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If your baby is particularly fussy or has trouble pooping and getting gas out then happy baby is a great go-to move for some physical and emotional relief. By holding the legs up, gentle pressure is applied to the digestive system and the vagus nerve is being stimulated to lower the heart rate and help the body go into a rest and digest state. This move will release fascial tension in the low back and the hips. Babies who are hyper extending or arching can benefit from this pose. #cst #craniosacraltherapy #happybaby #happybabypose #baby #babyyoga #nervoussystemregulation #vagusnerve #digestion #parasympatheticnervoussystem

Creating space in the tissues of the neck and shoulders are going to free cranial nerve pathways so that better communication between and function of the body’s tissues, organs, and nervous system can happen. A simple decompression technique is applied by gently pressing the shoulders down and apart. I often recommend this move while babies or toddlers are eating. Following the baby’s rhythm as they move and help unwind the tension is key. Mom reported that this baby, who had previously been tossing and turning most nights, slept so well after this session and woke up happy. When the nerves are free, the body can be, too. #craniosacraltherapy #cst #craniosacral #craniofascial #cranialnerves #nervoussystem #relax #hamptonroads #hamptonroadsva

The number one symptom that I see in my office is excess gas stuck in the tummy. Too much air intake caused by an improper latch because of fascial tightening (either due to tethered oral tissues, body tension, or both) can be really disruptive and uncomfortable for a baby’s physical and emotional bodies. With tightness, it can be hard for the baby to get those air bubbles out easily. Many of the babies I see have a hard time burping easily or passing gas without strain or pain. I also frequently see several babies who have really slow digestive systems and go many days in between poops. Here’s an exercise that can help move things along. The rainbow tummy massage will help gently move air and poop through the digestive system, so don’t be surprised if baby passes gas or goes number two while doing this! But also don’t be worried if they don’t while you’re doing this because it’ll help move things along so that they are more comfortable during periods of sleep- those of you who have babies that wake between 3-5 kicking, grunting, crying, and uncomfortable know of when I speak. Start just above babies right hip and gently palpate up to the ribs, across, and down the left side of the abdomen. If you feel any bubbles or poop, softly hold the spot and you might feel them move along the track. End just above your baby’s left hip. You can also hold a spot and bicycle a leg to help apply pressure, too. #craniosacraltherapy #babybodywork #craniosacral #craniofacial #craniosacralfascialtherapy #cst #cft #fascia #tummy #baby #gasrelief #infant #hamptonroads #hamptonroadsva

Babies with facial or oral tension tend to have difficulties with feeding at the bottle or breast. During feeding, several muscles, connective tissues, and nerves are working together to ensure a proper latch, suck, swallow, and breathing pattern. When tightness or constriction is present, it’ll affect the function of these parts, especially those of the lower jaw and in particular the muscles surrounding the chin. Cranial nerve 7, the facial nerve, plays a large part in facial expression and movement. The marginal mandibular branches of this nerve feed into the muscles surrounding the chin and lower jaw, allowing communication to and promoting proper function of the muscles. This simple chin massage will help stimulate those nerves and relax the muscles there to for better function with feeding and facial expressing. Craniosacral therapy is going to be key in helping relieve overall tension and improve function in the body because it helps unlock the nerve pathways that communicate with the body on what to do and how to do it. #craniosacral #craniosacraltherapy #nerves #cranialnerves #cranial #feeding #bottlefeeding #breastfeeding #muscles #function #soothe #massage #hamptonroadsva #hamptonroads

If you notice your baby often has their shoulders raised up or if they are having trouble with moving one arm to the midline, this stretch will help relax tightness along the side body and mid back to allow more range of movement of the arm! Tapping the ribs or mid back can help get a deeper stretch. Look for signs of tension release in the hands opening or the toes and feet relaxing. You might even find the hips to settle into a more comfortable seated position. #craniosacraltherapy #craniosacral #cst #infant #bodywork #baby #tension #tensionrelief #stretch #stretching #hamptonroads #hamptonroadsva

