of live bacteria with the milk that she bought from the farmer, no medication was given or any antibiotics to kill any cow’s milk germ at that time 40 years ago. It is similar to kefir but the milk would become yogurt,so we would eat the yogurt with friendly bacteria.

All the above was great, and yes,I grew up with eating lots of vegetables and fruits from the land since the age of 11. However, my younger brother grew up with that from the start, and for some reason or another he does not like all the vegetables and all the fruits.

I am been puzzling about it, I figured out that it was more about what was available and actually having more money and buying more crap food from the shop.

Also, I think in Italy there was this advertising campaign that babies should have the extra cow’s milk apart from the mother milk, with very, very sweet biscuits that were advertised on TV all the time.

They were so good at convincing mothers that it was the best for their babies, than my mother, bless her, was still convinced they were good, in fact, she tried to convince me that my son needed that at some point when he was a baby. As I was a nutritionist already then, I did not give any extra milk with the biscuits.

My brother till few years ago,could add two spoons of white sugar in his cappuccino. I am surprised that he did not develop any type of diabetes. He has changed though luckily, he now does not add any sugar in his coffee and he started to eat a bit more of vegetables but not all the tasty variety that my parents have year around, but it is something.

My favourite green leafy vegetables are called “Broccoletti”. It is a type of broccoli tips that grow only in the Mediterranean land. It is a bitter taste but for me is amazingly good, I could eat it every day.

So, if you think that you have tasted any possible vegetables, try all the hundreds different vegetables available out there, go into Greeks vegetable shops and see what they have there that you can try.

Try one new one every week and add it to your menu every day, or change vegetable every day.

Use your food as healing your body and soul and you will be amazed how much your entire life will change!

I will just list some of the vegetables that you can start trying, pickled green vegetables do not count as that eventually will be more damaging because of the acidity:




Beetroot raw or cooked


Mixed salad

Endive lettuce

Rocket lettuce


Radicchio (even though is red is
very good)

Swiss Chard


Zucchini and zucchini flowers if you can find them near you


Tomatoes (even though they are considered fruits still very healthy, unless you are high in histamine naturally)





Green beans



Rhubarb and many, many more

And I have not talked about alcohol and toxins that you are actually putting into your body instead of healthy food!

Well that is for another blog. Enjoy your vegetables and salads and have a nice summer!

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

Constipation and nutrition help tips with fruits salads

Constipation is a major problem, more than people think it is. This is true from babies, children and adults. Some babies do not go for 1 week and unfortunately medically is considered ok. I do not know about you but if I do not go for a day I feel bloated and unwell. If you are one of these people who repel fruits or vegetables or salads, well if you want to eliminate toxins from your body, you need to drink plenty of water for an adult up to 2 liters and half of mineral water (non fizzy) and eat plenty of mixed vegetables and fruits. Some recommendation is from 5 to 10 pieces of varied fruits and vegetables a day, to get all the mixed nutrients that you need in your diet as well as going to the loo ok. 

If you do not like fruits or vegetables, well that can be a lie for you as there must be some vegetables or fruits that you must like. Maybe you have not tried all the 100 or 1000 varied fruits and vegetables that are out there, apart from bananas which many people do like, there is much more. The fruits salad above, I made it with all the following fruits: cherries, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, bananas, apples, apricots, prunes, and one freshly squeezed lemon, you can add one freshly squeezed orange juices to make it sweeter and to preserve it in the fridge for about 2 days. You can add yogurt of any kind to make it a delicious dessert for you and your children. You blend it with the orange juice and lemon juices and make ice lolly for the children to have as a dessert. That would make them have enough fruits for their day. Just a warning that if you have candida or yeast (fermented poo which smells acidic and diarrhea), then you can have a varied salad with up to 10 varied pieces of vegetables, such as green leafy vegetables (Cos lettuce, rockets, radicchio salad, any other green curly leafy vegetables, spinach, avocadoes, tomatoes, carrots, beetroot, artichokes, olives, and green beans or any other green leafy vegetables. The above will make you go to the loo everyday and give you most of the vitamins and minerals that you need in your daily life. If you have a health issue then this might not work and you need to see a nutritional therapist like me. 

