BODYWORK: CRANIOSACRAL THERAPYHelp your body adjust to the changes of pregnancy, labor & postpartum.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) relieves the common discomforts of pregnancy and provides a time for Mothers to connect with their babies. It assists with whole body integration and nurtures the postpartum Mother while promoting recovery. This article from Midwifery Today also details some of the benefits of getting this work during this precious time of life. Craniosacral Therapy in the Midwifery Model of Care.
CST is a light touch modality that takes a whole body approach. It works with the bony and soft structures of the nervous system as well as the fascia, or connective tissue in the body. Massage can also be integrated into these sessions as appropriate. Often when we think of how the body moves, we think of muscles. However, our fascia is the prime mover of muscle, and informs our muscles how to move. It is the biological fabric that holds all our separate parts together.
Pregnancy & Postpartum CST addresses the following:
- Muscle tension
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Low back pain
- Stress and anxiety
- Optimal Fetal Positioning: By using reliable and timetested assessment tools, pregnancy CST brings spaciousness and balance to the pelvis; increasing the likely hood of optimal fetal positioning which can sometimes lead to a more easeful birth experience. Oftentimes we see prolonged labors and challenging contraction patterns when the unborn baby does not have enough space to position him or herself optimally.
- Recovery from a cesarean birth
- Postepidural back pain
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sinus issues
- Provides a safe space for processing emotions, experiences and traumas held in the tissue. This can be particularly applicable for women who have had previous traumatic or challenging birth experiences.
Infant Craniosacral Therapy
Helping babies get comfortable in their baby bodies is a great passion of mine. This work is profoundly gentle and is noninvasive. I do not manipulate the spine or perform any “adjustments.” Pressure does not exceed 5 grams (the weight of a nickel). My training is from midwife and bodyworker, Carol Gray, in addition to the Upledger Institute. Babies typically selfcorrect easily and quickly with a little encouragement. Birth can sometimes be challenging for babies. The use of forceps, vacuum extraction, malposition, precipitous (fast) births, cesarean births and even vaginal uncomplicated births can sometimes leave babies shocked or uncomfortable and subtly compromised. Babies also sometimes grow in positions in the uterus that they cannot move in and out of easily, perhaps because of the shape of Mom, which may create a whole body imbalance that can cause challenges when they are born. Receiving CST at this young age sets children up for more optimal movement patterns later in life.
This work is ideal for babies having trouble breastfeeding, suspected or known tongue tie, babies with sleeping challenges, colicky babies, babies with reflux, torticollis (often noticed as a head turning preference), brachio/plagiocephaly (flat spot on the head) and more. It is ideal for babies to receive this work as soon after birth as possible. I am happy to come to your home, or you can come to my office.
For more information on CST and the breastfeeding relationship, check out this extensive list of articles and research on KellyMom Breastfeeding and Parenting.
To schedule a session, call or email Emily Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 337-0007.
CST for adults is $70/hour, $85/75 minutes or $100/90 minutes. Reduced rates are available when purchased in a Homegrown Babies package. A $25 travel and set up fee applies for adult sessions done in home.
Baby sessions are $50 in my office and $60 in your home. Sliding scales are available for all services if needed, but especially for pediatric sessions, particularly when a series of sessions is indicated.
As a birth doula and bodyworker Emily’s services are as unconditionally nurturing as they are informative. Her massage and craniosacral therapy practice infuses her doula services with skilled hands-on support. With six years of experience supporting women as a doula she is adept at providing unconditional care within the many expressions of birth including home and hospital births, epidurals, inductions and cesareans. She offers her clients labor progress support and optimal fetal positioning, massage, clear communication and advocacy, and a compassionate, attuned presence. She also brings an administrative background in integrative prenatal care from her days of managing a busy holistic clinic, which lends to her broad perspective and understanding of common questions, complications and concerns. To read more about her craniosacral therapy and massage services, please visit her website.
My first few weeks postpartum were very difficult because my baby and I were having trouble nursing. I felt hopeless and distraught until I was referred to Emily Sullivan for Craniosacral Therapy. After two sessions she was nursing like a champ! I now have a wonderful breastfeeding relationship with my baby girl and am so thankful for the Craniosacral Therapy and for Emily for her support!