Many babies who have difficulty with feeding, pooping, soothing, or being on their tummies tend to have very tight calves and constantly flexed or curled feet and toes. When fascial restriction occurs in one part of the body, it will impact the way another part of the body functions as well. A tight frenulum under the tongue can pull the fascia all the way down the middle of the body, along the digestive system, along the spine, to the pelvis, calves, ankles, and tiny toes. Body work is going to help soothe this tension. Try holding the toes one by one, rotating the foot, and lightly massaging the calf to see what changes you find in baby’s eating, digestion, sleep, mobility, and nervous system. #craniosacral #craniosacraltherapy #cst #bodywork #fascia #craniosacralfascialtherapy #cft #infant #deepfrontline #massage #infantmassage #hamptonroads #hamptonroadsva

Hampton Roads had the privilege to host @lorihendricksoncst this past weekend to learn more about her CST protocol to help infants with torticollis and plagiocephaly. It is evident that she shares a fire for community and collaborative care and a passion for helping families, all of which are the foundation for my purpose as a Craniosacral therapist. It was clear that the inclusivity our professional community has been working towards is paying off, and I’m so very proud. And I will say it was pretty cool to see other professionals experiencing CST in their own hands. In attendance, we had: Craniosacral therapists, chiropractors, energy workers, OTs, speech language pathologists, IBCLCs, massage therapists, myofunctional therapists, osteopaths. In this class, part of what we learned were specific contacts and holds to help create space in the body (particularly the cranium and the diaphragm) to help babies become unstuck from hyperextension so that they can feel most comfortable and soft in their bodies. Great questions were asked, and valuable discussions were held about bonding, the nervous system, tongue ties, sleep, feeding, etc. Thank you to everyone who made it, for Lori to take time and energy to share with us, and to @restore_health_massage for helping me co-organize and facilitate this class. #craniosacraltherapy #cst #cranialsacraltherapy #bodywork #torticollis #plagiocephaly #infant #training #community #hamptonroads #hamptonroadsva

Craniosacral therapy is so gentle that it’s important to have a good eye for subtle signs of physical, emotional, and energetic shifts and release. This may include but isn’t limited to: A deep sigh or yawn, Baby leans into the hold, Tissues that were once firm become softer to touch, Little muscle twitches throughout the body, Feet kicks or wiggly toes, Changes in breathing pattern, Staring peacefully, Sometimes crying as emotions release, Pupil changes, Increased tongue movement, New or increased range of movement with the body, Lightening or pitch change of baby’s cry, Falling asleep, Eyes stop watering, Sinus clearing. As these releases happen, your baby can feel more in tune and calm within their body. Their nervous system is going to be able to handle new information, daily stressors, and adapt with physical, mental, and emotional growth. As I work on this baby’s shoulders, what signs of tension release do you see?#craniosacral #craniosacralfascial #cst #bodywork #infant #release #baby

Different types of pressures or movements happen around a baby’s head during pregnancy, birth, and immediately postpartum. Babies cranial bones are able to shift to help them exit the womb, which is quite impressive. The process of gestating and being born applies various pressures to each baby’s skull which can affect fascial relaxation, nerve firing, and cranial fascial and skeletal alignment. If there is extra tension around the skull, this could affect feeding, sleep, digestion, nervous system regulation, breathing, tear ducts, etc. Craniosacral and Craniosacral fascial therapy are two modalities that release this tension with the use of gentle contacts and movement patterns. Holds like these help relieve pressure on cranial nerves and reduce fascial strain while encouraging cranial asymmetry. It’s helpful for each baby to have a session of bodywork to help their nervous system integrate all of the changes happening within and around them. Book your appointment at cstwithliz.janespp.com #craniosacraltherapy #craniosacral #cst #craniosacralfascialtherapy #cft #bodywork #infant #cranium #cranialnerves #birth #pregnancy #postpartum #relax #baby #hamptonroadsva #hamptonroads

