The Gillespie Approach, otherwise known as Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT) is the only therapy of its kind. This therapy combines the concepts of craniosacral therapy and myofascial therapy with the understanding that these two systems work together. The results are astounding!
Blog Introduction: If you are a new parent, you probably want to do everything in your power to keep your baby healthy and happy. One way to ensure that your little one stays as healthy as possible is by incorporating the Gillespie Approach into their care routine. This approach is an infant bodywork program designed to support the physical, emotional, and neurological development of children from birth through 18 months. Let’s take a look at what this program can do for your baby.
The Gillespie Approach is based on principles drawn from physical therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, and osteopathic medicine. It focuses on improving alignment and balance within the body so that babies can more easily reach their developmental milestones. Through gentle touch techniques such as rocking and holding, it helps babies move freely without tension or discomfort. The goal is to help infants learn how to move in ways that are natural for them and promote overall growth and development.
This type of bodywork can be especially beneficial for babies who experience symptoms such as colic, reflux, constipation, difficulty nursing or bottle feeding, or painful gas due to digestive issues. It can also help alleviate certain conditions like torticollis or plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome). Additionally, it may even reduce stress levels in both parent and baby while providing many other benefits like improved bonding between parent and child.
During each session with an infant bodyworker trained in the Gillespie Approach, parents will learn how to perform massage strokes on their baby’s head, neck shoulders chest back legs feet arms hands abdomen buttocks pelvis hip joint spine sacrum coccyx tailbone cranial base etc., using lubricants such as oil or lotion when necessary for comfort during treatment sessions. Parents will also be taught about proper positioning techniques (such as diapering techniques), breathing exercises for relaxation along with other techniques used during treatment sessions which may include reflexology foot massage cranial sacral therapy positional release etc., depending on individual needs of the patient being treated. Treatments last around 30 minutes depending on age of child being treated. During each session parents will receive instruction from our practitioner so they can continue their practice at home between sessions if desired in order to maintain positive results from treatment sessions provided by our office staff members at INFANT BODYWORKS located in Fort Lauderdale Florida USA..
The Gillespie Approach is an effective way to ensure that your baby has all the support they need for optimal physical health throughout their infancy and beyond. Not only does it provide relief from common ailments like colic or reflux but it also promotes relaxation in both parent and child while helping parents bond with their little one through gentle touch techniques like rocking or holding. If you think this approach could benefit your family, contact us today at INFANT BODYWORKS to learn more! We would love to answer any questions you have about this innovative infant bodywork program!
Here are some of the most common questions we get about CFT:
Currently, we are only offering CFT for infants. Occasionally, a new mom will benefit from the work in order to improve the nursing relationship with her baby. In this case, our practitioner is happy to work on both mother and baby during these appointments.
Your baby may be extra sleepy and tired. The goal for most babies has improved feeding, digestion, and overall comfort.
This depends fully on the baby. Some babies are good to go after just one session, others need multiple. The amazing thing about CFT is that once it’s done, it’s done. The body won’t wind back up in the same area so you don’t have to come back over and over again for the same issue.
If your baby is going to be getting a tongue/lip tie revision, then we recommend at least 2 sessions before the procedure and regular–weekly or biweekly–sessions for the following 8-12 weeks post-revision. This will allow your baby to heal and adjust to new fascial patterns.
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