Mark L. Levine, B.A., R.M.T.

Pediatric + Family Craniosacral + Osteopathic Manual Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions


What happens during a session?

A confidential case history is taken on the first session.  With adults and children, before working on the table we go through an assessment which includes postural, range of motion, neurological and subtle fascial palpatory testing.  With infants work is typically done first with the parent for a few minutes to help allay any concerns about comfort and safety.

This work is done through the clothes and does not require that a person disrobe. 

The session involves having various body parts gently stretched, held and mobilized extremely slowly, sometimes almost imperceptibly.  

Adults, children and babies alike find the process deeply grounding and typically relax deeply and enter a hypnagogic state, the state between sleep and wakefulness.  In this dream-like state of profound psychophysiological relaxation sensations, images, memories, thoughts and feelings typically become amplified. 

Non-ordinary states of consciousness, including the dissolution of physical boundaries, seeing of colors, and pleasurable wave-like feelings of energy, lightness and wholeness are often reported. 

Some people, babies included, may also experience or express strong emotions such as grief, fear or anger.  This is known as somatoemotional release and is a normal and healthy part of all kinds of bodywork.  Some adults like to dialogue while others prefer to quietly work it out on their own.   Parents of older children generally recognize emotional release in the way the child or baby cries as different from the cries of physical pain.  New parents are sometimes surprised by this, and have a great opportunity to have help differentiating kinds of crying.

While there are lots of great toys and books at the clinic, It may be helpful to bring a favorite drink, snack, blanket, toy, CD, (or if necessary a DVD and portable player) for children to help normalize the clinic.

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