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Bodywork for Babies


Bodywork for Babies

by Susan Vaughan Kratz



384 pages

ISBN 9781645383840

Nonfiction – Resource




This book is revolutionary for infant and pediatric health and wellness.


Employing a fusion of craniosacral therapy, lymphatic techniques, modified visceral-myofascial-interstitial mobilization, Susan Vaughan Kratz shares treatment routines honed through years of therapy encounters with babies. Written for any healthcare professional who can practice manual therapies, this book is also a gift to all parents who wish to understand their baby's development and behaviors better. When their baby simply is not 'growing out of an issue', there are answers waiting to be discovered in the body. The body knows what the problem is and will guide the trained therapist to the exact spot. 


The methods offered in this book have assisted in resolving digestive issues such as colic, reflux, constipation, and breastfeeding difficulties. Torticollis, tongue-tie, movement delays and reflex integration, misshapen heads, irritability and sleep difficulties are also routinely helped in significantly less time than traditional therapies. Self-regulation and sensory modulation are behaviors that communicate from the autonomic nervous system, and Bodywork for Babies has proven to be a direct treatment that helps the parasympathetic system become active, which turns on the "rest and digest" mode. Bodywork for Babies can be a wellness “spa-like treatment” as well as remedial intervention when functional problems don’t resolve on their own. 





The treatment suggestions in this book represent one practitioner’s clinical practice for direct intervention and are based upon accepted and recognized training methods within the scope of the author’s license. All practitioners should consider the scope of their practice, their level of training, and skill competency before applying methods to babies.


This treatment does not replace medical advice, but it can enhance health and wellness for holistic care. It is each practitioner's sole responsibility to seek professional training, mentoring, and other feedback methods to ensure palpation competency.  Modification or limitation indicated for any medical condition or impairments is the professional's responsibility when practicing these methods.





Susan Vaughan Kratz has specialized in neurology, pediatrics, and sensory integration throughout her occupational therapy career, spanning nearly four decades.


She returned to her roots as a general practice therapist in a wellness practice. Susan holds certifications and qualifications in Neurodevelopmental and Ayres' Sensory Integration and is a diplomat-level practitioner in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy. She has extensive formal training in manual methods to treat lymphatic, visceral organ, and interstitial systems of the body.


Owning a busy private practice, she also enjoys the position of invited lecturer, consultant, and clinical researcher. She estimates the nearly 45,000 client encounters in her career have taught her some simple truths about helping any nervous system become calm, regulated, and happy. She shares these truths in Bodywork for Babies

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