PRE-NATAL & PREGNANCY
Preconception – Fertility Support
Whether hoping to conceive a baby naturally or with assistance, alone or with a partner, calming the nervous system through craniosacral sessions, offers invaluable support. Health is optimized, strengthening your potential to conceive and nurture your baby. In a series of sessions the path to conception is explored with compassion and openness.
Clearing the path for a positive pregnancy takes many forms and the life experience of partners are all relevant. Gently acknowledging: previous losses, a challenging labour, grief or even aspects of your own upbringing can all be helpful. Parents are conceived too!
Online or in person sessions deepen connection and understanding.
Research initiatives In Germany, India and USA, demonstrate that Prenatal Bonding is a two-way connection between mother and the baby. At the virtue baby project in India, emphasis is placed on enhancing mental, emotional and physiological wellness prior to conception. 1.8 million connections are formed each second and it is through these connections that the brain of the baby gets hardwired.
The growing brain is shaped by whatever experiences and environment the brain is exposed to while developing in the uterus. Prenatal Bonding, supports positive physiological developments for the mother and overall homeostasis. The release of Oxytocin , (the feel-good hormone of love and trust), that reduces anxiety and fear, minimises the likelihood of adrenal and pituitary overdrives. Blood pressure stabilises and heart rates lower. Early bonding supports a parent’s natural capabilities, leading to Greater confidence and safety during childbirth, Reduction of preterm birth and Birth trauma .
Mother and baby experiencing less pain and anxiety . Obstetrical interventions being significantly reduced, Successful Breastfeeding outcomes. Pre natal bonding takes a few minutes each day and can involve singing, journaling, art, cooking , talking. Listening and finding other ways to creatively acknowledge your little one. Pregnancy is a joyful time to positively influence the development of your little one. Pre and post-natal Craniosacral sessions are soothing for you and your baby and will help to deepen your bond.
BABIES & PARENTS
Birth Recovery for Parents and Babies
How we are first welcomed, has a huge impact on our self-esteem, capacity to learn and build relationships. Birth interventions, even though life saving and necessary at times, can interrupt and speed up a 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 in their ‘own way’ . The ‘golden hour’ after birth may have been rushed or unavoidable separation may have occurred.
Even the most natural of labours can have challenging moments for the baby, mother and partner. Although it is never too late to do restorative work, Craniosacral mother and baby sessions are ideal in the early weeks and at various milestones. Clingy or challenging behaviour can often be traced back to formative phases. Craniosacral sessions are joyful for all concerned; a chance to acknowledge what has happened and to deepen the bond
Birth recovery sessions for mum and partner
If you are recovering from a challenging labour I offer support both in person and online. Book a short call 15 minute call to discuss the approaches I offer 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 later. Gentle craniosacral work is in itself invaluable at this time. (Please note that this is an introductory call, a chance to meet each other and ask questions about the approach rather than an actual session!)
Craniosacral Parents and Babies Sessions
Becoming a parent is a major life event that 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.
Pre and Perinatal Psychology
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 greatly benefit too.
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy, ( CST), stems from Cranial Osteopathy and works on the craniosacral system – the fluids and membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord as well as the entire nervous system. It is a hands on whole person approach to wellness that can successfully treat muscular pain, shock, fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression as well as colic and reflux in babies. Craniosacral therapy is ideal for all stages of life including pregnancy. Treatments can be used as a health maintenance programme or to benefit acute conditions.
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Dr William Garner Sutherland (B.1873) one of the early Osteopaths who discovered the Craniosacral rhythms within the body wrote,“ within the cerebrospinal fluid there is an invisible element that I refer to as the Breath of Life….. is it really necessary to know what makes the fluid move? Visualize a potency, an intelligent potency, that is more intelligent than your own human mentality.” Whether online or in person, clients speak of a rekindling of their innate spark; of renewed purpose, vitality and joy.
Craniosacral Therapy Helps With:
Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy FOR ADULTS
Available in person or online. 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 15 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