Discover CranioSacral Therapy For Conception, Pregnancy and Birthing.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) as developed by Dr. John E. Upledger in
1970's is a gentle hands-on approach that works through the craniosacral
system to alleviated a range of disorders and to improve health. Because
of the non-invasive nature of this modality, it has virtually no
negative side effects. The application of CST principles can be used to
facilitate the process of procreation from the initial thought of
becoming prospective parents to the successful delivery of the child.
All of the amazing changes that take place in an expectant mother's
anatomy show the beautiful design of her body, and how prepared her body
is to conceive and nurture a baby through the gestation period. This is
a wonderful example of the body's intelligence and why we should follow
its lead. This is also why CST works so well. Under the premise that the
human body wants to correct (heal) itself, and that both mother and baby
(fetus) know what needs to be undertaken to affect a successful
delivery, CST can be applied prior to conception, through pregnancy,
labor and delivery. This is empowering to the mother and child, as well
as to the father and family of the newborn.
As the pregnancy progresses, CranioSacral Therapy techniques are employed
which focus on the mother and baby as individuals concurrently while
functioning as one. This results have significantly demonstrated that
the process is facilitated and the outcomes are improved.
Complementing traditional methods of prenatal care with appropriate use
of CST may preclude the need for other more invasive techniques. CST may
also ease the recovery from necessary invasive procedures. Ideally, the
birth will be remembered as a wonderful experience and the "labor" as a
labor of love.
"A mother doesn't just 'give birth'; it is an interaction between two
human beings." - Dr, Harlan Ellis
What Does It Feel Like?
A typical CST Session takes place in a quite setting with the
mother-to-be restin on a massage table in a position most comfortable
for her. A new mom is usually treated in a seated position or lying on a
table with her baby.
Using a light - generally no more than the weight of a nickel - the
therapist monitors the rhythm of hte fluid that circulates throughout
the central nervous system of the mother-to-be and the baby to detect
potential imbalances. Delicate hands-on thechniques are then used to
release any tensions that may be affecting either mother-to-be or baby.
Similar hand-on treatments are applied to a new mom and her baby.
A session can last from 15 minutes to more that an hour. The results is
a central nervous system that is more free of restrictions and a body
that better able to return to its greatest levels of health and
How Many Sessions Does It Take?
It's no wonder mothers-to-be and babies respond so favorably to CST. The
central nervous system is very accepting of this gentle therapy, and
especially so in regards to a baby's still-developing central nervous
Even a single session can help the mother-to-be and baby achieve
priceless benefits. Additional sessions can extend and strengthen the
results. The therapist will develop a treatment plan with the
mother-to-be that meets her needs and goals.
What Healthcare Professionals Are Saying About CST
"As the former Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Lemoore California,
I had distinct pleasure to welcome CranioSacral Therapist Carol McLellan
into our facility. I was able to observe first-hand the positive impact
that CranioSacral Therapy (CST) had on the health care of our pationets
and made me a true professional supporter of this therapy. In fact, I am
now such a strong proponent of CST that I wil go on record to say that
it si essential for CST to be integrated into mainstream hospital
Carol Mclellan initially introduced CST in our hospital to our expecting
parents in the prenatal setting and on the labor and delivery unit. Our
patients who had CST during their labor loved their birth experience.
The benefits to mother and infants are numerous."
- Sandra L. DeGroot, RN, CNM, MSN
CAPT, Nurse Corps USN, Retired
"I entered the NICU as a CranioSacral Therapist and found a calling from
the babies to utilize this treatment for them. CST can reduce the
effects of stress on body from the birthing process and seperation from
the parent. CST can also assist the baby by providing physiological
stability, promoting resilience as teh infant responds to environmental
stress, and improving sleep states."
- Karyn Quraishy, MS, PT, ATC, CST
"The application of CST throughout the journey of pregnancy and
childbirth can facilitate a positive birth experience, while realizing
the magic of the miracle. A peaceful birth creates a more peaceful
- Carol McLellan, CMT, CST-D