Craniosacral therapy for babies & children
Birth can be a beautiful experience but often labour can be long and difficulties can arise. The bones of babies skulls are not yet fully formed, they are like soft membranous balloons with islands of developing bone which allows the head to travel down through the birth canal but as a consequence the baby may experience strong compressive forces and restrictions that can be held in the body after birth.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) can help by engaging and supporting the babies own natural ability to release and resolve compressive patterns along with resolving any residue shock and trauma from the birth process.
Even in a relatively straight forward birth the experience of traveling from a place where you have been cocooned in a safe warm place for 9 months and arriving in the world can be unsettling.
As well as treating the release of physical restriction and compression, CST also has an affect on calming and balancing the nervous system whilst addressing emotional stress too.
Cesarian, Breech, Forceps, Vacuum extraction are all stressful birth experiences for both Mother and baby.
Why allow your child to carry that physical and emotional stress through life when it can be released through CST?
Stressed systems do not get stronger.
Some of the conditions helped by CST include:
Ear infections and glue ear
Sensory processing disorder
Sensory Integration disorder
As children grow CST can support general health. It has also been found to be effective in treating children with autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and learning difficulties. CST enhances the function of the spinal cord and the brain, flushing debris of toxins and inflammatory molecules out of ones system helping to prevent Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, epilepsy and depression.
Often Mother and baby/child are treated together. Family treatment, including siblings and father can be very rewarding too.
"what we see depends mainly on what we look for"
- John Lubbock
A treatment lasts for around 1 hour.
Baby/child treatment : £ 40.00
Adult treatment: £ 55.00
Family treatment: To be discussed
Home visits and Weekends available.
What is Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral Therapy focuses on releasing restrictions in the dural membrane system and cranio sacral fluid from your spine and brain with a very gentle and light touch approach. This release may occur in the fascia or within your cells, membranes, organs and throughout your entire body. As we listen to the body it may take us to an area of restriction where emotional issues have been stored, or a memory of an injury has implanted itself. We can use SER -Somato Emotional Release - through dialogue, focussed intention and imagery to release the body from that stress. CST boosts your Central Nervous System and your Immune System, allowing your own inner wisdom to heal your body.
When a Craniosacral therapist places her hands lightly on you, she is using them to listen to you in much the same way that a counsellor might listen to your words. Your body responds to this sensitive touch by beginning to listen to itself. A feeling that you have been heard in the truest sense of the word is a common experience during and after a Craniosacral session.
Who is it for?
Because it is so gentle and non-invasive, Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for everyone from new-borns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle into calmness.
During a session
Your practitioner will take a written case history, listening with care to the reasons for your visit. The session typically lasts an hour, although this can vary. You remain clothed and will usually lie face up or on your side, or you may be seated.
In the longer term
After a session there is occasionally a short period of adjustment as part of the healing process, where you may become more aware of symptoms. Sometimes people report relief after only one or two sessions but for long-standing problems further sessions may be needed.
Craniosacral Therapy is not intended as primary healthcare but to work alongside the relationship you have with your doctor.
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