ABOUT ME

I am a Craniosacral Therapist living and working in Brighton. I am interested in how we can live our lives in a way that makes us feel most aligned and free.

I’ve been amazed by the power and potential of this subtle therapeutic practice ever since I experienced Craniosacral therapy for the first time.

My work is trauma-informed and rooted in an anti-oppressive framework. I offer a gentle, non-judgmental and compassionate ‘holding space’ for all of my clients. 

I also teach Movement and Meditation.  My Craniosacral practice builds on years of meditation and yoga practice and teaching, as well as an understanding of holistic physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. The teachings of the Buddha and many years of practicing Buddhism deeply inform all of my work.

My practice has evolved as my life circumstances have changed. This is a poignant and humbling reminder that healing and growth is not linear, which is also a key part of how I practice. 

I am often reminded of the teachings of Pema Chodron:

“We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again.”

The best part of my work is experiencing the magic that often happens when people begin to ‘come together again’.

My Story

Migration and movement have played a big part of my ancestral history. I was born in Cambridge to parents of Indian origin who migrated to the UK from Kenya in East Africa.  From as early as I can remember, my physical notion of ‘home’ has always been transient. In my practice, I am continually cultivating a visceral sense of arriving ‘home’ within my body.

I grew up in a household where spirituality was important and I was exposed to it through rich and eclectic mediums, such as: connection with nature, ritual, silence, devotional singing, and storytelling. Whilst I was growing up, my parents were very active in their community – both of them constantly lending solidarity, practical and emotional support to people who needed it. Because of these foundational experiences, being of service to others  is where I have found most meaning – a seed planted early on that I strive to water throughout my life.

Holding space for others as a therapist cannot be separated from my own healing journey.I have experienced two significant periods of burnout in my life. These have been turning points for me, as they forced me to look carefully at how I had abandoned myself and the care of my own bodymind in the process of trying to support others.

I engaged in talking therapy for a number of years and found it very beneficial. Yet I felt like something big was missing; a deeper connection to the body. I tried various body-based therapies but really felt like I ‘came home’ to myself when I experienced my first session of Craniosacral therapy. I was heartbroken by grief at the time and remember feeling a peace and safety in my body that I hadn’t felt for a long time. I felt like I had been ‘plugged in’ to some kind of a source that left me feeling whole, even amidst the brokenness. Over the years, Craniosacral therapy has helped me to process and recover from several accidents and injuries I experienced during childhood. I trained as a Craniosacral therapist in 2020 and continue to be amazed by the transformative power of this subtle and gentle practice.

Connection and community inspires all of my work. In Craniosacral therapy, the gentle presence of the therapist can positively impact the client’s entire nervous system. Through this, the client often enters into a more intimate connection with themselves. In my Movement and Meditation work, I am interested in connecting people more fully with their own self, and with the world around us. I am  motivated by building communities that are resourced and are rooted in mutuality, cooperation and care.

I meet a person exactly where they are at and listen deeply to the untold stories of the body.

I care about

Healing

Justice

Care

Compassion

Alignment

Freedom

I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that practising meditation

and yoga has transformed my life.

TRAINING/QUALIFICATIONS 

I qualified as a Craniosacral therapist with the College of Craniosacral Therapy in London. I am a member of the Craniosacral Therapy Association, the leading accreditation body for Craniosacral therapy in the UK.

I hold a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate in Ashtanga and Yin Yoga with Zolder Studio. I qualified in 2014 and am registered with the Yoga Alliance. My practice is trauma-informed and I am registered with The Yoga Clinic which specialises in Trauma Informed Yoga practices. 

Other related areas that I have trained in include; The Neurobiology of Trauma & Trauma Informed Yoga practices, Humanistic & Psychodynamic Counselling, Massage, The Hakomi Method of Mindfulness Based Assisted Self-Discovery, Biodynamic Psychotherapy, Focusing and Mental Health First Aid.

I am listed on Healing Justice London’s practitioner network.

For more details of my training, see here.

Jilna is an outstanding meditation, yoga and body work facilitator, with such a rare gift for reaching her participants and guiding them skillfully. Her own practice, wisdom and deep commitment to social justice shines through everything she offers. It makes her accessible and incredibly caring. I feel her work as a deep invitation towards groundedness, joy,  justice and transformation.

 Olumide Popoola, Writer

“Jilna made me feel very relaxed and at ease, before the treatment even began. She offered insight into how she practices and asked poignant questions. I found the treatments healing and rejuvenating, getting deeper each time and shedding more layers. I felt more connected and restored afterwards.  “

– James Gordon, Client, Service Manager of a Homeless Service

Jilna has a beautiful and gentle way of walking the walk, and allowing rest, silence and the body to do the work of liberation that so many of us desperately need. I really appreciated her holding space to go inwards and find silence mid pandemic and BLM uprising, when I personally had no words or tears left to cry.

Tamanda Walker