Gentle craniosacral therapy can resolve many problems in infancy and early childhood. The very gentle touch of craniosacral therapy is effective for helping newborns, babies and young children any time, including avoiding ear infections. Women and older children can get relief from headaches and find deep calm to balance the mind during times of stress.
Home programs are available for families for most conditions.
Craniosacral therapy for babies
Breastfeeding & infant concerns
The intensity of birth can result in breastfeeding problems and can impact your baby in many other ways. After a difficult birth your baby may cry inconsolably, be tense, or have misshapen features.
Craniosacral therapy resolves compression forces of birth that cause these problems. This gentle approach improves breastfeeding, colic, alignment, sleep, helps your baby to relax, and supports bonding with you as parents.
Therapies for tie restrictions
Some babies have restrictions in their mouths that seriously impede breastfeeding and create excruciating pain for mothers. If your baby has been assessed with tongue, lip, or cheek ties, Catherine can provide gentle integrative bodywork as recommended by pediatric dentists.
Prevent long term problems
The displacement of cranial bones at birth can create restrictions that lead to ear infections and reading challenges down the road. The same gentle approach of craniosacral therapy addresses early signs for concern for your newborn and growing baby. Craniosacral therapy during infancy reduces risks of ear, nose and throat infections, sinus blockage, orthodontic misalignment and assures that your baby’s eyes are aligned for future easy reading. The best time to address these problems is in the first weeks.
Craniosacral therapy for toddlers and growing children
Toddlers, preschoolers and school age children also benefit from craniosacral therapy. The soothing rhythms of this bodywork help children be able to modulate states of excitement and calm. Craniosacral therapy supports good cranial alignment for your young child and reduces the risk of long term problems, noted above, that are caused by compression forces of birth.
Craniosacral therapy for women
Craniosacral therapy is incorporated with myofascial therapy when women experience headaches or tension in the head, neck, back, or sacrum. Craniosacral support also is invaluable for stress, trauma, and loss. This approach combines tissue release with mindfulness practices to unwind muscles along with habituated mind patterns.
Fast birth, painful breastfeeding, resolved
Baby Lokken made an early, fast entrance into the world. She and her mother, Jenna, labored for just five hours, had a quick transition and fast arrival. Covered abundantly with silky hair, little miss Lokken’s head was cone-shaped from her fast descent. This created nursing problems.
Jenna felt a lot of pain on her nipples and saw that her baby was latching on with a small mouth. This biting latch can be a nursing nightmare. Not only is a biting latch excruciating for mom, but sucking with a bite doesn’t bring in the milk supply properly. Many moms give up nursing when it’s just unproductive pain and baby is not gaining well.
With just two craniosacral sessions, baby Lokken opened wide, took in the breast and easily found a full suck rhythm. Now nursing successfully, Jenna and baby have painless feeds with abundant milk supply.
A little guy tells us about his rough start
Although Alex had a short labor, it was intense. He had spells of hard crying and was hard to console. I could see that his eyes were not lined up quite right. I know that when the eyes are uneven at birth, the bones will continue to be out of alignment for a lifetime of eye strain. Also at first Alex’s latch was tight. Breastfeeding seemed like a lot of work for him. We had just a few craniosacral sessions, making it easier for him.
– mama B
Avoided ear surgery
Our five year old son, Daniel, was diagnosed with a mild hearing impairment caused by fluid sitting in his middle ear. Since he couldn’t hear clearly, his speech was not articulate. Ear tube surgery was scheduled, but we decided to see if craniosacral therapy could mediate the problem. After 4 sessions of craniosacral therapy with Catherine, the audiologist and ENT determined that the fluid was gone and Daniel’s hearing was back in the normal range. To our delight, surgery was deemed unnecessary and was cancelled.