My background in midwifery means I naturally see a lot of pregnant mothers and newborns in my craniosacral practice. I love the added view into health I get from this view of the system. BCST so well compliments my philosophy and approach in many ways including, the deeply therapeutic value of human touch and the bodies natural ability to build and continually heal itself. It is such a pleasure to witness the profound affect this therapy has on the triad of pregnancy, birth and postnatal periods for both mum and baby.
Benefits of craniosacral therapy during pregnancy include but are not limited too:
- The pelvis to come into optimal alignment, bringing more ease into the birth process. How many times throughout your life have you fallen on your tailbone? Playing sports, slipping on a wet floor, accumulative stress to the bones, ligaments and muscles of the pelvis will alter its positioning. However subtle this my be, it can and does affect the way we birth.
- Increasing motherbaby connection. Simply taking time out from the demands of our increasingly busy schedule to lie down, be guided into sensing the body and growing baby and using the breath to find a heightened awareness of sensations; deepens our connection to self, baby and the rest of our family and community.
- Supporting baby to come into an optimal position for birth
- Decreases hormonal discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea and vomiting, headaches, slowed digestion. Our nervous system controls the entire body including the endocrine (hormonal) system, by ensuring the cranial nerves have free mobility with the structures around them will promote proper circulation of cerebral spinal fluid and harmony of the entire nervous system, resulting in reduces symptoms.
- Decreases physical discomforts of pregnancy such as backaches or shallow breath by helping the body find more space. This increased space benefits every part of your body including your internal organs. This increased space provides you with more ease to enjoy your changing body and more space for baby to find a its optimal position for birth.
- Increasing immunity, energy and life force. Giving the body a chance to rid itself of vitality leeching stagnation, tension, and compression so that force is free to go elsewhere. What could be better on the run up to birth and parenting?
Postnatal for Mum and Baby
Birth is a big process for both mum and baby. Mother’s body will completely open to let out another human and that little human needs to squeeze thru a small space to do so. What a miracle! While we have been made to do this, and it is a completely normal physiological process, it can have long lasting affects on both people involved.
I believe every baby should have a craniosacral session soon after birth. As physical and drug interventions continue to increase like induction, epidurals, forceps, vacuums, cesarean section’s, the more essential an early opportunity is given to the baby to reset its nervous system.
- Supports letting go of trauma the birth may have caused both physically and emotionally. By supporting the body to rest deeply and integrate the new information it has from the birth process, brings a feeling of peace, connection to self, ok-ness from within.
- Stabilise stretched pelvic ligaments and other structures to relax and find their position and balance.
- Lowers anxiety or nervousness brought up by the demands and responsibilities of new parenthood
- Increases immune function, helping to avoid mastitis’s and other infections.
- Gives her sensitive and developing nervous system an opportunity to relax, rid accumulative tension and move again in homeostasis, balance.
- Release compression of the cranial bones and nerves from the birth process.
- Recover from any trauma encoded from the birth, separation from the mother, or that drug interactions may have caused.
Signs your baby may need a craniosacral session:
- Seems ‘uncomfortable’ in her body
- Has digestion discomfort
- Has been given the label ‘colic’ or ‘reflux’ either by family or medical professional
- Cries more then you expect
- Doesn’t seem comfortable with touch
- Seems anxious, hyper-aroused
- Over arching of her back
- Strong protesting with tummy time
- Prefers or favors to face one side
- Has a ‘flat head’
- Has low tone, seems a bit ‘floppy’
- Doesn’t seem comfortable engaging
- Problems breastfeeding
- Troubles sleeping
- Spent time in the NICU
I believe the affects are deeper and longer lasting when the postnatal session is done with both the mother and baby together. Like in my midwifery practice, I support the motherbaby dyad to flourish together. Even after birth, it takes some time for babies to realize they are separate from their mothers body, both nervous system are linked.
This is a beautiful design, it gives mothers the ability to sense and feel the babies needs and begin understanding what she needs on an intuitive, cellular level. This mirroring means we cannot ‘treat’ one without ‘treating’ the other, the results will not be the same.
During a postnatal session mothers often breastfeed at the same time. We set up for comfort whether sitting or in the side lying position.
I offer discounts for the first mum and baby session to help make the work accessible to all. Email me to book an appointment.
“I did Craniosacral therapy with Red at a time when emotionally I felt very shaken from my birth experience. The session definitely helped me to feel calmer and mentally helped me to resolve some issues; my baby also seemed calmer after the session and would sleep better”. ~A.R.