I am writing about my newborn baby boy. After three sessions of craniosacral fascial therapy (CFT) with Dr. Barry Gillespie, I can confidently say the results are tremendous.
My relationship with Barry and CFT began with my first child, who was born with torticollis (severe tightness of her neck to one side), tongue tie, and TMJ. When she wasn’t latching, I knew that without CFT she could possibly end up wearing a helmet for a misshapen head, suffer from chronic ear infections, experience vision problems, and much more.
After receiving CFT, she nursed wonderfully, gained mobility in her neck, and never had any side effects. Now at age 4, she’s thriving and developing beautifully physically, mentally and emotionally.
I knew when I had my second baby, even if he/she didn’t have anything that stood out, I would take him/her to Barry, just to release any tightness from general birth trauma.
My new baby had significant strain in his pelvis and private area from his circumcision. It was a few hours after his first treatment at 4 days old that I noticed a difference. Before therapy, when I would lay him down to change him, he’d hike one hip up. After Barry worked through some of that tightness, I could tell he was able to lengthen out his hips and legs much more comfortably.
I know all babies have their fair share of fussiness issues like gas, uneasiness, colic, constipation, being tired, etc. But after this therapy, it was so apparent to me how much more comfortable my baby felt in his little body. His digestion smoothed out, he slept longer stretches, and he overall seemed more content.
When I took him for his follow up visits to work through his residual tightness, I was astonished at how much he was improving. The strain was less and less at each session.
The hardest part of the sessions, hands down, was hearing my baby cry. As a new mom, your only priority is that new child, who was just a part of your own body for so long. The connection between you and him is almost surreal. So his pain is your pain. After observing the profound results CFT gave my first child, I was able to put aside my raging hormones and the yearn to stop my baby from crying immediately.
1. The baby won’t remember the crying.
2. The baby is very malleable, and receiving CFT in his first days of life are best because the birth trauma strain is freshest. It’s harder to help release children who have lived with these patterns for years.
3. Perhaps the most important aspect, I am giving my baby the gift of a comfortable, loose, strain-free body for the rest of his life. Laying this foundation is pivotal for immunity, brain development, and overall body freedom.
Trauma is acquired in the body from many aspects: mental, physical, chemical and emotional. It actually starts at birth, acquired from in-utero, labor and delivery strains. When the baby is born, there is no way for him/her to safely express the pain or release that fascial tightness. Instead colic, reflux, constipation, gas and latching or sucking issues start to arise.
If the trauma is left untreated, the body can go a lifetime with a list of symptoms and conditions. Drugs or surgeries may just treat the symptoms to only create more trauma. Sometimes it can be so easily resolved at the beginning of life with the simplicity of CFT.
It’s not part of the birth culture yet because there is no medical test for tissue tightness or traumatized fascia. Since it is only felt by touch, most medical doctors and institutions overlook it.
Dr. Gillespie founded and has been practicing CFT for over 40 years. We are so blessed to know and have him. Thank you Dr. B.!