Enjoy your salads, whatever salads, fruits and vegetables you use and have a great summer. Enjoy the sunshine too and time outdoor for your daily dose of vitamin D!

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET practitioner for over-reaction to food and the environment – R-Craniosacral Therapists

NAET for hayfever reduction and more

I have been using NAET for testing and desensitize food and environmental over-reaction for the past 7 years. For the once that do not know, here what it is and how the person who used it first developed it:

The theoretical basis of the method is a combination of knowledge derived from allopathic medicine, oriental medicine and acupuncture or acupressure (as I use) chiropractic, kinesiology and nutrition. Dr Devi Nambudripad’s simple definition of an allergy is as follows: An allergy is an adverse physical, physiological, and/or psychological response of an individual towards one or more substances also known as allergens. My interpretation is more of over-reaction from the Immune System.  These substances are usually harmless, well tolerated or even useful for most people. Dr Nambudripad’s approach is the same for full-blown allergies involving the release of immunoglobulin type E (IgE-mediated reactions) in the body, and for intolerance, sensitivities and hypersensitivities (non-IgE mediated reactions). I work mainly with the other antibodies reaction that causes delayed reaction up to 72 hours after contact with them and or masked reaction. I use her technique for diagnoses and treatments of the over reactions to balance the immune system to its normal self. If we apply the fundamental thoughts of oriental medical theory, which asserts that everything on earth is surrounded by an electromagnetic field, this “adverse response” can be defined as “an energy imbalance (in the body) caused by the clash between two or more incompatible energies”. This conflict creates energy blockages in the meridians (energy pathways), and accumulated blockages can cause various complaints and pathological conditions. These incompatible energies or energy imbalances are considered synonymous with “allergies” in the context of the NAET method. Read more about the method on NAET website on the link on my website right hand side.

I use the combination of NAET and Cranio-Sacral Therapy now, which it gives the extra balance between the body, the mind and the emotional cells. There are lots of research and studies regarding the connection between the body and mind and specifically the mind and the intestinal tract. The mind can affect the intestinal tract and the intestinal tract can affect the mind. Serotonin receptors, which are the receptors that make us happy or unhappy, are found in the intestinal tract as well. Using the combination of NAET Nutrition and Cranio-sacral therapy, I had a higher success rate from before, for the reduction of Irritable bowel Syndrome and reduction in the severity of the food and environmental reactions. Read some of the testimonial on my website.

I have summarized my clinical experience in the following book: Clinical experience of Irritable Bowel Syndrome click here to buy it on amazon.

Also please click here to read a pdf published studies on the outcome of NAET treatments on peanuts allergies and for a general allergy a case study published on scientific paper (even though NAET does not work scientifically, it works with the physical, mind and emotional system, as well as the energetic system). click here

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

Healing babies birth trauma with craniosacral therapy

Healing babies and children birth trauma and early years trauma (this can be healed in adulthood as well to a certain extend).

Some of the children and babies that I treated with CS had some traumatic birth or even not and what some of the issues that reduced were:

Baby in hand
  • Colic’s which are very frequent in babies
  • Frequency of throwing up the milk
  • Sleeping better and more peacefully
  • 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)
  • Clinging babies or toddlers
  • Other problems that have been helped with my treatment of CS are:
  • Teething
  • Coughing
  • Frequent colds for the babies,
  • Toddlers and children
  • Reduction of allergies
  • Reduced irritation, which have led to a happier and more communicative toddler.
  • Reduction and or elimination of night terror in toddlers and children in general.

Starting life with a great balance system is one of the huge benefit that the baby will have in coping any of  the issue that life brings. Babies treated with CS have a more positive and happier attitude in life and feel more confident of their journey.

