Bodywork is an umbrella term used to describe hands-on (or manual) therapies. Many parents wonder how bodywork can help their child; what a great question! As we know the mind, brain, and body are all interconnected.
Long before a child can verbalize their experiences or create conscious memories, their bodies are taking the brunt of their experiences and taking these “felt” experiences to adapt and grow. From gestation to birth, through the major motor achievements of crawling and walking, your child’s body is center stage.
Add to this the sensory and emotional experiences that are imprinted into the body’s posture, the mind’s perceptions, and the ways the brain and nervous system respond to stress, and you can begin to see how working with the body can maximize holistic health.
Another cool way to conceptualize this is that the brain and the skin are formed from the same embryological tissues; working with the body’s surface, changes the depths.
I offer in-office, in-home, and *virtual sessions (*see infant massage classes).
Currently my practice is heavily influenced by the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI ©) method. This work is known as “the missing link” in therapies supporting physical, cognitive, and social emotional development for typical and neurodiverse kids. I integrate other modalities into my sessions including soft tissue massage, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, Thai Yoga, and developmental movement exercises.
While my specialty is working with pre-crawling babies, I also work with older children. Please reach out so I can answer your questions and share some treatment ideas for your child’s unique situation.
This might be a good fit if your child :
- Had a difficult birth or birth injury
- Was a premie
- Is uncomfortable in their body (tightness, wriggling, and grunting, unable to soothe)
- Has/had trouble with feeding, constipation, reflux, or other tummy troubles
- Experiences anxiety, depression, or emotional overwhelm
- Has had surgery, significant injury, or otherwise complicated medical history
- Seems to have difficulty processing the world