Lorna Kennard-Wall - BSc. (hons) MSMA CST
Upledger CranioSacral Therapy, Sharon Wheeler's ScarWork, Barral Institute Visceral Manipulation & PSYCH-K® Facilitator.
I’m passionate about alternative and complementary health care and firmly believe that to help someone truly heal you need to support the whole person, body, mind and soul.
But I didn’t always think this way.
My therapist journey started firmly in the allopathic Western approach. You either train to treat and ‘fix‘ the body or you studied to help the mind, but not the two together. I was fascinated by both but after graduating in 2000 I was drawn to train as a Sports Massage Practitioner and help people physically.
The Move To A More Holistic Approach
Not long into my career as a soft tissue therapist, I started to get the feeling that something else was underlying some of my clients physical pain. About this time I was starting to read more about how our emotions can affect the body.
A real eye opener for me was a book called “molecules of Emotion” by Candice Pert. In this, alongside her own journey to a more holistic view, she shares her research and discoveries about how the chemistry produced by our emotions impacts our physiology. This really started to be me thinking beyond just physical reasons for physical pain.
I was then gifted “your inner physician and you”. This is Dr John Upledger’s story, research and experiences that led him to develop CranioSacral Therapy. A way of working with the central system of the body but also with tissue memory – trauma, emotions and past experiences held within the tissues.
This connected the dot’s for me with what I was picking up from clients whose physical symptoms seemed to keep coming back without any logical physical reason.
I am passionate about empowering those I work with.
The support you get on your journey to well-being is as important than the tools you use to get there. That’s why we talk through your options together, integrate what your body-mind needs from the skills I have and provide advice on where else or what else you may need to support you. I want people I can work with not do to.
A Thirst For Knowledge And Understanding
My thirst for knowledge about who we are and how we work has guided both my therapy work and personal journey. All the modalities I’ve studied and trained in have been guided both by my learning and experiences with clients and my own personal development and spiritual journey too.
In my early 20s mainstream medicine saved my life, but it’s complementary and alternative healthcare that’s improved my physical and mental health since then, and ultimately live the life of my dreams.
I want to help others explore new options and possibilities. Help people reconnect with themselves and the power and wisdom they have within them.
“We are a whole person, body, mind and soul so to reach a balanced state of health all elements need to be considered and treated together.”
My Way Of Working With You
Your body is designed to heal and repair. Sometimes it gets overloaded and so needs a helping hand to get back on track. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the years it’s you’re your body/mind really does have all the answers, we just need to learn how to listen to it again.
I may have a wide and varied range of skills, but I don’t dictate what you need and when. I use specific ways of assessment that allow your inner wisdom to show us what it needs on that day, where it’s struggling the most. With a gentle touch we can release the unwanted tension and restrictions currently getting in the way of your body’s ability to self-heal repair and regenerate.
My intention for any session is to be the interpreter for your body/mind, help you connect with that part of you too and facilitate whatever you need that day to take you back to a place of self-healing, repair and regeneration.
That may mean we only use one type of therapy, or a blend of different approaches. It’s all guided by you from within.
The modalities I use are:
- Bach Flower Remedies
- Upledger CranioSacral Therapy
- Visceral Manipulation
- Various soft tissue techniques
These allow us to work with the physical structure of the body, emotions and tissue memory plus any deep-seated thought patterns and beliefs that are holding you back from achieving health and well-being.
In my early 20s mainstream medicine saved my life, but it’s complementary and alternative healthcare that’s improved my physical and mental health since then, and ultimately helped me to live the life of my dreams.
I want to empower others to explore new options and possibilities. Help people to reconnect with themselves and the power and wisdom they have within them.
Beyond The Clinic Room...
When I’m not in clinic I can still be found with my head in some sort of personal development or mind-body-spirit book (or a cheeky game of Soduko). This work for me is a personal passion I love learning and reading more about. But I make sure I have time for other pleasures too.
I love being in nature, whether that’s out on walks, working on our allotment or generally pottering around the garden and watching the birds. I’ve recently had a go as some woodwork too. Something I’ve always wanted to try my hand at but never had the time before moving to Somerset.
I’m quite proud of my first attempt at a Comfort bird, even if I do say so myself. Watch this space and the clinic room for more of my creations!