Pregnancy & Newborn Services
Massage ♦ Craniosacral♦ Newborn Sessions
Each prenatal session lasts 90 minutes to allow plenty of time for supportive pillowing, stretching and relaxation.
Many moms take home new tips on keeping themselves comfortable through the night and working with their bodies for a more optimal birth.
Massage during pregnancy may relieve common pregnancy discomforts such as:
- shortness of breath
- hip/pubic bone pain
- disrupted sleep
- leg cramps
Each prenatal session lasts 90 minutes to allow plenty of time for supportive pillowing, stretching and relaxation. Many moms take home new tips on keeping themselves comfortable through the night and working with their bodies for a more optimal birth.
Pillowing: Rather than use specialty pregnancy pillows or bolsters, I use a variety of commonly available pillows to support the body, my goal is for the level of comfort a mother experiences my office to be something she can recreate at home. Face down pregnancy support pillows can be comfortable for a time but can place extra strain on the sacrum, hips and ligaments of the uterus. Sessions tend to focus on side-lying and supine (on the back) positions. For certain discomforts, pillowing prone (face down) is available.
Stretches: Prenatal sessions include what is called the Pelvic Stabilization Technique, this is a series of stretches that releases the hips and pelvis evenly to stability the gait, reduce pelvic ‘tipping’ and reduce common pregnancy discomforts. To allow for this range of movement, mothers are encouraged to undress for the massage to their comfort level but keep their undies on.
Belly Massage: The abdominal massage is optional depending on a mother’s need and comfort. It can be extremely helpful in reducing anterior hip and pubic bone pain as well as improving digestion and shortness of breath. My focus is not on massage the uterus itself but on releasing the respiratory diaphragm and soft tissue attachments of the uterus and hips. Release of the respiratory diaphragm has been helpful in reducing shortness of breath, improving heartburn and digestion and, on occasion, allowing baby space to adjust their position for birth.
Prenatal treatments are offered for all gestations of pregnancy from conception to birth and beyond.
The Childbearing Year: Prenatal/Postnatal & Newborn
As we develop within the womb, we are creating the physical stuff of our bodies and minds. Our nervous systems are 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.
Our focus is on supporting the nervous system to find a resourced, neutral state that is 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 healing this awareness 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 create 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.
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.
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)
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 always 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.