Birth matters. It matters because it is the way we all begin our lives outside of our source, our mothers’ bodies. It is the means through which we enter and feel our first impression of the wider world.
– Ina May Gaskin
If you are pregnant or have just given birth, craniosacral therapy can provide physical and emotional support during what is one of the most significant life experiences for both yourself and your baby.
Biodynamic craniosacral therapy draws on the latest developments in pre and perinatal psychology and acknowledges how the way we come into the world shapes our lives.
Mum and baby go through the birth process together but sometimes your experience of what happens before and at birth can be different from your baby’s experience so it is important to listen to everyone’s story and provide a space for any unresolved feelings and sensations to be expressed and released.
Babies and Children
The main aim of craniosacral therapy is to provide a space where babies and children can release any physical or emotional tension/trauma/compression that may be left over from the birth process so that they can gradually find their way to be fully present after birth and relax.
Babies have a way of showing how their birth was for them, what was difficult, where the process may have been interrupted or interfered with (e.g. via interventions like induction, C-section, forceps) or where they may have been stuck. In a craniosacral session I hold the space for babies to be heard and listen deeply to the story they want to tell through their body. This way we can really understand what the birth experience was for the baby and whether there is anything that may need some support in completing or resolving at a physical and/or emotional level.
This work can generally resolve sleeping/feeding difficulties, colic, reflux and also provides a general opportunity for the family to settle after birth, even when pregnancy and birth are trouble free.
For older children, craniosacral therapy can help with a range of physical and emotional issues that may still be an expression of unresolved birth trauma.
Craniosacral therapy during pregnancy:
- can relieve physical symptoms that will allow you to feel more comfortable during the whole pregnancy
- provides a space for you to be held and experience your pregnancy as a sacred time in which you can most intimately connect with yourself and your baby
- being heard deeply in a session can help you better understand what you need and relax into what you want your birth experience to be
- can help you process physical and emotional issues from your own birth trauma or from previously giving birth, in a way that leaves space for the new pregnancy and birth to be experienced differently.
Contact Me for More Information or to Book a Session
If you would like more information about how craniosacral therapy may help you or wish to book a session, you can call me on 07791 649636 or email email@example.com. I would love to hear from you.
Federica Olivero, RCST BCST | Bristol, UK
T: 07791 649636 – E: firstname.lastname@example.org