If you are recovering from a challenging labour I offer various approaches including a ‘Three Step Rewind’ technique that is highly effective when feelings about the birth are lingering and hard to come to terms with weeks and months after birth. This approach can be used for both mother and partner.
If you would like to find out if TSR three step rewind is right for you call me to book a short 20 minute call. ( Please note that this is a chance to meet each other and ask questions about the approach rather than an actual session!)
How we are first welcomed, has a huge impact on our self-esteem, capacity to learn and build relationships. Birth interventions, even though necessary and life saving at times, interrupt and speed up the baby’s innate birth rhythm. Pain relief, induction, forceps, vacuum or a c-section, can all leave a baby with feelings of wanting to complete parts of their birth. The ‘golden hour’ after birth may have been rushed or unavoidable separation may have occurred. Even the most natural of labours can have its challenging moments for the baby or the mother.
Although it is never too late to do restorative work, having some sessions early in life is such a wonderful gift. Craniosacral mother and baby sessions are ideal in the early weeks and at various milestones. Clingy or challenging behaviour at many stages of childhood can often be traced back to this formative phase. Craniosacral sessions are joyful for all concerned; a chance to acknowledge what has happened and to deepen your bond.
Pregnancy is a joyful time to positively influence the development of our little ones. Pre and post-natal Craniosacral sessions are soothing for you and your baby and will help to deepen your bond. Becoming a parent is a major life event and takes many of us time to adjust. If your labour wasnt exactly as you had dreamed, this patient heart-felt approach helps families to acknowledge and heal. Parents bring their babies for help with crying, behavioural issues, restlessness, colic, neck tension, sleep or simply for a check-up after birth.
Craniosacral therapy and Integrated baby therapy, (IBT) is blended in sessions. IBT acknowledges babies as sensitive and aware beings who need to express and integrate some of their earliest experiences from their birth and life in utero. The field of Pre and Perinatal psychology help parents make sense of their child’s behaviour and body language. Babies and children tell their stories in many ways, as well as offering gentle craniosacral work, I observe and mirror gestures, cries and behaviour during specific play. IBT work is particularly helpful for mobile and older children who don’t necessarily want to stay on a table!
Children instinctively like to show the impact of their pre and perinatal experience and given the right environment find their own resolutions. Babies and children of all ages are included in the conversation and working with the family as a unit is ideal. Adoptees and their families benefit from this heartfelt approach as well.
Perhaps you have physical symptoms that you want to address; a tight neck or a sore shoulder? Or difficulties with sleep, anxiety or feelings of overwhelm. As our minds and bodies are so connected Craniosacral body work offers an experience of safety, stillness and calm that recalibrates the nervous system over time. Your intention for the session is vital.
( An advantage of online work is that you can choose to rest for longer after I have left the zoom call.)
* Within 48 hours of an INTRODUCTORY Craniosacral SESSION, a 20 minute phone call is offered to reflect on your experience and to look at how you might like to continue to work together. For the low waged I am willing to discuss concessions. Deciding to have a series of session and then review can be the most helpful approach.
“Stillness is vital to the world of the soul…
The fragments of your life will have time to unify, and the places where your soul-shelter is wounded or broken will have time to knit and heal. You will be able to return to yourself. In this stillness, you will engage your soul.”John O’Donohue
After 16 years of markets and organic farming, my inner voice was calling me loudly. It was time for me to turn the wheel full circle.
Like a spring unsprung, there was a surge of joy as I reconnected with therapeutic work. In 2015 I travelled frequently to Switzerland to train with Dr William Emerson, founder of Pre and perinatal psychology and to the UK to study Craniosacral Therapy with teachers I had admired back in 1990 whilst training as a Polarity Therapist.
It continues to be a privilege to witness clients re-discovering their potency and aliveness. Craniosacral therapy settles our nervous system and when combined with pre and perinatal psychology the insights are extraordinary.
As Mary Oliver writes in her poem The Journey;
One day I “ finally knew what I had to do and began… there was a new voice which I slowly recognized as my own… I was determined to do the only thing I could do…”
Registered Member of the Irish Association of Craniosacral Therapists (IACST), Qualified Polarity Therapist and Integrative Baby Therapist and Pre and Perinatal practitioner.
