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The Four Diaphragms

Somewhere in my 40 years of bodywork experience was learning about the importance of the body’s four diaphragms: pelvic, thoracic, cervical thoracic and cranial. It may have been in Dr. Upledger’s or Tom Myers’ great books.

I have recently seen this aspect clinically in a young child where the fascia in his thoracic diaphragm was frozen. As a shallow breather, he was just locked down, running zero cycles, and having a lot of health issues.

Over a series of visits, his diaphragm has freed up well, his entire body has opened and he is now running 200-plus-second cycles. Yesterday, his mother came in with tears and started to tell me some great things he is doing now. My eyes started to swell with a tear or two.

These children are out there in the world having a lot of treatable issues, with many starting at birth. My mentor, Dr. Viola Frymann, found that 88% of 1,250 hospital infants in her research had craniosacral restriction. So this is not some rare phenomenon of one child in 100,000; it is ubiquitous in the culture.

Birth may be the most difficult thing we do in life. Forty weeks in a confined space can create its emotional and physical issues. Coming out tight into this breathing world of bright lights and noise can be a tough transition. Let’s correct the craniosacral fascial strains then to avoid a lot of future suffering.

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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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