Rehana Kapadia

Osteopaths are primary-care health practitioners, regulated by the statutory governing body: The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) govern the national standards of training and provision of care. We are trained to medically diagnose and to use our knowledge of anatomy and hands-on skills to assess and treat any level of health issues.

Rehana joined Shine Holistic in 2004, soon after it first opened and has established a broad family-oriented osteopathic practice, in Stoke Newington.

Originally, a graduate of Cultural Studies and post-grad in History and Philosophy from SOAS; for ten years, she worked as an editor in book-publishing and theatre production.  In 2000, she embarked on a four-year undergraduate degree in Osteopathic Medicine and Naturopathy at the British College of Osteopathy and Naturopathy (BCNO, now BCOM) and worked for twenty years alongside her late mentor, Hedwig Verdonk. A two-year MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy involved clinic training at the Osteopathic Centre for Children (OCC) overseen by Stuart Korth and further experience in special care baby units, at the North Middlesex and Barnet Hospitals. Guided by osteopathic physicians, including Kok Weng Lim and Mark Wilson, she gained invaluable clinical experience, working in pre- and post-natal care, and treating babies presenting with feeding difficulties, through to complex developmental medical issues.

Osteopathy is rooted in the philosophy of medicine and nature. It regards the body as intelligent, with the inherent ability to self-regulate. Ill-health occurs, when our capacity to maintain this delicate balance, due to adverse acute or chronic factors such as injury, stress, inflammation or degenerative change, is compromised. Cranial Osteopathy requires postgraduate anatomical knowledge and refined palpatory skill and perception. It holds a perspective that our bodies carry the ‘marks of life’; whereby unresolved patterns from our birth, childhood, emotional experiences and injuries can persist to become sources of strain, even the patient may now be unaware of, but influencing their present condition.

Rehana’s approach is gentle and effective in the treatment of any age and range of health issues. The aim, often, is to relieve pain, but also to work preventatively and so allow us to live in our bodies with ease. She feels every stage of our lives can be assisted with osteopathy, from pre- and post-natal care, seeing babies, children and teens through their developmental milestones, supporting good health in adult life, right through to an active older age. She is especially interested in how working biodynamically with the physiological body, including the face, jaw, and head can positively influence emotional patterns and stress related postural strains. As was the original nature-cure development of osteopathy, Rehana is able to integrate her background in science, the arts, yoga, philosophy and permaculture, with her wider studies in attachment-based psychotherapy and connection to the natural world, to inform her practice.

Rehana is registered with the statutory governing body, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), member of the Institute of Osteopathy (iO), the Sutherland Cranial College (SCC) and an Alumni member of the Foundation of Paediatric Osteopathy (FPO).  She maintains continuous professional specialist training with the Sutherland Cranial College (SCC) and James Jealous’ biodynamic approach.

As part of her personal commitment to social, race and health equity, Rehana has worked within the NHS, alongside women’s refuges and children’s charities. She has teaching experience, over many years, as Clinic Tutor in the cranial approach, for final year undergraduate osteopaths, at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM). Her practices are in N7 and N16.

REHANA KAPADIA, BA Hons, MA, BSc Hons Ost Med, MSc Paediatric Osteopathy, DO, ND, MSCC
Osteopathy     Cranial Osteopathy

My Reviews

Rachel Millward
This is a review for Osteopathy with Rehana Kapadia.... I've been going to this clinic to have Cranial Osteopathy with the wonderful Rehana Kapadia, for well over a decade. When I started seeing Rehana, I was in my 20s, and experiencing debilitating chronic pain, struggling with mobility, going through major corrective surgeries. Rehana's treatments were safe, when very little was - I am always absolutely confident that she won't trigger a flare up or push my body to do something it isn't ready for. She is gentle in all the ways! And incredibly intelligent, knowledgable and intuitive in the best way - with bags of humility. Over the years I've really appreciated the trust and respect which developed. I came with very complex problems - no one thing could fix them, but I am now free of pain and immobility most of the time, and have a much, much easier life! Rehana treated me through two pregancies and post partum phases, and now treats both my daughters, meeting and treating them on their first day of life! They both really look forward to their termly treatment... they know it will make them feel much easier in their bodies afterwards. If anyone is ill, or has an infection or injury, Rehana is our first port of call. She's helped with ear infections, allergies, bad backs, teething... Massively recommended!
Thanks Rachel