Natasha Alan-Williams is a Soft Tissue Therapist and Director of Freedom Within (Dorset) Limited.
After completing a Diploma in Holistic Massage Therapy (ITEC level 4) in 2010, Natasha went on to become 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 chronic 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 integrates Mindfulness based techniques into her practice to address the psyco physiological effects of persistent and chronic pain. She is also accredited 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 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.
Natasha has developed her own approach to the many different issues she is presented with, using Myofascial Release, Massage, Scar Tissue Therapy and Neuro Health Coaching either as stand alone techniques or in combination, each session is tailored to your 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 (MTI) and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). 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)
- Level 2 Certificate SIRPA Trained