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Nicky Friedland
Craniosacral Therapist

Nicky qualified as a medical doctor in South Africa in 1998 and worked there for 2 years in different fields. She moved to Scotland in 2001 and has been working as a Psychiatrist in the NHS. Since 2006, Nicky has been working specifically with children and adolescents who have mental health difficulties and has a lot of experience in working with young people who have eating disorders. She has also done 2 years training in Family/Systemic Therapy.

Nicky has always been interested in complementary therapies and holistic wellbeing from a very young age. Craniosacral Therapy fascinated her after having her first session in 2005 in Edinburgh. “I felt it could access the body as a whole and allow for the development of better health on a deep level.” Nicky completed her two-year training at the Karuna Institute in Devon in 2008 which was taught by Franklyn Sills who has been a major influence in the worldwide development of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. She has been practicing as a Craniosacral Therapist since 2008 and has been working at Active Health since the clinic opened in 2012. She has very much enjoyed her Craniosacral Practice over the years and learns from every client she sees. The most important part of her Craniosacral Practice at Active Health is helping people to have more ease and health in their lives.

She has also completed various Craniosacral Postgraduate courses including working with babies and children. She is also part of an Edinburgh Peer Group for Craniosacral Therapists to develop their practice. Nicky is interested in working with people of all ages and exploring the benefits of Craniosacral Therapy for physical, emotional, psychological and mental difficulties and for personal growth.

Although Nicky trained as a doctor, Craniosacral Therapy is not something that would be used or she would use to make a medical diagnosis but rather as a way to help people feel calmer, more energised and help a person with an acute or chronic physical or emotional difficulty. Her most important intention from a session is for you to be able to have a greater sense of wellbeing and health in your lives as all our lives can get very stressful. Her medical training does however give her a good understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body and her psychiatric training of more emotional and psychological difficulties.

Craniosacral Therapy is perhaps one of the least known of the alternative therapies. Most people who have heard of it have done so in the context of it being helpful for babies, especially for those babies who have experienced birth trauma for which it can be very beneficial. In her first 2 years post qualifying as a Doctor Nicky, spent time working in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Part of this time was spent in a rural hospital in South Africa where she performed Caesarean Sections and was present at numerous births and did a lot of antenatal work. This helps her understand the birth process and how it can affect babies.

She has been living in Edinburgh since 2001 and enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys walking, yoga and meditation and drinking vegetable juices! She finds Edinburgh to be a good place to develop her Craniosacral Practice as it is a gentle yet interesting city with lots of green spaces. She does however like to go on holiday to warm sunny beaches and swim in the sea.

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