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I remember the first child demo at a seminar in Lancaster in November 2006 was an eleven-month-old girl with hydrocephalus. The doctors insisted on shunt surgery, but the parents resisted and wanted to try all of the natural routes first.

I remember just holding the occiput with a student holding the sacrum. We were just being mindful and present for her. The baby went into a tremendous arch like I had never seen before. I remained calm, but as I looked around the room, every student was aghast, jaws hanging to the floor.

I explained to the parents that the arching maybe contributing to the hydrocephalus, and they took their daughter for more CFT visits to some new graduates after the seminar. The child responded quite well, the surgeon said the hydrocephalus was gone, and the shunt was avoided. The impressed parents eventually took the training for their family.

CFT can be most effective if birth trauma creates pressure and blockage in the cerebral aqueduct (aqueduct of Sylvius) area. This canal, connecting the third and fourth ventricles, is about the size of the lead in a pencil. CFT is definitely worth a try before the surgery is done.

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Dr. Barry Gillespie founded Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy, which provides patients with a freely moving brain, spinal cord and fascial web, all critical to optimal health. Dr. Barry Gillespie also created the Baby Brain Score and discovered effective therapeutic techniques for newborns and infants. Read more about Dr. Barry Gillespie.

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