Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle touch modality focusing on the Craniosacral System, which includes the cranium, sacrum, spinal cord and the central nervous system within the spinal cord.
Craniosacral Therapists listen deeply to the body. Focusing on the health of the body as a whole allows deeper communication with the nervous system, musculoskeletal, myofascial and lymphatic systems. Accessing a level of rest in the body in this way 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.
Craniosacral for Pregnancy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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. The gentle touch makes it ideal for issues such as tongue tie, digestive issues or alignment 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