Alexandra Luzzato BSc (Hons) Osteopathy
GOsC Registered Osteopath No: 4758
Alexandra grew up in Tunisia and moved to Paris to study medicine. She trained as an Osteopath both in France and England and obtained my degree in Osteopathy in 2001 from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in Maidstone. She has been based in Sussex ever since and shares her practice time between Hassocks and Brighton.
How long have you worked at The Heeler Centre?
I have had the pleasure of working at The Heeler Centre since 2003.
Why did you choose your profession?
I was introduced to Osteopathy in the late 90s when I was a medical student in Paris. In those days, Osteopathy was not yet recognised in France and I had never heard of it. Some youngsters were distributing leaflets about various complementary and alternative medicines outside the university and I was unequivocally drawn to what I read about Osteopathy. Its philosophy and principles made so much sense to me and, as this was a time before the internet, I proceeded to write to all the schools in France and ask for more information. What I learned gave me a deep sense that I had found my call and that this was the empathetic and holistic form of medicine I had been looking for.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I really enjoy how the practice of Osteopathy draws upon both my intellectual and intuitive capacities to make sense of what is going on with the person who is consulting with me. I love the open and trusting relationship created with the patient and the investigative, detective-like nature of the job to find out what the problem is. When treating a patient, I am amazed at the experience of the self-regulating and self-healing capacities of the body, present in everyone and I absolutely rejoice when people feel better for it. This renews my hope that it is possible to be healthy well into old age.
What are your specialisms?
I am particularly drawn to the osteopathic approach generally known as “Cranial Osteopathy” and have discovered I have a natural affinity for it. I have undertaken postgraduate training on the subject and have completed all seven phases of Mr Jim Jealous’ teaching curriculum, known as the Biodynamic Approach to Cranial Osteopathy.
What conditions do you most enjoy treating?
I very much enjoy treating patients of all ages and the different members of the same family from the newborn baby to the wise great-grandparent. In babies and children, I am particularly interested in helping to release strain patterns acquired in the womb and through the birth process - strains which might contribute to making these little patients very unsettled. I have a similar sense of fulfilment when treatment helps adults be free from pain and movement restrictions. Osteopathy has a particular role to play when such restrictions have been created by retained tensions in the body, often caused by postural imbalances, compensatory mechanisms following an injury or accident - or even everyday stress.
When are you available?
I am available at The Heeler Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am to 6pm, which is my last appointment time of the day.
Do you accept insurance work?
Yes. I accept insurance work and am covered by most health insurances including Aviva, Cigna, Simply Health and WPA but not BUPA or AXA PPP. I would suggest that prospective patients checked with their insurer what their policy terms and conditions are prior to making an appointment, to make sure that the insurance will cover the expected cost of treatment. I usually request that all patients settle for their osteopathic session at each visit and use their payment receipts to claim back with their insurer.