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The Benefits of CranioSacral Therapy for Children

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During the ten years I have been practicing CranioSacral Therapy I have had the honor of treating many young ones with this marvelous healing modality.  There are not too many forms of complementary health that can meet the specific needs of infants, children, and young adults, but CranioSacral Therapy is definitely one of them.

CranioSacral Therapy is a type of healing modality that is based on light touch.  By reading the child’s cranial rhythm (through monitoring the cerebral spinal fluid), and then locating the exact location for treatment, an experienced practitioner can help with tissue release anywhere in the body – including the cranial bones, mouth, spine, and all the soft tissue areas.  With soft tissue release the nerves are relieved of tightness, pain can be reduced, and blood flow can expand into the treatment area.   Many times the touch required is no more than the weight of a nickel – about 5 grams.  And the results can be phenomenal.  No wonder so many children (and parents) love this therapy!

The following are some of the symptoms CranioSacral Therapy can help treat for infants, children, and young adults:

  • Birth or accident trauma to the cranial bones, neck, and spine
  • Sucking reflex for newborns
  • Colic for newborns and infants
  • Neurological problems such as ADD and ADHD
  • Migraine headaches
  • Scoliosis
  • Joint malfunction
  • Hearing or sight difficulties
  • Vertigo

There are many stories that come to my mind while writing this article.  One is about the four week old infant that was relieved of her horrible colic.  Another story is about the fourteen year old girl whose migraine headaches vanished. Lastly, an eight year old boy’s frontal and temporal bones eased into place years after his birth trauma.

Children require special attention and patience.  Their treatment is unique and wonderful.  They are more sensitive to touch than adults and need time for frequent breaks and moving around.  A treatment session for infants and small children usually lasts about 30 minutes.  For older children and teenagers a session can run about an hour.  I enjoy working with them, because they make my practice fun and full of laughter.  But most of all, I so enjoy seeing them back on the road to recovery.

Ilani Kopiecki, CMT, has been in practice for ten years.  She specializes in CranioSacral Therapy and Integrated Bodywork.  Her office is located at Stepping Stones Wellness Center, 803 Pine Street in Sandpoint.  You can reach her at 208 610-2005, or view her website at

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