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Gentle Soft Tissue Therapies



Michelle has education and experience with a wide variety of manual therapies including Therapeutic Skin Movement in Pediatrics TSMP, DermoNeuromodulation DMN, Reflexology, Autonomic Nervous System Therapeutics, Myofascial release, CranioSacral Therapy.  

Michelle also has training in Myofunctional Therapy and has created a BabyMyo™ program designed specifically for precrawling babies. 


Conception, Gestation and Birth are some of the most influential experiences of our lives. The experience influences how each of us view the world.  It shapes our personalities and our responses to the environment and with other people.   For some babies, birth is quite traumatic, for one reason or another.  It may be because the space was very limited toward the end of the pregnancy.  It may be because the neck was stressed during delivery, etc. 

Gentle manual therapy techniques help relieve symptoms of gestational constriction and adverse infant events.  Adverse infant events is defined as a mechanical force OR psychological injury, this can include before or during the time of birth.  Most likely, if there is birth trauma, there were many prenatal factors to consider.    There are many signs and symptoms of adverse infant events, including hypersensitivity to sound, movement, diaper changes, etc.   Other symptoms are poor sleep, irritability, poor feeding, stiffness, and lethargy / low energy or at the other extreme, hyperexcitability, etc.  

Michelle uses gentle hand positions and movements to help your baby's body relax and move to a natural alignment and function.     Her primary goal is a well regulated nervous system and equipping you with techniques to help at home.  Michelle uses a  Very specific, skilled, light touch is applied where necessary to assist the natural ability of the body to release stresses and tensions.


Even in problem free vaginal births, babies are subjected to compressive forces during its passage through the birth canal, which can cause trauma in the tissues.   In order to function fully, the compressive forces benefit from relaxing and releasing.  Tension and stuck spots can cause restrictions and imbalances in your baby's system, potentially giving rise to issues such as colic, sucking problems and respiratory difficulties.
Consider manual therapy for your baby if you notice:

  • flat spots or bulges anywhere on the head
  • palpalble sutures anywhere on the head (this is usually felt as ridges on the head)
  • uneven ear position (one may be higher or more forward in comparison to the other one)
  • uneven eye position (one eye sits higher in comparison to the other)
  • strong head preference to one side (how to spot this?  note what side your baby's head is during routine care like diaper changes, is it always to the same side?  Look at photos you have taken of your baby, notice is the head to the same side in every picture)
  • irritability
  • stiff movements
  • exagerrated reflexes
  • underreponsive reflexes
  • decreased flexibility
  • decreased eye contact or "glazed over" eyes

or if your baby has:

  • colic
  • reflux symptoms
  • excessive gas
  • constipation 
  • sleep problems
  • decreased feeding skills or latch (bottle or breast)
  • eczema or other skin irritation
  • weak, hoarse or squeaky cry
  • discomfort when positioned in a car seat
  • discomfort during tummy time
  • recurrent ear infections
  • arching through the back



Gentle Touch Therapies therapy promote the ultimate relaxation within your baby's body, which facilitates the natural healing process.  Often babies have some area of tightness or compression that causes undue tension or stress on the nerves that supply the body.    The tense or compressed areas are very gently softened and your baby will be able to let go of this stress, which relieves the symptoms.

CranioSacral therapy does NOT replace any advice or medications your baby's pediatrician has prescribed.  This type of hands on therapy is used in conjunction with your medical doctor's recommendations and prescriptions. 

It is highly recommended to consider manual therapy for babies with: 

  • forceps or vacuum extraction delivery
  • c-section delivery
  • breech or transverse in utero position
  • prolonged labor or pushing time
  • short labor or pushing time 
  • any type of Birth Trauma
  • pregnancy complications (gestational diabetes, illness, preterm labor, etc.)
  • History of decreased movements in utero

CST can minimize or eliminate the effects of the delivery process, by gently facilitating the natural healing mechanism already present in your baby.

I  use hand positions and gentle movements to help your baby's body soften and relax.  Your baby may enjoy being held by you during treatment.  Often babies nurse or take a bottle, either during or right after a session. 

My hands are typically still while I am "listening" to your baby's body.  My hands will feel any areas of tension or increased stress.  Tension or stress can be caused from cramped in-utero positioning, the delivery process or for many other reasons.   I will support the tissues in a way that helps your baby's body make natural corrections through their whole body. 


What do babies "do" while they are receiving a treatment?

This is an interesting question.   Lots of babies

  • take deep sighs, which is a sign of relaxation. 
  • breastfeed
  • suck on hands / fingers / mom/dad's fingers, etc.
  • look around, squint a little
  • move and rotate their body
  • turn head side to side
  • relax
  • energize movements
  • explore movement
  • exhibit more regulated behaviors



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