Meditation for Children in New York City

One On One Meditation For Children

Meditation On Twin Hearts is an incredible mindfull exercise that improves the following in children of all ages:

  •  Concentration and Memory
  •  Social Interaction
  •  Anxiety and Stress
  •  Overstimulation
  •  Behavior Issues
  •  ADD / ADHD
  •  Developmental Challenges / Delays
  •  Speech Impairement
  •  Slouching / Improves Posture
  •  Sinus Issues and Headaches
  •  Physical Body Assymetries
  •  Helps Form Healthy Habits

Many other health concerns are alleviated through this peaceful and mindful form of guided meditation. In-office sessions last 20-30 minutes in the beginning and increase in time during consecutive sessions as per the individual ability of your child.

Breathing exercises and mild physical activity techniques are also taught in the office and recommended for home care. Dr. Kaminsky loves kids and is very patient and thorough in teaching techniques to children that they will enjoy doing at home.

Meditation on Twin Hearts is fun and engaging, and combined with other activities such as Superbrain Yoga, breathing exercises and other self healing fun activities will facilitate positive changes in your child. As developed my Grand Master Choi Kok Sui.

The National Therapies Research Unit in Australia conducted a study showing significant improvements in ADHD symptoms with kids who were taught to meditate.  Improved attention spans with less hyperactivity along with the following additional benefits:

  • Improved parental relationships
  • A boost and increase in self-esteem

Closer to home a University of California, Los Angeles study found 2nd & 3rd graders who practiced “mindful” meditation techniques for 30 minutes twice a week for 8 weeks had improved behavior and scored higher on tests requiring memory, attention and focus than the kids who did not meditate. A San Francisco Unified School District  study involving more than 3,000 children showed dramatic improvement in math test scores and overall academic performance among students who practiced transcendental meditation.   

Meditation also helps teenagers deal with the turmoil of adolescence by helping them balance conflicting emotions and manage stress.  Meditation strengthens self-acceptance, builds confidence, and enhances the feeling of empowerment. Teens have reported they are better able to manage peer pressure as a result of their meditation practice.  In addition to this, meditation helps kids:

  • Fall asleep, especially when practiced before bedtime
  • Deal with grief and other difficult emotions
  • Fight disease, develop a stronger Immune system
  • Release negative thoughts and behaviors
  • Get along better with others

Meditation is a welcoming and comforting ‘fit’ for kids as there is an elasticity and freedom in their minds which allows them to be present in the moment and free from any external thoughts or pressures.   Introducing children to these ancient, yet practical, wellness practices helps them to cope better with stress and grow into living healthier lives. Meditation is a great way to remove stress, improve awareness and create a sense of wellbeing, and is a natural ‘gateway’ to other non-invasive therapies such as ‘energy healing’.

Energy healing can describe any therapy that aims to affect the energy field – or those invisible forces around and in the body you may simply call your “personal space” or the vibe you give off – with compassion and positive intention, often in an effort to encourage the body’s natural ability to heal. Energy healing also known as biofield therapies, involves the channeling of healing energy through the hands of a skilled practitioner into the patient’s body to restore a normal energy balance and, therefore, health. Energy therapies include Reiki, therapeutic touch, pranic healing and healing touch. A recent review of biofield therapies in adults with cancer showed generally positive effects on pain reduction and psychological distress (anxiety, depression and stress), and improvements in quality of life. “  – National Institute of Health Study

In babies and children, the evidence is more limited, but still encouraging enough that a clinical report on pediatric integrative medicine written by the American Academy of Pediatrics‘ Section on Integrative Medicine included biofield or energy therapies like healing touch, pranic healing, therapeutic touch and spiritual healing among those complementary and alternative medicine therapies that are safe and effective for children.  

For example, a 2012 study on pediatric cancer patients found that kids who received healing touch experienced decreased pain, stress and fatigue – as did their parents and caregivers. A 2015 study of infants in the NICU found measures of heart rate, oxygen content in blood and pain improved after receiving massage or healing touch.  Energy healing that uses touch, much of it may be attributable to the hormone oxytocin, which is released in response to the right kind of touch of a skilled practioner. Oxytocin, which calms down the body’s stress response, is critical in physical, behavioral and social development since, among many roles, it promotes trust and social bonding. 

