CranioSacral Therapy for Babies & Children

CranioSacral Therapy can change the way a child eats, sleeps, grows, moves and learns.

Ariana Mullins Bodywork CranioSacral Therapy for KidsDuring their early years, children take in the world around them through each of their senses, like thirsty sponges. Restrictions created through illness, injury, or emotional trauma may slow a child’s ability to absorb and process new input. This can affect their development and even the way that they see the world.

By supporting children’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health, we help them reach their full potential.

A CranioSacral Therapy session is a good idea after the birthing experience, an accident,  surgery, or emotional trauma, to ensure that the body is free from resulting restrictions or unhealthy holding patterns.

Addressing an issue immediately prevents a small pattern of dysfunction from becoming amplified over the years, affecting more and more systems and areas of the body.

Children respond to therapy very quickly, as they do not carry the years of habitual muscle tension or emotional stress that adults do. It’s wonderful to be able to help them correct issues quickly and easily at this age.

Children receiving these holistic therapies grow in understanding themselves mentally, physcially, and emotionally. They then can carry this knowledge of self care into their adult lives.


Keira was five years old, and struggling with bed wetting and staying dry during the day. She and her parents had been working on it for a couple of years, but things just weren’t improving, even after some special treatments recommended by her pediatrician.

During my first session with Keira, I noticed that she had some restrictions in her head and neck that were likely compressing the nerves related to bladder function. I gently released these restrictions, as well as working with her low back and pelvis. As I was finishing up her session, she suddenly had a surprised look on her face, and announced “Pee! Pee!” She jumped off the table and her mom took her to the bathroom. I found out later that this was the first time she had actually expressed the need to urinate– they had just been taking her to the bathroom as a routine to keep her bladder empty, thus far. So that was an exciting improvement!

In the days after her first session, she only had one accident, and she continued to let her parents know when she felt the need to go to the bathroom. I treated her two more times, and she has continued to improve, much to her parents’ relief. Keira and her family moved back to the USA after her third treatment, but I was able to find another pediatric CST practitioner to continue the work with her family. What a privilege and a joy it was to help her!

What can CranioSacral Therapy do for your child?

One of the main reasons that I sought training in pediatric CST is that my own daughter received so much benefit as a baby and toddler. After a traumatic birth experience and numerous difficulties as a baby, CranioSacral Therapy helped us all so much– the changes in her were so clear! If I could go back and do it all over again, I would have booked a session during her first week outside the womb, and continued addressing her sleep, feeding and developmental issues through CST early on. I didn’t know about it then, but I do now and would love to help any families who have a little one that is struggling to adjust to life in this big, beautiful world.

Craniosacral Therapy is beneficial for your child in many situations. It can:

  • Help children with orthopedic and neurological problems
  • Assist your child in integrating a difficult or challenging birth experience, or other traumatic events
  • Help with sleeping challenges
  • Help to prepare your child for new situations and transitions, such as the arrival of a new baby, moving to another place, starting school, or dealing with the loss of a family member
  • Support children with developmental delays, learning difficulties, or ADHD
  • Support children with autism, and children with disabilities

My daughter has had migraines since the age of 4. She’s now 8 years old, and the last few months have been really bad, we document each one and she was getting them every other day. We’re in the middle of seeking out specialists off base, but in the mean time we tried Ariana Mullins and my daughters’ headaches are near gone… Ariana has been a miracle worker to restore my child’s life back to normal.
                          – Kelsey M., Rota Spain

Here is a list of conditions that are helped by CranioSacral Therapy:

For Newborns and Infants

  • Acid reflux
  • Colic and irritability
  • Infant feeding or sucking difficulties
  • Infant Sleeping Disorder
  • Irregular head shape, flat spots or bulges, and other asymmetries (plagiocephaly)
  • Traumatic delivery, cesarean section, or the use of forceps or vacuum extraction

In Children

  • Chronic pain
  • Digestion issues: constipation, acid reflux, etc.
  • Developmental delays and learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism
  • Emotional problems such as depression, anxiety and trauma
  • Headaches
  • Neurological conditions
  • Sensory integration problems

What does a pediatric CranioSacral Therapy session look like?

During a CranioSacral Therapy session, kids about age 7 and older lay on the table face up, fully clothed, while I work with them quietly, placing my hands on their heads and different parts of their bodies. Babies, toddlers and young children will join their parent with a book or toy, or move around on my mat on the floor. Infants are often held by a parent or myself, or may lay on my treatment table or a blanket on my mat on the floor– whatever makes him or her and the parent feel safe and comfortable. Parents holding a baby or child often receive a little treatment at the same time!


I will always ask consent from the child– no matter how young– before touching him or her. One of the most important aspects of the treatment is making sure the child and the parent feel safe and listened to.

The function of the craniosacral system is assessed by touching specific points on the child’s body to feel its rhythm. When I find asymmetry or restriction, prolonged and gentle touch is applied to that area of the body to release and rebalance the rhythm. The body is then free to unwind the areas of tension and find a better balance, also experienced as a peaceful, expansive feeling inside the body. Kids respond in a variety of ways– they may yawn and get sleepy, or laugh and play more exuberantly. As babies primarily communicate through crying, there may be some fussing and crying from the youngest ones, which is welcomed and listened to attentively.ArianaMullinsBodywork2016-17Children’s bodies are quick to respond to this therapy, and relief of symptoms comes with ease. Kids love CranioSacral Therapy!

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