About Me

Hello, I am Orla Illien,

 I practise CranioSacral Therapy and have been expanding my knowledge and experience since 2002. I believe every person should have the opportunity to live their life with the optimum level of health. CranioSacral Therapy can benefit everyone. I find it especially beneficial for babies and children that can have a bumpy start. This can be due to a traumatic birth or grievances in early life. Anxiety with settling into school, sleep problems, shy making friends or just general change which can be hard for their sensory system to process. “ CranioSacral Therapy allows you to thrive and not just survive”


I qualified  as an Adventure Sports and Outdoor pursuits instructor. I worked with youth groups from disadvantaged areas. It felt great to help  them overcome their fears of hanging off a cliff face backwards. I got a real reward from their sense of achievement. Yet, I still felt like I should be able to do more for them. This led me to studying Holistic Health. I qualified in a variety of modalities. As much as i loved all of these therapies a key ingredient still felt like it was missing. It was when I was working with people with intellectual disabilities and autism in my 20’s that my ‘A ha’ moment came. I read a magazine article about a physiotherapist who trained in CranioSacral Therapy and treated a 5yr old boy with Autism who never spoke. After 1 session he said his first word. That’s it – I was hooked. I booked onto the next CranioSacral Course with the Upledger Institute. I have never once regretted that choice. I love every minute of CranioSacral Therapy. Treating clients, studying it , teaching parents techniques to help their children and teaching students who are developing their skills. After 18 years experience of CranioSacral Therapy I am now well established with treating babies and children. Also I am sharing my knowledge by teaching and supporting students that are training with the Upledger Institute Irl.  

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When you work with me you can depend on me to hold a space that allows your body to heal and relearn and to trust your body.

I believe everyone deserves to live life to their fullest potential. I truly feel CranioSacral Therapy can be an important part of your journey to optimum health. It can help you to discover a whole other way of connecting and reconnecting with yourself. I can provide a safe space where we can listen to the language of your body and what it has to say. As the body never lies you learn to trust and make choices from a much more emotionally intelligent place. This is true for babies and children too.

  • Upledger Institute Application for Ankyloglossia for Infants & Children (Tongue Tie) 2021
  • Ray Path Blessings technique Facilitator 2020
  • Ray Path Healing Facilitator 2020
  • Upledger Institute CST-T 2019
  • Personal & Spiritual Development Training 2019
  • Upledger Institute The Brain Speaks 1 2019
  • Upledger Institute Advanced 1 2018
  • Upledger Institute Bio Aquatics 2010
  • Upledger Institute Peadatrics 1&2 2010
  • Upledger Institute SER 2 2010
  • Upledger Institiute SER 1 2007
  • Upledger Institute CST 2 2003
  • Upledger Institute CST 1 2002
  • ITEC Diploma Diet and Nutrition 2002
  • ITEC Diploma Anatomy and Physiology 2002
  • ITEC Diploma Reflexology 2002
  • ITEC Diploma Massage 2002
  • ITEC Diploma Indian Head Massage 2002
  • ITEC Diploma Stress Management 2002
  •  IAHS Foundation course in Healthfood Retailing 2001
  • FETAC Community and Health Services 1997

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