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.
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.
The attention that a mother receives during pregnancy is often withdrawn and transferred to the baby after the birth.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