Discomfort since birth
My son had been very grumpy and fussy ever since waking up from the newborn phase. Poor baby was always fussy. I kept feeling like I was missing something. I felt on edge and so did my family.
After tongue-tie and upper lip tie revisions and feeling that there was still some discomfort since the birth, I decided to try CranioSacral therapy. My family and I were so on edge, something needed to change.
After our session, I could not believe how immediate the change was. My son cooed the whole way home and started laughing. He cooed and laughed more in the 36 hours following therapy than he had his whole 6 months of life. And it is still going! We had only one session and saw immediate improvement.
I feel like I am finally getting to know my sweet baby. Our home is much more relaxed now that he is out of constant pain. It’s hard not to cry because I am so thankful. I am someone who is more cautious with “alternative medicine” (if you could call this that), but I am so thankful I went outside my comfort zone. If someone were in a similar situation as we were, I would tell them Go! and then tell them my experience.
Laura T and Logan
I was planning a VBAC and still had negative feelings about my unplanned c-section and I wanted to know I had done everything I could to have a different outcome in my next pregnancy.
I was having a hard time deciding what kind of birth to plan. Sometimes I was still feeling unhappy and upset rather than enjoying my pregnancy. I decided to try CranioSacral Therapy to see how I could be supported to shift those feelings.
The work helped me release negative feelings about the C-section. I was able to stop thinking about it as much, or I thought about it with less emotion. I also was able to connect more with my new baby, and talk with her as I planned her birth. It took several sessions.
I had a successful VBAC that went just as I hoped and planned, and I think the CranioSacral Therapy helped with that success.
I feel so happy and grateful for how the birth turned out.
I like that CST is so gentle and slow, and relaxing. It was helpful to talk with someone, about the pregnancy and my new baby, who wasn’t just trying to find something wrong, as a doctor sometimes does, as well as talk with someone who could talk about the emotions involved.
I am glad that I had this treatment during my pregnancy, and it’s so gentle that there’s no downside or drawbacks to trying it out.
Five year old comes alive
My daughter Izzy was about to start kindergarten and was struggling with comprehension issues. She often had a blank stare when strangers talked to her. She sucked her thumb and played with her blanket at night and frequently throughout the day. I was concerned how well she would do with her teacher and whether or not she would be able to keep up with the other children in the class academically.
After a session where Pam did gentle work inside Izzy’s mouth, she had immediate improvements. When we got home after the appointment, within the hour Izzy came to me, handed me her blanket and said she didn’t need it anymore. She said when she sucked her thumb, it didn’t feel the same. She has not sucked her thumb since.
Her comprehension skills improved and she is doing great in kindergarten. My parents commented that they noticed a big difference in her.
About a year prior to this, Izzy had had a session after which I noticed improvement in her memory – being able to sign the ABC’s – something that had really challenged her.
Izzy has come alive in the months since her last session. She is more confident and aware of her surroundings. My husband commented how much more talkative and alert she is. Her kindergarten teacher had a lot of positive comments at conference time.
As a parent I am thrilled. When a child is struggling, all you want to do is find a way to help him or her. CranioSacral Therapy has been the means to help Izzy.
I often tell people about the results I have seen in my children from CranioSacral Therapy. The therapy is difficult to explain so I often assure them that they need to trust the fact that the body knows how to heal itself. CST may not make “sense”, but it works. I do tell them it is important to find a knowledgeable and great therapist and that is when I recommend Pam.
Amy G. Louisville, KY
Toddler’s frustration and delays
B was occasionally getting frustrated and hitting himself in the back of the head, particularly during meal time. Recognizing his discomfort and inability to communicate what was bothering him led us to you, Pam!
B had developed a unique crawl where his right leg/knee went out to the side (away from his body). He was progressing in terms of standing and walking with help, but he was definitely taking his time on walking on his own. He was also frustrated at times when it came to eating. It was difficult as his parents to see him frustrated and clearly trying to communicate discomfort.
After one of our sessions, while we were still in your office and you were doing a little work on B’s dad, B took his first three solo steps. 24 hours later he started walking!
We started to see some improvement by the third session. B’s dad took him to his first two appointments alone. The third appointment we were all there and that appeared to have a positive impact. It was incredible to watch him work through his discomfort with you and to be there to help him with it and let him know that it was okay and his body could heal itself.
As I write this, B is walking! He is happy and healthy and appears to have less discomfort.
We are so happy and thankful to have had the awareness and encouragement to try CranioSacral therapy with B. Pam, you were so kind and gentle and patient with all of us through the sessions and the healing process. We are truly grateful.
Experiencing the birth process with B again was absolutely incredible. I love to talk with him about that day and I appreciate the encouragement you gave me to do so. Thanks!
Here’s what I would tell others– Try it. It may sound intimidating or even strange, but the changes and the experiences are very real.
Newborn with a broken clavicle
My daughter broke her clavicle as she was born. Whenever my daughter was lifted or experienced a startle reflex, she experienced pain. This was difficult to see as her mother and it made our early days less pleasant than they otherwise would be.
I wanted to use CranioSacral Therapy to allow her body to heal itself and provide her comfort during that process.
