Expanding my services: Zoom baby cranio treatments*

*Special Offer: First session half price until June 30th 2022

Next month it is three years since I graduated as a craniosacral therapist. My practice has evolved in that time and in recent months, even more so. I am now literally expanding my services, offering craniosacral therapy for babies who do not live in Perth.

Hear me out….

Craniosacral therapy is essentially a touch therapy. When I first started training, I couldn’t believe that gentle touch had the capacity to facilitate healing – now I know that it can. What I did not see coming, was that touch is not an essential component. Personally, touch was a gateway into listening to the subtle phenomena of bodies – our hands are very sensitive and can be trained to pick up all sorts of information about the human body. But it goes further than that…. in my case my hands are like an antenna and the body is the instrument that is listening!

In my cranio training, I discovered that I am an empath, meaning I mirror other people’s emotional and physical restrictions in my own body. My craniosacral skills (orientation to the craniosacral rhythm or tides/stillness) give me the tools to shift these restrictions for others with or without touch. More and more I found I didn’t need to touch areas of the body to affect change. Simply holding the feet and using my consciousness to bring awareness to stuck places in the body was enough. Many times, the energy from my client’s body would push me away from the body, and change would only happen if I stopped touching the body – touch was interfering with the healing process!

The COVID pandemic has led to many craniosacral therapists migrating to a more touch-free way of working (which has created controversy within the field). Internationally, many craniosacral therapists were not allowed to practice, with touch in general being actively discouraged. Social distancing guidelines saw us stepping away from our fellow humans.

Sometimes crisis leads to new opportunities…

Humans are built to connect. We are used to interacting with the world via five traditional senses – taste, smell, touch, hearing, and sight. But there are more senses than that (up to 33!). Some of us are more sensitive than others, but I believe, with training, all of us have the capacity to fine-tune our different senses. I have fine-tuned my senses to to pick up “information” that is being shared among us via our energy fields. I now feel it is my calling to use my skills to help babies and their families.

My journey to touch-free work started with toddlers. Toddlers don’t like to be touched too much so I began to read a toddler’s system, sitting next to them or being in the same room. I figured that its possible because our nervous systems extend past our skin. But then I also noticed that I was picking up information from a baby’s system on the way to a home visit – I would get a tight jaw or would feel a panic in my system that I knew was not mine – when I got to treat the baby – sure enough it was theirs! Once during a zoom lactation consult, I felt quite sure I could feel the baby’s activated nervous system but soon dismissed it. It wasn’t until a potential cranio client contacted me for treatment that I had the opportunity to see if I could tune in and treat via a zoom call. This particular bub was booked in for surgery and mum didn’t want to risk COVID exposure but was torn because she wanted to try cranio to see if it could offer relief to her baby who had been suffering since birth – see the testimonial below. I gave her two free zoom treatments and each time bub had a long 5.5hr sleep after the session! Something worked! This is more in the realm of quantum physics!? Come on science…catch up!

And so… for the last two months I have offered free treatments over zoom to babies to explore this concept. And YES! I can definitely tune in via distance – intention and directed consciousness are key – and more importantly, YES! I can use my craniosacral skills to help them to resolve the physical and emotional restrictions from their perinatal history. The results are as effective as in person treatments. It feels no different to me as if I am in the same room as these babies. It still blows my mind!

Here are the testimonials I received:

Our experience so far with Jenny has been amazing and I am so excited for future sessions. I reached out to Jenny to help my 8-week-old daughter. My baby has a medical issue that requires surgery (tomorrow) so for the past two weeks we have been isolating as I couldn’t risk any covid exposure before surgery. After a lengthy phone call, in which Jenny showed such patience and compassion, Jenny offered to try a zoom session. It was a first for both of us and I kept an open mind as I wasn’t sure what to expect but after our first session my baby had the most restful sleep she’d ever had! Over the following days we saw big improvements in her sleep and overall calmness. She was actually able to be awake without crying and even gave us her first smile. Her muscle tension in her neck has been better which is helping her head preference, tummy time and improve her latch. In our second session I noticed my baby physically responding to treatment, Jenny would mention a release in the right leg for example and my baby would stretch her right leg, Jenny said she felt some nausea right before my baby vomited. We have been so impressed and noticed such a difference in our baby that my husband and I will be booking in for treatment in the near future. Thank you Jenny for everything you have done and continue to do for my family. We appreciate you so much and look forward to further treatment

Chelsea

I recently had a session with Jenny via zoom for my one-month-old who was waking up and screaming throughout the night constantly and who was just overall unsettled most of the time. Since the session with Jenny, my little one has been so calm and goes straight back to sleep after feeding during the night and is overall more calm and relaxed. I can’t recommend Jenny enough for the relief my babies newfound calmness has bought me

Jacqueline Brayne

I had an online zoom session with Jenny for my 4-week-old. He was experiencing a lot of discomfort in his tummy and this was making him unsettled a lot of the time. During the session my baby had a lot of emotional release. it was amazing to see things shift as Jenny went through different areas of his body where he was holding onto emotions, having then come up and then he would completely calm. Since having two sessions he is a lot more settled. he has many moments of calm happy baby now. he also doesn’t cry to the same level of intensity as he previously did. I am so grateful and fascinated by the work Jenny does.

