Craniosacral Therapy with Mums,Babies and Children
'Sometimes mums then say that
they have never seen their baby look so relaxed for so long.
Mum and baby have been heard, their story matters. All is well.'
Mums usually bring their babies to me for craniosacral therapy through a recommendation from another mum or following a successful session with an older sibling.
There doesn’t always need to be an ailment... some come for a health check or as a treat as it is a very relaxing time for babies, which mums of course love!
The first session begins by talking about the birth and how any intervention may have affected both mum and newborn.
Sometimes, shock or trauma can be felt (amongst other sensations) as a contracted state in either the tissue or fluid body. In turn, this may impede digestive function or the ability to fall asleep easily. Light sleepers tend to give birth to infants that adopt the same tone in their nervous systems as mum.
More and more mothers seem to be getting induced, yet some mums do not think to see this as an intervention. I have found in practice that it is the induced babies that tend to require and respond the most to treatment.
For healing to begin there has to be an element of calm, a sense of ‘OK’ and centredness. Then with a very light touch, it is possible for a craniosacral therapist to sense the vitality that is already present in the baby; where their system feels stuck or compressed and whether something is working too hard.
Because we are all sensitive to our health being followed or listened to in this way (similar to knowing when someone behind you is looking at you, perhaps) a gentle self regulated healing process occurs and the expression of optimal health returns. By self regulated, I refer to the intention that baby leads the treatment, there is no mechanical manipulation.
In some circumstances there may have to be a birth process to express itself… this is when the baby looks like it is still carrying a pattern of what happened during the birth. Once the pattern is expressed and met with a more comforting outcome, the baby tends to seem very relieved and often falls into a deep sleep. Sometimes mums then say that they have never seen their baby look so relaxed for so long. Mum and baby have been heard, their story matters. All is well.
These birth traumas hold more of an emotional cause for symptoms in the body but some mums come in with ideal birth scenarios and contended babies apart from a certain distress they can not figure out. Here we treat just on a physical level; a baby’s head, neck and spine may just need to realign itself and this is facilitated through the light, non manipulating touch.
On a finishing note, craniosacral therapists primarily relate to the health present in a client’s system. I am often amazed how resilient we are and how well we respond to reconnecting to our own vital energy.
When mum is OK the rest of the household soon follows.
If the mum has come into the room overwhelmed by the birth or initial mothering experience, this may need to be given top priority to resolve, often by letting her tell her pregnancy and birth story before treatment on their baby begins.
Once everyone is settled or in a more neutral state (often when the baby is feeding or sleeping) then we can treat the baby.
- It's a good idea to take deep breaths during your baby's feed as this calms and regulates your baby. There is a part of a newborn that would like to know that mum, dad or carer giving the feed is OK, these long slow breaths are ideal way to communicate a sense of contentment in you. Also the slow rising and falling of your chest when you breathe physically lulls a newborn into a more peaceful state.
A photo taken with the mum's permission just after her baby had a cranio treatment with Tanya because she could not sleep on her back.
When the mother receives treatment for herself, symptoms can improve in their child.
When one biodynamic craniosacral therapy treatment with the mother helped sleep symptoms clear in her son.
"Tanya!! I can't believe the shift! My baby is sleeping, he's sleeping much longer at night, just nuzzling in when he wants but maybe only twice in a night and he's sleeping in til 7 when before I saw you he would be up when it was still dark...I feel like that was complete magic you have worked on him, through me!!...Thank you thank you thank you! You have good powers lady!" Amy, North London Mum.
Postnatal sessions can include ways to play and entertain your baby.