Pediatric Conscious Mindful Craniosacral Bodywork & Post Natal CranioSacral Bodywork

 

This bodywork is a gentle, noninvasive approach that is used to release any tensions that may be affecting your baby or child’s brain and spinal cord.  A skilled practitioner using about 5 grams of pressure (roughly the weight of a nickel), evaluates the CranioSacral system by testing for the ease of motion and rhythm of cerebrospinal fluid.

 

The birth process can generate mild to severe central nervous system abnormalities.  CST can potentially reduce a wide spectrum of health challenges, any of which may not be noticeable until after the early developmental stages

 

From conception, a child's life is a whirlwind of change and development. These changes from the birth story to just the adjustment period for baby and parent can be overwhelming. CranioSacral Therapy can help weave together the family so that the baby can feel supported and safe to ease into a peacful transition.

 

PEDIATRIC CRANIOSACRAL SESSION

 

Cost:  Sliding Scale of $85.00 

We plan for an hour for the first visit and it may only take 30 minutes it all depends on the babies needs. There maybe a followup visit prior to the first consultation. The next visit could be less time depending on the needs of the baby.

My Experience:

 

  • Bodywork  -  I use gentle, conscious mindful craniosacral bodywork, soft tissue manual therapy techniques to help maximize baby's tongue function which can be effective during breastfeeding. I use gentle, soft tissue manual therapy techniques pre and post surgeries. This is very helpful when parents are needing assistance with baby’s healing of the tongue and function of the tongue.

  • TummyTime!™ I am a tummy time certified instructor. I help teach parents fun tummy time positions that are helpful with tongue tie, optimizing breastfeeding and tongue/throat mobility.  

  • Conscious parenting program. I teach parents about post natal yoga through mindful restorative poses that can help parents bond and relax with their baby.   

 

Some common symptoms that may point to the infant being tongue/ lip tied include:

  • general breast feed issues

  • poor weight gain

  • nipple pain/soreness  

  • poor latch

  • sliding off the nipple

  • fatigue during feeds

  • sleepy feeds

  • clicking during a feed

  • increased breast infections

  • stomach issues (gassy, reflux, pooping issues)

 

Post Natal Home Visits

I will plan a home visit to work with you and your baby. Together with my Conscious Parenting Program we will come up with a plan to give you and your baby the treatment that is needed to help with any condition that may be going on. We will talk on the phone prior to visit to get a plan in place. 

 

Cost: Sliding Scale of $85.00 + $20 for drive time and miliage.

The visit will usually take an hour. 

 

Additional Conditions Helped:

  • Colic

  • Asymmetries of head and posture 

  • Lazy eye

  • Sleep disorder

  • Torticollis and Plagiocephaly

  • Cranial misalignment

  • Autism

  • Learning disabilities

  • Sucking and latching problems

  • Baby TMJ syndrome and jaw misalignment

  • Energetic blocks

  • Post surgical recovery

  • Emotional trauma

  • neurological disorders

  • Motor-coordination impairments

  • Spinal and cranio disorders

  • Stress and tension-related problems

  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries

  • Scoliosis

  • Central nervous system disorders

  • Chronic digestive disorders

  • Vision impairments

  • Learning disabilities

 

Information For Inquiring Moms

 

Most times to see beneficial results it may take more than one treatment.

 

Reasons to Treat a Baby More Than Once.

 

1. Sometimes two treatments will produce a result when one treatment seems to do nothing.

 

2. Remember this is a very subtle approach and the results are very subtle. 

 

3. Sometimes you will see change and then symptoms get worse, completely natural.

 

4. Over time different treatment goals develop depending on where baby is with phase developmental stages.

 

5. Baby is struggling on the brink of a new developmental milestone.

 

Remember you as a parent are the expert and you know if this treatment is helpful and if/when their children need treatment.

 

How Babies Respond and Integrate during and after the Treatment

 

Most babies will sleep a longer than usual stretch after the treatment or sleep at a different time than usual. This is normal. These babies integrate the treatment best in their sleep. It’s OK to wake the baby for feeding if necessary.

 

Some babies express strong emotions after the treatment. They will be extra silly, sad, angry, scared, thoughtful, sensitive, etc. They may also have dramatic dreams. The post-treatment emotional release phase (if it happens at all) usually lasts a day or so. Then the babies find balance. These experiences are signs of change in the body. You can only imagine if they are working through a birth story they may need additional time to express themselves and let go of the scary parts of their memory of the birth.

 

What about you Mom? 

 

Remember this has been an overwhelming time and experience  birthing your baby. There may be times you need to express your concerns and talk about your emotions and get in tune with how you are feeling physically and emotionally. This may be the time to get in tune with your body and get self care for yourself. Remember you and your baby are one and if you are stressed and anxious your baby will be feeling that from you and cause tension in your babies body that could cause tightness in the jaw and could affect babies feeding.

 

What About Crying?

 

As parents of a crying baby our first inclination is to get the crying to stop. If we have done all we can do to make sure that the baby is fed/warm/dry it’s OK to simply hold and be with a crying baby. Crying is a signal that something is wrong, but also a beneficial expression of emotion. We don’t need to fix the crying. When babies are in pain the crying is a pain-coping practice.

 

Sometimes I tell Moms: Did you make noise/vocalize during your labor? If you did, how would it have been for you if the other people in the room did everything they could to get you to stop making that noise?

 

If we have done what we know how to do to care for our babies and they are crying it’s OK to simply be with them without an attachment to them being quiet.

 

Sometimes I tell Mom to have a conversation with their baby: “I am doing what I know to help you feel better. It’s OK with me if you cry. I am here for you. I won’t leave you. When you are through crying I will still be here for you.”

 

INFANT NECK STRENGTHENING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PARENTS

 

The following are recommendations to help with normal neck strength development and the prevention of flat spot or a misshapen head.

 

Pace your baby in your lap facing your while sitting in a semi-reclined posisition, knees up.

 

Alternate the direction that you lay your baby down for diaper changes.

 

Alternate the direction your baby faces for bath time.

 

Position the high chair so your baby has stimulation people and objects to look at on either side.

 

During diaper changes, gently roll your baby side to side as you remove and fasten the adhesive tabs/Velcro fasteners/pins.

 

Following diaper changes roll your baby onto her tummy before picking her up. Allow her to play in this position for a minute or two.

 

To encourage looking, turing, and balancing in both directions, alternate the hip that you carry your baby on.

 

Alternate the shoulder that you carry your baby on.

 

Change the location of the car seat in the car to encourage your baby to look in different directions.

 

In the early weeks, alternate the direction your baby’s head faces when asleep.

 

When the baby begins to turn his head on his own, alternate the direction your baby lies in the crib.

 

When your baby is bis enough to sit in a high chair, install a horizontal border for him/her to look at - a glittery Happy Birthday banner works well.

 

Provide your baby with lots of supervised tummy time during the day.

 

Restrict to a minimum the indoor use of car seats, swings and other rigid seating devices.

 

Hold, carry or wear your baby in a sling or from pack as much as possible.

 

Wedge-like sleep positioning devices are NOT routinely recommended because non have been tested for safety or effectiveness.

 

Notice if your baby strongly favors looking in one direction.

TummyTime!™ Method is strongly recommended and ask about 

the rainbow....follow the rainbow 

 

 

There is no such thing as too much hugging, kissing, picking up, and holding a baby.

There is no such thing as spoiling babies by loving them them too much.

Because there is no such thing as "to much love"

                                                                     ~Shirin Purnell