Data driven interventions that supports regulation, relaxation, and empowerment.
- Holistic and systemic thinking over narrow symptom focus.
- Person led, with the belief that our bodies naturally find balance and ease when given the right supports
- Individualized treatments that builds from each individuals unique profile and strengths.
- Integrating facets of numerous empirically supported techniques including manual therapy, mobilization, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and exercise science.
- Safe, consistent, effective, and consensual care.
Treatment Through Layers
Designed to consider the entire system rather than narrowly focus on symptom management, EM is an organized holistic method that creates an optimal foundation to allow ones body to spontaneously adapt and find balance. While it is applicable to anyone in the general population, this approach was developed in response to the unique and specific needs of infants, as well as pregnant and postpartum individuals. This purposeful approach allows time to be spent understanding and working through layers to find the underpinnings of symptoms while concurrently supporting the areas of most acute need. Each session considers a more nuanced layer with subsequent treatment building upon previous sessions. Because of the cumulative nature of the approach, sessions build upon one another and allow for a cascade of more rapid bodily adaption and systemic shift. Read on to understand the specifics of each layer detailed below.
Layer 1: Regulate
There is a cultural push towards relaxation as curative, however, if the body is in distress it must first be able to regulate before it can relax. If you can’t intentionally regulate your nervous system, efforts to relax are futile. In practice, this means helping individuals and families discover any environmental and routine changes that help you or your baby’s system regulate and work to adjust to the world as it is.
Examples may include:
- Exploring and understanding how a baby’s nervous system responds to specific sensory stimuli and accomidating in ways that support regulation and reduce over stimulation.
- Changing position in nursing, sitting, standing, moving to support the nervous system.
- Using play and positioning to support head turning or bodily release in babies with torticollis or systemic tension.
Layer 2: Relax
Areas that do not move well or are tight can cause many issues and prevent the body from doing things efficiently and comfortably. Tension can present as quivering or shaking of muscles, pain, or discomfort. EM uses principles from of neuroscience, therapeutic touch (cranial sacral and myofacial release), and positioning to help the body begin to relax, learn new ways to move, and improve or recover motion.
- Positional holds with manual therapy that allow muscles to relax and the body to turn or extend.
- Using a babies natural movement patterns to facilitate rolling, nursing, or laying comfortably.
- Assisting pregnant individuals in hip and pelvic relaxation to reduce back pain and improve the ability to progress through labor.
Layer 3: Move
Movement is essential and that is why many treatments jump preemptively to do it first. With EM movement is allowed to happen in an efficient, and spontaneous way from a place of regulation and relaxation. With muscles relaxed the body can find new ways to move or fall into optimal patterns. For instance, many babies roll for the first time at the end of a treatment session areas of their body. Or, babies may nurse far more efficiently and transfer more after being regulate and relaxed. A pregnant individual may feel a more freed up pelvis to walk with a more relaxed gate with less pain. The process prevents patterns that increase fatigue and interfere with activity.
- Helping a baby learn to move their tongue and jaw forward to stabilize their latch and improve breastfeeding.
- Engaging your muscles to control your trunk when you stand up.
- Providing cues for neck extension in tummy time or sitting with better head control.
- Using stimulating manual therapy techniques that promote muscle utilization and nervous system development.
Layer 4: Empower
The intention of EM is not just symptom reduction, but finding a lasting state of balance from which to explore and interact with the world. This final layer focuses on helping an individual rely less on cuing and hands on support and generalize their new regulation, relaxation, and movement patterns to their larger environment. Building from the foundation of previous layers the nervous system and body is given the space to spontaneously fall into more efficient patterns in day to day life. Thus, the goal is long term change rather of leaps forward followed by regression.
- A baby will spontaneously latch well at the breast when given opportunity
- An individual’s body will adapt and adjust to new stresses or environments with symptoms or pain.
- Babies will spontaneously turn, roll, or reach for a toy of interest nearby.