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!