Pediatric Therapies
General Considerations
Infant and Pediatric CranioSacral Therapy
Pediatric Massage Therapy
Yoga for Kids
Meditation for Kids

Pediatric Therapies

Pediatric therapies require different approaches, techniques and considerations than what would be offered to adults. For example, an important consideration for CranioSacral Therapy is that many of the bones in the skull are in multiple pieces at birth, and may not fully fuse until we are well into our teens. As another example, Pediatric Massage recognizes that children’s skin is more porous, fragile and thinner than the skin of an adult. Likewise, children have more touch receptors per square centimeter, so they can be easily overstimulated by touch.

Pediatric Therapies at The Roots of Health are provided by Rachel Benbow, LMT, MLIS who has specialized training in both Pediatric CranioSacral Therapy (through the Upledger Institute) and Pediatric Massage and Massage for Autistic Children (taught by Tian Allen of the Liddle Kids Foundation). Rachel has also produced award winning research in the field of massage therapy and autism.

General Considerations

  • All pediatric clients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during a session.
  • Please bring familiar items from home for your child for comfort and/or play. Examples, a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, toys, activity book, music, etc.

Infant and Pediatric CranioSacral Therapy (ages birth to 18 years):

Sessions last 60 minutes and cost $85. An introductory three (3) session package (cost $210—which is a $45 savings) is required of all new pediatric clients. Similar to Occupational Therapy, the first session, in addition to therapy work, is mostly about building rapport and trust between the pediatric client and the therapist. The second session begins to get into therapy in earnest, and some changes may start to show by the third session.

If, after the initial 3 sessions, the therapist determines that the client does not need or is not able to tolerate a full 60 minute session, sessions may be reduced to 30 minutes (at $60 per session). During the initial 60 min sessions, if a child does not use the full 60 minutes the rest of the session may be used to treat the care giver who is present. Please note, the session is for the child, and the child’s therapy time is never to be undercut for anyone else to receive therapy work.

All sessions are performed with the client wearing their normal clothes.

Pediatric Massage (ages 2-18 yrs):

Sessions last 30 minutes and cost $60. An introductory three (3) session package (cost $150—which is a $30 savings) is required of all new pediatric clients. Similar to Occupational Therapy, the first session, in addition to therapy work, is mostly about building rapport and trust between the pediatric client and the therapist. The second session begins to get into therapy in earnest, and some changes may start to show by the third session.

Children may receive massage with their regular clothes on, or with a bathing suit. It is very important that the child dresses as they are most comfortable, and that they feel no pressure regarding their attire. If the child would like to wear a bathing suit, please have them wear it under their clothes before arriving for the session.

Yoga for Kids

Cosmic Kids Yoga: "Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world."

Lots of fun yoga videos, all with different story themes—from adventures with various animals like “Arnold the Ant,” and “Pedro the Penguin,” to familiar story lines like “Alice in Wonderland,” “Minecraft,” and “Star Wars.” It is a great way to get your kids mind and body involved with yoga, while having fun with them in the comfort of your own home. GREAT RESOURCE!!!

Meditation for Kids

Cosmic Kids Zen Den: A fun YouTube series about mindfulness for kids aged 5+. From the makers of Cosmic Kids Yoga, starring Jaime.

"Sitting Still Like A Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)"
by Eline Snel.

This is a book that comes with an audio CD. It is an excellent resource for mindfulness meditation for children, and includes all sorts of ideas, activities, and meditations.

 

 

 

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