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Informed Touch

I use “informed touch” in CFT to hold an infant (touch) and to specifically zero in on the function of the craniosacral fascial system (informed).

When I hold a body part, my hands are listening for strain in that tissue. That infant will “talk” to me and usually allow a layer of their onion to surface. I will allow that body to do whatever it needs to do to release it and heal itself: twist, arch, bend, cry, etc. When s(he) comes to a quiet still point, feeling the release is the key to help free the body.

One very interesting aspect continues to intrigue me. When Krissy, Mike and I watched hundreds of fussy babies become really happy babies in our research, we knew they were releasing physical strains because we could feel that positive soft-tissue response. We also knew their nervous systems were relaxed and functioning well also with triple-digit brain and sacral cycles.

My questions center around the psychology of all that initial fussing and crying: How much emotional trauma was released, if any? If so, were they happier because of this emotional release? How does this clearing affect them psychologically for the rest of their lives? Can these “trapped” emotions, not released at birth, affect us negatively for the rest of our lives? I love this work.

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Dr. Barry Gillespie

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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