The movements, transitions and tests of the birth process prepare us for our lives outside the womb.

Working with babies blends the guidance of myofascial release with the gentle touch of Craniosacral Therapy.

All sessions are baby led. Comfort level and readiness to work is individual to each child and each session. Our goal is to meet them where they are with present attention.

Babies have their own timing. Whether they are awake, asleep or feeding, we can work with where baby is in their day & around their needs. Our nervous systems are responsive to our family dynamics; sessions are structured to provide time to work with caregivers and the family collectively. It is with this family centered reset that the deepest, longest lasting changes can occur.

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Craniosacral is recommended by Lactation Consultants, Chiropractors, Pediatricains, Speech Therapists, Pediatric Dentists and Midwives.

Ideally, birth is the most traumatic thing our bodies will ever experience.

Where does tension come from?

The natural processes of birth, breastfeeding, bonding & learning to move are designed to help us reset and grow.

Occasionally,  due to any number of factors in the birth process, or intrauterine experience, our natural mechanisms for unwinding and recovery may be interrupted. The experience of an augmented or precipitous labor, traumatic birth, or unforeseen issues postpartum can manifest in misalignments, disrupted feeding, difficulty with sleep or poor digestion.

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) hones in on the deep connective tissue layers of the body so that these held-over tension patterns can relax and unwind.

As every newborn is a dyad, still connected to their mother, we hold both mom and baby's nervous system to support the healing experience for both.

The gentle touch of CST makes it ideal for issues in the soft tissue like tongue and lip ties, digestive or alignment issues, head turning preferences and back arching, that other modalities may not be reaching.

Craniosacral Therapy is recommended for:

  • Shallow latch
  • Inability to latch
  • Aversion to the breast
  • Favoring one breast
  • Carseat discomfort
  • Aversion to Tummy Time
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Tongue Ties (before and after revision)

I don't count on anything and am grateful for magic days but I know for sure is that it has everything to do with releasing her trauma. Thank you! She had to have been exhausted!

Kendra

As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.

 A.T. Still – Founder of Osteopathy

Treating Lip and Tongue Ties

The first signs many parents encounter with TOTS (tethered oral tissues) like tongue and lip ties, are often painful breastfeeding or a compromised ability to transfer milk.

Bodywork is recommended pre- and post- revision by experienced release providers.

Pre-revision, bodywork releases the tension surrounding the feeding issue allowing the pediatric dentist or revising professional a more accurate assessment of the anatomical tie. This leads to a more accurate treatment and effective revision.

After the procedure, our goals are to keep the surrounding tissues soft and in alignment as baby re-learns how to use their tongue. Tethered tissues can engage many extraneous muscles to compensate for the lack of movement in the mouth. The result can be continued painful latch and poor milk transfer with more major movement issues down the line including head turn preferences, plagiocephaly (flat head) and torticollis (twisted neck).

Addressing these issues early on, we can avoid delays in movement and development or the use of head shaping helmets.

It is important to work as a team if your baby has been diagnosed with a tie.

Find professionals who are knowledgeable with this condition & age group. A lactation professional can be key to finding answers to questions about feeding, recovery and optimal timing of treatment. A bodywork professional you trust is an integral part of the team for successful revision care and recovery.

Tummy Time! Method

Help baby LOVE Tummy Time!

How is the Tummy Time! Method different from tummy time? Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L IBCLC, combined her knowledge of the nervous system, postural development and clinical skill to make tummy time into an accessible tool for optimizing baby's potential for movement and connection.

 

Why Tummy Time! Method? The Tummy Time! Method focuses on the baby/caregiver connection combined with specific, therapeutic movement to enhance and correct postural development and neurodevelopment.

One on One  The Tummy Time! Method is a tool we bring into nearly every session. If this is something you would like to focus on, let me know!

We take the time to make sure you know each step and give you tools specific to your baby to help them reach milestones, correct movement preferences and thrive!

Group Sessions A method focused on social connection thrives in group settings! Experience this method in small groups of babies and caregivers to learn the techniques, get one on one tips and build relationships with other families.

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