The world is full of constant change and people are becoming more aware of subtle energies. We have a deeper insight into how the body works and how energy affects the people and environment. So, as parents it is important to create awareness and build a strong foundation for our kids to understand the world of energies.   We aim to prepare the kids from an early age to grow up with proper knowledge and understanding about the universe and the world they are living in, our human auras, chakras and the laws that govern our life. This will produce an expanded freedom for the kids to follow their dreams and achieve success in whatever they do in a shorter time

We are more than our physical form; with a luminous energy field around, a colorful emotional body, a brilliant mental body, and even higher spiritual bodies.  Physical and psychological ailments, character flaws and weaknesses are the results of energy disturbances in the energy body and chakras that can be fine-tuned or transformed through proper knowledge about energy.  The condition of our chakras also affects our creativity, intelligence, and productivity. Chakras even control and energize our vital organs along with deciding our emotional and mental characteristics. Using the knowledge of our energies we hope to prepare kids to tap into the very fabric of their existence while very young and giving them the ability to harness these energies.   The auras and chakras of kids are generally cleaner than adults, therefore if kids start to take care of their system and their energy body early, the full benefits and effects are optimized.

Contact Dr. Kaminsky if you would like to have a further discussion on introducing your child to a meditative practice and other incredible helthy techniques.

About Dr. Kaminsky & Craniosacral Therapy

Dr. Kaminsky is a 1999 graduate of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. He is licensed to practice in NY and has completed close to three thousand hours of professional continuing education since becoming licensed in March of 2000.

The primary approach used in his office is Craniosacral Therapy (CST) which is a method focusing on the cranium (head) and sacrum (a large bone at the base of the spine) scientifically proven to control life sustaining fluid flow throughout the body.

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on manual therapy approach that brings about healing via the fluidity of the body. The existence of the Craniosacral System was first discovered by Osteopath Dr. William Sutherland in the early 1900’s, calling it Cranial Osteopathy.  And later rediscovered, validated, and developed by Dr. John Upledger in the late 70’s early 80’s, who renamed it Craniosacral Therapy after doing five years of research at the Michigan State University, School of Medicine. In 1983 Dr. John, as he was fondly called, established a teaching institute in Palm Beach, Florida, to teach this cranial sacral method to all healthcare providers. The Upledger Institute is still very active today.

The craniosacral mechanism pumps fluid which is produced in the brain, called cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), through the fascial network of the body, the purpose of which is to lubricate joints, muscles, organs, all cells and all tissues. It is the driving life force for your body’s systems to function properly, CSF also carries healing properties to bodily traumas, injuries and past surgeries.

The proper function of your cranial sacral mechanism, via CSF flow, maintains the normal tone of your muscles, provide nutrients to your organs, and keeps you out of pain. It sustains human life and allows your nervous system to stay responsive to challenges of daily living and your mind-body life experiences. The better your craniosacral mechanism functions, the better the flow of this life sustaining fluid, the better your body can handle physical and emotional stress. The uninhibited flow of this fluid throughout your body allows you to thrive, opposite of survival mode.

CSF is part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) brain and spinal cord), which is physically encapsulated within the dural membranes of the spine and head.

One of the functions inside of your brain is to automatically generate energetic rhythmic impulses that function to pump CSF throughout your body, regulating your peripheral nerves, nervous system and organ systems, which in turn, sustain your function (physiology) and life. It is an important force that maintains everything functioning in your body. This is what we call the Craniosacral System, or Craniosacral Mechanism. It is the hydraulic, energetic and rejuvenating system of your body.

This measurable life force of moving fluid is palpable to a trained craniosacral therapist, like the heart rhythm, pulse rhythm, breathing rate, that can all be felt, so too can the Cranial Sacral Rhythm (CSR) be palpated and measured. It is the foundational diagnostic tool in real-time used to evaluate your current state of well-being (or lack thereof), and potential for health improvement and healing.

Compromises of your rhythmic impulse, correlates to CSF flow restrictions in the system which the body is unable to self-correct or overcome on its own. This is the reason why over time we develop pain, dis-ease, symptoms, conditions, mind-body disconnect and basically all human physical and psychological ailments.

When the fluid isn’t flowing optimally, your bodily rejuvenation is affected, and this is where the skill of an experienced craniosacral therapist becomes valuable. By placing his or her hands on your body, most commonly on your head and sacrum, for diagnostic purposes, the practitioner can detect, feel, evaluate, and rate the SSQAR (strength, symmetry, quality, amplitude, rate) of the rhythm; then bring forth correction of any limitations with subsequent experienced hand placements on different parts the body during a session.

A craniosacral therapist helps your rhythm reset, restore and renew allowing for healing to take place of the mind-body connection, musculoskeletal tightness and spasms, neurological deficits, autoimmune issues, organ function, many common conditions, and of course pain. Through a practitioners properly focused and attuned touch, your body is facilitated to release channels of fluid stagnation and flow restriction, which ultimately breakthrough, overcome and improve CSR and the function of vital fluid flow.

Dr. Alex Kaminsky is an advanced practitioner of Craniosacral therapy, having studied up to advanced levels including SER and pediatric courses. He has built a solid foundation with many years of experience, treating babies, children and adults.

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