CranioSacral Therapy for Pregnancy and Postpartum

 

For Mother and Baby

A woman experiences dramatic changes in her body and in her relationships during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) effectively addresses the concerns and discomforts arising from these changes.

 

Touch is vital to the mother's psychological, physiological and spiritual well being as she adapts to the experience and demands of pregnancy and new motherhood. Studies show that mothers who receive loving touch during their pregnancies are better able to provide loving touch to their newborn infants.

 

Prenatal CST

A prenatal CST session is a special time for a mother to get in touch with her body and growing baby. 

 

CST helps rebalance both the energy and physical body. It relieves the effects of daily stress and the residual body-memories of past emotional and physical trauma. This helps the mother-to-be and the baby prepare for the birth together. 

 

A pregnancy CST treatment can provide a safe forum. A woman may express her fears and concerns about the transitions of motherhood without judgment. I actively listen to her concerns and even suggest community resources to help, if appropriate.

 

An important goal of a pregnancy CST session is to gently improve mobility in the mother’s pelvis so her baby can more easily assume an ideal position for birth. This can promote a timely, easier birth for mom and baby.

 

What to Expect

• A safe, private room and a nest of pillows and cushions ready to support a pregnant or postpartum body on the bodywork table.

 

• A time for sharing about a mother's feelings, health status, birth plans, postpartum challenges special concerns, resource needs and areas needing extra bodywork attention

 

• A CST treatment tailored to a mother's need for physical, verbal and energetic support that meets her own requirements for comfort and modesty. CST does not require disrobing.

 

Postpartum CST

The attention that a mother receives during pregnancy is often withdrawn and transferred to the baby after the birth. It is important for the new mother to continue to be nurtured when most of her energy is spent nurturing a new baby. It is beneficial for the whole family when a new mother receives focused attention just for her.

 

A postpartum treatment focuses on structural realignment of the spine and pelvis and rehabilitation of the muscles overworked or weakened during pregnancy. It facilitates healing, especially for mothers who have had cesarean births. New mothers receive instruction on how best to help themselves recover strength and balance in their bodies.

 

Postpartum CST also addresses the new body discomforts associated with the carrying and care of a newborn infant. It includes instruction in the proper use of body mechanics for these new activities.

 

A woman who has experienced a complicated birth may feel traumatized. She may grieve the loss of the birth experience she had planned for herself. Postpartum CST helps the new mother process and integrate her birth experience in a way that is physically and emotionally healthy.

 

Craniosacral Therapy during the childbearing year can help:

 

  • Relieve cramping
  • Address back pain in pregnancy
  • Resolve foot pain
  • Treat sciatic or other nerve pain
  • Release pelvic, vaginal or groin pain

  • Improve pelvic floor strength and function 

  • Establish optimal fetal positioning for birth (including breeches)

  • Promote recovery from tears and stitches

  • Facilitate recovery from Cesarean birth

  • Resolve post-epidural back pain

  • Restore pelvic stability

  • Assess and treat birth trauma

  • Address body image issues

  • Lots more...

 

 

 

Essential Oils for Babies & Children

You will find that babies and children love essential oils, I become so excited when I hear testimonials about success with essential oils as if I have heard the positive results for the first time. A mom tells me they put the oils on their child's feet or diffuse in the air to help them sleep for example. The child feels good using the oil and starts to ask for it time and time again. Not only did you avoid chemicals but you created a beautiful and loving moment of bonding between you and your child. What can be better?

When using essential oils on babies and children, it is always best to dilute 1-2 drops of pure essential oils with 1/2-1 tsp. vegetable oil. If the oils are used in a bath, always use a bath gel base as a dispersing agent for the oils.

Keep essential oils out of children's reach. If an oil is ever ingested, give the child an oil-soluble liquid such as milk, cream, or half & half. Then call your local poison control center or seek emergency medical attention. A few drops of pure essential oil shouldn't be life-threatening, but for your protection, it is best to take these precautions.

In Shirley Price's book, Aromatherapy for Babies and Children, she mentions 19 oils that are safe for children. These oils are:

  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)*
  • Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)**
  • Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Lemon (Citrus limon)*
  • Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)*
  • Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
  • Melaleuca-Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • Orange (Citrus aurantium)*
  • Rose Otto (Rosa damascena)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)**
  • Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora)
  • Sandalwood (Santalum album)
  • Thyme (Thumus vulgaris CT linalol)
  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

*These oils are photosensative; always dilute. To prevent a rash or pigmentation of the skin, do not use citrus oils when exposed to direct sunlight.

**These oils should never be used undiluted on babies and children.

Caution: Do not use synthetic or adulterated oils. Do not use oils with different botanical names until the safety data has been thoroughly reviewed.

Essential Oil Uses for Babies and Children

Colic: Bergamot, ginger, mandarin, marjoram, Roman chamomile, rosemary, or ylang ylang. Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. Almond oil with 1 drop Roman chamomile, 1 drop lavender, and 1 drop geranium. Mix and apply to stomach and back. Note: Burping the baby, and keeping the abdomen warm with a warm (not hot) water bottle will often bring relief.

