Baby Nighttime Routine: Craniosacral Massage
Had I only known how easy to implement this technique, I would have started sooner! This is one of the easiest yet most influential methods I’ve used with Evelyn since she was 9 months old. I’m going to tell you how to do it first so you believe me - then I’ll tell you all the goodness behind this technique.
While your child is lying down - gently slide one hand under the base of the spine and one hand under the base of the neck. That’s it! Using the weight of gravity the weight of the child’s body against you hand will be enough pressure to activate this therapy. I also incorporate Balance into the massage, it helps to return the blood cells into homeostasis by introducing oxygen back into the bloodstream. (See Video Below!)
*I’m not a professional - just a mama who was told by a professional how to give benefits at home to your child. This in no way compares to having a professional Craniosacral Massage administered on your child. This is an exercise to do to promote relaxation and harmony in the body.
Each night after I lay Evelyn down asleep in her crib, I will place a hand under the the base of spine and base of neck. I can start to feel the spinal fluid regulate back to normal. Usually after a minute she will take a long deep breath and fall deep asleep. You can also do this while holding your baby - since the support under the spine and back of neck is the natural holding of a baby
cra·ni·o·sa·cral ther·a·py: a system of alternative medicine intended to relieve pain and tension by gentle manipulations of the skull regarded as harmonizing with a natural rhythm in the central nervous system.
When the light pressure is applied the spinal fluid is allowed to return to its natural pattern. When a child gets stressed, falls down, or gets upset - all common in babyhood - the spinal fluid changes motion to help the child adapt.
“Gentle hands-on techniques facilitate the unwinding of areas of compression and misalignment, encouraging the release of stress and associated emotions. Your baby’s body can then start to soften and relax. With pressure and tension gone, necessary space in the brain and body can return; room is freed for natural growth and functioning, and your baby’s health and wellbeing can be much improved. It’s also possible that Craniosacral Therapy could help to release residual tension around the stomach and colon that have been causing a degree of colicky symptoms to occur. It could also help relief symptoms by helping to stretch and relax the Psoas muscle situated in the buttocks and hips. This muscle can become tight after several months of being flexed in the fetal position in the womb.” Green Child Magazine
I actually have a craniosacral massage once a month. The benefits are amazing. You really have to experience it to believe it. Cori Mallman is just an amazing licencensed massage therapist . Her number is 615-482-7783 if you live in the Nashville area.
- Essentially Bee