Working with children and young people

A Craniosacral approach to working with young people

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Working with children and young teenagers offers their system a holding space to work through a number of different expressions that have been held in their bodies. In my observation I often find we can tap into the birthing experience where space is offered and the cranial bones as well as other parts of the body are able to expand and release. The reason I refer to the birthing experience is because this is a common theme with young people that often comes up during a session. There are many other expressions, releases and realignments that take place, however as stated; from my personal experience this is something that often shows itself as a priority during sessions with younger people (although this is also something that can come up for individuals at any age).

Most people do not remember their birthing experience and there is an obvious reason for this. Traumatic and painful would no doubt be top of the list as well as fear of the transition and so on. However just because we do not remember our birth does not mean that the experience has not stayed with us in some way shape or form. The effect and impact can often be unknown, however the cellular memory is held in the physical body and the emotional impacts are held in the field (our emotional body).

Working with young people is a great way to offer release of these forming patterns often developed during the birthing experience. Working on the bones in the skull, spine, pelvis and other areas can support the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system which can then be normalised. This removes “blockages” from the normal flow, enhancing and enabling the body’s ability to heal. Compression can also be alleviated and symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, recurrent ear infections or colic in infants as well as difficulty sleeping can be relieved.

Our teenage years are often filled with an enormous amount of change such as; hormonal changes, change of schools, friends, boyfriends/girlfriends and general social pressures. These can manifest often in symptoms such as anxiety, loneliness, depression and so on. Craniosacral therapy offers a safe space for the individual to move into a deeper state of relaxations and inner tranquillity allowing the bodies’ system to recognise these deeper inner states of peace and thus offering an inner resource that can be accessed at other times. Craniosacral therapy offers the body a form of listening by the practitioner in a way that does not require verbal expression which a lot of young people do not particularly want to do nor often know how to.

Craniosacral therapy is one method that could greatly support your child to release inner tension or trauma in a safe and supported way. 

A little video explaining in brief what Craniosacral Therapy is and how it can support the physical and emotional body of the person being treated.

 

 

Craniosacral therapy and insomnia/sleep disturbances.

burnout-2165865_1280Have you have ever suffered from sleep issues? If so then you would know how difficult it is to just function throughout the day, the smallest task or decision can create havoc for the brain to process. It can leave you unable to structure a sentence, or struggle to make your `usual` daily assessments such as; crossing the road safely, calculating your change or carrying out your normal job related tasks. Add children, your partner, high pressured work etc into the mix and this can cause the most laid back of us into meltdown! I myself have experienced sleep disturbances for many years (thankfully this is no longer the case), during that time I know my home life and work life suffered, not to mention my health and well being. If stress is one of the reasons for poor sleep then lack of sleep only adds to the issue and it can seem like a never ending cycle.

Many people turn to prescription medication to try and combat this, however from the stories I’ve heard prescription drugs can seem to create more of a `groggy` type of sleep where the person falls asleep but the body is unable to carryout all the necessary repair and healing work it requires, therefore much of the rejuvenation process is eliminated due to the sedative elements of the medication. Sleep is essentially the time when the body heals itself.

According to the National Sleep Foundation; when we sleep Brain waves are slow (with some rapid bursts) and your heart rate and blood pressure slow down and regulate. During this restorative stage of sleep, blood pressure drops, breathing slows down, blood flow moves to the muscles and tissue is repaired. Interestingly enough this is also indicative of receiving a craniosacral session. Often people inform me that they felt like they were sleeping but that they were also awake. People who meditate have said that they felt they had gone into a deeper state than when they practice meditation.

Craniosacral therapy can also support the hormonal system in offering space within the cranial bones supporting pineal gland function.The pineal gland is a tiny endocrine gland found in the brain. It produces and secretes the hormone melatonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate biological rhythms such as sleep and wake cycles. Craniosacral therapy supports the autonomic nervous system (again all necessary for a good nights sleep), it helps to down regulate from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic, this in turn will have a supportive impact on the digestive system, aid in the supply of cerebral-spinal fluid providing more oxygen to the brain supporting clear thinking, relaxation and helps regulate our moods. The regulation of our autonomic nervous system is mandatory to our health and immune system and aids us in getting a good nights sleep.

Homeopathy and reflexology are also very good ways to support a good nights sleep, its about finding the right treatment for you.

 

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