About Soma Osteopathy

About

About Soma

 

Soma Osteopathy based in Leith is an osteopathic inspired healthcare clinic. The name Soma comes from the ancient Greek meaning body, hence our core focus on physical well-being that in turn benefits the whole person.

We offer a professional service in a safe environment with a select group of practitioners. A small team allows for good communication between therapists, allowing the most appropriate treatment for each individual to be selected and assessed during the healing process.

All ages are welcome. We treat the whole family from newborns to the elderly.

Osteopaths

David Lasnet, B. ost
Registered Osteopath

Originally from France, David qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 2009, also completed a 1 year post-graduate course at the Institute of Classical Osteopathy studying the osteopathic treatment of constitutional disease. He has studied extensively with The Sutherland Cranial College. His particular areas of interest are the treatments of chronic conditions, children and babies. David enjoys integrating structural, visceral and cranial work.
He has also been a qualified Shiatsu practitioner and a cranio-sacral therapist in the Upledger curriculum since 2001. 
He is a member of the BOA, SOS and the Shiatsu society. His treatments are suitable for all age groups. David is passionate about yoga, surfing and mindfulness meditation.

Adam Harker, BSc (Hons) ost
Registered Osteopath

Adam graduated from the British School of Osteopathy with a Bachelor of Science with honours in 2002.
Adam works with all age ranges and treats ailments from sport injuries and post trauma care to immunity, pregnancy, post natal care for mothers and new born babies. His particular speciality is paediatrics.
He treats the whole patient to help them re-establish their relationship to health and allow the body to rebalance and function to the best of its ability. He employs a wide range of osteopathic techniques including cranial (biodynamic and conventional), manipulation, soft tissue massage, myofascial release, fascial unwinding, functional, muscle energy, technique and exercise prescription.
Adam has lived and worked in the UK, New Zealand, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago and Canada. His love for travelling has opened doors to an international education and hands on training with some of the best osteopaths around the world.

Paola Pizzuto, Bsc (Hons) Ost
Registered Osteopath

Paola graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 2009. She worked in Suffolk before relocating to Edinburgh. Paola has completed several postgraduate courses in cranial, visceral and paediatrics osteopathy and she is continually studying to improve her skills and her understanding of the human body.She has experience treating elderly, adult, new-born and children and her approach is varied and tailored to the patient’s needs. During the treatment, the whole body and its symptomatic parts are given attention in order to find the root cause of the symptoms and to allow the body to re-establish optimum health.Paola is also a yoga teacher and she is passionate about travelling and about her work as an osteopath.

Massage Therapists

Clare McMillan BSc (Hons) Sports Med, ASTDip
Deep Tissue Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist

Clare graduated from Glasgow University in 2003 with a degree in Sports Medicine, then continued her study by obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Sports Therapy from the Active Health School in Bradford. Over the last 10 years Clare has developed a wide range of remedial techniques used to treat soft tissue conditions.
Each treatment is adapted to the person and after care advice is given if appropriate. Clare also specialises in Myofascial Release.Clare is passionate about sport and exercise and enjoys the challenge of working with athletes, including pre and post sports massage and treating acute injuries.

Rebecca Cox ITEC
Massage Therapist

Rebecca has been a fully qualified ITEC holistic massage therapist since 2006. Since then she has furthered her skills through studying Advanced Massage Techniques, and specialises in pregnancy and post-natal massage.
She also treats lower back and shoulder pain, TMJ/jaw and facial pain. She is passionate about healing through the power of touch and is continuing to build on her current skills and techniques through CPD learning. Rebecca is also involved in a number of sports including running, cycling and walking and finds this adds to her practice especially when treating sports people and athletes.

Katie Hill
Massage therapist

After graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in Sport Science in 2011, Katie went on to complete her training in both Swedish and Sports & Remedial massage in 2012/13 and has been practicing ever since.  

Having furthered her education through CPD courses, Katie incorporates various techniques into her treatments including MET, Trigger Point Therapy and Soft Tissue Release for effective pain relief.  Being an active person, she has a passion for providing sports massage and has worked at events such as the Edinburgh Marathon, Canadian Iron Man and the Edinburgh 7’s Rugby Festival.  In her spare time, Katie enjoys everything outdoors including mountain biking, skiing, wakeboarding and running.

Esther Hernandez, BSc (Hons) Biology, DipSM, DipRSM
Massage therapist

Esther moved from Spain to Scotland in 2002. She studied Biology at University and worked in marine consultancy for many years. Interested in complementary therapies from an early age, she trained with the Scottish Massage School to gain a Diploma in Remedial and Sports Massage. She has been working as a massage therapist since 2013 and is particularly keen on helping to alleviate aches and pains arising from either day to day activities or sports training. She is also qualified in pregnancy massage. Esther’s treatments integrate deep tissue massage, soft tissue techniques, as well as movement and stretching. Esther enjoys hillwalking, swimming, yoga and meditation.

Stuart Lee, DSM.SMTO.
Remedial, Pregnancy, Swedish and Thai Massage, Myofascial release

Stuart qualified in 2005 from the Lothian School of Massage. He continues advanced training with massage schools around the country, focusing on a remedial approach to treatment, fusing this with his passion for Eastern styles of massage. Stuart has developed a meditative approach, focussing on clients who have trouble relaxing, this includes guided meditation and breathing techniques allowing a deeper state of relaxation. He has run workshops for the Scottish Inspire Massage School; lectures in remedial massage at Jewel and Esk College.Stuart’s passions are tai chi, qi gong, yoga, meditation, photography, cycling and hillwalking. Stuart teaches meditation and runs workshops in Edinburgh.

Reflexologists

Georgie McCulloch (Hons), GSSR, MAR
Reflexologist

Georgie qualified as a reflexologist at the Scottish School of Reflexology in 2001, and has built up her practice in Edinburgh since then. She is a member of The Association of Reflexologists, The Association of reproductive Reflexologists and the Fertility Reflexology Network. She regularly attends postgraduate workshops. Georgie specialises in maternity reflexology, working with clients through each stage of their pregnancy. She has a particular interest in, and experience of, working with people with fertility problems and those with mental health issues.

Acupuncturist

Anu Sharma PgDip (Ac), MBAcC
Acupuncturist

Anu graduated from the Northern College of Acupuncture in York and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council. Her treatment approach includes acupuncture, acupressure massage, moxibustion along with dietary and lifestyle advice to allow patients to optimize and maintain the beneficial effects of their treatment. Anu treats all kinds of health issues and adopts a relaxed gentle approach whilst trying to get to the root of the issue. Her special interests include pain, fertility and women’s health.