Pregnancy and birth: a craniosacral approach

Craniosacral Therapy is a client-led therapy that offers the body a deep, healing stillness in which to resource or restore itself during pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.

The rhythmic nature of our bodies, which are full of fluid, is the basis for Craniosacral Therapy and how it works.  The therapist will tune into the fluid motion of your body and help to support any changes needed to free up motion and space.  The therapist will also work in connection with your nervous system, supporting it to relax and release any unwanted cycling energy.

Sometimes, it isn’t possible for all of life’s challenges to be processed as they happen, and this can mean that our bodies store unresolved experience, which can overload the body and mind, leaving us feeling depleted, overwhelmed, or even in pain.  Craniosacral Therapy can help to resolve some of these issues, so that being pregnant and preparing for birth, or caring for a new baby does not add to the feeling of overwhelm, or stress.

Craniosacral Therapy can help you to feel more “at home” in your own body, to release stress and strain and to promote a deep feeling of well-being.  The body’s natural healing processes are boosted during a session and issues such as sleep problems, pain and anxiety can start to be resolved.

The therapist will skilfully “listen” to your body, starting a process where the body feels “heard”.  It will start to respond at the deepest levels, both cellular and neural, enabling physical and emotional shifts to take place.  Craniosacral Therapy offers the brain and the body a deep form of communication that brings back the primal physical experience of relational touch.

For mothers and babies, it can improve comfort throughout pregnancy, post-natally, and the early months of your baby’s life.  Pregnancy is a time of change, both physically and emotionally, and Craniosacral Therapy can help to address the effects of stress and external pressures, to enable you to embrace these deep emotional and physical changes from a resourced and supported place.  Craniosacral Therapy can also help to reconcile internal and external awareness, which is helpful when your body and developing baby are going through change.

Mothers and babies can often need support through the first few months of a baby’s life, to address any issues from the actual birth (physical and emotional), as well as coping with the adjustment to a new and deeply connected being-to-being relationship.  Craniosacral Therapy provides a space for mother and baby to enjoy time together, experiencing stillness and getting to know their own precious relational field.

Treatments are carried out fully clothed, while lying on a treatment couch and can be easily given to mothers and babies separately, or together.  Craniosacral Therapy treats the person as a whole and the client’s own system (mother and baby)  often chooses priorities for treatment.  The basis for each treatment is that health is always available.

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