Craniosacral & Massage Therapy

Pregnancy & Newborn

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Prenatal Massage

Massage during pregnancy may relieve common discomforts:

  • Swelling
  • shortness of breath
  • hip/pubic bone discomfort
  • 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 to stay comfortable through the night and the duration of their pregnancy.

Pillowing: Rather than use specialty pregnancy pillows or bolsters, I use a variety of commonly available pillows. Our goal is for the level of comfort experienced in my office to be something moms can recreate at home. Sessions focus on side-lying and reclining  positions. For certain discomforts, pillowing prone (face down) is available.

Stretches: Prenatal sessions incorporate the Pelvic Stabilization Technique; this is a series of stretches to release the pelvis evenly to stabilize the gait, reduce pelvic ‘tipping’ and reduce common pregnancy pressure.

Belly Massage: Belly massage is optional. Our focus is on releasing the respiratory diaphragm and soft tissue attachments of the uterus and hips. Belly massage is often helpful in reducing anterior hip/pubic symphysis pain as well as improving digestion and reducing shortness of breath.

All Gestations of pregnancy  are welcome

Newborn & Pediatric Craniosacral

 

Craniosacral is frequently recommended by Midwives, Lactation Consultants, Chiropractors, Speech Therapists and Pediatric Dentists for:

  • Shallow Latch
  • Inability to Latch
  • Aversion to the Breast
  • Favoring One Breast
  • Car Seat Discomfort
  • Aversion to Tummy Time
  • Facial Asymmetry
  • Tongue Ties (before and after revision)

 

The gentle touch of Craniosacral Therapy allows the baby's nervous system to relax and unwind, soft tissue intentions focus on the dura and fascia.  The combination of nervous system regulation and soft tissue work can be highly effective for digestive issues, sleep disruptions and feeding issues. Subtle and deep relaxation of the connective tissue can ease tension in the cranial bones and spine, effecting alignment issues that chiropractic may not be reaching.

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 their pace guides the session. Mothers are integral to the session, fathers and other family members, like siblings are also welcome. However, sessions can be slow paced and a bit too quiet for older children.

Tongue/Lip Tie Revisions

Recommended treatment for revisions is for the child (or adult!) to be seen soon before the revision and as soon after as possible. Revision treatment is typically three sessions, sometimes more depending on severity and recovery.

Newborn treatments may be 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.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.

Ideally, birth is the most traumatic thing our bodies will ever experience.

 

Please reach out with any questions, I am happy to discuss sessions with parents beforehand!

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Why Craniosacral Therapy?

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.

 PRENATAL

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.

Supporting the nervous system allows our bodies 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.

 POSTPARTUM

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 can address overstrained and out of balance physical structures 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.