Will cranio hurt my baby/child?
No, cranio is a touch therapy, involving no manipulation so it is ideal to use with infants. The practitioner facilitates the baby’s self-healing mechanism, and this starts with down regulating the nervous system, which most babies enjoy. Occasionally, babies may cry during the session. Please know that this is their way of communicating, and Jenny responds with empathy. You are always encouraged to attend to your baby as you feel appropriate. Changes that occur in the body following the treatment tend to take around 48 hours to integrate, some babies may be unsettled during this time. This is normal and will pass. Other babies may have a longer deeper sleep after the session.
Do I need to wake baby or time a feed for cranio?
It is helpful if baby is willing to feed during the session, though not essential. Baby can be awake or asleep. Cranio can be carried out while breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, on a parent’s lap or playing on the floor. Sometimes the baby will be happy to lie on the massage table. Flexibility is required working with children.
How can cranio help my baby?
Mothers often report:
- Baby appears calmer, more settled, less tense, more vocal and interactive.
- Improvement in comfort eg. in the car seat, less crying etc
- Improvement in wind, reflux, colic, less hiccups etc
- Less oral aversion (breast/ bottle refusal) – less gagging and arching, more willing to go to the breast.
- Improvement in latch / ability to latch.
- Improvement in range of motion of the neck. Better able to take both breasts for babies who had difficulty breastfeeding from one side.
- Improvement in ability to move the tongue or open the jaw.
How many sessions will my baby need?
Babies respond well to the therapy and need less treatment than adults. Usually 1-3 sessions will suffice depending on the reason for the visit.
Colic, wind and unsettled behaviour can be often be treated successfully within 1-2 sessions.
Breastfeeding issues are a bit more complex – its takes two! – ideally mum should also receive cranio during the course of treatment. Up to three sessions are recommended including one mum and bub treatment.
How many sessions do adults need?
We are all unique and the nature of the body is complex. Healing is rarely in a straight line. The number of sessions needed depends on what your goals are, what symptoms you have, and how readily your system responds to the therapy. The speed of recovery also depends on how good your general health is. If this is low, cranio is a great way to build up your energy levels, so that later you are able to make more profound progress towards recovery.
As a general rule, three to ten sessions can have a significant impact on most people’s heath, and in some cases one to two sessions can make a major difference. Many clients return periodically for maintenance to optimise their general health and well being.
Do you have facilities to pay by card?
Yes you can pay via card
What are your thoughts around tongue tie?
Many parents (and babies) have been done a huge disservice with many tongue ties being missed. Its important for babies with feeding challenges to have a full oral assessment. There is so much controversy, and limited research, around tongue ties, that it can be difficult for parents to know whether to go ahead with a procedure to release a tie – especially with posterior tongue ties and lip ties. Since becoming a craniosacral therapist I further understand how cranial nerve compression and tension in the body’s tissues can also cause similar symptoms to tongue tie. The tongue may be restricted but not specifically due to the presence of a tight frenulum. Where there is doubt about the presence of a tongue tie, cranio is a gentle, less invasive approach than laser frenectomy. A procedure may be avoided, or alternatively, it may become clearer that a procedure is necessary when symptoms remain after releasing tensions and compression in the body with cranio.