Conception, Pregnancy & Birth 

Craniosacral therapy is used widely to rebalance the physical and emotional systems of mother and baby after the labour to prevent physical issues that may result from hormonal imbalance or wear and tear from even uncomplicated births.  If the labour was traumatic or complicated, craniosacral therapy is highly recommended to reduce the resulting distortions that can form the basis of many types of developmental or childhood problems such as sucking problems, glue ear, colic, ADHD, Autism, food sensitivities, behavioural problems, dyslexia, migraine to name a few.

Craniosacral therapy can address hormonal, structural, traumatic or emotional reasons for conception delay.  There may also be trauma held in the womb or energy field that needs to be released before conception can occur.

Craniosacral therapy is safe, and even recommended during pregnancy or to assist with fertility problems.  Watch this powerpoint

From the Babies Perspective

"An infant is fully conscious at birth. In fact, it is known that moments after conception a human being is uniquely human in shape, position and structure (Blechschmidt 1977). In each stage of development whether it's an embryo, a fetus, a newborn, a child, etc. a human being is whole and complete. Even the young conceptus is conscious and capable 

of experiencing pain and pleasure. It has decision-making capacity even without a nervous system. The study of embryology teaches us this principle: wholeness is our conception right. Yet, along the way the human embryo undergoes stress and trauma. We develop through certain specific stages, which have been well documented both in embryology and developmental psychology. Within these stages of development there are numerous 

specific differentiations that occur that give us our individual uniqueness and personality. 

However, when we experience stress, trauma or shock in any stage of life, but especially during the pre- and perinatal period, there can be devastating consequences to our health throughout the life span. This fact was recently reported on the cover of Time magazine in September of 1999. 

Along with these consequences of prenatal trauma and shock such as maternal cigarette and alcohol use, thoughts of abortion, adoption and others, there is yet another hurdle to cross. We must be born nine-months after being conceived. Here in the West the "medicalization" of the birth process, while saving many lives also leaves scars on the mind and body of the infant and future adult. Emerson (1999) reports that 95% of western births involve shock and trauma to the infant. This number in itself is shocking. This is not a discussion about the right or the wrong of western birth practices; it is about the use of craniosacral therapy when encountering birth dynamics, whether in an adult or in an infant, from the point of view of pre and perinatal psychology." 


The therapist  understands that the newborn is undifferentiated from the mother. The infant is actively involved in a process called self-attachment and bonding. This process is the foundation of love. It includes somatic and neurological development as well as the integration of emotions which is the primary neurological job in the first two years of life. The mother and father are part of the metabolic field of the child. The infant in turn must take care of the parents in order to insure its own safety and protection. This principle of growth is a very strong force in the infant: to take care of the mother or primary caregiver. I have often seen an infant try to stroke or cuddle their mother in a nurturing way when they sense that she is under stress. Likewise the parents must protect and resource the infant as much as possible through nurturing physical touch, eye gazing (which develops the right hemisphere on the brain), verbal mirroring and a host of non-verbal contact skills. These behaviors or instincts support the healthy development of the baby in this critical time of its new life. Therefore the first role of the therapist is to evaluate shock and trauma in the whole family system as well as the self-attachment and bonding sequence.  

The mother is the primary resource and she must be supported in a treatment session as much as the infant. 

The mother and the infant metabolize each others feeling states through non-verbal contact such as eye gazing, skin to skin contact, respiratory and cardiovascular entrainment (Schore 1996). 


The infant helps to absorb and process the mother's emotional states as much as the mother absorbs and processes the infants through her own mind and body. They are metabolically linked together, each one helping the other by a similar means. Likewise, the therapist enters the metabolic field and begins to exchange with or holds the difficult places in the infant-mother relationship. "


Michael Shea


Luminessence works at a soul level to allow the treatment to be body and soul led and looks at the family inter -relationships for a hollistic approach to wellness. 

CranioSacral Therapy for Babies 

 

One of the joys of treating babies is that they tend to respond so well to treatment,and more quickly than adults. Many infant problems, like colic, sucking problems, breathing difficulties, restlessness and irritability, may result from craniosacral imbalances caused during the birth process or from the time in the womb.

Although, over time, these conditions may abate, there are often restrictions left that may later on cause problems, such as developmental, learning or attention issues, or structural problems in the head, spine, shoulders, hips, legs and feet.

Treatment of young infants or children may help to relieve such problems as they are occurring or to prevent these from becoming bigger problems later on in life.


"Working with babies and young children can be a beautiful experience. Craniosacral is well known for the use of a very light touch and with young ones it is more delicate. For babies a session would last between 20 and 30 minutes, 40 minutes to an hour for older children. Sometimes 2 therapists work together facilitating response from both poles of the system and energetic support that is more balanced between male and female figures. 

Children often display an acceptance of the work and participate fully. Sometimes a baby will move the head to show the area that needs to be touched, or even place the 

therapist’s hand in just the right place. Other times an infant will remain perfectly still while something is relaxing in the system and smile in gratitude when the process is complete. 

Involvement of the parents is welcomed in what may seem the therapeutic dance. The therapist is really just a facilitator for a healing force that is easily called upon when working with this system at the core of the body and motivated by the breath of life itself.   Often, as well as recovering from apparent symptoms children seem to become more solid, to have moved into the body. As if that contact with the beyond helps to be more here. " 

Dhayan Trevor - see full article here


The mother and baby are physiologically, psychologically, spiritually, emotionally and metabollically entwined.  The sooner after birth, craniosacral therapy can be done the better, preferably with 1-3 days of birth, but craniosacral therapy can access the cell memory from that time to be effective at any time and any age.  Every baby could really benefit from craniosacral therapy at birth.  Even if mother or child have craniosacral therpy for the issue or for enhanced wellbeing, it is always advisable for both to be seen either individually or in a double session to address shared issues.

Ideally craniosacral therapy should be commenced before conception, especially if there are difficulties conceiving.  It can address hormonal, structural, emotional and spiritual reasons for this delay.  The first trimester of pregnancy is also an important one in the development of the foetus, where craniosacral therapy can correct any distortions along the way to support a smooth pregnancy and facilitate an easy labour.  Any back problems or misalignments can be straightened out before the labour, hormones can be balanced and emotional fears and trepedations relieved.


4H CranioSacral Therapy for

Mother & Baby / Child together


Even with an uncomplicated labour the mother’s body experiences huge changes during pregnancy and labour, which need to rebalance after the labour process, such as pelvic shape and positioning, spine and body alignment, pelvic soft tissue changes and hormonal adjustment, all of which may be much aided by CranioSacral Therapy.

Mother and baby share the same energy field before and after birth and are imprinted with each others experiences of the birth. They are physiologically, metabollically and psychologically entwined and require at least one combined mother/baby session.  Physical and emotional trauma of varying degrees to mother and baby often result from the birth process alone, whether there are complications or not. Likewise physical or emotional trauma experienced by the mother during the pregnancy will also imprint in the baby’s cellular memory.

If untreated, as the baby grows into a child, the shared traumas may persist causing linked physical problems or complicating the emotional aspects of their relationship or the child’s physical, emotional or mental unfolding into an adult. 

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