This crossbody hold and stretch helps release the neck muscles, which can be tight after birth or if baby is dealing with tethered oral tissues. Babies who have a head turning preference or are making a c-curve to one side will benefit greatly from this position. This can be helpful for getting a deeper latch, helping baby rest on their back more comfortably, and be more relaxed in their body. Watch as baby’s hands begin to relax fully and their body calms. You might even catch a glimpse of a sigh of release. #infant #craniosacraltherapy #cranialsacraltherapy #cranio #fascia #cst #cft #bodywork #tonguetie #tonguetiebabies #babies #stretch #hamptonroadsva #hamptonroads

Most importantly, asking for permission is crucial. If they open their mouth and engage eye contact, that’s a yes! If they clamp shut and look away, that’s a no. Respect the no during play and come back later. This is especially important in preparation for a tongue tie release where you will be doing wound care and must be able to get in their mouths to to ensure proper healing. Having times where your baby feels heard and respected and in control will help them feel safer and more trusting during wound care stretching. Cheek massage is important to help relieve tension from compensatory patterns, such as when dealing with improper latching and improper tongue movement from oral restrictions. Often, babies will over-engage the cheek muscles during feeding or hinge their mouths open with low tongue posture during rest or sleep because of ties that restrict movement of the tongue to properly move (tongue ties) or the lips to appropriately flange (lip and/or buccal ties). This causes quite a bit of tension in the cheek muscles leading into the jaw. This massage is best done a few times a day, before a feeding. Taking your index finger and thumb, lightly press the muscles and tissues as you pull from top, mid, and bottom of the cheek to the lip. You might add little circles to massage out any extra tight spots along the way. ***if you suspect your babies has ties, it’s important to get an oral assessment done by a tie savvy feeding therapist, such as an IBCLC and SLP. #tonguetie #tonguetiebabies #craniosacraltherapy #cranialsacraltherapy #baby #infant #massage #breastfeeding #bottlefeeding #tension #fascia #muscles #relax #relief #hamptonroads #hamptonroadsva

Many babies who have tongue ties also experience frequent hiccups, womb and Earthside. A couple of reasons this might be happening is because of air intake and nerve compression. Many babies experience both. Air intake: When a baby cannot latch properly, they will take in extra air into their belly. This air often has trouble exiting (not being able to burp, passing gas is quite challenging or painful) in tongue tied babies. This is because fascial strain from midline tension has pulled the diaphragm out of alignment. In response to excess air, the body hiccups. Nerve compression: The phrenic and vagus nerves play large roles in diaphragm and digestive health. Babies who are tongue tied often have torsion patterns in their fascia that can result in turning or tilting their head more to one side, bending in a C shape, holding fisted hands close with shrugged shoulders, being very rigid. Fascial strain patterns can put compression on the phrenic and vagus nerves, which can irritate them and cause more frequent and deeper hiccups responses. If your baby experiences frequent hiccups, try this exercise to release tension around the diaphragm and stabilize the trunk. It won’t take hiccups away in the moment, but it will help lessen the duration and intensity over time. #tonguetie #tonguetied #tonguetiebabies #airway #baby #hiccups #vagusnerve #vagus #craniosacral #craniosacraltherapy #cst #bodywork #fascia #fascialrelease #diaphragm #tonguetied #hamptonroads #hamptonroadsva

