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.
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.
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.
Camille completed a 5-year Osteopathy degree at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia graduating with Distinction, and is registered with the UK General Osteopathic Council and the Scottish Osteopathic Society.
Camille is interested in all aspects of the patient and their presentation, from acute to chronic, and includes the emotional and mental aspects into her approach to health care. She uses various gentle structural osteopathic techniques such as soft tissue massage, myofascial release, mobilisation and exercise prescription to return the body to balance and optimal movement. She has a good understanding of nutrition, common herbs and supplements which may be used to assist recovery, and has also studied Remedial massage, Reiki, mindfulness and EFT.
Having lived in numerous places and with a varied cultural background, Camille is an avid traveller and has recently moved to Edinburgh is enjoying exploring Scotland and the rest of Europe.
Mary has been a Registered Osteopath since 1999, focusing on the more subtle, so called ‘cranial’ osteopathic approach. She offers gentle, effective osteopathy for everyone from babies to seniors. She likes to get to know her patients and what you are going through in your life and with your family, so that she can support you to better health, not just with hands-on treatment but by listening and helping you to think things through. She especially enjoys treating whole families – caring for grandparents, parents, children, newborns and sometimes the family pets too (she treats dogs and horses as well as people). Some of her patients have been with her since the very start of her practice and she loves the depth of relationship that that long connection brings.
Much of Mary’s post-graduate study has been devoted to honing these subtle skills, including completing the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy’s (SCCO) 250 hr Pathway, studies in Biodynamic Osteopathy and gaining an MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy. She is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy, the Royal Society of Medicine and the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners. She teaches osteopathy at a post-grad level in the UK and internationally and is currently a Trustee of the SCCO.
Emelyne Gilabert, ost DO (Hns)
Emelyne graduated from the Higher Academy of Osteopathy in Toulouse, France with Honours in July 2020 and is fully registered with the UK General Osteopathic Council.
Emelyne’s training in France taught her craniosacral osteopathy, soft tissue work, joint mobilisations, visceral treatments and manipulations. She enjoys using all these techniques in order to adapt to each patient differently according to what is best for them. As a result, she is comfortable taking care of all kinds of patients, from babies to the elderly, but also athletes, pregnant women, or people with disabilities. During the last two years of her studies, Emelyne has written a thesis on the importance of osteopathic care of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in a psychiatric hospital. Judging by the encouraging results of this human adventure, she intends to continue working in this spirit of cooperation between health professionals and thus be able to offer the best holistic treatment to her patients.