CST for Pregnancy & Labour
Pregnancy and the birthing process bring significant change and transition to many aspects of the physiology and self. A mother’s body goes through major postural changes to accommodate for the increasing size and weight of the uterus during pregnancy. At the same time ligaments are softening and stretching due to hormonal changes. It is common that the body has difficulty adapting to this change, which can result in various aches and pains throughout pregnancy.
CST assists the pregnant woman along her journey into mothering by releasing restrictions through the craniosacral system and pelvis to support an optimal birthing experience. Some pregnancy related discomforts that are eased by CST include back pain, pelvic girdle pain, symphysis pubis disfunction, sciatica, rib pain and headaches.
The pregnancy journey is a rollercoaster of emotions for mother and baby as they travel together into the unknown. CST is a valuable treatment for both mother and baby during this time as it allows mother to take time out from an otherwise busy world, to focus inward and connect with baby in a special and sacred way, to strengthen their bond and to help build confidence and trust for their journey together into labour and motherhood.
The birth of a baby can be physically and emotionally stressful for mother, in particular if delivery is challenging or traumatic and involves physical and emotional shock to the nervous system. There are times when the mother’s body does not regain its physiological balance. The body adapts and compensates as best it can but the sooner the trauma, shock or restriction are facilitated to release, the easier it is for physiological, endocrine and emotional balance to be achieved. CST is particularly effective where the mother may be experiencing musculoskeletal dysfunction such as ongoing back issues, emotional stress and post-natal depression.
CST for Newborns & Babies
The effort and challenge to being born should never be underestimated. The impact and effects of the birthing experience can create blueprints for our life patterns that may then present symptomatically. In the ideal world every newborn should be assessed and treated by a CST practitioner as soon as possible after birth as a matter of course. A baby does not have to present with a health issue to benefit from a treatment of CST. Early evaluation and treatment with CST can resolve issues immediately and prevent unnecessary distress to baby and parents. CST for the newborn is extremely gentle and is therefore safe for the smallest of babies.
In the early days the most common difficulties with babies are related to feeding, digestion, sleeping and crying. Many of these issues can arise from mechanical strains resulting from the birth process. During the birthing process, the soft bones of the cranium (head) adjust and overlap to accommodate the limited space while travelling down the birthing canal. This process was wonderfully designed to accommodate normal physiological development and functioning. However very long or quick births can affect this natural process as well as induced, forceps or suction births. Caesarean births avoid this natural process completely. Patterns such as colic, reflux, digestive and bowel dysfunction, poor sleep patterns, crying and unsettled behaviour can stem from a stressful or traumatic delivery which leaves stress and tension in the nervous system. CST is important and valuable for the baby in assisting in the release of these restrictive patterns before they prolong later into life.
Babies can’t speak but that doesn’t mean we can’t communicate with them. When we connect with a baby through CST, we come to appreciate what things are like for that baby. Listening intently to a baby plays a big part in making the treatment effective. Parents are often amazed by the sudden and dramatic change to a baby’s symptoms following a treatment of CST.
The following are conditions that may be avoided/improved by treating newborns with CST:
- Breastfeeding/Latching on difficulties
- Absence of the suckling reflex
- Tongue Tie
- Misshapen/asymmetrical head (Plagiocephaly)
- Colic, Reflux and Wind
- Poor Sleep Patterns
- Crying, Unsettled Babies
CST for Children & Adolescents
CST is also effective in the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions in children and adolescents. Some of the conditions addressed through CST include:
- Sleep disturbance
- Recurrent Infections
- Ear infections and hearing issues
- Stabismus (Squints)
- Allergies/Food Sensitivities
- Movement disorders
- Learning problems
- Dyslexia, Dyspraxia
- Behavioural and mood problems
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
Children should continue to receive CST periodically throughout childhood and into adolescence as they adapt to the process of growing up.
I bought my 8 week old son to see Deirdre as he was suffering from constipation and colic issues. Deirdre connected with both of us immediately and my son responded to her gentle touch with such trust. It was lovely for me to witness this as his birth had been difficult. Deirdre recognised the need for me to also receive CST to help both myself and my son. My son’s constipation and colic were resolved after 2 sessions – he was like a different child! My own CST session was profound and helped me deal with the trauma of my son’s birth. I had no idea how much of an impact it was having on me but with Deirdre’s help I feel so much more confident as a new Mom and thanks to CST I have a very happy baby!