Pregnancy is a time of growth in all aspects: physical, mental and emotional. Receive the support you need throughout your journey wether this is your first pregnancy or you have already been through the process before. We have a team of Professionals that focus on prenatal and family care.
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Our Registered Massage Therapists are experienced with Prenatal Massage Therapy & trained to alter treatments around pre-existing conditions to support you during pregnancy.
Massage Therapy modalities can be altered in pressure & approaches to accommodate more complex or high risk situations. We would be happy to talk with your Doctor to form a treatment plan designed for your specific needs.
Please note we do not use pregnancy pillows as lying face down increase uterine ligament strain & intrauterine pressure (inside the womb). We use side-lying, the safest position to treat expectant moms.
This treatment is very gentle and we use a very light pressure as the lymphatic system is very superficial. This treatment is commonly used weekly during the third trimester, but can be done anytime during the pregnancy.
Remember to make sure your lymphatic massage therapist is qualified in manual lymphatic drainage from a registered school.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on approach that works through the craniosacral system to alleviate 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 initial thought of becoming prospective parents to the successful delivery of the child.
Complementing traditional methods or 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 "labour" as a labour of love.
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 nuture a baby throughthe gestation period. This wonderful example of the body's intelligence and why we should follow its lead. This is also why CranioSacral Therapy 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, CranioSacral Therapy can be applied prior to conception, through pregnancy, labour 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 the baby as individuals concurrently while functioning as one. The results have significantly demonstrated that the process is facilitated and the outcomes are improved.
A typical CST session takes place in a quiet setting with mother-to-be resting on a massage table in a position most comfortable for her. Of course during labour treatment may occur however the mother needs to be; on the floor, in a bed, in a pool, in a hospital bed... A new mom is usually treated in a seated position or lying on a massage table with her baby.
Using a light touch, generally no more than the weight of a nickel, the therapist monitors the rhythm of the fluid that circulates throughout the central nervous system of the mother and the baby to detect potential imbalances. Delicate hands-on techniques are then used to release any tensions that may be affecting either mother or baby. Similar hands-on treatments are applied to a new mom and her baby.
A session can last from 30 minutes to more than an hour. The results is a central nervous system that is more free of restrictions and a body that's better able to return to its greatest levels of health and performance..
“As the former Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Lemoore California, I had the distinct pleasure to welcome CranioSacral Therapist Carol Mcllellan into our facility. I was able to observe first-hand the positive impact that CranioSacral therapy (CST) had on the health care of our patients and made me a true professional supporter of this therapy. In fact, I am now such a strong proponent of CST that I will go on the record to say that it is essential for CST to be integrated into mainstream hospital practice.
Carol Mclellan initially introduced CST in our hospital to our expecting parents in the prenatal setting, and on the labour and delivery unit. Our patients who had CST during their labour loved their birth experience. The benefits to mothers and infants are numerous.”
- Sandra L. DeGroot, RN, CNM, MSN, CAPT, Nurse Corps USN, Retired
The Gentle work of CST during pregnancy relieved my physical complaints, helped me prepare mentally and emotionally for childbirth, and allowed me to connect more deeply with my baby. I am so thankful to have discovered this treatment during my pregnancy, as it has helped me tremendously.”
- M.D., Hanford, CA
CranioSacral Therapy has been able to be used instead of Pitocin to both start and/or augment labour when needed. By helping the Nervous System self-regulate it supports natural processes.
Adequate progress for the Active Phase of the First Stage of Labour (4-10 dilation) - 1.0 cm per hour - mothers receiving CranioSacral have not shown any evidence of prolonged labour.
Applying CranioSacral Therapy during a new mother's first labour and delivery appears to assist the mother through subsequent labours and deliveries.
While birthing a baby quickly may imply "more efficiency," and while our average Second Stage (time pushing) is shorter when CranioSacral Therapy is applied, speed is not necessarily a sought after goal. Optimizing whatever time it takes IS the goal.
Mothers report recovering more quickly and that the adjustment to motherhood is not difficult, or not as difficult, compared with the birth of their other children.
Common phrases used by mothers after first few weeks include: "alert, not fussy, at peace with him/her, calm."
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