Support during pregnancy
Yes, you can receive CranioSacral Therapy during your pregnancy! It is safe and helps to prepare for an easier delivery. It can also help relieve morning sickness, aches and pains and stabilize your mood.
The normal delivery
During the normal birthing process, the child’s head has to squeeze through the narrow birth canal, the different bones of the delicate head shift and overlap to enable the passage. After the child is born a bone might get stuck and doesn’t shift back into its original position. This limits the normal expansion of the brain. When the movement of the brain is restricted, developmental challenges can show become evident soon or in later years. An experienced CranioSacral Therapist will be able to get restricted bones moving again and bring the brain into better functioning.
Possible effects of a C-section
During a Cesarean birth, the head does not need to squeeze through a narrow canal. However, the child may experience a significant change of pressure in a very short time and might have difficulty adjusting to it (almost like a diver diving up to quickly from the deep sea who suffers the so called decompression sickness). CST can help the child to release the trauma of a Cesarean birth.
Difficulty latching or bonding?
Many mothers whose baby wasn’t latching report that CranioSacral Therapy has helped them to nurse their baby in the way they had imagined. Often the birthing process is traumatic for the mother and child and postpartum depression / PTSD is on the rise. CST can help you with bonding, release difficult feelings and work through your trauma.
Prevention – Care for the future of your child
As a former Educational Assistant for children with Special Needs, I met many children who struggled in school. Some were unfocused, others had sensory integration difficulties which made them often behaviorally challenging to others, other kids were taking a long time to read or do their math. Teachers had a difficult time dealing with and accommodating all the different needs in their class rooms.
If parents would know about CranioSacral Therapy and get their children treated early on, I believe many developmental challenges could be somewhat eased or even prevented. When the child gets older, treatment is still possible and effective but some costs have been paid along the way.
Why not give babies the best possible opportunity to begin their lives free of restriction and prepare them to grow into well-adjusted children and adults?
Here is a beautiful example of a CranioSacral Session with a Newborn which I found on YouTube: