Craniosacral Therapy a Gentle Approach with Powerful Results
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle form of therapeutic touch which can foster healthy growth and development and can help your infant or child overcome congenital and acquired health challenges and prevent new ones from occurring.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, light touch form of therapy which respects the innate intelligence and wisdom of the body. Through kinesthetic listening and perception, we connect to and support your child’s body’s ability to self-correct and heal naturally.
Problems in the central nervous system can cause a wide range of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities, precisely because the central nervous system influences every other major body system and function; and the Craniosacral system is directly and intimately connected to the central nervous system.
In supporting the central nervous system and releasing restrictions throughout the body, Craniosacral Therapy has the potential for profound healing. This gentle and non-invasive therapy is ideally beneficial to children of all ages.
A typical Craniosacral Session takes place in a quiet setting, either on a massage table or sitting on the floor engaged in play. With gentle contact, the therapist monitors the rhythm of the fluid that is flowing around and through the brain and central nervous system to detect potential problems. Delicate hands on techniques are used to release and tensions or restrictions which might be affecting your child’s brain and spinal cord.
Sessions may be as short as fifteen minutes or may last longer than an hour.
Because children’s physiology are still developing, their central nervous systems are especially accepting of Craniosacral Therapy.
Parents report benefits from even a single session, from calmness and greater focus to better integrated sensory faculties.
Birth, a natural process, is still an intense, and often traumatic event
which can generate mild to severe central nervous system abnormalities. Many of these potential problems can be reduced or avoided by the use of Craniosacral Therapy either in the delivery room or in the first few days of life.
Some of the Childhood Conditions which may be avoided or Reduced are:
- Chronic Ear Infection
- A.D.D. & A.D.H.D
- Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders
- Abnormal Muscle Tone
- Strabismus, Nystagmus
- Reflux and Digestive Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Torticollis and Plagiochephaly
- Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia
- Speech Disorders
- Down Syndrome and Genetic Disorders
- Hearing Problems
- Emotional Problems
- Failure-to-Thrive Syndrome
- Impaired Immune System
- And Many Others
“I am thoroughly convinced that one of the best things we can do for children is to have them begin life with smoothly functioning craniosacral systems, a removal of physical restrictions so their body tissues aren’t burdened by destructive or traumatic memories, and very clean energy fields. This can all be accomplished in a very short time within the first few days of life.”
John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, Developer of Craniosacral Therapy
Basic Training for Parents
I recently had a parent (who is also a pediatrician) take my Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy course, which is a continuing education class for Massage Therapists. She was delighted, and her sons regularly ask her to give them CST. As I mentioned this to some of the parents of other child clients, they were eager to take the class as well. As a result, I am in the process of creating and scheduling a two day course just for parents. I am very excited about this empowering possibility for parents. Look for the first class to be schedule this Spring!
**Please note: this is a basic class to enable parents to better understand the Craniosacral System, and how Craniosacral Therapy works, as well as to enable them to augment the therapy their children receive from a trained therapist. It is not designed to train them as therapists, nor to replace Therapy.