Cranial Sacral Therapy for Babies and Children
Many people first come to learn about CranioSacral Therapy after the birth of their children. This is because Cranial has been proven to help with feeding issues, Colic and a whole range of issues related to cranium injury as a result of assisted delivery or a difficult birth. The online Birth Injury Guide states:
“Studies suggest that the infants who get CST, especially during the first weeks of life, have a good chance of the treatment being effective in healing misplaced cranial bones”
Other conditions that CST can help to treat include:
Fine motor skills issues
Symptoms relating to Cerebral palsy
Symptoms relating to Down’s Syndrome
ADD or ADHD
Symptoms relating to Erb’s palsy
Symptoms relating to Klumpke’s palsy
I often complete sessions with babies while they are in the arms of their parent and if it feels appropriate I may offer part of the session to the parent/guardian. This way, both parent and child can access a much needed space to slow down and connect to their inner resources.
Given my extensive birth work experience, new parents often bring their children for a session and as part of this session we may have a birth debrief, or support with breastfeeding issues and the myriad of other issues that can arise in early parenthood.
When working with toddlers or small children, sessions are often shorter in length and we work around the child’s needs. It may be appropriate to conduct the session from various positions so that toddlers and small children can play and be mobile.
I also work with older children and teenagers. Cranial is beneficial after any major transition, change or developmental shift as it brings us back to ourselves and allows us to feel embodied in our ‘new skin’.