Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT)
Dr. Barry Gillespie discovered the Craniosacral Fascial System, which consists of a slight motion of the brain and spinal cord pumping cerebrospinal fluid into the fascial web that connects every structural cell of the body. When physical and/or emotional traumas adversely tighten this freely moving system, tremendous pressure can be exerted on associated nerves, muscles, organs, blood vessels, lymph vessels and bones. Profound effects on body function may result as a major cause of the conditions listed above.
Dr. Gillespie teaches Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT) so others can effectively relieve pressure in this system. The Gillespie Approach originated from the cranial osteopathic principles of Dr. William Sutherland, the authentic myofascial release work of John Barnes, P.T., and Dr. Gillespie’s background as a periodontist. The power of CFT revolves around hands-on procedures that facilitate healing without drugs, vitamins, supplements, technology or surgery. A freely moving brain, spinal cord and fascial web are must-haves for the well-being of all newborns, children and adults.
Baby Brain Score (BBS)
Dr. Gillespie created the Baby Brain Score (BBS) in 2006. This screening tool quickly assesses brain function in the first few minutes of life. A compromised BBS alerts professionals to the immediate need for CFT. Read the BBS medical article.
After seeing about 800 infants from Mexico, America, and Canada over six years, Dr. Gillespie, Kristen Myers, Michael Myers and Pricilla Kercher presented their research findings in 2015. Read the infant research article.
We believe that the effects of fetal and birth traumas can be mitigated at the beginning of life to create optimal brain function, prevent many diseases and avert a lifetime of suffering. What a great gift for a human being! Even though CFT can be beneficial at any age, our primary goal is for prevention with the use of the BBS and CFT for every newborn worldwide.
Our seminars empower our students with the Gillespie Approach. Our passion is to inspire them to do great work so we all can live in a healthier world.
Changing the world, one baby at a time.
—Lori Beth Geils
About Dr. Barry Gillespie.
Dr. Gillespie has been in the scientific field his entire life. He was a science major at the university level and matriculated into dental school in 1969. After graduation, he took two years of study for his Master’s degree in periodontics/TMJ. Upon completion in 1975 at the age of 28, he discovered that his own headaches and sinus infections were primarily due to craniosacral fascial restriction. When conventional medical care could not correct his problem, he began his journey into the field of complimentary medicine for his own healing. In 1977, Dr. Gillespie added this complimentary approach to help his patients in private practice.
In 1980, while working with children who had TMJ/headaches, Dr. Gillespie discovered that craniosacral fascial restriction in the respiratory system caused pediatric asthma. In his asthmatic clinical research, which spanned 20 years through the 1980s and 1990s, he also discovered that many other childhood diseases such as chronic earaches, headaches, learning disorders, ADHD, rhinitis, colic, reflux, scoliosis and strabismus stemmed from dysfunction of the craniosacral fascial system.
Because of the potential global magnitude of the discoveries he made, Dr. Gillespie left his periodontal practice in 1997 after 22 years to devote himself full time to this work. In 1999, he wrote Healing Your Child to educate lay parents about the natural care concepts and in 2000 wrote Brain Therapy for Children and Adults as a teaching manual for his students.
In fall 2003, Dr. Gillespie became a member of The Family Hope Center medical staff. Since children with autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and speech conditions showed excellent progress with craniosacral fascial therapy, he trained all of the staff members at the center in his work. They continue to do the therapy today for children internationally. He is a speaker at The Family Hope Center seminars and also a clinical mentor. You will often hear him say to parents 11 magic words, “The brain has to breathe,” and “The fascia has to be free.”
In 2007, Dr. Gillespie was the principle author in formulating the Baby Brain Score (BBS) approach. An article on this topic was published in spring 2010 in The Internet Journal of Pediatrics and Neonatology. The BBS is a screening test done for newborns following the Apgar Scores to assess neonatal neurophysiology. To complete the approach, craniosacral fascial therapy is done immediately following to relieve soft tissue strain in the tiny body. The Family Hope Center believes that prevention for diseasees at the earliest possible time is the best approach for children and hopes that this approach will be done for all newborns worldwide.
From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Gillespie, Kristen Myers and Michael Myers extensively researched the newborn work in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. During that time, the entire CFT team evaluated and treated about 800 infants in Mexico, Canada and America. They were grateful for the opportunity to do that work for the collective. Even though they had no financial backing, God opened every door for six years. From that work, Dr. Gillespie published his third book, The Brain Score Approach, in November 2010.
The next step is to present the work to the world’s birth professionals. Dr Gillespie believes that a great opportunity for the BBS and CFT to shine is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). He believes very strongly that the medical profession will discover that CFT can truly help drug-withdrawal infants get better faster and possibly prevent necrotizing entercolitis (NEC), a life-threatening disease. He plans to retire when every one of the world’s 134 million babies has the BBS and CFT at birth.