Is it Distracting if I Talk To You or Touch My Child?

In some sessions you can carry on conversations with the parents during the session without losing any quality of the work, while other sessions demand the full attention of the therapist and any discussion outside of the work is a distraction. We encourage parents to remain connected with their child, and want you to feel included in the process. We may ask you to place your hands in specific areas at times for therapeutic reasons, but usually any loving touch is ok. Occasionally we may ask you to refrain for a moment or to until your child completes a specific release.

Why do I find it hard to be present in the sessions when the baby is upset? Parents are “hard wired” to be reactive to what their children are feeling. This helps us to comfort and nurture them. As our children are experiencing changes, the family unit will be also, and you may be acutely aware of what they are feeling physically and emotionally. Therefore, it is also recommended that parents receive CST to support themselves and the child.

As therapists must remain ‘neutral “ , rather than sympathetic in order to effectively maintain a therapeutic relationship with your child. Even advanced trained therapists seek outside assistance for their own child’s needs because it is so difficult to maintain clear and therapeutically effective boundaries with you own family.

How Many Treatments Will My Child Need?

Treatment will be determined as necessary. Initial evaluation and treatment will be 1 hour. Most follow up visits for infants are 30 minutes , however may vary depending on initial findings. We recommend a minimum of 3 visits within the first 10-14 days for maximum benefit, and to achieve specific goals.

For well-baby or preventation, approximately 4-6 total treatments of 30-45 minutes are recommended. For Infants and toddlers with specific concerns, goals and a treatment plan will be established together.

How Young Can a Child Be to Receive Treatment?

This depends more on the skill of the therapist, not on the age of the child. A first treatment can be done within a few minutes of being born. The craniosacral rhythm is very subtle at the time of delivery, and a therapist must have highly developed skills in order to perceive it. We have treated many newborns within the first hours or days of their lives.

How Does This Assist Newborns and Infants?

Birth is an intense transition, whether through natural delivery or cesarean section. Forces of over 50 to 60 lbs may be placed upon the baby as they are delivered from the birth canal. Sudden changes in pressure can occur during a c-section similar to a scuba diver rising to the surface too quickly may occur. Gestational factors, emergency situations or the use of interventions such as forceps , vacuum or medications can cause further stressors.

CranioSacral Therapy is beneficial in helping the child adapt and potentially overcome these challenges, including:

Feeding Challenges

Sucking Issues

Failure to Thrive

Colic

Periods of Inconsolability

Digestive Challenges

– Reflux

– Vomiting

– Excessive Gas

– Constipation

Torticollis

Plagiocephaly

Scoliosis

Sinus Infections

Breathing Difficulties

– Shallow Breathing

– Congestion

– Asthma

Chronic Ear Infections

Speech Delays

Hyperactivity

Auditory Processing Problems

Equilibrium / Balance Issues

Tongue Control

Crossed / Wandering Eye

Diminished Immunity

Poor Self Awareness

Cardiovascular Concerns

Dental Occlusion

Facial Asymmetry

Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Developmental Delays

Learning Disabilities

Why Is My Child Crying- Is This Hurting Them?

During sessions with babies and children, their emotions can range from cooing to crying, and from agitation to deep sleep, many times all within the same session. Babies often cry because they are sensitive and ‘tuned in’ to the changes taking place inside of them. The process of being born can be quite intense, and perceived as traumatic physiologically. Therefore, releasing the stress of the birthing process may elicit a crying response. CST is designed to allow the body to recreate positions of injury, strain, or trauma, and release any physical or emotional aspects needed for healing . This is often undetectable to the naked eye or conventional medicine. As therapists, we must hold these positions to provide therapeutic release . We utilize the CranioSacral Rhythm to determine when crying is a therapeutic release relevant to the issue at hand, vs. a cry of distress. We are working to allow them to feel safe to express anything that they need to in order to release ‘trauma’, and are very mindful of not creating any additional strain for your child.

Also, keep in mind that although we often associate crying with pain or suffering, it has very therapeutic benefits as well. Most of us have experienced a good’ cleansing’ cry, and notice how much better you feel afterwards. Crying can be a powerful means of transitioning our nervous systems from a state of stress to that of relaxation and healing .

Must My Child Lay on A Table or Remain Still During Treatment?

