Referrals for Infant Bodywork

Preferred providers are marked with *. So that you can receive the very best care, contact our office to let us know when you’ve scheduled an appointment with these or any other providers you choose & we will coordinate your care with them.

Home Visits:
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist Leah Morrison
Craniosacral Doula

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist Lucie Mitchell
Cranio NYC 
Also available in her Brooklyn office

Craniosacral and Massage Therapist, Katinka LoCascio
30 W 60th St Suite 1C, New York, NY 10024

Chiropractor, Dr. Laura Roos
Central Park Wellness 
279 Central Park West, Suite 1A, New York, NY, 10024
(212) 877-3981

Chiropractor Dr. Lou Vella
21-76 Steinway St
Queens, NY 11105 (Astoria)

Amy Berkman
Craniobaby Bk

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist Lucie Mitchell
Cranio NYC 

Chiropractor Dr. Megan Hondru 
105 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Located Inside Grand Street Healing Project

Chiropractor Andrea Auerbach
Park Slope Family Wellness
196 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Bergen & Hudson Counties:
Little Movers PT
Home Visits in Hudson & Bergen County
Elizabeth Morel
829 Stonewall Ct
Franklin Lakes NJ 07417

Chiropractors Drs. Ventoso
341 Smith Road
Parsippany, NJ 07035

Chiropractors Dr. Brayton & Alvarez
113 Monroe St
Hoboken, New Jersey 07030
201-792 3544

Physical Therapist Bella Kavalerchik
Bella Physical Therapy
39-40 Broadway
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Morris County:
Maria Parlapiano, RN., IBCLC., CFT
Postpartum Place
368 Main Street
Chatham, NJ 07928

Central & South Jersey:
Chiropractors Dr. Sarah Roseberry & Sean Stewart*
Boardwalk Family Chiropractic
87 Union Ave
Manasquan, NJ 08736

Totville, Occupational & Feeding Therapy and More
335 Route 9 South
Manalapan, NJ 07726
732 860 8100

Dr. Barry Gillespie
Craniosacral Fascial Therapy
Happy Baby Initiative
The King of Prussia Medical Center
491 Allendale Road
Suite 203
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Virtual Visits:
Amy Berkman, OT/Craniosacral Specialist*

Jane Gatanis, OT/Craniosacral Specialist

Leigh Muro, OT/R, Cranial Sacral and Orthobionomy Specialist

What is bodywork? Body work is a general term which can include any of the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Neurodevelopmental therapy
  • Chiropractice care
  • Osteopathic care

Typically, bodywork involve a range of manipulations – musculoskeletal, fascial, cranial visceral & manipulations.

About Musculoskeletal, Fascial, Cranial & Visceral Manipulations:
Viscera are the organs that are within our body cavities, e.g. abdominal and thoracic cavities. Visceral manipulation re-activates tonicity and communication between the organ and connective tissues. This in turn restores organs to natural health. As the human body is wholly connected by fascia, restoring flow in an organ affects other structures such as the spine where organs are attached via ligaments. Fascia are dense and irregular connective tissue structures (composed of water-based matrices that contain collagen fibers, cells etc.) found throughout the body – fascial mobility is important for each organ, vessel and muscle in the body. Further, fascia play a role in our immune system and receptor functioning which can be activated by light pressure stimuli and stretching in infants.

As the cranial system is developing in infants it involves many components –  bones and cartilage of the skull, face, connective tissue, central nervous system (CNS), brain and spinal cord and cerebro spinal fluid (CSF). Cranial manipulations involve specific hand positions that restore joints motion within the cranial system to affect improved neurological, musculoskeletal, vascular and endocrine functions. Osteopaths (DOs)are most widely known for mastering these manipulations. For an infant, that will involve mild pressure and positioning along the baby’s head, neck, spine or other body parts. The end result can involve anything from loosening of tight muscles in the neck and jaw to allow for a larger range of motion or less discomfort to more gentle micromovements to assist in return to optimal function.

Services such as chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapists, and certain types of massage also utilize these manipulations. A range of professionals may offer these services: chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, IBCLCs, DO/MDs, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapists

Why do bodywork for an infant? Bodywork can be recommended for various reasons. A few examples include assisted delivery such as complex presentation at birth or stuck position, torticollis, episiotomy, forceps, vacuum, difficulty latching, baby preferring head/body movement to one side only, TOT (lip/tongue/buccal ties), etc. Almost all infants need bodywork at some point in early life to adjust.

What is the goal of bodywork? A bodywork referral is often given to assist in baby’s ability to move their head, neck, jaw, or other body areas. The relaxation of areas such as the neck and jaw allow for baby to obtain a wider gape therefore a deeper latch to assist in optimal breastfeeding and transfer of milk.

Do I need a doctor’s referral for bodywork? Most practitioners accept patients/clients without a pediatrician referral, however, we always encourage you to keep your trusted pediatrician in the loop regarding care of your baby.

Will insurance cover the visit? That depends on the modality and practitioner you work with. Below are referrals you can look into to decide what is best for you.

The Developing Infant by Annie Brook – optimal instruction on tummy time, baby handling & infant development

About craniosacral facial therapy infants:

Chiropractic Management of Breastfeeding Difficulties: A Case Report

The Impact of Craniosacral Therapy/Cranial Osteopathy on Breastfeeding


Adapted from courtesy of Katia Ghazi-Dahan, DO. (Fr), LMT.