More than words

How to bring the body into therapy

Clinically relevant strategies for talking therapists.

Open to NHS staff, private therapists and trainees.

19 and 20 March 2020 postponed due to Covid-19  Manchester: FULLY BOOKED - join waiting list for cancellations

25 and 26 November 2020 in person Covid-secure  Manchester: FULLY BOOKED - join waiting list for cancellations

£185 Early Bird if paid in full before 30 Nov 2019, £220 from 1st Dec 2019

A 50% deposit or confirmation of NHS funding secures your place. Early Bird deadlines still apply.


Request an NHS invoice and book by emailing

Bookings are non-refundable.


Combining her background in leading workshops and training programmes with her experience in yoga for mental health and trauma, Susi is a strong advocate for integrating body work into NHS and private mental health services and aims to help bridge the gap between talking therapy and body-based therapy.

who is the training for?

All talking therapists and support workers working within mental health including trauma recovery and addiction.

Trainee therapists are also welcome to apply.

Techniques can be adapted for adults, children and adolescents.

No experience of yoga is necessary for therapists or their client groups.

There is no minimum level of fitness required.

who is the training for?

"Thank you again for this past weekend. I can't remember the last time that I felt so excited after a training course. All of the previous courses that I had attended explained to me all I needed to know about trauma, the side effects what to look out for, when working with it what not to do, but I still felt that I was lacking in actual practical exercises you know. I really feel that your course has consolidated my knowledge and helped me to really understand how to work practically with my clients. "

Rhea, Services Coordinator, Trafford Rape Crisis

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"As a clinical psychologist, and with approx 25 years working in mental health, I found the two days really useful both in terms of providing me with new techniques and also equipping me with a clearer rationale as to when and how to use techniques I was already familiar with.
I found Susi knowledgeable, engaging and (hurray) funny- as a consequence the group gelled really well and created a supportive and nurturing at atmosphere. I would most definitely recommend."

Leigh Jones, Clinical Psychologist

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More than words : training for clinicians


A unique 2-day intensive course to bridge the gap between talking therapy and body-based therapy.

Put the scientific theory into practise and learn the science behind techniques you might have already picked up.

You will leave these two days inspired, refreshed and confident to integrate the body into your clinical work.

Day 1: body-based strategies for Mental Health

Day 2: body-based strategies for Trauma

Who can apply?

All talking therapists and support workers working within mental health including trauma recovery and addiction.

Trainee therapists are also welcome to apply.

Techniques can be adapted for adults, children and adolescents.

No experience of body work is necessary for therapists or their client groups.

There is no minimum level of fitness required. Most techniques can be done in a chair if necessary.

Body-based tools in talking therapy

Quick and effective movement, breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques that can be utilised when working with individual patients / clients and groups in a clinical setting.

- develop interoception, the ability to be able to feel ones own inner experience of essential body signals including hunger, pain and emotion without becoming overwhelmed. Interoception has also been shown to be important in social cognition.

- learn different types of grounding strategies, giving patients/clients the tools to remain in the present moment even when discussing difficult material reducing the risk of flashbacks or re-traumatizing

- use self-regulation techniques to effect the nervous system and change patterns of hyper or hypo-arousal

find the right kind of relaxation techniques that might be appropriate for different client groups and how to adapt these to individual circumstances

- explore the potential for releasing trauma from the body 

- put the polyvagal theory into practise

- explore the science of posture, breathing and relaxation in relation to trauma and mental health



Subject to change, depending on needs of the group

Day 1; Body-based approach to Mental Health 


  • Physiology: Autonomic Nervous System

  • Polyvagal theory

  • Breathing and Mental Health

  • Window of Tolerance physiology

  • Neuroception

  • Strategies to regulate physiology

  • Shaking – our natural re-set

  • Contraindications / collecting information


Key strategies for:

  • Recognizing survival resources

  • Centring / proprioception

  • Grounding

  • Interoception and direction, social cognition, empathy, self-care

  • Distinguishing emotion / sensation / meaning and belief

  • Self-regulation via discharging, calming and energizing


Day 2; Body based approach to Trauma



  • The body and Trauma

  • Neurology of Trauma

  • Physiology of Trauma

  • Natural healing and the vagus nerve

  • Adaptations after Trauma (neurological, physiological, psychological)

  • 'Bottom up' approach to recovery

  • Scope of practice


Key strategies for:

  • Becoming embodied

  • Containment and self-soothing

  • Restoring boundaries: skin, space, back of the body

  • Unfreezing via the sympathetic nervous system

  • Activating the Social Engagement System


about the trainer

Susi Wrenshaw C-IAYT is a strong advocate for integrating body work into NHS and private mental health services.

Susi Wrenshaw is a body-based Therapist currently working in the Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder service within Clinical Neuropsychology at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She runs clinics at the hospital 3 days a week and has a private practice 2 days a week. She works with Yoga Therapy, EMDR, EFT and is currently training in NeuroAffective Relational Model developed by Dr Laurence Heller.


As well as being a contributor to industry magazines, Susi is often asked to speak at events. She recently presented Yoga Therapy for Trauma after mild TBI for The Breathing Brain Neuro Rehab clinicians retreat. She has also appeared on a documentary about depression, Mental Me and on BBC Sport talking about her courses for anxiety and depression.

Susi has designed and run body-based therapy groups for people with mental health challenges and those in recovery from trauma, including for survivors of rape and sexual assault as well as co-creating, co-running a group within the NEAD service at Salford Royal Hospital. She has delivered therapeutic yoga for Manchester Rape Crisis, Maggie's Centre (for cancer patients and their families), CAMHS (staff), Multiple Sclerosis Society for people with MS and their families, Alzheimer's UK, Trafford Carers for people with cerebral palsy, Mind and other mental health charities including sessions funded by Age UK.


She is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, accredited by the British Council for Yoga Therapy and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

In her clinical work and training, Susi draws on courses she has attended with Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Dr Gabor Maté and Dr Timothy McCall.

Specialist training has been with the Yoga Academy, under Ralf Marzen, Maja Skolimowska and Gary Carter, with EMDR Centre London with Barbara Leach and Joshua Smith and Life Beyond Limits with Master EFT trainer Tania Prince (accredited by EFT International). Other mental health/trauma/body work training is from the Minded Institute, PODS, Chrysalis Kids, Mind and Yoga Campus including Yoga as Medicine, Yoga for Eating Disorders, Emotional Trauma and Suicide Intervention.


Susi has been the subject of two research publications exploring the links between yoga and mental health based on her personal and professional experiences.

She has been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the book entitled Addiction and Performance (2014), in Exhale Mental Health magazine and Yoga Therapy Ireland magazine.


Susi was a facilitator and trainer in communication and consultation skills for over 10 years within medical schools, GP practices, the North West Deanery and private healthcare organisations.


Friends Meeting House, 13 The Polygon, Eccles, M30 0DS

Kitchen facilities - yes, limited due to covid-19 - hot and cold water only

Disabled access - yes

Parking - on site, free


You are welcome to book if you are a talking therapist or current student.

If you are a support worker, social worker, alternative therapist, healthcare professional or other, please contact me to apply. Email a short message giving a brief indication of your relevant experience and interest in the course.

Visit the booking page to book or contact me to request an invoice.


2-day courses

25 - 26 November 2020

10am - 4pm

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