Kylie Whitfield

I had a session via zoom with my sweet baby boy who struggles to sleep well 1-2 nights a week. It’s been interesting to see his changes over the past couple of days, the best way I could describe it is even more comfy in his skin. He is more happy to be put down and goes to sleep really easily, including his day naps. Still waking up frequently at night but more settled to go back to sleep. Which makes for a happier Mama & baby

Gemma Taylor
This gorgeous guy interacted with me as if I was in the same room (shame I couldnt capture his smile!). He resolved a difficult NICU experience over three zoom treatments.

Zoom baby treatments can be a little more challenging. On a practical level when babies are releasing emotions – it can be harder to communicate with the parents over the memory crying. Also, if baby body language comes up and baby needs to do a rebirthing process – I can guide parents through the process, but it is harder to describe in words than to show in person. But it can be done – and with good effect.

To be honest, I am quite nervous about “coming out” and offering zoom baby treatments. I wonder if the world is ready for it? Folks are sceptical, and quick to ridicule or dismiss that which they don’t understand. It does take a leap of faith and a fair amount of trust. I am optimistic that change is happening though, that the general public is more open to alternative healing modalities, especially where western medicine has not been able to help.

I credit healers like Charlie Goldsmith for leading the way. Charlie heals over Facebook and allows others to watch. Because he doesn’t charge for his services, he changes the script – that distance healing is not the realm of charlatans out to make a buck from gullible people. It is not my intention to make lots of money either. Yes, I am excited about my skills being accessible to more babies – but not for the money – purely because I care about babies and want them to start life feeling more peaceful. For their trauma to be acknowledged and resolved, instead of being carried around in their tissues/ nervous system for decades, shaping how they react to challenges. This is big to me!! – my (humble) contribution to peace on earth.

Personally, I need there to be an exchange, as I have bills to pay and the work itself can be draining and involves much rest and regulation in-between clients. For this reason, I limit the number of clients I see (2-3 clients a day – 4 days a week) and as much as possible I reserve my energy for working with babies with birth or perinatal trauma, those that are unsettled or having feeding issues. There is a real need for this currently as birthing practices are highly medicalised and babies are suffering, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

If this sparks an interest and you are open to exploring how zoom cranio can help your baby – get in touch, or share with anyone that may benefit from my services.

Until 30th June 2022 I am offering the first session half price ($35).

Changes afoot

Next month it will be two years since I started Flow Cranio after graduating as a craniosacral therapist! Babies have taught me so much in this time. Each body reveals its unique patterns of experience in a session. I love being able to connect with babies through craniosacral therapy and help them to feel safe enough to express and let go of the difficult stories and tensions held in their systems.

The body is a gifted storyteller

Matthew Appleton

With this new business milestone, and due to changing personal circumstances (my partner and I are consciously uncoupling after 18 years together), I am putting my prices up slightly for new clients.

New rates from 1st July:

  • $90 initial baby/child treatment – subsequent sessions remain $70 (baby /child home visits – $100)
  • $150 mum and bub treatment
  • $100 per hour for combined lactation/cranio appts
  • Discounts available for a series of three sesssions (if prepaid)

I will continue to hold the low cost clinic monthly offering cranio by donation for babies.

Low-cost baby cranio clinic

Here are the new dates for the next three months.

I am offering a monthly clinic for babies to receive biodynamic craniosacral therapy – by donation. All babies should have the opportunity to receive cranio, regardless of their parents’ financial situation. This is a great opportunity for your baby to experience this gentle therapy. Read below for more details….

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Who:

Pre-crawling babies (babies who have not received cranio before will be prioritised)

What:

Cranio is a light touch form of bodywork that is non-manipulative. Jenny uses a listening touch to calm babies nervous system, sparking a biological process, unique to each individual, to release held tensions, stresses and trauma from the body. Babies often find it to be deeply relaxing. Parents often report that baby is calmer, easier to settle and more comfortable in their body.

Why:

Cranio may help:

  • breastfeeding difficulties
  • fussy, hard to soothe, irritable babies
  • babies who have had an assisted birth (vaccuum /forceps/ C-section)
  • babies who experienced a fast birth or excessively long birth
  • babies who vomit frequently
  • newborns who do not wake for feeds
  • babies with digestive or sleep issues
  • premature babies or babies who have been separated from their mother.

