Craniosacral Therapy for babies is one of the areas where Craniosacral Therapy comes into its own. It is a very gentle and effective form of therapy for both mothers and babies.
An easy gestation and a natural birth are the best start that a baby can have in the world. Unfortunately, not every birth is ideal for a wide variety of reasons, and even before birth a baby may have had difficult experiences in the womb or have been quite compressed in the last days and weeks before birth.
Whilst the baby’s body is well designed to manage the range of compressive forces of a natural birth, larger compressive forces can be harder for the baby’s body to recover from. Often the work of a Craniosacral Therapist is involved in helping the baby’s body to recover and release the compressive forces that they have been unable to completely resolve naturally. These compressions can impact normal functioning in a variety of ways, for example compressions at the base of the head can affect the ears and the nerves that affect breathing and digestion.
If a baby cries all the time or is unhappy, then there is usually a good reason and generally parents sense this. Because the baby cannot speak, it is often difficult to determine what the cause might be. When medical causes are ruled out then Craniosacral Therapy for babies is a good avenue to explore. The therapist is able to feel how well the baby’s body is expressing the cranial movements, which for a baby should be full and easy. The therapist can feel what areas of the baby’s body are affected and can work to help these compressions release thus relieving pressure on nerves, increasing the fluid movement through the area, and letting the baby’s body express the cranial movement more freely again. The parent will see whether the treatment is making a difference through their sense of their baby’s wellbeing and its state of ease and happiness. Babies generally need only a small number of sessions as their bodies express vitality more fully than in an adult. Craniosacral Therapy for babies may be applicable to a wide range of conditions through the removal of impediments to the free movement of air/fluid/food through the baby’s body and by releasing pressure on nerves and organ systems.