For children trauma,it can be a constant illness or any physical or emotional trauma. They can start healing for future benefit as well as the present benefit.

If you are an adult and you had a lot of emotional or physical trauma, that can also stem from your birth trauma. It will take few sessions for babies and children depending on the age and much more the older you are but it is worth the changing of life into positive outcome. Craniosacral therapy does change your life in better no matter if you are a baby which will start up well or an adult.

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

Why did I become a nutritionist?

I just wanted to tell the story of why I become a nutritionist but in pictures. Since the age of 11 I moved to a countryside in Italy and my parents being very down to Earth bought a land in the countryside where they build their house. The plants that I am showing are only part of the trees and plants that I grew up with. Unconsciously when I moved to London I must have craved for the nourishing food that I grew up with and mostly the simple food that grew from the soil. I loved watering the tomatoes, or the eggplants or the zucchini during the summer. Next to where I lived we had field of watermelons growing and most of the time they would allow us to go and pick up some of them near the end of the season. My friends and I would go and pick them up with a wheelbarrow and eat it there and then. Making a make do picnic and enjoy the juice and watery melon. 

Small Pears
Loquats tree (nespole) yellow sweet fruit

I also remember picking up apricots, cherries and other fruits from the tree and eating it there and then. I loved the time there and my son is now having the same experience hopefully that will stay with him, remembering the good food and where they come from, to pass it on to eventually the new generation of children. 

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

Craniosacral therapy for babies

Craniosacral baby treatment

It is called cranio-sacral because the of the spinal fluid going from the
cranium to the sacral is what makes everything function well and properly. All
the nerves and nerve transmission from the brain to the body and from the body
to the brain go through there and it is all connected like a tree with branches
and roots. What the cranio-sacral therapist does is listening to the rhythm of
that fluid and feel if there is any blockage in the body, memory cells of the
tissue and the mind as well as the energetic field around that body to see if
it is breathing well and properly. If there is a blockage just our training and
knowledge as therapists will help the mother, baby and child unblock the
blockage and re-balance the system or body function.

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.

For parents it looks like we are not doing anything and sometimes for the
first session nothing changes much, it depends on how deep that trauma or wound is and how the parents as well are dealing with that. It might take two to three sessions to see the difference. I usually suggest at least the mother to have a session so that they can feel how changes occur within their body and around them as well as the baby.

I found that CST has also a strong spiritual healing power as well. It
depends on the therapist and if they have themselves experience their own
spiritual healing (this is nothing to do with religion, it is something to do
with your inner soul and own spirituality however you see it).

Memory cells – my experience with Cranio-sacral
therapy was amazing. My labour and my son birth were very traumatic. My son kept having colds and coughs from the time I stopped breastfeeding at 14 months. As I did not want to give antibiotics all the time, I sought for other ways of dealing with that. Homeopathy vitamin C and nutrition helped to get rid of the colds or reduce them when he had them but he still kept having more colds and coughs that he should have had. So, I took him to cranio-sacral and it took a while (about 1 year to fully be better) as I took him to the Student clinic but they got rid of his traumatic birth and finally his colds and coughs were reduced to once a year and now not even once a year.

He can now fight the colds very easily and usually gets over anything much
easier than any other child that I know.

My own experience with CS was that even after 7 years since the labour my
body memory cells still retained that trauma. I had epidural so I did not feel
mentally any pain, but my body did. And all that pain and trauma was still
pretty stored in my tissues. Finally, I got rid of it with CST and it is
amazing the difference it made even to my personal life physically and

Some of the children and babies that I treated with CST had some traumatic
birth or even not and what some of the issues that reduced were:

Colic’s which are very frequent in babies;

Frequency of throwing up the milk;
Sleeping better and more peacefully
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)

Clinging babies or toddlers; 

Other problems that have been helped with my treatment of CS are:

  • Teething;
    Frequent colds for the babies, toddlers and children
    Reduction of food and environmental sensitivities;
    Reduced irritation and frustration, which have led to a happier and more communicative toddler;
    Reduction and or elimination of night terror in toddlers and children in general.
Starting life with a great balance
system is one of the huge benefits that the baby will have in coping any of the
issue that life brings. Babies treated with CST have a more positive and
happier attitude in life and feel more confident of their journey.

