Pediatric Fascial Balancing for Infants & Toddlers

…previously known as Pediatric Manual Therapy

Working with young children (age 7 months – 2 years) is probably the most fun a therapist is likely to have. They are vital, mobile, tremendously present and prone to a range of modest health challenges. In this introductory course, we will look at the essential skills for working safely and effectively with infants and toddlers. To treat them, we will use a blend of myofascial, visceral and cranial techniques aimed at the relatively healthy child.

Much of the time we will be working on the floor, taking advantage of the child’s active nature and interest in play and exploration. The work is gentle, generally indirect (working with the body’s responses to achieve change), and because a child’s system is so available, the treatments tend to be short and immediate.

We ground our approach in an understanding of normal development (motor, cognitive and social), and then focus each session on relating to the individual child. Each child is unique in how they grow into their capabilities: actions, words, and relationships. This age group requires constant adaptation and improvisation, which is what makes it so fun (and sometimes challenging!).

During the class there will be:

  • a brief overview of skeletal alignment and motor development, so we can appreciate which patterns and movements are “age appropriate,” and when intervention is required
  • treatment strategies for common pediatric conditions such as digestive upset (from allergies or stress), head bumps or compressions (from increased physical activity), hip dysplasia, and common soft tissue restrictions that limit crawling and gait.
  • techniques will include mobilization of facial bones and cranial base; visceral treatment of the GI tube and respiratory structures; joint decompression; and gentle release of myofascia, and dural sleeve.

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

This course is one of a series offered in Pediatric Fascial Balancing; also in the series are Newborns, 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: 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 Arvizu, CCST, LMT, RN