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Cranky during Cranial Sacral Therapy

Posted by mymaysa on December 29, 2008

I took Maysa to her 4th cranial sacral therapy treatment this morning. She was cranky. Well, she’s been cranky for the past few days. I think that she is teething again. She hasn’t been eating or sleeping properly lately and those two areas are usually not a problem.

Anyway, Frances spent a good 40 minutes doing what she does best using her hands and a great deal of concentration. Maysa was annoyed and cried for the most part. She didn’t want to lay down on her back. Oh! By the way, she has been crawling forward since this past Wednesday. I am so happy about it. She is 11 and a half months and at that age, most babies start walking. Mine, is shyly starting to crawl forward… What a milestone!

I printed out for her the progress pictures I got from CT and was very pleased with the results as well. We are scheduled for another visit on 01/21.


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Cranial Sacral Therapy – 3rd Appointment

Posted by mymaysa on December 10, 2008

Right after we saw Amber at CT on Monday we took Maysa to Frances for another CST appointment.  She did what she usually does: she uses her hands and puts pressure on her head, back, hips and rib cage.  She said that Maysa still felt quite tense to her and she would like to see her in another two to three weeks.  I was hoping that we were done but then again, Maysa’s head has been reshaping so well.  Is it strickly the DOC band?  Is CST truly helping?  I will never know for sure, but I am trying hard to use all options available.

One more thing, Maysa’s stress moves have come back full force.  It’s quite a site and I really don’t know what to make of them.  She crosses her legs at the ankles, if she is sitting on her high chair, she holds on tight to the its arms, she tightens her jaw shut and she stresses…  If she is on the floor or in her crib, she’ll hold on to something or just puts her fits together and look so stiff. 

I don’t know what it means but it doesn’t seem right.

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Maysa’s First Cranial Sacral Therapy Treatment

Posted by mymaysa on November 14, 2008

Yesterday I took Maysa to her first Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) treatment with Frances Demmerle.  Unfortunately I had to take my oldest daughter with us.  She will be three in December and yesterday, she didn’t get to take a nap.  Needless to say that she was a bit restless but “good” overall.

Anyway, Frances saw us right on time.  We went into this room painted in some very warm colors.  The lights were dimmed.  There were two chairs, a long table bed, a basket full of toys and one hamper where she put all of her pillows and blankets.  It was rainy outside and that room felt like the perfect place to take a nap.  Wishful thinking…

She started by asking me a couple of questions about Maysa and the rest of us and asked me why I was bringing her in.  I explained to her that her combination of plagiocephaly and brachycephaly as well as the time wasted in the wrong helmet were the reasons why I came to see her.  She took notes rather quickly and then took one of her pillows and put in on my lap.  She sat opposite of me in such a way that the pillow was also resting on her lap.  We laid Maysa down on it with her head towards me and her feet towards Frances.

While trying to keep an eye on my oldest daughter, Soraya, and listening to her I didn’t realized that she had already started to use her hands on Maysa.  She started around her waist.  It looked like she was pressing hard but Maysa didn’t seem to mind at all.  My job was to try to keep her distracted.  Frances was very focused and I stopped talking to her after a while because it seemed like she was counting mentally.

She worked her way all the way up her back, her rib cage and then her head.  She then placed her on the long table bed.  I had to make sure that she remained on her back while she had her hands on her head.  She really was putting pressure but Maysa handled it very well.  What she didn’t like is when she started manipulating her face.  She really got annoyed but never cried.

She spent most of the time on her head, twisting and turning and repositioning her hands and holding her in different positions.  Maysa did very well, but I could tell that towards the end, she was ready to take a nap.  After she was done, she said that she could definitely feel some restriction in her skull plates and that everything was squished together, especially her left side, and that today she helped ease that out.  She also said that she loosened things in her back and that she shouldn’t feel so stiff anymore.  She ended by saying that after today, with the help of the band, her skull should move more freely into a more normal position.  We are scheduled for two more sessions, ten days apart each.

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