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Pediatric Massage Featured

Monday, 25 November 2013 10:53
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CranioSacral Therapy applied to an infant CranioSacral Therapy applied to an infant

We all know how good a massage can feel. It can help decrease muscle tension after a long day at work, minimize headache pain, and help facilitate the healing of soft tissue injuries. So, if it feels good and can help us heal, what about our little ones?  

We can incur tissue trauma at any stage of life, in the womb, during the birthing process, and of course, all the bumps and bruises we get as we learn to crawl, walk, and run. All of this trauma, as small as it may seem, can have physical (as well as mental) effects on the body. These effects can manifest themselves later on in life, creating postural change, undue stress on ligaments, tendons and nerves, and muscle tension, as well as some mental health disorders. Massage Therapy can be very beneficial throughout the pediatric years to help with tissue healing, postural concerns (scoliosis, leg length discrepancies, etc.), latching difficulties, digestive issues, restlessness and insomnia, as well as many other issues.

How does pediatric massage differ from regular massage?  Depending on the symptoms that your child may present with, many of the same techniques can be applied to the infant that would be applied to an adult but with a much gentler touch and treatment intention. Treatments can involve simple Swedish (relaxation) massage techniques, or be more specific. CranioSacral techniques can help a newborn latch onto the mother’s breast or decrease intracranial pressure that may be high due to some birthing processes such as C-section delivery. Visceral (organ) mobilization techniques may be used to help with digestion. These techniques should be performed by an experienced CranioSacral Therapist or Visceral Therapist that has had specific education towards pediatrics.

How do I know if my baby needs Massage? Obviously a newborn cannot express through voice that he/she has an upset tummy or that they are experiencing tension throughout their body. But noticing movement patterns that seem unbalanced from side-to-side, such as one arm reaching higher than another, or excessive arching of the back when being picked up, can be signs of tissue tightness within the body. Latching problems can be another sign that there may be some problem with the palate and/or the muscles that help with latching (possibly due to a difficult/long birthing process, C-section, or breech position). An overly fussy baby can be telling us that something may be uncomfortable also. Our little ones communicate in many different ways without speech. As long as you are attentive and trust your parental intuition, you will pick up on these little communication cues. Even if you think everything is okay, your baby can always benefit from massage.                

When can massage be done on an infant? Massage therapy can be very effective and applied at any time from the moment of birth onwards. Pre-natal massage experienced by the mother can create a more comfortable pregnancy as issues with postural change, mood, and overall health can be addressed. This has a direct impact on the birthing process as a relaxed mother with very little discomfort going into child birth is more likely to succeed at providing a positive birthing experience for her and her baby.

It is also important to note that massage therapy is a great bonding tool for parents and their newborn. Touch builds trust for the newborn towards his/her parents, it helps to comfort, and is a great tool to be used for bedtime routines. Infant massage classes can teach parents the basics of applying massage to their infants and is something I highly recommend.

Pediatric massage can help with a variety of issues and can be done at any time. It is an amazing tool to help parents bond with their child and can be very beneficial with the developmental process of the baby. There are a variety of techniques that can be applied by the parent or massage therapist, and some that need advanced education to help our little ones developmental process flourish.


Jason Dvorak, RMT, NSCA-CPT



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A graduate of West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster, BC (3000hr program) and entering my 8th year in practice, I am extremely excited to provide Massage Therapy in Lethbridge and surrounding areas.

My wife Sara and I, along with our beautiful daughter Piper, moved to Lethbridge from theIMGP7520 webpageLower Mainland of BC in September 2013. This allowed us to be closer to family and farther away from the gloomy grey skies that plagues the Lower Mainland for approximately 7-months of the year.

I started my schooling in Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley in 1997, and worked in management and as a Personal Trainer in various Athletic Centers throughout the Lower Mainland. I was introduced to Massage Therapy in 1999 and worked closely with these therapists as well as other medical practitioners to hone my skill as a Personal Trainer. Between 2000 and 2004 I was lucky enough to work with some of the best fitness professionals in the industry, namely Pete Twist and Scott Hebert. Working with professional athletes to help rehabilitate injuries or get them ready for their upcoming season was an amazing experience and continues to be. Some highlights include training the following professional and university level athletes:

Colin Fraser (NHL) 2-time Stanley Cup Winner -LA Kings, Edmonton Oilers, ChicagoColinFraserBlackhawks
Brent Seabrook (NHL) 2-time Stanley Cup Winner – Chicago Blackhawks
Mitch Gillis – CanPro Golfer
Oregon State University Men’s Golf
University of the Fraser Valley Women’s Soccer
Trinity Western University Men’s Volleyball

In 2004 I started my Massage Therapy schooling at West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster, BC. Enrolled in the 3000hr program, I graduated in April of 2006 at the top of my class and started treating in October 2006 after passing my board exams.

Post Graduate courses that I have taken include

2013 Craniosacral Level 3 SomatoEmotional Release (October) – Upledger Institute
2012 Craniosacral Level 1 (May) – Upledger Institute
2012 Craniosacral Level 2 (November) – Upledger Institute
2011 Hockey Canada Respect in Sport Certificate
2011 Soft Tissue Release (Jim Bilotta)
2011 Twist Conditioning Bronze Coach
2010 Lower Quadrant Rehabilitation (Anne Hartley Agency)
2009 Osteopathic Techniques One (Anne Sleeper)
2007 Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy – End Range Loading (Dr. David De Camillis, DC, F.C.C.R.S)
2006 Muscle Balance and Function Development System Level 1 (Geoff Gluckman, MSc.)

2002-present NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
1999-2002 BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer

I look forward to providing Massage Therapy to you and your family, from the very young, to the elderly and in between. To book an appointment, please call or text the number below. Or use our online booking feature. For more info or questions you may have please email them to Also, join us on facebook for great info and free stuff.

Jason Dvorak, MT, NSCA-CPT

Infants to Athletes Massage Therapy

1013 2 Ave South

Lethbridge, AB

T1J 0C8


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