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G.) Craniosacral for Infants (Seattle July 20-22, 2018)


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Instructor: Lauren Christman, LMT, CCST; NCBTMB #450788-08

"As the twig is bent, so grows the tree." – Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy

Dr. Still used this image to highlight the relationship between structure and function, a key principle of the work. It’s also an image that conveys the powerful opportunity in working with children. In this introductory course, we will look at the essential skills for working safely and effectively with infants (0-12 months). Between the physical stresses of being born and the remarkable, rapid growth within the first months, this population has its own set of challenges – even among relatively healthy children, a lot can be done to help their bodies adjust and grow.

To treat them, we will focus on a blend of craniosacral, visceral and fascial techniques aimed at the relatively healthy child. The work is gentle, generally indirect (working with the body's responses to achieve change), and because an infant's system is so available, the treatments tend to be short and immediate. This kind of work requires that practitioners continuously assess and respond to their client's body as it changes.

One of the joys of working with young children is that, truly, we are working with the foundational family unit. Because the bonding process is so active at this time and young ones are so effected by their immediate environment, we offer our treatment in ways which emphasize establishing rapport, non-verbal communication with infants, and acknowledging the family as a whole.

Class includes:

  • brief overview of the birth process and presentations (how the baby proceeds through the birth canal) – with an eye toward the structural implications for the infant
  • description of and treatment strategies for common newborn conditions such as torticollis, cranial/facial molding, shoulder dystocia, colic, feeding problems, and disrupted sleep patterns
  • review of simple movement and reflex patterns seen in the first year as a way of assessing possible myofascial restrictions (not as a means of neural diagnosis)
  • clinical portion to allow students to practice on volunteer infant models in a supervised setting; students work in trios or pairs depending on number of models available

Please note, we will not address more advanced treatment of children with special needs or birth defects.

Pre-requisite:  Previous training in cranial or visceral work is preferable, but not necessary. Class activities will include table work, partnered exercises, multiple demos by instructor, lecture presentation and class discussion. On the third day, we will host a clinic with volunteer infants; if you have or know of infants who would be good candidates for this free clinic, please contact Lauren at: lauren@craftedtouch.com.

Reviewers:  If you have taken this class within the past 5 years, you may review this class for $225 if space is available! If you are a reviewer, please call 206.853.6875 to register.

Deposits and Registration Options: Payments can be made to the Therapeutic Training Center by cash, check or credit card. A deposit of $100 may be made to guarantee a spot as long as full payment is made by the first day of class. To make a deposit on the class, please call 206.853.6875 or follow the instructions for mailing in a check payment on the Policies webpage. Unfortunately, the website will not handle partial payments so deposits cannot be made online.

A flower; writing utensils and a journal/notebook; a sheet and a blanket; wear loose clothing

Class Date: July 20-22, 2018
Class Times: Friday-Sunday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Seattle Location 12 -- Staybridge Suites (please click on the link for location details)
Cost: $410
Cost/Hour: $19.52/hr
Hours: 21

Other Coursework by Instructor:

Next Craniosacral Core Series & Certification Programs start on November 14, 2018.
(click HERE for details about Lauren Christman's Craniosacral Programs.)