About JILL

cranial osteopath auckland


Jill Headifen MSc Ost. (U.K.)

I became interested in natural therapies early on in my life having been influenced by my parent’s philosophy of health. We grew most of our own food and hardly ever needed to visit the local GP. As a small child, I was taken to manipulators of various kinds for headaches and neck pain. I learnt that we can all be responsible for our own health but occasionally need some help and direction.

I travelled to the UK to train to be an osteopath in 1979. At that time, it was difficult to get adequate training in osteopathy in NZ. I practised in London for over 20 years. This also included working part-time at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London.

Along with a broad range of osteopathic techniques including manipulation and soft tissue techniques, I specialise in cranial osteopathy.

I have taught on many post-graduate osteopathy courses in the UK, Poland, Sweden, NZ and Australia and served on the board of the Australasian Cranial Teaching Foundation. (SCTF of ANZ) -a post-graduate program for osteopaths to learn cranial techniques.

I am particularly interested in working with babies and children, as I believe that making changes early in a child’s life has long-lasting impacts on their physical and emotional development. Since arriving back in Auckland, NZ in 2004, I have treated well over 3000 babies with colic, reflux sleep problems etc. Most of these babies are referred to me through word of mouth or the local midwives with whom I have developed a good relationship. I’m also a founder and board member of the Osteopathic Children’s Foundation – a free charity clinic for children in Hamilton.

Many of my adult patients consult me as they prefer a gentle approach to treatment or have a chronic pain problem that has not been resolved with other kinds of therapy.

I also have extensive personal experience with exercise programmes such as Pilates and will advise patients on suitable exercises to help to develop self-care and prevention programmes.

When I’m not working, I can be found in the garden or out hiking.

About Chris

About Us

Jill and Chris were both trained in the U.K and started Osteoworks back in 2004 when they moved to N.Z from London with their son.