Peter Zealley - Craniosacral TherapistHelping you to heal in body and mind
Craniosacral Therapy for Children
A safe and effective alternative for your child
Craniosacral therapy is a safe and non-invasive treatment approach, which regularly helps children. The same gentle craniosacral listening touch used for the assessment and treatment of adults and babies is also employed with children. Young children usually enjoy craniosacral therapy and look forward to coming. Older children may be more reluctant, but once they become familiar with me, the unusual nature of the craniosacral approach and begin to experience the benefits, they like appointments too. Although 1, or 2, treatments can make a difference to a child, they are more likely to benefit from several sessions. Many children benefit from receiving regular craniosacral therapy every 4 to 6 months throughout their childhood and teenage years.
“My sensitive approach is a hands-on communication with your child. With my natural perceptive ability and craniosacral skills, I can often quickly sense what is troubling your child and when and how this has arisen. The treatment of your child becomes a natural extension of the assessment process, encouraging release of stress, tensions and injuries, neurological processing, and balancing of body and mind. I am confident working with the physical, emotional, behavioural and learning disorders of children and the effects of trauma.”
“My first experience treating children was over 30 years ago when my adult clients began to ask me if I would treat their child, or children, and this aspect of my practice has continued to develop. My professional training includes Paediatric Craniosacral Therapy and Integrative Baby Therapy (IBT). I work with children of all ages, including teenagers and young adults. I have 3 children (now adults) and, so far, one grandchild. I have come to acknowledge that I have a natural ability in working with children.”
CHILDRENS CONDITIONS TREATED
There are many childrens health issues that can be helped by craniosacral therapy, sometimes to resolution. Other conditions may be part of who your child is; they cannot be taken away, but may be improved and managed more effectively. Other than accidents, injuries and illnesses it is my experience that many children’s physical and mental health issues have their roots in the complications of the pre-natal, birth and/or post-natal period.
As a guide some of the childhood conditions I regularly work with are:
- joint and spinal problems
- the effects of physical injury including car accidents
- head injury and concussion
- breathing issues
- emotional difficulties such as anger, frustration and withdrawal
- grief and bereavement
- stress and anxiety
- a troubled mind
- sleep disorders including nightmares and night terrors
- learning, social, behavioural and co-ordination disorders
A parent, or adult carer, must legally be continually present during the assessment and treatment of a child under 16 years of age and I advise this for young adults of 16 and 17 years too. Verbal consent to treat must also be given by the parent/carer. Children remain fully clothed, but remove their shoes and coat. If you, as a consenting parent are not OK with anything occurring during session and wish it to stop, please say and I will discontinue. I will not treat a child if they are ‘not wanting’ to be treated, whether this is consciously or subconsciously expressed; this sometimes arises. There is never an obligation to continue with treatment, but if you decide to discontinue for any reason, I very much appreciate being informed of why.
If you have any questions about whether or not I may be able to help your child, please telephone or email me to discuss.