BABIES AND TODDLERS

As miraculous as new life is, being born is equally miraculous.  As a baby’s head passes along the birth canal the bones of a baby’s skull have to bend and overlap – a process called cranial moulding.  In addition, its body has to twist and complete a 90-degree rotation so it can gain exit.  While this process is potentially traumatizing, it is also very stimulating for the baby as these forces prepare the baby for its entry into the world. Most babies, though not all, are to some degree traumatized yet within 10 days most stresses are rectified as the baby’s self-healing forces come into play – suckling and crying allow the baby’s head to re-expand.  Nevertheless, some mothers might observe that their baby just doesn’t ‘look right’. A craniosacral therapist checks for any sign of traumatization and this may show up as:  difficulty maintaining eye contact, excessive crying, irritability or who just don’t seem to be thriving.  Parents will also be concerned about sleeping difficulties and feeding problems. In all these cases CST treatments can bring almost immediate relief of symptoms.  It is also quite easy to treat a baby while he/she is breastfeeding as closeness to mum is of vital importance.

Working with toddlers can sometimes be quite challenging in that a craniosacral treatment  often needs to be conducted whilst following a toddler around the room and while they are playing!  Nevertheless, toddlers like babies can respond quickly to treatment. Cases of hyperactivity, temper tantrums, glue ear, ear infection, etc. respond well to treatment.

Working with both babies and children is one of the most rewarding aspects of craniosacral practice.  I believe strongly that because many problems with difficult births and early trauma are clearly treatable, a lot of suffering in later life can be prevented.