Craniosacral Therapy (CST) focuses on the the cranium, sacrum, spinal cord and the central nervous system within the spinal cord.
As Craniosacral Therapists, we listen deeply, focusing on the health of the body as a whole. This allows access to deeper levels of information about the musculoskeletal, myofascial and lymphatic systems.
From this place, we are accessing a level of rest in the body that realigns these functional systems as well as providing ground for recovery from a variety of emotional experiences.
Craniosacral therapy has been recommended to treat:
- Anxiety & Stress
- Sleep and Digestion Disturbances
- Birth Trauma
- Breastfeeding Issues
- Injury & Surgery Recovery
Trauma is defined as: an event that has a shocking and lasting impact on an individual.
Therefore, trauma feels different for each of us and can stem from emotional dynamics as surely as it can from car accidents or other physically traumatic events including surgeries, injuries and childbirth. The dynamics of the trauma include how we received the event as well as how resourced or supported we were to heal and move forward.
In the Biodynamic Craniosacral model, trauma is acknowledged as a function of the inherent Health held in the memory as well as in the tissues of the body. Meeting trauma in this way allows the nervous system, memory and physical patterns of emotional or physical events to unwind in their own way and in their own time. By supporting this unfolding, we can find our way to recovery and a greater understanding of our own process.
The Childbearing Year:
Prenatal/Postnatal & Newborn
As we develop within the womb, we are creating the physical stuff of our bodies and minds. In utero, our nervous system is patterned from our mother’s nervous system. We are as much affected by her experiences and beliefs as our bodies are crafted by the diet and environment available to her. Support during the childbearing year can support the greatest health of mother and baby through the physical and emotional journey of bringing new life in to world.
As a baby’s nervous system is shared and patterned after the mother’s, it is of utmost importance that a mother supports her own nervous system the best that she can. This can include managing daily stress levels or simply acknowledging the feelings we have about pregnancy and parenthood, whatever they are. During a session, the focus is on supporting the mother’s nervous system to find a resourced, neutral state restorative to mind and body. Many clients experience better digestion, posture and sleep after a session.
Physically, Craniosacral Therapy addresses the deeper layers of tissue around the uterus, pelvic bowl and diaphragm to bring relief to mothers experiencing pelvic discomfort or back pain, heartburn and shortness of breath. The level of awareness CST can bring can be extremely healing around previous birth experiences, sexual trauma and scar tissue from vaginal or cesarean births.
After birth, sessions focus again on the deeper layers of tissue and bone. The birth experience the tissues have gone through will frequently come forward to be addressed and resolved. Birth stretches our minds, bodies and hearts to the limit. Assistance after the birth addresses overstrained or out of balance physical structures in the pelvis and diaphragm as well as creating space for the emotional experiences of birth to be processed and healed. Allowing time and space for the nervous system to rebalance after birth can have profoundly positive effects on bonding, breastfeeding and family relationships.
Post birth, our bodies are doing the best they can to assimilate a host of new emotions and a rollercoaster of hormones similar to those we experienced in pregnancy. These challenges, like postpartum blues, can be met and helped by giving the body this chance to deeply rest and rebalance
Ideally, birth is the most traumatic thing our bodies will ever experience.
Craniosacral is being recommended more frequently by Midwives, Lactation Consultants, Chiropractors, Speech Therapists and Pediatric Dentists for:
- Shallow Latch
- Inability to Latch
- Aversion to the Breast
- Favoring one Side
- Car Seat Discomfort
- Aversion to Tummy Time
- Facial Asymmetry
- Tongue Ties (before and after revision)
The movements, transitions and tests of the birth process prepare us for our lives outside the womb. We are endowed with natural mechanisms in the process of breastfeeding, bonding and learning to move, to help us grow and reset.
Newborn treatments have been helpful for resolving issues held over from the birth process that can occur from interrupted, precipitous, surgical or traumatic births. These experiences can frequently manifest as breastfeeding or latching difficulties, misalignments in the cranial bones or spine, disrupted sleep or digestion.
I have been working with babies as a Doula since 2008 and as a manual therapist since 2014.
Newborn sessions always include the mother and sometimes other family members like fathers and siblings. The baby guides the session.
What a child is comfortable with, ready to express and ready to work on is individual to each child and each session.
Manual work tends to focus on dura and myofascial systems, the gentle touch makes it ideal for issues such as tongue tie, digestive issues or alighment issues that chiropractic may not be reaching. Please reach out with any questions or concerns. I am always happy to discuss session with parents beforehand.