For a variety of reasons, babies will have sinus congestion. Sometimes it’s allergies, maybe a bug. But many babies who have tongue ties tend to have more compression on their sinuses because of how high the palate is. It’s harder for the tongue to reach the top of the mouth and shape the palate when it’s restricted to the floor of the mouth. Because of this compression on the sinus cavities, babies who have ties, tend to have more stuffiness or ear infections because of improper mucous drainage or inflammation of the nasal passage. Try this sinus tapping, massage, and hold technique to give your baby some relief from pressure, and be ready for the snot to start flowing. And if you suspect your baby has a tongue tie, The Hampton Roads Area has a whole team ready to support you. #sinus #sinuspressure #craniosacral #craniosacraltherapy #cst #cranial #cft #cranio #fascia #bodywork #teamwork #teamapproach #allergies #cold #tongueties #tonguetie #tonguetied #tonguetiebabies #infant #baby #hamptonroads #hamptonroadsva

The tenth cranial nerve, the Vagus Nerve, has a branch that reaches to the ear. Sound and gentle touch stimulates it there. This nerve is responsible for soothing our nervous system in moments of stress. Another branch of the vagus nerve is in the top of the mouth. Babies who have high palates often can’t reach and activate that branch with their tongue to help soothe their nervous systems. The vagus nerve runs all the way from the brain to the bottom of the digestive system. Often I find babies who have posterior tongue ties, torticollis (head turning preference), too much or too little tone, or plagiocephaly tend to have torsion patterns within their fascia that likely place constriction on the pathway of the vagus nerve. This can create a block in the pathway for the vagus to help calm the physical and emotional body after a stressful stimuli activated the fight or flight or freeze mode. We can help stimulate the vagus nerve with a gentle ear massage and hold. Do this even in times of non stress to help your baby’s or your nervous system feel at ease. #vagus #vagusnerve #vagusnervestimulation #vagusnervehealing #cranial #cranialnerves #craniosacral #cranialsacraltherapy #craniosacralfascialtherapy #nervoussystemregulation #nervoussystem #nervoussystemhealth #nerves #baby #infant #tonguetie #tonguetiebabies #vagaltone #torticollis #plagiocephaly #hamptonroads #hamptonroadsva

Proper peristalsis (the wave-like movement of the tongue you see here) helps create a vacuum that pulls milk from breast or bottle so that baby can eat! If baby has an oral restriction, it will prevent the tongue from lifting and cupping the nipple appropriately. Two of the most common symptoms of a dysfunctional suck pattern are excessive air intake (clicking, extra gas, choking) and chomping while attempting to suck (shallow latch, nipple trauma, lipstick shaped nipples). If you’ve experienced this, you know how exhausting and overwhelming it is. When there is an oral restriction causing improper movement of the tongue, working with a bodyworker (CST, massage, chiro) AND a feeding therapist (IBCLC, SLP) is going to be key for addressing and correcting torsion patterns caused by the restriction as well as strengthening and restraining the tongue and jaw for proper oral motor development. “Waiting it out” isn’t an option. And I’m sorry if anyone has ever told you to do that. Proper support is imperative for the feeding dy or triad, and in The Hampton Roads area, we have a great team of professionals ready to help you and your baby. Check out this cool pacifier from @ninnipacifier that can be used to help reinforce proper suck patterns! #tongue #tonguetie #tonguetied #tonguemovement #peristalsis #oralrestrictions #infant #newborn #breastfeeding #bottlefeeding #hamptonroads #hamptonroadsva #baby

When there is tension under the tongue, it can restrict proper latching and tongue movement to get a deep and strong latch. A shallow latch will cause more air to be taken in. Many babies with tongue ties will have issues with this air getting trapped. They might experience excessive spitting up of curdled milk, bloated and distended bellies, pain getting gas out, troubles passing poop or having a full bowel movement, or sometimes not being able to even burp. This trapped gas gets stuck in the lower abdomen and will cause discomfort. Baby might grunt a lot, cry more frequently and for longer periods of time, not be able to lay on their back for any length of them, kick a lot, or having difficulty soothing. Here are a few ideas of how to help get some of that air out after feeds. *the baby in this video had at least a 5-6 second long release of gas after doing these and the relief was evident. #baby #infant #tonguetie #burp #gas #tonguetied #craniosacral #craniosacraltherapy #cst #bodywork