Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch therapy that is based around the subtle movements of cerebrospinal fluid in the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord). This movement can be followed by a Craniosacral Therapist to find restrictions or patterns of disruption in an infant's dural-meningeal system. This supports health by facilitating the body's innate intelligence in its capacity to promote a thriving expression of life.
Craniosacral Therapy may assist infants who have:
- Birth strain or trauma, including the use of forceps, vacuum, and emergency C-section delivery;
- Intra-uterine restrictions;
- Digestive issues, such as constipation and reflux;
- Sleep disruption;
- Trouble with breastfeeding;
- Cranial asymmetry (flattening of the head or coning); and
- Trouble calming, soothing, or settling.
We also offer Mama-Baby Combo CST treatments for infants under 6 months.
What does a Craniosacral Treatment look like for an infant?
- First, the therapist will take a history, including some questions about the birth experience and current symptoms;
- Then the infant is placed in a comfortable position, either on the massage table, on a parent/caregiver, or being held by the therapist;
- The therapist will place their hands gently on different areas of the body;
- Verbal communication about how the baby's system is responding and any patterns noted will be expressed to the parent/caregiver during the treatment;
- At the end of the treatment, we will spend some time reviewing the findings and going over home care or exercises.
Reference Source: Sumner G & Haines S. 2010, A Practical Guide to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Cranial Intelligence, Singing Dragon, London, p. 47-53, 171-194
At AltaVie, we have 4 CST practitioners. RMT Kristin Jones focuses her practice entirely on Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. RMT Jen Cuddington is an experienced Upledger Craniosacral Therapist who combines CST with other manual therapy techniques. Chiropractors Dr Amanda Stevens and Dr Anna Marie Gierach incorporate CST within their care for infants and children.