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Viola Sampson BSc MCMA

Registered Microbiome Analyst


I was one of the first practitioners in the UK to offer Microbiome Analysis; giving healthy eating advice tailored to my clients' unique gut bacterial profile.

Having practised as a craniosacral therapist for 15 years, I am now focusing solely on Microbiome Analysis, continuing a special interest in fatigue conditions such as ME/CFS and Long Covid, as well as trauma recovery and digestive health. I am committed to excellence in practice and advancing my professional development, and incorporate the latest approaches into my work.

Background and interests

Following an early in career medical biosciences (molecular biology and neuroscience as a published research scientist), I became fascinated by the gut microbiome due to my own life-long digestive issues. Microbiome repair was ultimately essential to my recovery, and allowed me to reintroduce a full range of foods after more than a decade of being gluten- dairy- and nightshade free.


For a number of years, I taught complementary therapists about the exciting advances in microbiome science before setting up my Microbiome Analysis practice – adding to my earlier qualifications with specialist nutritional training and a certification in Health & Wellness Coaching (graduating with Distinction). I value ongoing training, study and mentoring with pioneering microbiome practitioners around the world.

My own experience of fifteen years of ME/CFS, starting in my late teens, led me to try a wide variety of different therapeutic approaches, and I trained in craniosacral therapy having found the treatment to be central to my recovery. I was in practice for fifteen years before focusing solely on my Microbiome Analysis practice. Drawing on this personal experience, together with focused professional development, I offer specialist understanding for those with chronic fatigue conditions, including Long Covid.

I am a full, registered member of the Complementary Medicine Association and am accountable to their code of ethics in practice.

My background includes many years of environmental and human rights work. I see the human microbiome as part of our wider ecosystem, including the soil microbiome. Studies in ecopsychology and a chi kung practice also inform my work. From the personal to the planetary, I am interested in how our relationship to our world affects our wellbeing as a whole.

For more on my training, accreditation and teaching experience, please see information on supervision and tutorials.

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