Elise Broughton, Craniosacral Therapist
“The smartest thing in the room is the intelligence expressed in our bodies. There are millions of years of evolution behind the shapes and forms and movements in the body” - Ged Sumner
Elise is a certified craniosacral therapist in Victoria, BC, offering treatments for a wide variety of health conditions including but not limited to:
- Emotional/psychological challenges (depression, anxiety, difficult emotions)
- Physical/emotional trauma and PTSD
- Chronic injury and pain
- ADHD and autism
- Gastrointestinal disorders (constipation, IBS, etc)
Through years of experience offering massage and craniosacral therapy, Elise has come to understand the immense therapeutic power of physical touch and to honour the intelligence that exists within every cell of the body. The modern world tends to be dominated by verbal communication, and yet the very first sense that humans develop and rely on to understand their surroundings is touch. The way a caregiver holds and soothes a baby forms the first and lasting impression of the world that he/she will carry throughout life; as such, touch is one of a few basic needs that is essential for all infants to thrive.
As people approach adulthood, they often experience a deficit of physical contact due to cultural boundaries and expectations. For many, the only form of touch they receive is qualified with the needs of another person. However, the form of touch offered through craniosacral therapy is very gentle, supportive, and unpressured, allowing the client to sink into a primal cellular experience which in turn facilitates the release of ‘stuck’ emotional and/or physical holding patterns in the body. By offering simple attuned presence, the therapy offers the client a safe space to grow and thrive once again.
For more information about how craniosacral therapy works and what to expect, click here.
Elise has had an interest in biology and health since childhood when she was first exposed to Traditional Chinese Medicine and became curious about acupuncture and the energetic body. After graduating high school in 2001, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Genetics, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Alberta. Upon graduation, she took a detour and worked in government conducting research and policy analysis for six years where she developed a broader understanding of the sociopolitical factors that tie into health and well-being. During these years, she completed a 2200 hour diploma in massage therapy as well as many courses regarding touch and emotional processing. In 2016 she left government work to pursue a career in massage therapy and bodywork, and completed the Body Intelligence Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Practitioner Program in 2019.
Elise is very excited to join the talented team at Victoria Community Acupuncture and offer her services to the community.