Craniosacral Therapy for Babies & Children

 

The First Year of Life

Helping babies get more comfortable in their bodies is a great passion of mine. This work is profoundly gentle and does not involve any invasive adjustments. Pressure does not exceed 5 grams (the weight of a nickel). My training with infants and children is from midwife and bodyworker, Carol Gray, Carol Mclellan as well as the Upledger Institute. Birth is a beautiful and challenging event for both Moms and babies.  The use of forceps, vacuum extraction, mal-position, precipitous (fast) births, cesarean births and even vaginal uncomplicated births can sometimes leave babies shocked and/or uncomfortable and subtly compromised. Intrauterine restrictions can also contribute to restrictions after birth. Receiving CST at a young age sets children up for more optimal movement patterns later in life!

This work is ideal for babies having trouble breastfeeding, suspected or known tongue tie, babies with sleeping challenges, “colicky” babies, babies with reflux, torticollis (often characterized by a head turning preference or persistent head tilt in one direction and/or facial asymmetries), brachio/plagiocephaly (flat head), babies that strongly dislike being on their tummies, and more. It is ideal for babies to receive this work as soon after birth as possible. Getting your baby craniosacral therapy during times of motor development milestones is also ideal as it assists them in integrating new movement patternS.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

 CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.  

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems.


With very gentle touch, I tune in to the subtle rhythms at the core of the body.

During your child's session I will be paying attention to these subtle movements of the body with which health is maintained and expressed: The tidal movement of the cerebrospinal fluid within the spinal cord and round the brain, the tiny movements of the bones in relation to each other and the tensions within the membranes of the body. Where these systems have become stuck or disorganised, Craniosacral Therapy can help the body to reorganise and regain full function.

This attention does not attempt to make changes. It is the informed listening to the body’s story that enables the inherent health of the system to reassert itself.

As well as resolving symptoms, the return to healthy functioning at the core of the body makes it possible for us to experience the world as a more comfortable place to be.

"I have had the immense blessing to have met Krissy in a very critical time in my son's life.  I have a son who has a severe neurological and cognitively impaired condition that leads to aggressive behaviors.  When my son saw Krissy for his first session with her, my son was violent, yet Krissy kept her calm demeanor and persevered through my son's behaviors as she did her "magic" on him.  Krissy was able to calm my son down and work with his little body with her gentle touch to calm his nervous system and "smooth" out his cranial rhythm.  Krissy took care of my son as a true professional and caring therapist.  I never felt she judged my son or me but rather put her whole heart into helping my son.

Krissy seems to have great intuition when she gets her hands on a body and knows right where the body needs help. I am indebted to her for her professionalism, talent and love she puts into her work.  She loves her work and it shows.  I would highly, highly recommend her to any and everyone with no hesitation." 

Thank you, Krissy, again for all you did for Lou!

With my gratitude,

Jane Giannattasio

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How long will the session last?

For little people, the sessions will usually last for just less than an hour. Sometimes, however, children each respond differently to the work and may need to take frequent breaks, I have learned over the years that honoring their lead results in better therapeutic outcomes.  Please understand that working with children takes time. Generally for resolution around conditions like breastfeeding challenges and structural issues, it can take between 3-6 treatments to resolve.  Sometimes it happens quickly, but most of the time it's progression that we are helping them integrate to allow for more organization in the system.

How many sessions will my child need?

This depends very much on the reason you are coming to the practice. Long standing conditions sometimes take a while to respond, but  please understand that working with children takes time. Generally for resolution around conditions like breastfeeding challenges and structural issues, it can take between 3-6 treatments to resolve.  Sometimes it happens quickly, but most of the time it's progression that we are helping them integrate to allow for more organization in the system.

We will start with an initial session and plan to meet at least once per week, but we can adjust to what suits you and your life style (and budget) and we create a program to suit your needs.

What happens in a session?

During the Craniosacral Therapy session your child will stay fully clothed on a comfortable treatment table, mat or they may  prefer to sit.

I will make a light contact with my hands on the body, usually  under the head (the cranium in “Craniosacral Therapy”) or at the base of your spine (the sacrum).

It is with my utmost respect to honor the child by paying close attention to their body language and even non-verbal cues to ensure that I build a "safe" experience with them.  Some children may cry during treatments as their bodies release physical or emotional pain, this is normal and at times expected and I always, always follow the child's lead.

Is it just about heads?

Craniosacral Therapy is a therapy for the whole body, for the emotions, the soft-tissue, the organs, nervous system and even cells.  The connective-tissue in the body is one continuous web that doesn't stop or start anywhere and acts as a constant communication highway.

How do I know if Craniosacral Therapy is right for me?

Craniosacral Therapy is appropriate for people of all ages from ages 0- 99 !

It is not a substitute for other medical treatment and I do not diagnose. I am concerned with helping the body to find the health and balance, which, believe it or not, is present even in apparently dire circumstances. This doesn’t mean that issues will necessarily become instantly “fixed” but that we can find the heart of peace in the circumstances of the moment.

How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?

This is a hard question to answer. I am very happy to talk to you about what you want the sessions to achieve for you or your child and to give you a chance to learn a bit about who I am and how I work before you commit yourself.

It seems to me that the therapeutic relationship is one of trust and confidence so feel free to contact me via phone or email with any questions.



