Treating children in our clinic is by far my favorite part of my job. Children are honest and wise. Children do their work quickly and purely. I not only get to witness all of this, I also get to play and snuggle with them. It is one of my greatest joys!
You may ask, “Why do children need CST? They are perfect!”. My answer is “Yes! They are perfect. But life can be hard.”
I describe children as the Princess and the Pea fairy tale. In the story, no matter how many mattresses they put on the Princess’ bed, she continued to feel the pea. She was so sensitive that no amount of padding could make her unaware of the pea. Our children are like this. They are perfect. They are born soft, flexible and wonderful. However, birth is hard. Even in the ideal situations, it is labor for mom AND baby. The baby is pushed, compressed and stretched. Sometimes, there can be a minor strain that starts in the first seconds of life. This doesn’t mean something wrong happened. It is a normal event that happens for all of us. Many babies can work through their own strains. However, for some they remain. Since children are sensitive, they will react to these minor strains. These irritations can be related to several newborn and childhood complaints.
- Sleep difficulties
- Breast feeding challenges
- Easily startled
- Torticollis (wry neck)
- Plagiocephaly (misshapen head)
CranioSacral Therapy is sublime in calming our nervous systems. This is also true for our children. Babies are often reported to sleep better following their sessions. Also, the work can help their own body to ease tension and will help with feeding issues which often relate to reflux and gassiness. Finally, CST can assist the body to be more symmetrical and relaxed to aid in neck and head tension.
I love working with children. I am in awe of their wisdom. I am also so grateful for the parents who trust them in my care. It is such a great honor. CranioSacral Therapy is a wonderful tool to help our babies to be even more perfect!
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