Pediatric Craniosacral Therapy
Newborn through Age Two

This four-day class brings the practice of craniosacral work and manual therapies into the hands of practitioners who wish to work with infants and children. The foundation of the work lies in honoring the consciousness of the infant. The course involves infant centered therapy. It incorporates a caring, common sense approach utilizing craniosacral techniques, prenatal and perinatal psychology, and principles of infant development.

The class will include simple and effective therapeutic techniques to assist in normalizing the newborn’s structure, balancing their nervous system, and resolving possible issues of their birth experience. Therapies utilized will include biodynamic and biomechanical craniosacral therapies, soft tissue skills, and the pioneering developmental and technical works of Hugh Milne, and Dr. Benjamin Shields.

The class is designed to be approximately one-half lecture/theory, and one-half practical/hands-on table work, with appropriate demonstrations on babies by the class teacher.

The first day will introduce the students to pediatric craniosacral work and present an overview of its relevance and applicability. The various conditions that pediatric craniosacral work can treat are discussed. There will be a presentation on successful ways to work with babies and infants, as well as with their parents. We will explore ways to best utilize the resources of an infant during treatment. Also during the first day, there are presentations on the birthing/delivery process, birth presentation positions, and pelvic anatomy.

The second day includes lectures and demonstrations of craniosacral evaluation of babies and infants, system evaluation of newborns, and pediatric structural evaluations. Demonstrations and table work take place throughout the day.

The third day focuses on craniosacral treatment in newborns and infants. The various stages of birth and the specific cranial lesions that can occur at each stage are discussed, along with the specific treatment. The nature and treatment of craniosacral disturbances that can be created by Caesarian, forceps, and vacuum extraction deliveries are discussed, as well as that of postpartum cranial injuries.

The fourth day involves craniosacral work and maternal care. Developmental patterns of babies and infants are discussed, along with appropriate cranial treatment for each stage of the child’s development. The second half of day four focuses on a complete one-hour protocol for the evaluation and treatment of newborns.

Registration is open to any health care professional with an education in craniosacral work or pediatrics.

32 CEUs approved by the NCBTMB.