Sara sees her work as supporting people to find their innate stillness and authentic spark. Her whole-bodied, whole-hearted approach to wellness, that attracts all age groups, accentuates health by settling the nervous system. Treatments suit a wide range of physical and emotional conditions and can be used as a wellness maintenance programme.
Vitality – Stillness – Self-compassion
For over thirty years Sara has been exploring how our earliest experiences and the way we are born impacts babies, children and adults alike. Our physical health, emotional resilience, self-talk and relationships are all influenced. Pre and perinatal psychology training deeply informs Sara’s work and helping parents and babies is her speciality. Adults, children and babies alike benefit from restorative sessions that allow them to slow down and discover their own pace. Sara offers an online group for pregnant and new mums called Mothering YOU.
“I am much more interested to discover what is right with you rather than what is wrong with you.. It is our birthright to rest and reconnect with our stillness. “ Says Sara.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Pre and Perinatal support for mums and babies, Birth recovery.
Shock, grief/anxiety/ and all who respond well to a gentle touch.
Although many people have heard of Craniosacral Therapy there does seem to be some mystery and confusion about what it is or whom it can benefit. ‘ I thought it was only for babies ‘, or ‘I didn’t know it helped with stress, energy levels and anxiety’, how can something so simple help with injuries and physical conditions?’ These are common reactions!
Craniosacral bodywork gentle supports our nervous system to achieve balance. When we settle back into our bodies a wide range of conditions will soften and resolve, Clients choose craniosacral sessions for a variety of physical and emotional conditions including back pain, sciatica, headaches/migraine, stress and fatigue, sleep problems, digestive problems and behavioural issues in children. Anxiety and depression can also be greatly supported. Developed from osteopathic techniques, CST uses trained touch to perceive and respond to the subtle tidal motions of ‘primary respiration’ in the body. The biodynamic model emphasizes the body’s inherent ability to heal itself given the correct conditions and does not advocate the use of any external force, making it extremely safe, gentle and non-invasive, ideal for babies or during pregnancy.
Recovering from trauma and shock with Craniosacral Therapy.
In a session, you may notice heat, tingling, pulsation or other sensations as your body settles into a deep stillness. In a typical session, the therapist would gently hold the person head, lower back and feet as a way to let the nervous system unwind. The emphasis is always on finding health.
“To find health should be the object of the physician. Anyone can find disease.” Dr Andrew T. Sill
On her first session, Jane was in shock her mind was spinning with unwanted and repetitive thoughts. Her neck and lower back were tight. Jane blamed herself for being distracted and unable to settle after a car crash. She felt numb and disconnected and began to fear that she would never recover. After a few sessions, it was as though her body slowly came back to life. Her breathing deepened and as her body softened her sleep improved and new possibilities came to the fore. Simple cranial work supported her whole nervous system to calm and regulate once again.
It is a special privilege to offer Craniosacral therapy during pregnancy and to newborns. In a world where speed is often valued, craniosacral sessions support us to slow down and reconnect to ourselves and to our babies. Although we are parents from the moment we conceive, it takes many of us time to adjust to our new roles. Becoming a parent is a roller coaster which can feel totally joyful, exhausting and overwhelming all at the same time!
Many a new parent will cry, “Everything would be fine if only he would sleep!” It is so easy to make comparisons and to take it all personally. The more we try to control the situation and see sleep as ‘ a problem to be fixed’, the more elusive the romantic dream of a perfect family will be.
Mother and baby craniosacral treatment for sleep
During a mother and baby Craniosacral session I always include babies in the conversation; treating them as individuals with the gentleness and respect they deserve. Although babies don’t come with a magic off switch, getting curious about the stories that they are expressing is incredibly powerful. Cutting edge neuroscience reveals that babies not only remember birth but their time in utero as well. Birth memories can be one reason why they may be fretful or find it hard to settle.
To give you an example a young 5-month-old was a fussy feeder by day and hard to settle at night. Mum was feeling depleted and powerless as her baby dominated the household. I held mums lower back and asked the baby, who was crying, could I touch her on her lower back too. We all relaxed and settled together and slowly as mums told me how she was feeling, her breathing deepened and the baby began to visibly melt into her mum.
We all need support to reconnect with ourselves, to tell our stories and to be deeply heard. Time and time again I see how babies settle when they see that their mums are nourishing themselves as well.
To book an appointment with Sara call or text 0872350900