Because of the non-invasive nature of this modality, it has virtually no negative side effects. The application of CST principles can be used to facilitate the process of procreation from the initial
thought of becoming prospective parents to the successful delivery of the
All of the amazing changes that take place in an expectant mother’s
anatomy show the beautiful design of her body, and how prepared her body
is to conceive and nature a baby through the gestation period. This is a
wonderful example of the body’s intelligence and why we should follow its
lead. This is also why CST works so well. Under the premise that the human
body wants to correct (heal) itself, and that both mother and baby (fetus)
know what needs to be undertaken to affect a successful delivery, CST can
be applied prior to conception, through pregnancy, labor and delivery. This
is empowering to the mother and child, as well as to the father and family
of the newborn.
As the pregnancy progresses, CranioSacral Therapy techniques are employed
which focus on the mother and baby as individuals concurrently while
functioning as one. The results have significantly demonstrated that the
process is facilitated and the outcomes are improved.
Complementing traditional methods of prenatal care with appropriate use of
CST may may preclude the need for other more invasive techniques. CST
may also ease the recovery from necessary invasive procedures. Ideally, the
birth will be remembered as a wonderful experience and the “labor” as a
labor of love.
“A mother doesn’t just give birth; it is an interaction between two human beings.”
Dr. Harlan Ellis
CranioSacral Therapy Benefits
CranioSacral Therapy strengthens the body’s ability to take better care of itself. It helps elleviate a range of illness, pain and dysfunction, including but not limited to:
What Does It Feel Like?
A typical CST session takes place in a quiet setting with the mother-to-be resting on a massage table in a position most comfortable for her. A new mom is usually treated in a seated position or lying on a table with her baby.
Using a light touch – generally no more than the weight of a nickel – the therapist monitors the rhythm of the fluid that circulates throughout the central nervous system of the mother-to-be and the baby to detect potential imbalances.
Delicate hands-on techniques are then used to release any tensions that may be affecting either mother-to-be or baby. Similar hands-on treatments are applied to a new mom and her baby.
A session can last from 15 minutes to more than an hour. The result is a central nervous system that is more free of restrictions and a body that’s better able to return to its greatest levels of health and performance.
How Many Sessions Does It Take?
It’s no wonder mothers-to-be and babies respond so favorably to CST. The central nervous system is very accepting of this gentle therapy, and especially so in regards to a baby’s still-developing central nervous system.
Even a single session can help the mother-to-be and baby achieve priceless benefits. Additional sessions can extend and strengthen the results. The therapist will develop a treatment plan with the mother-to-be that meets her needs and goals.
Through the on-going use of CST during pregnancy and delivery the following clinical findings have been noted:
“The inner wisdom of a fetus and an infant is every bit as intelligent as that of an adult. It knows what its body needs to correct its dysfunctions. It knows why those dysfunctions are present. It has a softer voice than the adult inner wisdom. Therefore, the CranioSacral Therapist must learn to listen more carefully. Once the connection is made, all the information you need will be forthcoming.”
John E. Upledger, DO, OMM
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