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Trauma Healing – Children

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Children respond well to BCST because it is gentle, non-invasive, and effective in ways they can intuitively recognize. Even small children quickly get used to the work as they develop trust in Peggy. Pre-verbal children may actually direct Peggy’s hands to areas of discomfort. Children easily show the dynamics of their experience through movement and sounds. Much subtle work can be done by the practitioner during “playtime” in which the child is observed and assisted in completing unresolved challenges. Parents are often astounded at the way a crabby, hyperactive, or miserable child will fall into deep relaxation or sleep during treatment.

The challenge, of course, is the busy toddler who won’t lie still. Here the parent can help out by holding the child as Peggy makes even brief contacts on the spine, head, and sacrum. A little goes a long way with a child. Whatever can be resolved during infancy or childhood, often in only a few sessions, can potentially prevent decades of medical and psychological treatment later on. Resolution of misaligned forces makes us less accident- prone, because we are not “off-balance”.

BCST can help a woman’s body adjust to the changes created by pregnancy. Treatments during the term of the pregnancy can also support the new mother to approach labour with strength, confidence and vitality. Working with mothers and babies postnatally can help with recovery from the rigors of childbirth.

Babies respond very well to BCST and it is particularly beneficial to rebalance the whole body system within the first year. BCST is extremely gentle and respectful to the baby, and recognizes that babies are conscious and very aware. Many babies experience strong compressive forces during birth, which can cause a contraction within their system. This can manifest as shock and trauma, leading to other conditions. If treated at this early stage the birth trauma can be resolved before traumatic holding patterns become set within the physical body.

Birth trauma can lead to a myriad of conditions experienced by babies and if not corrected these can lead to significant life long health issues. The wisdom of dealing with any trauma experienced during birth, as soon as possible after birth, is obvious.

Conditions which can benefit from BCST

Breastfeeding difficulties, Colic,

Reflux, Constipation, Sleep issues, Distress/crying, difficulty settling, Irregular head shape,

Shock/overwhelm or discomfort resulting from: Premature birth, Caesarean birth, Assisted birth, Too fast of a labor or a very prolonged labor and Separation from parents