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

Free 1 hour treatment for babies on the 2nd of June 2019

Healing Baby Traumas with Craniosacral Therapy

Free 1-hour treatment for your baby!

SUNDAY 2nd of June 2019
at 11.45am

If you or anyone that you know have a baby from 2 weeks to 7 months old you can receive a free 1-hour treatment for your baby on this workshop.

Or you know somebody that is pregnant now and will have a baby of the above age on the 2nd of June 2019.

Your baby will be seen by qualified craniosacral therapists. If you are interested please contact me on the email below or the phone number as soon as possible.

Only people who contact me can attend this workshop. I would need some information before your baby can have the treatment.

If you would like to know more about craniosacral therapy (CST) treatments for babies please have a look at my website.

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

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

Early booking for this workshop is advised as numbers are limited.

Venue: Hornsey Vale Community Centre. 90 Mayfield Road, London N8 9LP Non-restricted parking outside the Centre and surrounding streets on Week-ends

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

Taste buds – Why does our taste change over time and why do we reject certain foods, even babies?


Sensory taste buds on the tongue

Our sense of taste is a chemical sense. Our few primary taste buds are: sour, sweet, bitter, salty, fat and umami (meat or savoury foods. Umami is believed to arise from the taste receptors of mono-sodium glutamate, which is usually naturally present in many foods, itis higher in fermented foods, and is added to other foods as well as some crisps, and Chinese food). Any other flavours that we taste is from the combination of our primary food taste.

Olfactory sense (from your nose)
is much stronger than the taste buds, so smelling some of the foods can
stimulates more receptors and hunger than the taste itself. Olfactory does have
an impact on your taste buds more than the tasting itself. When you have hay-fever
allergies or a cold, your taste buds are still ok, but the olfactory ones are
not and therefore you cannot taste much because of the that.

On our tongue more than 10.000
taste buds are at a young age. Some taste buds are found also on the back of
the tongue, the throat and epiglottis. The number of our taste buds does go
down with age, that is probably why in elderly age, people can eat bland food
and be ok with it.

Each taste buds contains about 50
gustatory receptor cells. Each gustatory receptor cell changes completely after
10 days. So, if you change your diet and reduce salt or sugar in your diet,
your taste will change completely after about 10 days and if you carry on with the
no sugar, no salt, you might feel that any salty or sugary food that was ok
before, it is no longer tasty or want to eat it. I think that is amazing and
empowering for anyone that wants to change their diet.

It is the same for fat taste and
the umami taste which include eating lots of the food with high natural glutamate
or mono-sodium Glutamate, such as crisps, fermented foods, etc.

Glutamate high food without the sodium is found naturally in seaweed,
shitake mushroom, peas, tomatoes, corn and red grapes. In some people the
mono-sodium glutamate in high consumption can have a negative effect on their
concentration and energy, with other it I am theorizing that if they eat a lot
of the food containing glutamate because they are vegetarian and they add a lot
of salt on them, it could increase their mono-sodium glutamate and still cause
a negative reaction, like they are eating a Chinese meal with high added MSG.
Something to notice if that happens and you know that you cannot eat Chinese
food because of the MSG that is added, it can be in your food as well!

How do the taste buds work?

When food enters our mouth, various
chemical pathway will be activated according to what you are eating. Once
particular receptors and pathway is activated and stimulated, the taste
sensation goes to a part of the brain called Cerebral cortex which is the
primary gustatory area.

