Based on the current advice/information supplied by Martine Bayliss (Midwife, Craniosacral Practitioner).
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle way of working with the body using light touch. CST is a natural way of helping our bodies to rest and recover. It is unique in its ability to treat the sources of symptoms on every level, whether mental, physical or emotional.
Is craniosacral therapy safe in pregnancy?
Your craniosacral therapist will use gentle touch and you will remain dressed and resting in a comfortable position, either lying or seated. Your practitioner will make contact with your head, the base of your spine and other areas, encouraging your body to relax and begin to make the changes that it needs. Because the body functions as a whole, your practitioner may focus on areas other than where your symptoms occur.
What are the benefits of craniosacral therapy during pregnancy?
Pregnant women come to CST for:
• minor pregnancy ailments such as back pain
• balancing effects on the nervous and hormonal systems
• support for both mother and baby
• preparing for birth.
The sessions last around an hour (although this can vary), during which your practitioner will take a written case history.
Craniosacral therapy for babies
Parents commonly bring their baby for CST in the first few weeks following birth, often with problems associated with difficult or traumatic births. The baby’s mother and/or father are usually invited to be part of the session as the baby responds to treatment.
CST is beneficial even if the birth was trouble free but it can also help offer support for:
• establishing and supporting breastfeeding
• developing good sleep patterns
• early infant feeding problems including colic, reflux and allergies
• torticollis (wry neck)
• bonding with parents and siblings.
Babies are cuddled and fed during treatment and older babies can play with their parents.
One or two treatments may be all that is required, however, for longer standing problems, further sessions maybe required.