Many sensitive, smart people desire to step away from chronic stress and overwhelm to create more meaning and purpose.

Often this means learning to slow down and rest, and also becoming aware of our unique nature, to make better choices.

Sensitive touch and body-mind awareness offered by Craniosacral practice supports true rest and health on all levels. Insights from astrology helps us know ourselves more intimately, and what kinds of actions will best support our thriving.

Craniosacral Practice
& Astrological Coaching

with Raka Tavasmi

Hello, welcome!
I work with sensitive people who wish to be more at ease in their own skin. Most of us are not supported to know ourselves, nor to slow down and rest - we live in a world that is frequently pulling us out of ourselves, to be someone else. I work with people who wish to live with more respect for their own nature.
Part of my work is with the therapeutic touch of craniosacral practice, to help access deep rest, spaciousness, and engage the natural healing capacities of the body. The other part is astrology-based coaching, to help you understand more of who you are so you can make choices that are good for you.Read about the people I often work with and my general approach.Have a look around, and be in touch for further information.



I work with people who wish to find a greater sense of rest and vitality in the body, and express more of what is important to them. This includes subtle touch and dialogue to support restfulness, vitality and understanding.I offer craniosacral touch and astrology-based coaching. I am always learning and will use any of my skills that can usefully help you.There is no pursuit of a better or more 'true' self in my work. Instead, I offer spaces to meet our diversity and depth, and together find some skilful ways to navigate the unique territory of our lives.

We work collaboratively, as partners, where my role is to assist you. Read about the people I often work with and a bit about me.Links above for sessions I offer.
Or read about my overall working approach.

Slowing down & remembering ourselves

My general working approach

Many of us are exhausted and overly stressed - be it from the impact of the recent lockdowns, ongoing social and environmental crises, pressures of productivity, along with our personal life challenges and complicated histories.Under these conditions there is a tendency to get overwhelmed and disconnected from the body, making us anxious, fearful, thinking very fast, unable to take decisions and actions towards what is good. Our inner gifts, sensitivities, genuine needs and desires can get buried under this onslaught. Pain and other symptoms do not get a chance to heal when the body cannot find any ease and rest. From the perspective of neurobiology and trauma, we could say that some of us get stuck on fight, flight or freeze responses, and cannot truly relax. This also means our life energy is stuck in survival mode and we cannot express our creativity.When we learn to slow down and connect to our natural rhythms, new possibilities can emerge. This is the gift craniosacral practice offers us. The simplicity of genuine rest, subtle touch and spacious connection allows the body and mind to rebalance. Vital energy can then start to free up and be expressed.Complementing this body awareness and inner balancing, astrology offers us a powerful doorway to know ourselves at a deep level. We get to see what we are made of, what life is asking from us, our opportunities and challenges. This multi-dimensional language helps us see ourselves and others with more compassion and depth. As we come to understand the symbols in our personal astrology, questions and themes emerge which lead us to think differently and make better strategies for action. The gift of evolutionary astrology is to live with more respect for soul.These practices I offer support you to be more at ease in your skin, as the complex, creative being that you are. They also reclaim life energy stolen by the excessive speediness and mechanical nature of modern society. It can be a beautiful, quiet rebellion.

Session Information

For craniosacral sessionsIn Humbie, East LothianThese are one-to-one sessions with subtle touch and dialogue. We work with the nervous system and the priorities set by your intentions. This work is about trusting the body to self-heal given the right space, time and connection. Most people experience deeper rest and awareness; some body symptoms dissolve quickly while others take more time.Treatments take place sitting or lying on a treatment couch. Dress in comfortable, natural fabrics please. The effect can be powerful so I suggest choosing a time when you can rest afterwards.Each session lasts 60 - 90 mins, and costs between £40 - £60.Occasional sessions available in Edinburgh, Broughton Street, at £50 per hour.

Session Information

For astrology conversationsIn Humbie, East Lothian, or online video calls.These meetings are most useful when you wish to know yourself better, and have an area of your life that you would like to have deeper insight into. It is a dialogue, we will be in conversation throughout. I use holistic coaching perspectives and aim to help you discover what is right for you.I will need your birth time as precise as possible. It takes time to study the information, so I ask for £50 in advance when you book your session.Cost of the first meeting of 2 hours is £95.
Further meetings cost between £40-60 per hour.
Contact me to find out more.



Many of the people I work well with are sensitive folk who struggle with their body symptoms, wish to know genuine rest, and express something important to them. Many symptoms can soften or dissolve when we can learn to slow down and listen to the deeper story of the body (and mind). Certain kinds of attention and touch are very supportive to facilitate this.You may want the immediate relief of deep rest and maybe also the longer-term project of learning new skills to be with your body and feelings. You want to be grounded and present.You may be interested in creative self-expression. It may be that a lot of your energy is spent in managing symptoms, and there is a longing to create more of what you love. You want to make choices and take action in ways that are meaningful to you.You may have interests in psycho/spiritual tools such as astrology, or at least an openness to them. The key for you is if they help you make sense of things and improve understanding of yourself, so that you can make things better.People I work with have often found themselves out of sync with the social norms of the groups they are born into or live in. There can be a lot of pressure to conform which makes symptoms worse or causes them in the first place. You may be somebody who longs to be yourself and also have healthy supportive, relationships.

I alone must become myself,
I cannot become myself alone.
- J. Pittman McGhee


As a practitioner my focus is on assisting others to find ease in the body, become more aware of their unique nature and make choices that are beneficial.I am trained in craniosacral practices (a subtle way of working with touch and the nervous system), evolutionary astrology (a way of mapping the soul's evolution), transformational coaching (to help people make good choices), and mind-body practices including gentle yoga and meditation. I have degrees in philosophy and cognitive science, and worked in neuroscience research before retraining in the healing arts and sciences. I continue to learn from modern neuroscience, as well as from different philosophical traditions.

Astrology caught my attention properly in a book shop in 2007 while I was working as a researcher, and I started discovering the immense wisdom in this system. Since 2014 I primarily study the compassionate model of evolutionary astrology, which helps us understand our specific past, so we can act more intelligently in the present and create a better future. My training in counselling skills and transformational coaching complements astrology to translate those insights into the specific conditions and actions in our lives.Years of difficult body symptoms led me to study and train in mind-body practices. I started practicing yoga and other movement practices in 2006, completed my craniosacral training in 2017 and continue to learn about trauma, body wisdom and embodiment of our vital nature.I grew up in India and live in Scotland; my experiences of immigration and multiple cultures impacts all aspects of my life including how I work. I enjoy working with people from varied social backgrounds, and my clients have often been 'outsiders' in different ways.

I believe each of us is wanting to be more in our own skin, a continuous process of coming into oneself, living from our own unique centre with dignity.


If you would like to know more or arrange an appointment, please get in touch.
I will get back to you as soon as I can.
I work in the Humbie area of East Lothian, and online.