CranioSacral therapy is a gentle and safe therapy, utilizing a very light touch, to eliminate
restrictions and areas of stress or tightness in the connective tissue of the body. CranioSacral therapy promotes
optimal shape, size, and movement of the head, spine and entire body.
Birth is one
of the most dramatic 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.
therapy helps to resolve issues from Birth Trauma. Birth trauma is defined as a mechanical force
OR psychological injury that happens near or at the time of delivery. There are many signs and symptoms
of birth trauma, 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.
CranioSacral therapy uses gentle hand positions and movements to help your baby's body relax
and move to a natural alignment. Very specific, skilled, light touch is applied
where necessary to assist the natural ability of the body to release stresses and tensions.
will use my hands to locate and release any areas of tension or stress in the soft tissue. My hands have
developed a highly sensitive way of responding to small movements in the body, including circulation of fluids and tension
patterns. I will follow your baby's cues as how to best meet their needs for relaxation. The whole point is to
bring about relaxation, mind / body balance and the promotion of health.
promotes health from within your baby's body. This type of therapy enhances and supports the
natural function of your baby's body.
by C-section benefit greatly from CranioSacral Therapy. In a vaginal birth, the bones of the head go through normal compression/decompression while
exiting the birth canal. The compression and decompression prepare the baby for atmospheric changes from
a fluid-based environment to an air-based one. When baby is delivered by c section, this process is eliminated and restrictions
in the skull can occur.
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
You may want to consider CranioSacral therapy for your baby if you notice:
- flat spots or bulges anywhere on the head
- overlapping 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
- 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
- decreased flexibility
- decreased eye contact or "glazed over" eyes
or if your baby has:
- reflux symptoms
- excessive gas
- sleep problems
- 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
the CranioSacral system:
The craniosacral system is made up
of the coverings/membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. These coverings (called meninges) are fascial
tissue. Fasia is connective tissue, which helps to keep the body organized. The dural membrane
is the outermost membrane of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). It is waterproof and keeps the cerebrospinal
fluid (CSF) contained. CSF bathes, nourishes, and protects the brain and spinal cord.
CranioSacral Therapy promotes optimal circulation of CSF
which enhances brain and nerve activity.