2014

What is CFT/IDM?

A student recently wrote to her neonatologist describing CFT/IDM. It was soooooo perfect, I had to share: The work Dr Gillespie performed with my baby is called Craniosacral Fascial Therapy (CFT). It is a hands-on modality that is more gentle than conventional physical therapy. A practitioner basically allows an infant to stretch and provides support such that the baby is not limited by gravity or bedding, etc. Much like how infants stretch upon awakening, their bodies instinctively know what needs to stretch and will do so readily when supported properly. So this therapy relies on the innate wisdom of the body and thus does not push or force in any way. It has been called infant-driven movement (IDM).

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