Craniosacral therapy baby

The benefits of CranioSacral Therapy for newborns is a vast subject beginning with conception itself and the spark of life. The impact of birth with the obvious pressure on the head and the journey through the birth canal, in the best of experiences, could even be considered the first CranioSacral treatment. There are many different birth scenarios besides the perfect home birth; c-sections, forceps, vacuums, inductions, that affect a baby’s delicate nervous system.

Babies are born aware. There is awareness even in the womb. All of this is imprinted in our being. Birth is our first step into this world and we carry its imprint with us always. Our first breaths determine how we will breathe. Our spirit, awake in form.

To understand why CranioSacral Therapy is extremely good for babies, it is helpful to have some understanding of the CranioSacral system. The CranioSacral system is a physiological system that consists of the brain and spinal cord and the container that holds them. It is a pollywog shaped dural container that separates the brain into sections, goes around the brain and down the spine where it attaches at the sacrum. It is connected at a few spots but is mostly freely gliding and sliding inside the vertebral canal. It is filled with cerebrospinal fluid, which moves in waves. This is the fluid home of our brain and spinal cord: our nervous system.

Being born, head first (which is the best way) puts a tremendous pressure on the head and on the whole body. The head at this stage is soft, to be able to morph, so it can make it out of a small opening.

However, there are some symptoms that can manifest from the birth experience:
Colic: Maybe the baby was pushing for hours! This can jam the Cranial base where the head sits on the spine, which can compress the Vagus nerve (for example) and can cause or contribute to colic. Cranial base decompression is a health gift for every baby.

Learning difficulties & Behavior issues: Some head abnormalities and tensions can contribute to learning difficulties and behavior problems. Mobilizing the temporal bones can help with ear infections, and learning disabilities, balance and hearing.

Seizures: Forceps can often cause torsion patterns through the temporals, which can affect the temporal lobes and sometimes be a causative factor in seizures.

Organ trouble: Twists in the dura during birth can be untwisted through CranioSacral therapy. Dural tensions, that I find in many adults can be manifesting quietly since birth, 45 years later they are not so quiet, perhaps causing some organ trouble.

Strabysmus: The tremendous pressure to the head can affect the sphenoid bone (important bone in the CranioSacral concept) through which passes are optic nerve and in which sits our pituitary gland. The implications are far reaching.

Neck Pain: A baby that looks more easily to one side or is born with the cord around his neck can be saved years of neck pain from early attention.

CranioSacral Therapy is of great benefit for perfectly healthy babies too. The nature of this therapy is that it calms the nervous system and is very gentle. Although we have not addressed dealing with trauma in this article, we can quickly say it helps to dispel the emotional impact of the intense birth experience.

In my version of a perfect world, every baby would get a CranioSacral treatment as part of his or her welcome to the world. And for mama too. It can help with bonding and help mama’s body get back to normal and feel just great!

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Marie Bouman is an advanced CranioSacral Therapist with additional training in Pediatric CranioSacral Therapy. She is a bodyworker and a dancer and has studied midwifery at the basic level. Marie also teaches basic CranioSacral Therapy including ShareCare; a one day intro course offered by the Upledger Institute - which is open to everyone. You can call Marie on 808 248-7478 or email