Traditionally, cranial sacral work is done on the head, where it is easiest to feel the cranial rhythm. But early on in my cranial sacral work, I found that babies, no matter their age, would consistently remove hands from their heads! What to do? Inspired by a mentor who'd trained me to feel the cranial rhythm in the feet and by something I'd learned about how sensitive the feet of elephants are to vibration, I looked to babies' kicking feet. With practice, I learned to work from the feet up.
Baby's feet are tools of communication through touch and movement. Babies use their feet to help kick against the mother's contraction through out the birthing process. Putting this all together I began to engage the baby's feet and ankles and provide the cranial perspective and focus. In its infinite power to heal, Baby's Wisdom would always respond and begin to unwind the neck, the shoulders, and the dural sack around the brain, perfectly and precisely. Hundreds of babies "later," I realized that mothers' bodies are perfectly designed to do the very thing that I, as a practitioner, had to learn how to do. Mom's hands are specifically designed for her particular baby. Her pinky, for example, perfectly fits her baby's palate for sucking. Still, without the cranial concept, communication between hands and feet is hit or miss at best. The golden opportunity to release the birth experience during Baby's first months out of the womb is best optimized with easy to learn techniques. Grabbing on to baby's feet and listening through touch and movement, then mirroring those movements, activates and creates neurological circuits that can be accessed throughout life. Baby's Wisdom engages to release any torsions or strains from the birth experience large or small. The power of release is then validated from birth.
Babies and Qi
Energy, known simply in Eastern traditions as "Qi," is another important piece of the Baby Wisdom puzzle. Through my experiences with contact improvisation and Qi Gong, I discovered a direct connection between the contact improvisation practice of "pouring weight" and the Qigong practice of "moving Qi with intention." I found that by pouring weight down one of my legs, i.e. shifting all my body weight from one foot to the other, and then pouring weight down my other leg while holding a baby, I could direct my intention in such a way that the baby's Qi followed my Qi. By directing stagnant Qi out of my body and into the core of the earth, the babies' stagnant Qi was released as well. When I drew in fresh, nourishing, supporting and abundant Earth Qi into my body, the baby received Earth Qi as well. In this way, the baby calmed down and its body relaxed and began to unwind and release. Soon, Baby and I were doing a Qi dance! Moms are natural Qi Queens. Dads are natural Qi Kings. Your bodies are specifically designed to interact with the bodies of your children. Qi dancing when rocking Baby connects you to the energy of the universe and the energy of your Baby, encouraging mutual healing.
These are only a few of the many ways to access and interact with Baby Wisdom. The possibilities are infinite and endlessly exciting.