Nora Brennan

Growing up in Ireland I was surrounded by nature, folklore, music, dance and poetry. This grounding in creativity resulted in my belief that there was more to health and wellbeing than focussing purely on the physical body. I started my craniosacral therapy training with Thomas Attlee in 2006, one year after graduating as a physiotherapist, and graduated from the College of Cranio-sacral Therapy (CCST) in 2008. 

From day one, I integrated craniosacral therapy into my practice as a physiotherapist. I utilised CST in NHS acute and rehabilitation settings working with survivors of brain injury, including the most severe in prolonged disorders of consciousness, MS, Parkinson’s and functional neurological disorders. I currently work with a charity that supports those affected by brain injury. 

I have also worked in two alternative provision schools (pupil referral unit/PRU) for children and young people who have been excluded from mainstream school. All students had difficulty engaging in their education and most had special educational needs and challenging behaviour. This was an incredibly humbling experience and influenced my practice in many ways including my use of language in relation to CST.

As part of an MSc in Neurorehabilitation in 2012, my dissertation explored “Male brain injury survivors’ experience of Craniosacral Therapy”. I use the learning from this research project to inform my practice and course content. I worked as a tutor in CCST for 5 years and continue to be a visiting tutor doing occasional teaching clinics.

My passion is working with the depth and breath of who we are. In my practice and on my courses I aim to integrate the range of human experience; the scientific to the spiritual, subjective and objective, anatomical to the magical. Most importantly, to fully appreciate each individual’s unique experience and how they relate to it.

I live in Bow, East London and spend as much time as possible reading, learning, immersed in nature or on adventures in our campervan.