Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy
The membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord comprise the body’s craniosacral system. This system extends from the cranium (the skull face, and mouth) to the sacrum (the tailbone area). Any restrictions in the membranes of this system can directly affect the central nervous system performance, causing a wide range of sensory, motor and neurological problems.
CranioSacral Therapy utilizes protocols of gentle and specific touch. Actions include compression-decompression, positioning and range of motion that support the central nervous system and release restrictions throughout the body.
A child’s still-developing physiology allows the central nervous system to be accepting of craniosacral therapy. CranioSacral Therapy has been shown to bring about profound healing by helping children to overcome congenital and acquired health challenges, and preventing new ones from occurring.
Case studies have shown that after only one session, a child can achieve benefits such as calmness and better sleep, improved sucking, swallowing reflexes and digestion, as well as greater focus and improved integrated sensory facilities. Additional sessions can extend and strengthen these outcomes.
Studies conducted at the University of Miami Medical Center showed that premature babies who were massaged every day were ahead of others in both physical and neurological development. Many newborn nurseries are now adopting Infant Massage as regular part of their parenting education programs, to help promote loving bonds between parents and their babies.
The Benefits of Infant Massage include:
Helps to strengthen and regulate the respiratory, circulatory and gastro-intestinal functions, often relieving the discomforts of colic, through the stimulation it provides.
Helps the baby to relax and relieves the stresses which build up daily from so many new encounters with the world. Specific techniques are presented which help babies become aware of body tensions and to release them in response to the comfort of nurturing touch.
Enhances the loving communication between caregiver and baby, and helps parents keep in touch with the infants non-verbal clues. This is especially valuable for parents with fussy, colicky, or sick babies.
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During a two-week course, parent and baby receive individual attention to special needs such as colic or prematurity. Parents learn Vimala Scneider's Touch Relaxation, a technique, which enables infants to learn how to relax in response to nurturing touch. Techniques are also demonstrated which effectively address discomforts such as gas or congestion.
The only requirements for this course is that the participants “caregivers” answer the initial questionnaire and if there are specific health concerns given, then a pediatrician should be consulted by the parent and given written permission to initiate massage.