How is craniosacral therapy relevant to parents, babies and children?
The early stages of life are the most profound. We have already inherited our genetic makeup and to some extent psychological patterning within the womb. The event of birth is a dramatic transition and awakening into the external world. The affects on the body of both mother and baby can be overwhelming. It is in the recognition and support of these affects that CST is hugely beneficial
What does CST help?
A session(s) are a good idea if:
• there were any interventions and/or birth did not go how you hoped
• if you have any postnatal depression
• persisting backache or pelvic pain
It would be worth checking the baby if you find:
• any unsettled behaviour; it may be related to birth trauma
• difficulty sleeping – as above, and/or nerve compression at the base of the head
• poor sucking, rooting and swallowing – cranial nerve compression
• colic – stress and overwhelmed i.e. adrenaline state
• hyper or hypo arousal states – nervous system imbalance, from birth and before, or after-effects of anaesthesia
• frequent or recurrent chest infections – can be traced back to the first breath
• weepy eyes – forehead compression in birth canal
• to help relieve the after-effects of vaccinations, i.e. stress on the baby
And in the longer term?
Examination of babies and young children by a qualified craniosacral therapist may not only be curative but also helpful in preventing problems later in life:
• spinal and neck pain