Pediatric Fascial Balancing for Newborns

…formerly known as Pediatric Manual Therapy

In this introductory course, we will look at the essential skills for working safely and effectively with newborns (up to 6 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 use a blend of myofascial, visceral and cranial techniques aimed at the relatively healthy child. We will practice assessing and enhancing normal joint range and reflexive movement patterns as a way of clearing stresses within the child’s system. 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 therapists 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 will discuss how to offer our treatment in ways which emphasize establishing rapport, non-verbal communication with infants, and acknowledging the family as a whole.

During the class there will be:

  • a brief overview of embryology, the birth process and presentations (how the baby proceeds through the birth canal), and common medical interventions during labor – all 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 disruptive 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)

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

This course is one in a series of Pediatric Fascial Balancing. Other classes include Infants & Toddlers, and Preschoolers to Tweens. These classes are independent of each other and may be taken in any order.

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, and a clinical component on the last day.

What to Bring: bottom sheet; Please wear loose clothing (no jeans or stiff fabrics) that allows ease of movement and palpation (through layers).

Instructors: Lauren Christman, LMT, CBSI/KMI, CCST; Richard Polishuk, LMT; Loretta Arvisu, LMT, CCST, RN

Upcoming Courses:

Jan 26-28, 2018

Now held through the Simkin Center of Bastyr University. Please contact them to register: Bastyr Continuing Education