Lecture Topic: CranioSacral Therapy for Infants and Children
In this class, students will learn the definition of CranioSacral therapy from Dr. John Upledger’s perspectivde, along with the brief history of CST. Basic anatomy of the craniosacral system and fascia will also be covered. Students will learn the definition of light touch and be able to calibrate their touch to 5 grams, which is the amount of pressure used when treating a client with CST. They will learn about the craniosacral rhythm and will have an opportunity to feel their own rhythm, and if time allows, feel the rhythm on a partner. The evolution of the whole system using the listening stations will be covered in this class. Applications of CST for pediatrics will focus on the pediatric diagnoses that are treated with CST, along with the discussion on the differences on Anatomy and adaptations for treatment for infants and children. Emphasis will be given on these two aspects to make sure students realize that they need advanced training in CST before they can treat children using Upledger techniques.
Claudia Silva PT, CST-D, CIMBE, earned her degree in Physical Therapy in 1986 from the Federal University of Minas Gerais State, in Brazil. She specializes in Pediatrics, is trained in Myofascial Release, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Early Intervention, infant massage, massage for special needs population, adaptive equipment assessment and fabrication and is also a Clinical Instructor.
In 1996 she added CranioSacral Therapy as a treatment modality and continues to use it in her practice. She is certified in CranioSacral Therapy on Techniques and Diplomate levels and is also a certified presenter for the Upledger Institute for the ShareCare, Overview of CranioSacral Therapy and Introduction of CranioSacral Therapy workshops. She is a Certified Instructor for CranioSacral Therapy 1, CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics 1 and Clinical Applications of CST and SER for Pediatrics workshops and currently teaches within the USA, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Brazil and does various speaking engagements for the Upledger Institute.
Claudia is a CIMBE (Certified Infant Massage and Bonding Educator) and a Certified BART (Bonding and Relaxation Techniques) instructor. She teaches Infant Massage workshops for parents and caregivers of typical babies, as well as BART workshops for the special needs population caregivers.
Her private practice is in Orlando, FL where she sees children, adolescents and adults and offers services in English, Spanish and Portuguese.