Washingon Massage Continuing Education Courses

Cranial and Fascial Balancing Methods for Newborns with Lauren Christman

Instructor: Lauren Christman, LMT, CCST; NCBTMB #450788-08

"As the twig is bent, so grows the tree." — Andrew Taylor Still, founder of Osteopathy

Dr. Still used this image to highlight the relationship between structure and function. It's also an image that conveys the powerful opportunity in working with children. Learning to treat newborns may be the most fun you'll have! Infants are vital, mobile and tremendously present. Between the physical stresses of being born and remarkable growth, this population has its own set of challenges — you can offer much to help their bodies adjust and grow.

We'll use a blend of craniosacral, visceral and fascial methods aimed at the relatively health child. We use a gentle approach that aligns with the body's responses to achieve lasting change. Because the child's system is so available, treatments tend to be brief and immediate, requiring the practitioner to stay alert and adaptive. This approach is not a protocol but an ever-changing dance with each child.

  • Practice clinical skills with newborns in a supervised setting
  • Treatment strategies for common conditions such as torticollis, colic, latch or suckling problems, hip or shoulder dystocia, and disrupted sleep patterns
  • Study the birth process, fetal presentations and common interventions during labor which may have structural implications for the infant
  • Review infant movement and reflex patterns for assessing possible myofascial restrictions (not as a means of neural diagnosis)
  • Support the foundational family unit during a crucial attachment period
  • Offer treatment which emphasize rapport, non-verbal communication and acknowledging the whole family

Prerequisite:  The Craniosacral Introductory Workshop taught by Lauren Christman or Ursula Popp in the past five years. If you have not taken that class (or it's been longer than 5 years ago) but you have consistent skill in palpating motility/inherent health (CRI or mid-tide), or have subtle palpation skills from other methods, please contact Lauren to assess your readiness for the course: lauren@craftedtouch.com.

Reviewers:  If you have taken this class previously through the Therapeutic Training Center, you may review it at a $185 discount on tuition. The reviewer's price for this class is $225 (reg price $410). If you are eligible for the reviewer's discount, please call 206.853.6875 to register or register by mail as the website only offers classes at the regular price.

Deposits and Registration Options: Payments can be made to the Therapeutic Training Center by cash, check or credit card. A deposit of $100 may be made to guarantee a spot as long as full payment is made by the first day of class. To make a deposit on the class, please call 206.853.6875 or follow the instructions for mailing in a check payment on the Policies webpage. Unfortunately, the website will not handle partial payments so deposits cannot be made online.

What to Bring: Please see the class description on the Therapeutic Training Center's Website for details

Class Date: June 28-30, 2024
Class Times: Friday-Sunday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Seattle -- Please click on the this link to go to the class description on the Therapeutic Training Center's website for the location detail.
Cost: $410
Cost/Hour: $19.52/hr
Hours: 21

For other classes offered by Lauren Christman, click HERE.

For more information, and to register, please visit:

Robbin Blake
Therapeutic Training Center
P: 206.853.6875



Taught By Lauren Christman, LMT, CCST; NCBTMB #450788-08
When Friday, June 28, 2024 09:30 AM
Where Therapeutic Training Center 700 NW 42nd St Ste 247 (Office only, not a classroom. See location link provided above.)
Seattle, WA 98107
CE Hours 21
Price $410
Posted Wednesday, May 08, 2024 04:11 PM