The Healing Touch of Craniosacral Therapy during Pregnancy

Submitted by Allan on June 26, 2013

Pregnancy and childbirth is a difficult and trying time. What with all the unpleasant symptoms and discomfort that comes with being pregnant to the pain and trauma of labor and delivery, there is a lot to deal with!


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Healing Touch Therapy

Since medication is best avoided during pregnancy and even when is fast gaining popularity among midwives and childbirth experts who breastfeeding, there is a need for new and natural forms of treatment for a range of pregnancy problems. The latest buzzword in the field of pregnancy and early childcare is light touch craniosacral therapy or CST. This form of therapy prefer a holistic approach to treatment and maternity care.

What is Light Touch Craniosacral Therapy?

CST focuses on the craniosacral system that includes the brain, spinal cord, and the membranes that surround both along with the craniosacral fluid that exists within the membranes. The functioning of the entire craniosacral system exerts a steady rhythm all over the body and it is this rhythm that craniosacral therapy aims to manipulate. A trained craniosacral therapist is attuned to the constant rhythm of the draining and refilling of the craniosacral fluid throughout the membranes, bones, and tissues. A craniosacral therapist will first assess the body for any signs of constraint or immobility. As the therapist gently touches and massages the soft connective tissue and fascia that supports the entire body, tension gradually releases and healing takes place. Through light touch and pressure on specific points and areas, the body uses its own capacity to heal itself and improve overall mental, emotional and physical health. The main advantage of light touch CST is its non-invasive nature and the absence of any side effects or complications. A typical session of CST lasts between forty minutes to an hour at a time (though this may be shorter for babies and young children) and leaves the patient with a deep sense of relaxation and overall wellbeing.

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy during Pregnancy

The hands-on nature of CST is extremely beneficial to pregnant and postpartum women. Through light touch, this therapy can totally transform a person and help relieve pain and discomfort. CST benefits during pregnancy include:

    Loosening the pelvis and balancing the uterus in preparation for labor and childbirth
  • Reducing back pain and tension in the hips
  • Preventing ligament and joint pain
  • Improving mental and emotional health during pregnancy and preventing mood swings
  • Creating the optimal positioning of the fetus in preparation for birth
  • Experts believe that CST can affect the baby in the womb as well and assist with the bonding process
  • During the postpartum period, CST helps restore musculoskeletal reintegration and overall health
  • If infants are treated along with the new mother, the effects of CST are even more significant. This sort of therapy can be performed with the baby in the mother’s arms or on the mother’s belly to improve bonding and help resolve issues such as postpartum depression.
  • CST work can improve breastfeeding and help address problems with latching on to the breast and improving the sucking reflex in infants.
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