Somewhere in the parent’s consciousness during the evaluation visit is probably the thought, is CFT going to be painful for my child? This may be especially true for first time CFT mothers of newborns.
I often offer CFT to the parent before I work on their child. Most adults are good subjects with significant neck strain. As mom lies on the table, I will hold the back of her neck. I tell her that it will feel like I am squeezing her neck hard as the fascia strains and it will feel like I am letting go of her neck as the fascia releases. The tight/loose concept can be an amazing new experiential feeling for her. I explain that all of this is happening in her body as I am just holding her. Every parent “gets it” with this short demonstration.
Since I have done this initial technique, no parent has ever refused CFT for their child. I will tell mom that she did not cry because she had mature adult social filters. But her newborn/infant/toddler may let everyone know how s(he) feels with some short-lived crying and screaming. When I am working with an infant, mom’s lap is the treatment table. I have mom connect a dot or two so that she becomes part of the therapy/healing process. Many times she may even feel the infant’s body release during CFT and can identify that with her own CFT experience.
The “Dr. Loose” label has a light side, but its non-threateningly nature presents the realistic goal of just helping to free up her tight child. I will say, “Let’s see how your child responds this week with a looser body.” Some moms will say that just that little bit of CFT took their head/pain away, and they may pursue CFT for themselves.