MEET THE TEAM
ADAM BERMAN B.OST (HONS)
Adam’s first experience of manual therapy was when he trained in shiatsu with Sarah Bristow at The Practice Place.
He later went on to take the B.Ost course in Osteopathy at the prestigious College of Osteopaths in London where he was awarded a first class honours degree.
Adam is an active contributor to osteopathic research and has presented a paper on lateral epicondylalgia at the COET Research Matters Conference.
Adam takes an evidence-based structural approach to osteopathy informed by the latest research. Using his knowledge of biomechanics he devises treatment plans that not only address the immediate symptoms but also tackles the underlying cause of the symptoms to make a future recurrence less likely.
Adam is registered with GOsC (the General Osteopathic Council) and the Registro de Osteópatas de España and is a member of the Institute of Osteopaths.
Therapeutic Bodywork and Craniosacral Therapy
Howard studied Chinese acupuncture with J R Worsley in Leamington Spa in the late 1970’s which led him not into therapy practice but into twelve years of meditation practice. He also studied dance, physical theatre and yoga.
In 1992, inspired by Stanley Keleman’s ideas on somatic psychology, he travelled to Belgium to join a retreat that Keleman was leading. When he returned to England Howard started training in integrative psychotherapy at The Minster Centre with luminaries of the body oriented psychotherapy world including Helen Davies and John Rowan.
During this time he worked as a massage practitioner at The Life Centre in Notting Hill Gate.
Howard continued his psychotherapy training at the Karuna Institute where he studied core process psychotherapy. It was here that he came to appreciate his skills as a therapeutic bodyworker. In 1996 he completed a post-graduate training in craniosacral therapy with Franklyn Sills of the Karuna Institute whilst working as a body oriented psychotherapist.
In 1997 Howard completed a Masters Degree in Therapeutic Bodywork at the University of Westminster under the tutelage of Leon Chaitow and Dr David Peters. Howard’s MA thesis discussed the significance of therapeutic listening both from a psychotherapeutic and a craniosacral perspective and suggested the possibility of a ‘memory of health’ to which the patient could reorient, given the right therapeutic relationship.
Since then he has undertaken advanced courses in craniosacral biodynamics with, amongst others, Franklyn Sills and Michael Shea.
Howard has presented his work at conferences in London and Barcelona and in Mallorca at Son Llatzer Hospital and IBILAB Clinic for assisted pregnancy. He is the author of ‘A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage’ and contributory author in the 3rd edition of Modern Neuromuscular Techniques edited by Leon Chaitow.
Holistic Health Coach
With a career in the health and wellness field spanning 15 years Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients. Originally trained in art therapy and occupational therapy, she has worked in both the NHS and private practice with a broad range of clients, always with the aim of enabling people to live to their highest potential in terms of health and wellbeing. Her work covered both mental and physical health settings - from dementia specific nursing homes to post surgery rehabilitation. During this time she also qualified as a postural and stability exercise instructor and facilitated an exercise group designed to benefit those at risk from, and those who had suffered falls.
Sarah’s interest in a more integrated approach to wellness developed when she encountered health challenges of her own. As the medical system consistently addressed only the symptoms of her problems rather than working with the causes, she was motivated to explore the underlying imbalances herself. This led to changes in diet and lifestyle, which resulted in her becoming healthy and symptom free. Inspired by the natural approaches that served her so well, she qualified as a reiki practitioner and a meditation in schools teacher. She is currently training in craniosacral rebalancing and nutrition focused health coaching.
Working with Sarah involves looking at dietary and lifestyle factors that may be responsible for ill health and imbalance in the system, and receiving practical guidance and support that can improve your health and wellbeing.