Cranio Sacral Oxford

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ABOUT SILVIE

Silvie Hylton-Potts – BAHons, DipCST, DipLCS

My background:

I became interested in natural forms of healing in my early twenties after experiencing some long-term health problems with which the doctors were unable to help. After an intense period of stress, which culminated in me ending up in hospital, I realised it was time to make some big life changes!

Instinctively knowing that I must be, somehow, be able to heal and re-balance myself, I began to explore alternative healing methods. Whilst convalescing, I began to take some evening classes in Shiatsu and was blown away by the incredible healing benefits of therapeutic touch and energy work combined. This led to my decision to continue with a three year training programme to become a Shiatsu practitioner, so I could help others as well as myself.

In addition, I began to manage a small complementary health clinic, where I was able to experience a wide range of complementary therapies for myself. I found that cranio-sacral therapy particularly helped me with its ability to tap into the subtle layers of what I was experiencing (physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically) and heal these different aspects, and in 2003 I began to study this discipline over a period of years. This was the start of a huge passion and fascination for this simple and gentle, yet profound, system of healing.

Through studying and receiving treatments, I began to gain a deeper understanding of the close link between body, mind, emotions and energy, as well as the fact that I had more control over my body, mind and health than I had realised. I began to understand that my physical body was mainly a crystallisation of my thoughts, feelings, behaviours and life choices, and that taking more control of these things provided the key to my healing on many different levels. In addition to receiving regular healing treatments, I started to learn about nutrition and gradually modified my diet so as to better support my health. After taking a short course in meditation and mindfulness, I also began to meditate daily.

From 2003, I started work as a therapist in London, in both private practice and for organisations such as BBC and Morgan Stanley. In 2005, I organised a five month trip to Asia to travel and volunteer, beginning in Thailand, a country I had always longed to visit. In the second week of my trip, I had an accident (involving an elephant and a tree!), which unexpectedly changed the whole course of my life! Unable to travel with my injured leg, I ended up in Nong Khai, a small town in North East Thailand, where I stumbled upon a wonderful yoga centre and community. This became my new home for the next three years, where I spent a large part of my time learning and practising yoga and meditation for several hours a day, with the support and guidance of two amazing teachers. Not only did I heal my leg completely, these practices also helped me to go much deeper with my own emotional healing, and helped me to gain an even deeper understanding of the intimate connection between the body, mind, emotions and energy flow – and how all need to be balanced for optimal health.

I returned to UK in 2006, moving to Oxford, where I set up my new practice.  I still make annual trips to Nong Khai (my second home!) for several months at a time, offering treatments and workshops at the yoga centre to the yoga students, expats and travellers.

What I offer:

All the treatments and workshops I offer are holistic, considering the person as a whole: body, mind and spirit. Drawing from a variety of methods, I help to facilitate a natural relaxing, letting go, healing and re-balancing process in the client’s system, on whatever level/s this is needed.

I also offer a safe, supportive and compassionate space where the client is also given the opportunity (if they choose) to reflect on and explore different aspects of themselves, so that they are able to make more conscious choices to support their own physical, mental and emotional well-being.

My style of working is gentle, sensitive, intuitive and caring. Treatments begin with an initial discussion about your particular needs and requirements. Next, I use my hands to tune into your body and energy field in different ways (depending on the type of treatment chosen), to feel where healing is needed, and to facilitate/provide the opportunity for a natural process of release and re-balancing.

I am passionate about complementary medicine, healing, personal development, self empowerment, creative living and helping others to reach their full potential in all areas of their life!

Who I work with:

I work with a wide range of people who would like to create greater health or balance in themselves – either physically, mentally, emotionally and/or spiritually.

Please note: Unfortunately I am no longer permitted by the Advertising Standards Agency to name any specific conditions or situations in which people have found my treatments to be helpful. However, if you have any questions then I would be happy to discuss your individual situation with you based on my experience over the years (with no obligation, of course). Please see my Contacts page for details on how to get in touch.

Nothing in this website is intended to interrupt or replace the relationship you have with your doctor or to discourage you from seeking medical advice where applicable.

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My qualifications:

– Cranio Sacral Therapy Practitioner Diploma –College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy, London, 
– Cranio Sacral Therapy Certificates 1-4 – Upledger Institute, Perth, Scotland 
– Integrated Touch Cranio Sacral Therapy Levels 1-4 – Rosemary Wallace, Chaing Mai, Thailand
– Cranio Sacral Therapy post-graduate course: ‘Being in Stillness-Working with Wholeness’ – Amanda Biggs
– Cranio Sacral Therapy for babies postgraduate workshop – Richard Kramer, London 
– Zen Shiatsu Practitioner Diploma  London College of Shiatsu, London 
– Reiki Levels 1, 2 and 3a – Nong Khai Alternative Centre, Nong Khai, Thailand 
– Chi Nei Tsang Level 1 abdominal/inner organ massage – Tao Garden, Chaing Mai, Thailand
– Counselling Skills for Complementary Practitioners workshop – Liz Specterman and Peter Jewel, London
– Creative Facilitation for healing workshop – LifeBeat Training, London                                – Ecstatic Awakening Dance teacher training – School of Ecstatic Awakening Dance, UK

– I am also infinitely grateful for all that I learnt from my wonderful yoga teachers, Beatrix and Pancho, who have taught me so much about healing and love!