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 there 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 and around their needs. Since our nervous systems are so responsive to our family dynamics, sessions are built to provide time to work with mothers and caregivers to address the nervous system need collectively. It is with this nervous system reset that the deepest, longest lasting changes can occur.
Craniosacral is recommended by Lactation Consultants, Chiropractors, Pediatricains, Speech Therapists, Pediatric Dentists and Midwives.
Where does tension come from?
The processe of birth, breastfeeding, bonding and learning to move help us grow and reset. Occasionally, due to intrauterine tension prenatally or any number of factors in the birth process, our natural mechanisms of unwinding and recovery may be interrupted or hampered. The experience of an interrupted or precipitous labor, surgical or traumatic birth, or unforeseen issues postpartum can manifest in misalignments, disrupted feeding, difficulty with sleep or poor digestion.
With CST, the deep connective tissue layers of the body that hold these held-over tension patterns can relax and unwind. As every newborn is a dyad, still connected to their mother, we hold both systems to support the healing experience in both mom and baby.
The gentle touch of CST makes it ideal for issues in the soft tissue like tongue and lip ties, digestive or alignment issues 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!
As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.
A.T. Still – Founder of Osteopathy
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 most release providers. Pre-revision we work to soften the tissue surrounding the tie giving the pediatric dentist a more accurate assessment of the anatomical tie and more effective revision. After revision, our goals are to keep the surrounding tissues soft and in alignment. Ties engage many 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, ideally before three months of age, 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 knowledgeable with this condition and age group to find answers to questions about feeding and treatment. A bodywork professional you trust is a key part of the team for successful revision care.
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 a tool to optimal 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 and correct movement deficits and preferences.
Group Sessions A method focused on connection thrives in group settings! Experience this method in small groups of babies and their caregivers to learn the techniques, get one on one tips and build relationships with other families.