Light Touch and Lymph Drainage Therapies Ease Pregnancy Problems
by Alex A. Kecskes
It's no secret that pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery subject most women to a gauntlet of physical and emotional challenges. Light touch Craniosacral Therapy (CST) can offer considerable relief in dealing with the discomforts and demands of pregnancy. Studies show that mothers who receive loving touch therapies during their pregnancies are better equipped to provide loving touch to their newborn infants.
So what exactly is Light Touch CST? Quite simply, it's a gentle method for resolving physical and emotional issues. Therapists work with the body's connective tissue--tissue that connects and supports every part of the human anatomy--to access and correct any restrictions in this tissue. Therapists will apply a very light touch, which allows for deeper contact that penetrates the central nervous system. By doing so, CST techniques work with the body's ability to heal itself, to treat the root cause of a condition, rather than the symptom. A key benefit of light touch CST is that it is non-invasive with no side effects.
During pregnancy, the body undergoes changes that seem to throw it out of balance. Prenatal CST sessions can help rebalance one's energy and body. They can reduce the effects of daily stress and gently improve mobility in the mother’s pelvis, allowing her baby to more easily assume an ideal position for birth. CST sessions also provide some peace of mind, allowing many women to express any fears or concerns about their transition to motherhood.
The CranioSacral system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord and the three membranes that completely surround it. The system includes the CranioSacral fluid within the membranes and the facial connections to the bones of the cranium, cervical vertebrae and sacrum. There's also the dura mater, which is the tough outer membrane that connects to the cranium and sacrum and contains the entire fluid CranioSacral system.
A CST practitioner evaluates the body and uses a light touch to encourage expansion, mobility and healing. Working with the CranioSacral rhythm, the light massage releases restrictions in the body and pelvis to help the birthing experience. This eases tension and allows women to prepare for labor and birth. It also helps to ease and prevent ligament pain, and low back, hip or rib pain. During labor and birth, CST helps to balance and unwind the pelvis, uterus and sacrum, ensures the best fetal positioning.
There are also a number of postpartum benefits to CST. These include structural realignment of the spine and pelvis, and rehabilitation of the muscles overworked or weakened during pregnancy. CST may promote healing, particularly for mothers who required cesarean births. Postpartum CST also addresses the new body discomforts associated with the carrying and care of a newborn infant. In this regard, CST helps a new mother deal with her entire birth experience in a physically and emotionally healthy way. It can even relieve postpartum mood swings.
Your pregnancy and any treatments, therapies or massages should be guided by your medical doctor. Best results are often obtained when one uses a combination of massage and Western medicine.