Common Cold: Cedarwood, lemon, Melaleuca ericifolia, rosemary, rose, sandalwood, or thyme. Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil with 2 drops melaleuca (Tea Tree), 1 drop lemon, and 1 drop rose otto. Massage a little of the blend on neck and chest.

Constipation: Ginger, mandarin, orange, or rosemary. Dilute one of the oils and massage on stomach and feet.

Cradle Cap: Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. almond oil with 1 drop lemon and 1 drop geranium or with 1 drop cedarwood and 1 sandalwood. Mix and apply a small amount on head.

Croup: Marjoram, ravensara, rosewood, sandalwood, or thyme. Dilute for massage or diffuse. Bundle baby or child up and take outside to breathe cold air.

Crying: Cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, Roman chamomile, rose otto, or ylang ylang. Dilute for massage or diffuse.

Diaper Rash: Lavender (dilute and apply). Blend: Combine 1 drop Roman chamomile and 1 drop lavender with vegetable oil and apply.

Digestion (sluggish): Lemon or orange. Dilute and massage feet and stomach.

Dry Skin: Rosewood or sandalwood. Dilute and apply.

Earache: Lavender, melaleuca (Tea Tree), Melaleuca ericifolia, Roman chamomile, or thyme (sweet). Put a diluted drop of oil on a cotton ball and place on the surface of the ear; rub a little bit of diluted oil behind the ear. Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil with 2 drops lavender, 1 drop Roman chamomile, and 1 drop melaleuca (Tea Tree). Put a drop on a cotton ball and put on surface of the ear, rub behind the ear and on the ear Vita Flex feet points.

Fever: Lavender. Dilute in vegetable oil and massage baby or child (back of neck, feet, behind ear, etc.). Peppermint (diffuse only).

Flu: Cypress, lemon, Melaleuca ericifolia. Dilute 1 drop of each in 1 Tbsp. bath gel base for a bath or diffuse.

Hiccoughs: Mandarin. Diffuse

Jaundice: Geranium, lemon, lime, mandarin, or rosemary. Dilute and apply on the liver area and on the liver Vita Flex feet points.

Premature: Since premature babies have very thin and sensitive skin, it is best to avoid the use of essential oils.

Rashes: Lavender, Roman chamomile, rose otto, or sandalwood. Dilute and apply.

Teeth Grinding: Lavender (rub on feet).

Tonsillitis: Ginger, lavender, lemon, or melaleuca (Tea Tree), Roman chamomile. Dilute and apply.

Thrush: Geranium, lavender, lemon, melaleuca (Tea Tree), Melaleuca ericifolia, rosewood, or thyme. Dilute and apply.Blend: 2 Tbsp. garlic oil, 8 drops lavender, 8 drops Melaleuca ericifolia, 1 ml. Vitamin E oil. Apply to nipples just before nursing, or with a clean finger into baby's mouth.

For more information on the use of essential oils and aromatherapy for babies and children, see also the booksAromatherapy and Massage for Mother and Baby by Allison England, and Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child by Valerie Ann Worwood.

The information on this page is an abridgement from the Reference Guide for Essential Oils "Personal Guide" section by Connie and Alan Higley, ©1998-2002. This information has been designed to help educate the reader in regard to the subject matter covered. This information is provided with the understanding that the publisher, the authors, and Abundant Health, LLC are not liable for the misconception or misuse of the information provided. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body. The authors, publisher, and Abundant Health LLC shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this information. The information presented is in no way inteded as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified health care professional.

 

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PM oils

Nightly rituals can magnify the quality of your sleep and in turn creates a more productive day ahead. A few things I do each evening which helps me de-stress and snuggle in. 

First I take a hot bath.. I add a cup of epson salt. The more the better to increase buoyancy and allowing your body to relax. Epson Salt is an element found on the chemical chart, which means it is natural to our bodies chemistry.  Epson Salt has over 300 functions in the body. One is muscle contraction, so I think of our heart and muscles. How can this not be important to supplement and what an easy way in the bath. I hear from some of my exercise trainer friends that professional body builders are drinking epson salt solution to recover quicker from their workouts. It is a natural laxative so be careful :) They only use a teaspoon dissolved in hot water. 

To my bath, I drop in a few drops of  Young Livings lavender essential oil or thier peace in calming essential oil to de-stress. 

After my bath I spray the lavender mist I created on my pillow take a deep breath and snuggle in for the night. The mist is easy to create. Take a mister glass bottle ( plastic will be degraded by the oils) add purified water and up to ten drops of Young Living Essential OIl. 

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Essential oils an AM ritual

I wake up every am and grab my bottle of lemon essential oil… dropping the oil onto my palm I rub them together three times clockwise to represent the direction the bodies fluid flow. Taking a deep breath my limbic system wakes up and smiles. 

Did you know pure lemon essential oil is a natural anti depressant? It is true!

Lemon is also a wonderful detox for our body.. add a drop to your water or even drop a few drops onto your food… it tastes amazing! One of my favorites is to take fresh berries, drizzle them with raw honey and drop some certified kosher therapeutic lemon essential oil over the fruit. It is delicious. Please try it and let me know what you think at #561-414-3558.