CranioSacral Therapy for Infants & Children
What happens during a Pediatric CranioSacral Therapy session?
Your baby will rest on the massage table, my lap or your lap. Mom-baby might also comfortably rest together fully dressed on my table. I see a newborn mom-baby as one unit and I treat them together.
Older children usually sit, crawl, walk, stand or play with toys on the floor during the treatment. They don’t need to hold still. I adapt my work to the attention span and needs of your child.
Once I make sure your baby is comfortable, the assesement and treatment consists of very gentle hands-on massage like movements on the baby’s head, mouth, jaw, abdomen and sacrum.
Does CranioSacral Therapy hurt?
No. This work is very gentle and it does not cause pain. The pressure is describes as the weight of a nickel. With infants is less than that. Sometimes children cry during the session. This can be a way for baby to release tension or emotions. Crying is always communication. I stay very curious to hear what baby is sharing.
How many sessions will my child need?
In my practice I have seen remarkable changes in babies in just one to three CranioSacral therapy sessions. Children are even more receptive to CST than adults because they have not developed many of the compensations adults have. Also, infants and young children have very pliable connective tissue. They have the ability to make big changes in a short amount of time. Some challenges, such as torticollis and issues around head shape may take more visits to release.
How long is a session?
I schedule a 60-minute session for children because I work with baby and the care provider as one unit. Especially in the early months, mom-baby are treated as one. During the session we also have time for feeding baby. This helps us assess the effectiveness of the work right on the spot, especially with breastfeeding issues.
Why do newborns need CranioSacral Therapy?
I have found that most babies have some degree of neck injury from the birth process. Anything from tight neck muscles to full blown torticollis can affect breastfeeding. If your baby favors one breast or position for nursing, I would check his/her neck for restrictions.
“During the birth process, the baby’s head molds to fit through the mother’s pelvis. It is normal for the cranial bones to override each other. After birth, these overrides and other accommodations in the baby’s skull should not persist. If they do not correct themselves, they can interfere with proper cranial nerve function leading to colic, breathing, swallowing, digestive or sensory-motor impairments and more. Sometimes babies are injured in the birth process. The injuries may be both physical and emotional. CST can address these injuries as well as the effects of lack of normal mobility in utero, precipitous or prolonged labor, vacuum extraction, forceps or cesarean birth.” ~Carol Gray, midwife, CST teacher
“The inner wisdom of a child is every bit as intelligent as that of an adult, It knows what its body needs to correct its dysfunctions. It knows why those dysfunctions are present. It has a softer voice than the adult inner wisdom; therefore the CranioSacral therapist must learn to listen more carefully. Once the connection is made, all the information you need will be forthcoming,” ~Dr. John E. Upledger
I brought my seven week old daughter to see Evelyn for CST. My daughter had just had her lip tie released but was still having trouble latching. Breastfeeding was SO painful, when we were even successful at doing it. Oftentimes my daughter would straight up refuse to latch, and when she did I would be crying in pain and trying not to yell and scare her.
After one session with Evelyn, which was very calming and enjoyable for my daughter, we are doing so much better! My daughter will now latch every time and breastfeeding is pain free. I highly recommend Evelyn, her work saved our breastfeeding relationship when I was about to give up! ~Jen C.
CranioSacral therapy has been shown to benefit children with:
- Birth trauma, such as issues from a vacuum or forceps extraction or Cesarean birth
- Breastfeeding issues such difficulty latching
- Tongue and lip ties
- Torticollis (tight neck) and Plagiocephaly (misshapen head)
- Fussy or hard to soothe babies
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic ear infections
- Failure to thrive
- Colic/Reflux and digestive disorders
- Sleep issues
- Teething pain
- Problems stemming from the birthing process
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Applications of CranioSacral Therapy in Newborns and Infants, Part I By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Applications of CranioSacral Therapy in Newborns and Infants, Part II By John Upledger, DO, OMM
Impacting Children: CranioSacral Therapy and Pediatrics By Carol McLellan, CMT, CST-D
My 14 month old son had a CST visit with Evelyn to help with relieving tension during latching. She worked so well with him and he cooperated! I can’t wait for future sessions! ~Kaly W.
Many thanks to Evelyn, my friend the amazing doula with the magic touch! I swear you must have sprinkled some pixie dust. After days on end with issues breastfeeding, it took her only minutes to have my little guy guzzling. And we’ve been able to duplicate sucessful results time and time again tonight! I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted from my shoulders! Life is so good!” ~Alicia P.
At birth, my son had some difficulty breathing initially – fluid was in his lungs. Evelyn gave Hudson such gentle and loving CST treatment. Within minutes he began coughing and sneezing (removing the fluid from his own lungs). That’s what I love about her work- she simply helps the body relax and unwind so that the body can heal itself! ~Blair W.
Serious magic happened in our home last night. After 4 nights of very rough sleep, J slept so sound I could barely wake her to EC or nurse!! Thanks to craniosacral therapy, and a woman who dropped everything on Valentine’s Day to help our babies! Big sister even got some CST love I can’t tell you how much it meant to me! ~Heather D.
A comprehensive overview of the growth and development of the human skull from birth to adulthood.