Tish Rogers holds an internationally recognised Diploma in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (PACT), has trained as a remedial massage therapist (MNZ) and is a qualified naturopath. She has over 20 years of experience in the natural health industry.
Tish, can you tell us a bit about your background?
I qualified as a naturopath in 1992. I was drawn to this because I believe in some essential naturopathic principles:
- the body has incredible ability for self repair and we have an inner intelligence that organises, supports and creates opportunities for healing
- that suppression of symptoms is not healing
- a holistic approach to well being (i.e. body, mind and spirit) is required for optimal health
- the fewer chemicals introduced into the body, the better
I had a naturopathic clinic based on herbal and nutritional medicine as well as massage. Over time, massage took over and I did this full time – offering both relaxation and deep tissue work and I really enjoyed facilitating the obvious benefits that massage can bring.
Some time later I went on to get qualifications in adult teaching and then co-wrote and delivered on both the certificate and diploma of massage programmes in NorthTec, Whangarei. During that time, I was the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award and used the grant to study a lifelong interest of mine – craniosacral therapy (CST).
What inspired you about craniosacral therapy?
I discovered CST in my 20s. I had been in a serious car accident and had regular migraines as a result. I tried several therapies but the only one that gave me long term relief was CST. I was amazed that it was so gentle yet deeply restorative. I was intrigued and wanted to learn more but timing never quite worked out to support that. Luckily, the year I received the award, I heard that the style of CST that I wanted to do was coming to NZ!
It sounds like the timing was perfect for you – what did you get from the training?
The 2 year training was challenging and inspiring and I felt like I had found the marriage of the fundamental naturpathic principles (see above) with the benefits of therapeutic touch. I began to see results in case studies that deepened this belief and have been amazed at the body’s ability to heal ever since. I continued to juggle teaching (full time) and seeing clients when I could. This progressed into full-time practice which I love!