Howard Evans has been working professionally as a body oriented therapist since 1992. He was one of the original group of therapists working at the Life Centre when it first opened in London’s Notting Hill Gate in 1993 and, similarly, at Triyoga when it first opened its doors in Primrose Hill in 2000.
Although he has studied many approaches to therapy including Traditional Chinese Medicine, integrative psychotherapy, core process psychotherapy, Traditional Thai Massage, Neuromuscular Technique and Esalen Massage, it is Craniosacral therapy that informs all his current work – encapsulating, as it does, his overall therapeutic philosophy of ‘less is more’.
During a session with Howard you will benefit from a quality of touch, attention and presence developed over many years of study, practice and teaching.
According to the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council:
“Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on therapy that uses a light touch and whose origins are in the practice of Osteopathy.
“The body has self-healing capabilities and is constantly striving for good health. Craniosacral Therapy can facilitate this natural propensity for balance and a feeling of wellbeing in the client. Craniosacral Therapy also recognizes the interconnection between mind and body. Craniosacral therapists work with the presence of subtle rhythmic motions that are expressed within the body (particularly the head, spine and pelvis). The free and balanced expression of these subtle motions is related to our state of health and vitality.
“In a typical session the client will lie (or sometimes sit) clothed on a treatment couch. The therapist makes contact by gently placing her/his hands on the client’s body and uses a light touch to tune into the subtle motions taking place. The therapist can evaluate if there are any imbalances within the body and use a range of non-invasive therapeutic skills to relax and thereby promote self-healing within the client.”
Howard’s approach to craniosacral therapy is influenced by his previous experience in body oriented psychotherapy as well as by his studies in Craniosacral Biodynamics with Franklyn Sills at the Karuna Institute. Unlike Osteopaths working in the cranial field, he does not involve himself in the assessment and resolution of cranial lesions. His expertise is in working with the body’s organisation of its physical, emotional and psychological experiences in the soft tissues and fluids.
This approach to craniosacral work often unfolds as a form of quiet psychotherapy. Through a subtle dialogue with the patient’s body and the organising intelligence of the central nervous system and the connective tissue matrix, hidden or forgotten patterns formed in response to insult and injury can be gently revisited, questioned and reorganised. The process is deeply satisfying and resourcing and its aim is a more open, calm and graceful way of being.
Howard originally trained as a Reiki practitioner in 1995. In 2019 he became a Reiki Master and teacher.
Appointments are available in London at Howard’s studio situated near Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park and Shepherds Bush, London, W11.
Home visits can be arranged in West London including Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park, Shepherds Bush, Kensington and Knightsbridge.
Howard can also be consulted in Mallorca