NO! Working with moving targets is a different experience than working with adults. Again, your therapist should be experienced in working with children, and should be able to ‘ meet them where they are at’. Play is a natural and important part of development, and often therapeutic. We do not expect the child to lay still , We respect and honor each child as the individual that they are. Encouraging development of the child’s capabilities, nurturing creative and therapeutic play, and ensuring your child’s comfort during treatment is important. Most of the time , a skilled therapist is able to work in whatever position is most appropriate for the child, often utilizing toys , books, and parent interaction to help keep the child regulated. Parents are certainly welcome to bring comforting items for the child into the session , and we also have toys and materials to utilize.At times, it may be necessary to eliminate distractions or maintain a position for a period of time in order to accomplish certain components of treatment. Your therapist may request your assistance at these times.

How Can You Possibly Feel The CranioSacral Rhythm ?

Each body system has palpable, inherent qualities. Some qualities are obvious and some are subtle. It is obvious that we can feel the rate and quality of our breath and our pulse. As therapists, we evaluate and “listen with our hands” to the subtleties of the CranioSacral System, fascia, lymphatic, organs, muscles, bones and energy systems and look at how these systems are relating to each other. We are trained to look beyond the obvious to find and help release the origins of dysfunction, which may not be found through other means of diagnostics.

FAQ

How Is A Treatment Performed?
Treatment is very gentle and non-invasive, always respectful of the client’s needs and honoring their innate wisdom. Generally, the client is clothed and in a comfortable position. The therapist will evaluate and treat by placing their hands in a variety of positions on your body. Experiences vary from session to session. At times it may be very quiet and you may fall into a deeply relaxed state or even sleep, or there may be dialogue and expression throughout. You may feel a range of sensations, or recall memories or emotions that are pertinent to healing. Sometimes these may be subtle and at other times very apparent. Following treatment, changes continue to integrate for several days, and often several weeks.

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What Should I Expect For My Initial Treatment?
Initial appointments range from 55-90 minutes depending of the severity of your concerns. A review of your medical history and current situation will be obtained, and specific assessments may be performed as appropriate. A thorough Craniosacral Evaluation and Treatment will be done. Findings and recommendations will be discussed with you. [Read more…]

I Am Used to Deep Massage- How Can Such A Light and Gentle Touch Do Anything?

A little goes a long way. If you think of a boat on water, it is clear that it does not take a lot of force to move a big structure. The body is mostly fluid, and we are working with the laws of fluid dynamics. A basic principle in physics (Pascal’s )states that any pressure on a confined liquid is transmitted to every point in the liquid. An example of this is if you sit on a waterbed, and see how the entire bed shifts. Gentle placement of appropriate forces affects the entire system. Additionally, we are working to facilitate change in your body’s innate self-regulating mechanisms. To do this requires trust and safety. Using harsh or painful tactics to break through areas of tension may be appropriate at times, however it often evokes the body’s defensive response  to protect itself. We do not wish to engage another defense mechanism- rather, we are seeking to allow your body to resume a state of relaxed balance. 

Is CranioSacral Therapy A Head Massage?

No- We address each person as a whole- including body , mind, and spirit. Although the CranioSacral system specifically refers  to the membranes and Cerebrospinal fluid that surround, support and protect the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord), it is a whole body therapy. Restrictions anywhere in  the body may distort the CranioSacral system, thereby altering the ability of the Central Nervous System to function as it is meant to. All body systems are regulated by the Central Nervous System, and we are assisting the ability of the body to regain its adaptability in all areas.

I am used to deep massage- How can such a light and gentle touch do anything? A little goes a long way. If you think of a boat on water, it is clear that it does not take a lot of force to move a big structure. The body is mostly fluid, and we are working with the laws of fluid dynamics. A basic principle in physics (Pascal’s )states that any pressure on a confined liquid is transmitted to every point in the liquid. An example of this is if you sit on a waterbed, and see how the entire bed shifts. Gentle placement of appropriate forces affects the entire system. Additionally, we are working to facilitate change in your body’s innate self-regulating mechanisms. To do this requires trust and safety. Using harsh or painful tactics to break through areas of tension may be appropriate at times, however it often evokes the body’s defensive response  to protect itself. We do not wish to engage another defense mechanism- rather, we are seeking to allow your body to resume a state of relaxed balance. 

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