"I started bringing my son to see Krissy in 2013, then my son was diagnosed with a severe personality disorder and the doctor's only solution was to put him on medications to control his  mood swings.  With him only 8 years old at the time, that approach just didn't feel right to me as a parent.  With each treatment I noticed changes in my son's behavior and after a few month's of regular treatments their has been significant changes in his sleep, academic performance and mood and we still see her for monthly "tune-up's" 3 years later.  We absolutely LOVE her!

~Tracy R.

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Serving Families in Grand Junction, Palisade, Fruita.

Therapy sessions are done in the comfort of the families homes where the child feels safe and secure in working with a new adult.  I will bring the items necessary for the treatment sessions, but if there are familiar comfort items, like a special blanket or toy would help, be my guest.

I feel it is helpful for us to work in the same space each visit and ask that the space be free of unnecessary distractions; toys, television, other siblings, pets, etc.

Why CST?

Birth Traumas

 

  • Birth trauma, such as issues from a vacuum or forceps extraction or an emergency C-section
  • Trouble with breastfeeding
  • Constipation
  • Gastrointestinal pain and acid reflux
  • Colic
  • Not sleeping well, including early days when day and night seem to be reversed for the infant
  • Teething pain
  • Head-shape issues
  • Problems stemming from the birthing process
  • Earaches
  • Developmental delays

Breastfeeding


  •  Baby has difficulty latching to breast.
  • Baby makes a lot of "slurpy" or clicking noises during feeding.
  • Baby has a lot of gas after feeding.
  • Breastfeeding is painful or uncomfortable during feeding.
  • Baby is in a lot of pain after feeding, cries or curls up in pain.
  • Baby can take one breast but is uncomfortable on the other one. 
  • Baby is unable to sleep or is restless during sleep.
  • Baby seems tense and restless, and it is difficult to cuddle him/her.
  • It seems like your baby is suffering from "tongue tie". 



Learning Difficulties/Anxiety Disorders/Sensory Processing

 Oversensitivity to or avoidance of touch, sound, movement, smell, tastes and sights

  • Conversely, under-reactivity to touch, sound, movement, smell, tastes and sights
  • Challenges with coordination, especially both sides of the body
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Speech and language difficulties, learning challenges
  • Difficulty with transitions or changes in routine
  • Impulsivity or distractibility
  • Clumsiness or visual problems
  • Behavioral problems including both social and emotional issues
  • Extreme activity level (hyperactive or very sedentary)
  • Delays in motor skills early on or at a later date
  • Problems sequencing
  • Problems with self-care and play skills

Autism Spectrum Disorder

How CST can Help?

  

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) has been shown to help the autistic individual find greater ease, both within themselves and in the world around them, by decreasing structural stress and strain on their central nervous system.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated to affect one child in every 150 births. It’s the fastest growing developmental disability, with a diagnosis rate rising 10 to 17 percent each year. ASD is considered to be a result of biological and/or neurological disorders that affect the functioning of the brain. To date, there is no known single cause of ASD.

 

When working with an ASD individual, the initial focus often is on the cranium to locate an area that has the greatest motion response to the craniosacral rhythm. Delicate release and pumping techniques are used to create more motion in that area.

The increased motion is used as a dynamic biomechanical tool – one hand is used to continue to increase motion and direct fluid flow, while the other hand is used to encourage motion in non-moving areas. Little by little, small changes create larger changes that enhance the mobility of the brain’s container (the craniosacral system).

Increased balanced motion of the membrane surrounding the brain helps flush toxins and inflammation out of the brain tissue. As this occurs, it naturally can elevate biochemical processing, which increases the function of neurons and neurological pathways.

Newfound motion of the brain tissue and fluid helps decrease the abnormal and often enormous strain the brain has been under. This allows the brain cells a greater ability to process and react to information of all sorts. 

 

CranioSacral Therapy also combines well with and can enhance other forms of therapy the ASD person might be using, such as sensory integration therapy, neurodevelopmental therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, diet programs, detoxification programs and homeopathy. When working with a child, it’s helpful to maintain a program of consistent CST, since there is a tendency for the membrane of an ASD child to tighten as growth spurts occur.


CST Is a Sensitive Pathway to Nervous System Correction
CranioSacral Therapy gently and fully embraces each individual as unique. Through this type of acceptance, sensitive touch and delicate application of technique, pathways of change can form. CST can help the brain decrease levels of abnormal inflammation, sensation, tension, toxicity and chaos. This can lead to greater ease and efficiency of nervous system processing, which often manifests as a reduction of ASD symptoms.


Treatment sessions can look very different when working with a child with ASD or other sensory processing challenges and as always, I meet them where they are at.  

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"I have had the immense blessing to have met Krissy in a very critical time in my son's life.  I have a son who has a severe neurological and cognitively impaired condition that leads to aggressive behaviors.  When my son saw Krissy for his first session with her, my son was violent, yet Krissy kept her calm demeanor and persevered through my son's behaviors as she did her "magic" on him.  Krissy was able to calm my son down and work with his little body with her gentle touch to calm his nervous system and "smooth" out his cranial rhythm.  Krissy took care of my son as a true professional and caring therapist.  I never felt she judged my son or me but rather put her whole heart into helping my son.

Krissy seems to have great intuition when she gets her hands on a body and knows right where the body needs help. I am indebted to her for her professionalism, talent and love she puts into her work.  She loves her work and it shows.  I would highly, highly recommend her to any and everyone with no hesitation." 

Thank you, Krissy, again for all you did for Lou!

With my gratitude,

Jane Giannattasio