The Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy for Mothers and Children

Guest Blogger Ula Katsoulis, a PYC partner, explains Craniosacarl Therapy and its benefits for moms and children.

What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a light, touch therapy that helps the central nervous system self-correct its dysfunction and heal naturally.
The craniosacral system consists of the cranial bones,tissue membranes, and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds, nourishes and protects the brain and spinal cord.
Any blockages along the fluidís path can affect the central nervous system, which lives in the brain and spinal cord.
By assisting the central nervous system and releasing restrictions throughout the body, Craniosacral Therapy has shown to bring about profound healing that is gentle, safe and effective for all ages.

How Is It Done?
Light pressure is applied to a fully clothed person on a massage table to detect blockages of the cerebrospinal fluid thatís flowing in the brain and spinal cord.
Gentle techniques are used to to release any tensions from the brain and spinal cord. The results are better range of motion,, improved alignment and balance within the nervous system.

Benefits of Craniosacral Therapy for Children and Moms
In some cases, the pregnancy and/or birth process can create mild to severe birth trauma, which affects the central nervous system. Long labor, C-Section delivery, delivery by forceps or suction can adversely affect the mother as well as the child.
Craniosacral Therapy as early intervention in the first few days or weeks after birth and recovery can help smooth the way for a healthy functioning nervous system by potentially reducing a wide spectrum of health challenges, many of which might not become apparent until the child is in school.

Some Childhood Conditions That May be Avoided or Reduced with Craniosacral Therapy:
Colic
Chronic Ear Infection
Plagiocephaly
Torticollis
Latching Issues
Reflux/Digestion Disorders
Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders
Some Pre Natal and Post Natal Conditions That May be Avoided or Reduced:
Chronic neck, back or joint pain
Morning Sickness
Headaches and Migraines
C-Section Complications/Scarring
Post -Partum Depression

Ula Katsoulis is the director of Stillpoint Holistic Studio in NYC and Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.stillpointholisticstudio.com or call 646-645-5207.

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About Deb

Debra is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theater. She has spent most of her life performing and was introduced to yoga through a choreographer in 1997. After several years as a yoga student, she decided to continue her education and became certified as a Bikram Yoga instructor. In 2001 Debra headed out to Seattle to study with renowned prenatal yoga teacher Colette Crawford, R.N., at the Seattle Holistic Center. Debra has received a certificate for Vinyasa Yoga from Shiva Rea, with whom she continues to study. Debra has also been certified in the Maternal Fitness Method with Julie Tupler. In 2004, Debra completed the OM Yoga advanced teacher training with Cyndi Lee. Debra currently studies with Cyndi Lee, Genevieve Kapular, and Susan "Lip" Orem. After being witness to several "typical" hospital births, Debra felt it was important to move beyond the yoga room and be present in the birthing room. In 2003, Debra attended her first birth as a DONA certified labor support doula. In that short period of time, Debra has attended about 40 births. She is continuously in awe of the beauty and brilliance of birth. Most recently, Debra received her certification as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. Drawing on her experience as a prenatal yoga teacher, labor support doula and childbirth educator, Debra looks to establish a safe and effective class for pregnancy and beyond.

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