When:

  • Thursday 22nd October – 9.30 – 2.30
  • Thursday 26th November – 9.30 -2.30
  • Thursday 17th December – 9.30 – 2.30

Where:

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Clinic – 74 Nollamara Ave, Nollamara.

Cost:

Donation based – suggestion at least $10. (*usual cost $60). If you find the treatment to be helpful for your baby, I would appreciate a facebook review.


Places are limited and by appointment only. So book early through the website or phone 0435 309 397.

All Good Things…

After 4.5 years at Baby Steps Health Centre, I have made the decision to leave so that I can focus fully on building Flow Cranio & Lactation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working there and am grateful to the team for their support and expertise.

But all good things must come to an end.

If you first met me through Baby Steps please let your friends and family know to book me for lactation support through my business rather than the clinic.

If you, or your baby, have benefited from my lactation or cranio support – please tell your family or friends or other mothers at mothers group. Or consider writing a google or Facebook review.

Thanks for your support xx

Navigating laser treatment for tongue tie. To stretch or not to stretch?

The topic of posterior tongue tie (PTT) and lip tie (LT) is a controversial one. Research is limited and opinions are divided. I have worked with mums who have found treating these issues to make all the difference in their breastfeeding journey. However I do have concerns around some current practices including:

  • routine stretches / oral exercises / active wound management
  • laser frenectomy for breastfeeding problems that have not been thoroughly assessed by an IBCLC
  • laser frenectomy for babies to prevent future issues

The Australian Dental Association (in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team) has recently released a “Ankyloglossia and Oral Frena Consensus Statement” which I feel addresses some of my concerns.

The prescription of routine stretches/exercises after a laser frenectomy varies between providers. These are well intentioned, with the idea that they will prevent the lingual frenulum from reattaching or scarring. A recent client was advised to do them 6 times a day, for 21 days! There is no scientific evidence to prove that they do in fact prevent reattachment – and what of the risks? We know that they can cause oral aversion and exacerbate feeding issues. Babies are very orally sensitive. We need to respect when they are telling us “no”. Overriding this can potentially disrupt the parental bond. As a craniosacral therapist, working with the nervous system, I have a unique perspective as I am able to assess the impact of persistent stretches on babies systems. Babies respond to difficult experiences with a fight or flight response. But because they are physically unable to run away or fight, they can easily shift into freeze – a dissociative state. This is a protective survival mechansim and, unless treated, can become a lifelong pattern. Undergoing a laser frenectomy can be a traumatic experience for both mother and baby. With care and sensitivity the body can integrate this trauma with minimal lasting impact. It is my opinion that constant stretches for weeks afterwards interferes with the integration of the trauma, instead driving it deeper into the body.

My other concern is that babies with feeding problems are able to undergo the procedure without a full feeding assessment by an IBCLC. Nipple pain and milk transfer issues may not be related to the oral anatomy. An IBCLC can help to rule out nipple infections and positioning and attachment issues potentially avoiding surgery. Also, 1-2 sessions of cranio/bodywork beforehand may address issues such as myofascial tightness / jaw issues / cranial nerve impingment that can impact breastfeeding. Then, if no improvement in feeding, laser frenectomy can be trialled, often as a last resort.

Non-surgical management strategies can be effective first-line therapies for management of functional limitations associated with ankyloglossia. Surgical management should be considered only after non-surgical management has failed to address the functional issue that led to the diagnosis.

ADA Statement

Finally, the procedure is often done to prevent future issues. Parents have a lot of fear around future issues with speech or dental issues. These aren’t yet substantiated by evidence. Social media perpetuates this fear. In my humble opinion, the only reason to treat PTT and LT in babies is for feeding issues.

“Further research is needed regarding other reported adverse health outcomes, such as problems with speech, malocclusion, lingual gingival recession and obstructive sleep apnoea as evidence of a consistent causative relationship is lacking. No evidence exists to support buccal or labial frena causing problems with feeding or speech.”

ADA statement

That said …despite no evidence, I have seen lip ties interfere with attachment/seal at the breast. And I have seen lip ties contribute to decay at the top of the central incisors.

Laser frenectomy (compared to scissors frenotomy) needs much more consideration as it is a longer and more traumatic procedure. Here in Perth, parents have a few options, my preferred referral is to one that does not recommend stretches and where it is a requirement that every baby is thoroughly assessed by an IBCLC before the procedure. The good news is, if babies do need to undergo laser treatment for tongue tie or lip tie, just one session of cranio can help them to integrate the experience, bringing them out of fight or flight or a dissociative state. This has lasting positive impacts on feeding and the nervous system.