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.
also has training in Myofunctional Therapy and has created a BabyMyo™ program designed specifically for precrawling
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.
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,
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:
spots or bulges anywhere on the head
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)
- stiff movements
- exagerrated reflexes
- decreased flexibility
- decreased eye contact or "glazed over"
or if your baby
- reflux symptoms
- excessive gas
- decreased feeding
skills or latch (bottle or breast)
or other skin irritation
hoarse or squeaky cry
when positioned in a car seat
- discomfort during tummy
- recurrent ear infections
- arching through the back