Our daughter seemed to always be “on guard.” She would not relax and she breathed quickly.
During her CranioSacral session, I watched as she was able to calm herself and relax. We worked together to let her know that she was safe and she could allow her body to heal.
We noticed improvement during our first session.
My daughter is happier and healthier since she is in less pain and I am able to relax and enjoy my newborn as I watch her relax and grow healthily. She has cried less and seems to be in less pain since her session.
I could not be happier with the help that Pam has given us. It is such a blessing to have a happy, healthy baby.
Pam’s services are invaluable. She is kind, caring and incredibly knowledgeable about what she does. She is able to connect mom and baby on a level that other CranioSacral therapists cannot. I would recommend her to anyone.
From little hope to bright smiles
In 2005 a doctor referred a 3 year old boy and his step-grandmother to me. ‘Evan’ had a diagnosis of microcephaly, deaf in the left ear and immune system deficiency. He had very low tone in his body, fell often, had poor control of his mouth which caused him to drool constantly; no speech but some sounds and a limited array of emotional expressions.
The step-grandmother had been searching everywhere for help and was hopeful when the doctor suggested she try CranioSacral Therapy and gave her my contact information.
On the first visit, she shared that when she had first met him, he was nearly 7 months old, still in a crib and still in the fetal position. Doctors predicted that he would never be able to use his hands and had little hope for him having any quality of life.
After three sessions, ‘Evan’s’ physical therapist reported that he was able to bend over without falling and that he had begun walking and climbing for the first time. The day care reported that he had been more vocal and was beginning to say some words.
He continued to make progress over the next six months with regular CST. His capacity for learning, interacting with others and self regulation continued to develop. Eventually he developed more self-control and self-awareness, as well as awareness of others. His whole life opened up. He is now finishing elementary school and has a very joyful life. And he has the biggest smile you’ve ever seen! His smile lights up a room!
Moving past an unplanned cesarean
Mom and Dad worked from the beginning to create a loving, open space for their baby. Mom had several CST sessions and did other work around her ancestral patterns of birth. She created amazing pieces of artwork, many of which were hung on the walls of the hospital room where she spent her time during labor. Her art in her environment kept her connected with her purpose and desire for a healthy child.
The decision to have a Cesarean Birth in the end was well-considered, and a disappointment. A wonderful, beautiful baby girl arrived. When Mom, Dad and Baby Girl where together in their room, all the art had been rehung to welcome them.
After some time at home, Mom asked me to come over to see how Baby’s body could be supported to release any tension from labor or birth. Baby spontaneously moved her body in ways that Mom recognized from having felt them inside her body during labor. With gentle support from Mom and me, Baby made some changes in her movements to release tensions, and then cried like a newborn!
Then Dad took Baby upstairs while Mom’s session proceeded. Since the body knows how birth is supposed to happen, Mom invited her body to allow releases of any places that had contributed to Her and Baby’s difficult experience. Mom felt her body respond as though Baby was being born vaginally. When she felt that her body had rebalanced itself, she quickly asked that I have Dad bring the Baby downstairs.
Dad came with Baby, eager to tell his experience from being upstairs. Mom was eager to have the bonding with her Baby that she had missed because of the Cesarean. After a few moments of seeing Mom and Baby bond deeply, Dad shared that the whole time he and Baby were upstairs, the ONLY way she wanted to be held was with her head burrowing under his arm pit! Of course, Dad had no idea of how Mom’s body had been shifting the memory of birth. We were in awe at the amazingly deep connection between Mom and Baby in this healing process.
PTSD from birth trauma
I had been diagnosed with PTSD as the result of two separate birth traumas. I had been on antidepressants and anxiety medicine (against my own desires!) and I was seeing a psychologist weekly. I had reached a point in my trauma work where I felt “stuck.” My processing thoughts were not moving and transforming effectively. My memory of the events was spotty.
I could not sleep more than 2-4 hours per night, and those hours were riddled with nightmares. I was very sensitive to all touch which made breastfeeding my son difficult. I had lost a lot of weight. I cried all the time, but could not verbalize the traumatic flashbacks I was having in my body. I could barely function as a human being.
My hypersensitivity to touch was so severe, I had great difficulty trusting others with my body. Working with Pam was the exception.
In my first CST session, she used such a light touch that I felt my body respond and shift. In that first session I had a productive flashback and could verbalize a specific event. That was a first! In continuing sessions, I noticed ease in my digestion, anxiety and touch sensitivity—all brought on by PTSD.
Since that first session I walk away from each session feeling some kind of positive change, shift or movement within me. I’ve been able to focus on motherhood again. I am no longer hypersensitive to touch, which means my marriage is better now too. I can function “normally” now.
What I want to share is that sometimes our bodies need to do some story-telling. In our minds, we can move memories around and even alter them. Our bodies work similarly. CST frees up the movements/memories within our bodies and gives them room to move and shift. Just as mental health affects mood, our body’s memories can affect how we feel.
It’s wonderful! I don’t know of anyone who can recover from trauma as quickly as I did. CST gave my body a “voice” to tell its story. I do not believe I would have recovered from PTSD or gone off medication without CST.
Laura R., Georgetown, IN