Natasha Alan-Williams is a Soft Tissue Therapist and Director of Freedom Within (Dorset) Limited.
Since completing a Diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy (ITEC level 4) in 2010, Natasha has undertaken advanced training in deep tissue massage and, in 2015, was one of the first graduates of the MFR UK Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy., which she obtained with Distinction. She now holds Advanced status on the register of MFR UK Practitioners.
The Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy is a unique and much sought after diploma which requires advanced manual skills and advanced academic, theoretical and scientific knowledge. The diploma integrates elements from the following national occupational standards:
- Scottish qualifications Authority (SQA) – Soft Tissue Manipulations – SQCF Level 8
- EDEXCEL – Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation – QCF Level 5
- VTCT – Planning and applying, evaluating complex massage and soft tissue methods – QCF Level 5
During her three years of study to complete the Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy she wrote clinical papers on the theory of pain and fibromyalgia and this research has formed the basis of her work with people with pain associated with various auto immune conditions including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. You can read more about Myofascial Release here.
Natasha is also listed on the UK ScarWork Practitioner register having trained to practice the Sharon Wheeler method in Scar Tissue Therapy. She has completed specific training to work with breast cancer clients post surgery. Scar Tissue Release techniques can be applied to scarring from any surgical procedure including Caesarean Section, Hysterectomy, Mastectomy, Appendectomy, Hip and Knee Replacement. Read more about this work here.
Understanding the Nervous System
Natasha specialises in the impact of stress and (physical and emotional) trauma on the nervous system.
Natasha has trained in Mindfulness based Stress and Pain Relief and she incorporates mindfulness techniques into her practice to address the phsyco physiological effects of persistent and chronic pain. She is also working towards accreditation with SIRPA (Stress Induced Pain Practitioners Association).
In 2012 Natasha joined the team at Bristol Neurophysio, working alongside Neuro physiotherapists and providing therapy for people with disability and neurological conditions be it congenital or following injury or an illness. Examples include Spinal injury, MS, Parkinsons and Cerebral Palsy. She also works with people living with the effects of auto immune conditions such as fibromyalgia which is a condition characterised by widespread chronic pain which appears to result from processes in the central nervous system. You can read more about this work here.
In 2014 Natasha moved from Bristol to Poole where she joined the team at Broadstone Physiotherapy , there Natasha’s work compliments physiotherapy for issues ranging from chronic back / neck / shoulder pain to post knee / hip replacement rehab.
Using a combination of Myofascial release, Remedial massage and other Soft tissue therapy techniques, Natasha has developed her own approach to the many different issues she is presented with, tailoring each session to each person’s individual needs.
When she is not helping her clients, Natasha enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, dog walks, yoga, swimming, cycling and running.
Regulation and Insurance
As an Advanced Myofascial and Soft Tissue Therapist, Natasha is registered with the Massage Training Institute . As you would expect, she is fully insured and holds an up to date Appointed Persons Qualification in First Aid.
- Level 4 Diploma in Holistic Massage, Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork (BCMB)
- Advanced Certificate in Deep Tissue Massage (BCMB)
- Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy, MFR UK
- ScarWork Certificate (Foundation and Advanced working with scars post breast cancer) (Restore Therapy)