How is CranioSacral Therapy beneficial for mothers?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) improves fertility and supports mothers during conception, pregnancy, labor and postpartum by releasing restrictions in the body, pelvis and nervous system. With CST, mothers experience a sense of physical and emotional expansion and well being conducive to a positive experience for mom and baby.
Imagine experiencing a very safe gentle touch that actually helps release tensions deep in your body. Although Craniosacral therapists use a very light touch (the weight of a nickel), CST is deeply transformative and healing physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Even though receiving a massage can be very beneficial, my clients have found that CST offers a more profound experience with longer lasting benefits. That is because…
• CST addresses the nervous system, creating an optimal positive environment for mom and her womb-baby all throughout the perinatal period (before and after birth).
• CST addresses restrictions in the pelvis that can affect conception, pregnancy and birth.
• CST along with SomatoEmotional Release (SER) can help release trauma that might be stored in the body at a cellular level that could affect fertility, pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
• CST’s effect on the parasympathetic nervous system improves the emotional well-being of the mom in pregnancy and postpartum addressing anxiety and other pregnancy and postpartum moods and challenges.
Fertility & Conception
When a woman is experiencing high levels of stress and living in the fight-flight-freeze state, the body is not prepared for reproduction. Because of its relaxing nature, CST can help women attain proper parasympathetic function (the opposite of “fight-flight-freeze”). This state of ease readies the body for fertility and conception.
A 2014 U.S. study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that highly stressed women “took 29% longer to conceive compared to other women and [that] their risk of infertility doubled.” A U.K. study published around the same time found similar results when surveying couples undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments.
CST can also address the manifestations of strong emotions such as fear leftover from previous pregnancies or births, therefore removing potential barriers for conception.
Additionally, a misaligned pelvic structure or chronic muscle tension in the low back or pelvic floor can adversely affect nerves that supply the reproductive organs as well as the organs themselves. CST can help alleviate such tension so all the bones, muscles, organs, and nerves of the pelvis can regain optimal function to support conception and a healthy pregnancy.
By balancing and unwinding the pelvis CST can help ease ligament pain, low back pain, hip pain, and promote optimal fetal positioning. CST promotes a state of stillness and a sense of open-heartedness ideal for bonding with baby.
During a session fears or previous childbirth traumas can be gently addressed and released. These sessions are a great way to prepare body-mind-spirit for childbirth and motherhood.
Studies show that mothers who receive loving touch during their pregnancies are better able to provide loving touch to their newborn infants.
CST is a perfect complimentary treatment to assist pregnant survivors of sexual violence to prepare for pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
Labor & Birth
Balancing and unwinding the pelvis provides great relief when applied during labor. CST supports the mother’s ability to be deeply calm and centered therefore having easier access to her inner resources. When mom is in this state of profound relaxation, her body and baby can navigate the work of labor and birth with greater ease.
During the postpartum period, CranioSacral therapy supports the mother’s physical and emotional recovery. Special attention is given to structural realignment of the spine and pelvis, pelvic health and emotional balance. CST also helps alleviate the discomforts of newborn care and mothering. The new mother can also be treated holding her baby and that way both benefit from the session.
CST is highly effective in the treatment of breastfeeding issues such as poor latch and sore nipples.
Sensitive postpartum care is of utmost importance. As the new mother begins her journey into motherhood she might need to process her birth experience. Sometimes new mothers are left with feelings of loss, guilt, anger or shame after childbirth. Addressing these feeling in the first weeks postpartum can help prevent other postpartum distress and challenges.
CST after Cesarean birth assists the mother to heal and integrate the childbirth experience, resolve post-epidural pain and trauma, process the birth, bond with baby and recover faster.
Miscarriage & Baby Loss
A CranioSacral Therapy session after miscarriage or other baby loss provides gentle, compassionate touch to give mom a safe space to rest. It is a time to pause and just breathe. During CST, the nervous system moves with ease from the sympathetic fight-or-flight response to the calm and receptive parasympathetic response.
In this safe space mom’s whole system will be able to rest which, in its own time, gently invites the body-mind-spirit back into wholeness.