Craniosacral Therapy

I began studying Craniosacral Therapy (CST) in 2008. There was not too much demand for it in my deep tissue driven massage practice, so I was mostly incorporating it into sessions to create a more comprehensive treatment. It was particularly helpful with my migraine and TMJ sufferers.

After working in the breastfeeding/lactation field for a few years, I was reminded how impactful and profound this work is. So, in early 2021 I picked up my training again, this time with some of the masters of the infant CST world. 

When discussing the many ways CST can benefit infants, my mentor said “did they get born?? Then they can benefit from CST”.

Sometimes the trauma of being born, birthing interventions, or feeding difficulties cause great stress and tension. The position in utero and during birth affects their anatomy, or form, which will impair their function. 

The first goal of Craniosacral Therapy is to guide bodies into their parasympathetic state, or “rest and digest” mode. Meaning, they can relax out of their sympathetic state, or “fight or flight”.

The body needs to be in a parasympathetic state in order to heal. Relaxation breeds recovery.

During birth, it is common for the cranial bones to override each other at the cranial sutures. After birth, these overlapping bones should self correct quickly. If they do not, they can interfere with proper cranial nerve function. Cranial nerves are responsible for swallowing, digestion, and sensory-motor movements of the face and tongue. Cranial nerve dysfunction can lead to feeding and breastfeeding difficulties, colic, reflux, and more.

Craniosacral therapy is a manual therapy using 5 grams of pressure that helps release restrictions in the pelvis, spine, neck, and skull, which improves the function of the central nervous system. 

CST is an extremely gentle way to release tension, optimize function of  the entire body and promote overall calm.

My CST sessions with infants also include traditional infant massage, rhythmic movement and intraoral work.

I have trained and work extensively with infants who are impacted by tethered oral tissues (TOTS). Having suboptimal oral function causes a great deal of stress and overcompensation in babies, as eating is their main job.  

I combine TOTs oral rehab techniques, along with the intraoral work of CST for a complete, comprehensive treatment.

Please see “Services” page for the booking link.

CST sessions are available in your home, as well as in my Larchmont office.

Carrie giving a craniosacral treatment before baby’s frenectomy.
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