Infant craniosacral therapy (CST) is a very gentle form of bodywork. The amount of pressure applied to the baby’s body is equivalent to the weight of a nickle, and because infant's bodies are so pliable this is enough to release restrictions and help ease the baby’s system. Babies may fuss during a treatment, but it is not painful to them. Most babies enjoy the treatment and improve after their first appointment.
The advantages of having bodywork done on an infant are both immediate and lifelong. It is much easier to correct asymmetry in the infant body before the baby is sitting up, crawling, standing, or walking because the force of gravity exerts tremendous pressure on the skeletal system. Restrictions can show up after spending many months quickly growing in utero. An arm, leg and/or neck and head can end up in an odd position causing tension and discomfort. The birth process can be hard on babes: hours, or even days of labor can be followed by a rough transition into the outer world. Unfortunately, when babies experience restrictions, they cannot tell us what is bothering them. They may be cranky, have a hard time feeding, or show other signs of physical limitations in their body. Listed below are some of the issues that craniosacral therapy with infants can help:
- Irritation or overly fussy
- Breathing difficulties
- Breastfeeding difficulties: Latching problems, excessive sleepiness, sucking difficulties, crying while feeding, position preference, clenching jaw
- Excessive spitting up or gassiness
- Turns head to one side
- Arching when crying or feeding.
- Difficulty sleeping
- Easily startled
- Swallowing difficulties
- Torticollis (tightness on one side of the neck, with a twisted appearance or limitation of movement)
- Tongue Tie **(in most cases body work occurs after the revision)
- Cranial bones, ridges or sutures (joints between cranial bones) that are uneven
- Asymmetry of the head, face or jaw
- Invasive procedures or c-sections.
- Breech baby
Infant and children's craniosacral is available at the Seward Park location, an office designed for families.
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photos of babies, parents and Christine taken by Carol Gray