A Craniosacral approach to working with young people
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.
There is something to be said for ‘finding health in stillness‘. It is in this quiet place,this space of tranquillity, the motion in the sea where the waves stop crashing and the directions starts to sync; a calm stillness creates a gentle motion.
It is in this motion of fluidity that everything in the human physiological body can slow down and start to re-organise itself towards its own innate health.
This aspect of stillness is often referred to by clients of Craniosacral therapy, many of my clients state that they feel such a state of peace, tranquillity and stillness during and after sessions. Those that meditate say that they feel like they are able to sink deeper into stillness than when they meditate. Clients often describe being in that in-between state of sleep and awake. From a practitioners viewpoint, this is when the body is able to start to work towards health, it has the space to prioritises what areas it wants to work with and goes about re-organising, re-directing and re-aligning. Homeostasis is the body’s natural balance of bodily functions.
Many of us live such busy often stressful lives, often rushing from the minute we get up until the minute we go back to bed, even whilst trying to get to sleep the mind is often found to be going over the days events, regurgitating conversations, actions of yourself or others, how things could of or should of gone differently. It is so important to find time to be still, to be able to drop yourself out of the ‘monkey mind‘ and just breath-allow yourself to connect with the inner aspects of you, without all the noise.
People often come for Craniosacral therapy because they have some form of physical issues such as headaches or back pain, or longstanding problems both physical and emotional. Others come for ongoing support in their busy lives and for help to meet life’s challenges. Due to Craniosacral therapy being so gentle and non-invasive, it is suitable for everyone from newborns to the elderly. Mothers and babies often come for problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. Letting go of tension and fear held in the body enables both to settle into a calm state of being.
As stated in the tittle; In stillness health can be found.
Just a little short video emphasising the importance of stillness
What is Craniosacral therapy (CST) and how can it support working with babies, mothers and pregnancy. CST is a nurturing and calming approach to healthcare, the treatment process is gentle and supportive to the physical and emotional needs of the individual. CST can be beneficial for babies in a number of ways such as babies who do not open their mouths widely enough to latch on effectively or “arching or hypertonic.” These types of babies can be difficult to nurse which can impact the mother and in turn family dynamics.
Due to this topic being such a vast subject I will be looking at some of the basic points on how CST can support babies mothers and pregnancy. During pregnancy the woman’s body undergoes huge changes, internally as well as externally. The nervous system coordinates hormonal activity and stress/anxiety can inhibit endocrine functions. Cortisol levels can rise which can impact the baby therefore working with the autonomic nervous system (which is a control system that acts to regulate the bodily functions such as the heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate and so on) can support the expectant mother to move more towards the Parasympathetic nervous system which serves to slow the heart rate, increase intestinal and glandular activity, and relax the sphincter muscles, all good for the baby. CST work can be effective and supportive in a number of ways such as in minor pregnancy ailments like back pain balancing effects on nervous and hormonal systems thus offering support for both mother and baby and preparing for birth.
The birthing experience (which is a highly empowering experience) can also be quite traumatic for mother and baby if things don’t go to plan. These traumas can be held in the body causing various stresses and strains. The baby is very much linked to the mother and if the mother is stressed through lack of sleep or still processing the birth the baby can FEEL this and respond. Once the baby is born CST can support establishing and supporting breastfeeding, developing good sleep patterns, early infant feeding problems including colic, reflux and allergies.
Working with babies and mothers (and dads as well as extended family members if applicable) is a wonderful way to support the unique bonding experience of family dynamics. If you are a parent then you will understand the complexities involved through out the pregnancy not just for the mother but also the relationship of the expectant parents and any other children in the household. Overall Craniosacral therapy offers a safe therapeutic light touch supporting the overall health of expectant mothers and babies, raising vitality and enabling the body’s own self-healing process to be utilised.
Here is a link I came across with more useful information about Craniosacral Therapy for babies and mothers click here