All this via certain nerves calledcranial nerve, which include the facial nerve, the glossopharyngeal nerve andthe vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the nerve also that is essential for yourdigestions, your relaxation and sleeping as well. If you are under stress orthe stress hormones and pathway is stimulated then the vagus nerve for thedigestion and relaxation is not working as the two cannot be on together (readon the fight and flight blog for more explanation about this by clicking here).In a way the brain says if you are fighting or running you cannot stop andtaste food! That for me makes perfect sense!). The cranial nerves take thetaste of the food that you are eating to the part of the brain calledhypothalamus, thalamus and limbic system.

People who have an aversion towards a particular taste or food,
might have a negative conscious connection to that food. For example, sweet
foods can evoke reaction to pleasure or disgust, same as bitter food even in
new born babies.

This mechanism is primitive
mechanism due to the brain learning which food is good for the body and which
one upset the digestive system. This mechanism has been in our human body since
our creation, for survival. This is what kept humans alive for so long, and animal
too, so that they can pass the genetic memory of food that can be eaten and
food that cannot. Usually if you let your child decide what they want to eat
and what they want to avoid, they will choose food that is good for them and
avoid others that they feel upsets their digestive system, since an early age.

So in a nutshell, next time you
taste something and you cannot stand it, start thinking if it is a negative
memory from your childhood that has been created from your memory cell or you it
is good for you to avoid that particular food because your body is telling you
that is not good for your digestive system!

Most of all work with your body
to make sure that you eat what is good for you in particular!


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    as an “Alimentary” Taste. A new Perspective on taste classification.

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What is good for the flu and throat infection?

Well obviously, if you have a bacteria infection natural
things might be a bit too slow and the infection can get too fast into the
lungs you need to see your doctor. For a prevention of getting too much out of
hand or to heal it without medical intervention or getting to a medical
intervention, then the following advice is worth following:

  • Sprays that I usually use for myself and that worked in many occasions, are:

1) The natural medical herbs that I used as
a spray is echinacea and sage throat spray from Vogel, which soothe the throat
and clears the nose as well.

2) Sometimes I use the saline sprays in the nose and mouth;

3) Colloidal silver spray is another good
antiseptic that works.

Vitamins that I used:

  • The usual vitamin C powder or good quality vitamin
    C up to 3000 mg or more (make sure that you drink plenty of water with this
    during the day)
  • Zinc up to 3o mg a day till I feel better
  • Ginger root, making teas with freshly squeezed
    lemon and honey.
  • Chicken soups if you are not vegetarian or vegetable
    soups with lots of onions, garlic and ginger and a bit of chilly as well to
    warm you up with either a water bottle or cuddle up in bed warm if you do not
    have a fever.

There is a possibility that if you have it big, or a proper
flu, what you need is sleep, drink with the vitamin C and the sprays above or a
combination of them. And plenty of hot teas and water, as the appetite might be
down due to the immune system dealing with what is the priority and the blood
rushing everywhere to get the immune system there and dealing with the

If you have a very high fever, please do deal with it in the
appropriate manner, sometimes cold pure alcohol compresses on the elbow and
behind the neck will bring the fever down, but might go up during the night so
keep something to keep the fever down well. If you start having joint inflammation
at least for the first 24 hours get it down in whatever way you can. Then carry
on with the more natural way possible.

I think energetically the body might be in need of rest from
work, if you have a busy work, or from social events if you are very social.

Sometimes there is an overload of energy that you do not
need and therefore the body needs to get it out of its system in some way or
another. Your mind might be wondering all over with a lot of the things that
you need to do or want to do and never done it and feels clutter with rubbish.

So, a flu might be your body way of communicating with yourself
and letting you know that you need to de-clutter and create space for new
things to come or even new people to come into your life.

Even though it is not spring, think of your flu and cold as
a spring cleaning and for the preparation for new and exciting things to come
about! I know it is hard to think of a cold as a positive thing, and you can
only try it and see what happens if you do!

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