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Dancers experience inspires new business

Dancers experience inspires new business

The following is an article about Thomasina published in the Western Daily Press

A dancer set up her own business after seeing the benefits of treatment following her own injury from training and that of her mother after a serious car accident.

Dr Thomasina Craster, 38, turned to Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), which uses light touches to release underlying tension, while working as a professional dancer.

She also credits the non-invasive treatment with helping her mother make a full recovery from a life-threatening car crash.

Thomasina, whose clinic Abundant Life is based at The Bath Practice in Monmouth Street, Bath, said: "I've experienced first-hand the benefits of NSA. NSA helps to relieve pain, but also it seems to help on many levels from improved sleep, to better postures and even to increased motivation."

Thomasina became a professional performer from the age of 16 and went on to tour around the world. She would train for up to 10 hours a day and starred in nearly 200 shows in one year. But in the second year of her training she injured her hip from overstretching, putting her career at risk. She said: "I loved dancing and the idea of having to stop was devastating. But the pain could be debilitating and, although I did my best to work through it, I had to take some time off. NSA relieved the pain almost instantly and helped me to recover quickly. It's like a system reset."

Thomasina, who was awarded a scholarship to train at BodyWork Company Dance Studios, which has trained the likes of Caroline Flack, went on to tour in the USA, Europe and Africa. In 2000, at just 23, she set up her own dance company, 'Beyond Words', in Johannesburg, South Africa. But that same year she had to cut her dance career short to return home and care for her mother after she was injured in a life-threatening car crash. She said: "My mum, who was 54 at the time, was in a coma for two weeks. We thought she was going to die but fortunately she pulled through. "

Thomasina, who credits NSA with helping her mother to make a full recovery, decided to go back to college to study A-levels in physics, chemistry and biology. She then took a degree in chiropractic at the University of Glamorgan teaching yoga and dance to support her during the five-year course. Thomasina, who loves rock climbing and the outdoors, said: "Working in the dance industry gave me the discipline needed for the intensive study and to run my own business. "

Thomasina went on to study NSA by the founder, Dr Donald Epstein, getting the highest qualification possible in the technique. Where traditional chiropractic treatment works on physically realigning the spine, NSA focuses on communicating with the nervous system in order to release underlying tension that keeps the spine misaligned.

Thomasina has more than ten years' experience as a chiropractor and runs a clinic in Bath and at Writhlington Sports Centre, Radstock.

Article is courtesy of Western Daily Press