As I work with more babies I’m beginning to realise that babies express themselves in a multitude of different ways. One of my earlier blogs stated that babies who have a difficult birth can cry a lot but I think this is too simplistic. Firstly a babies experience of a birth can be very different from the mother. Some babies are traumatised by a straight forward birth and others breeze through a birth the mother experiences as traumatic.
Its also simplistic to say that a baby will always cry if its traumatised or uncomfortable. Some babies are very stoic, with easy going natures. So how can we tell if craniosacral therapy could help this stoic little chap? He may not be crying but is he letting you know he is uncomfortable?
He may be grunting and wriggling a lot. He may not like lying in a certain position or may be always turning his head to one side. He may be very tight in the back of the neck, like he is always trying to pull his head back. He may be constantly pulling his legs into his body as though he has stomach cramps. He may also be constantly feeding, but more for comfort rather than food.
If your baby is showing a number of these signs, he might be letting you know he isn’t very comfortable at the moment. Craniosacral therapy can help release any strains and discomforts put in during birth and help babies relax and be happy.
About 10 years ago, before I started practising and then training to teach pilates I realised my posture was deteriorating. I looked older and when I started receiving magazines through the post advertising elasticated waisted skirts,I thought it was the beginning of the end. In shop windows I looked like a middle aged woman, which I guess its what I was, but I didn’t feel that way. My shoulders had started to round and I felt I was constantly fighting to try and stand up right and there was nothing I could do about it.
Starting pilates felt wonderful. Here at last was an exercise regime I could use to help correct all the posture faults and help me stand tall, become leaner and stronger. Now 10 years on and I think I look younger, my posture no longer ages me and I have a body I can be proud of.
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Some babies seem to be unhappy no matter what you do. They’ve been changed, they’ve been fed and they won’t go to sleep! So why are they still crying? Parents despair and Doctors tell us they will grow out of it. Well, yes they will but isn’t there something we could do now. Fortunately the answer to that is also yes.
All animals including babies have a delicate balance in their nervous systems between fight and flight (our survival mechanisms) and rest/repair and digestion. So if we are in danger our bodies shut down digestion to concentrate on our survival. Very sensible you think, until we go through a trauma and our fight and flight system gets set on high, often permanently.
You probably don’t know this but birth is often the most traumatic experience we go through. So it isn’t surprising that a babies nervous system can often get out of balance and you can guess what that leads to. A baby that has trouble feeding and digesting his milk, has trouble settling down and sleeping and is often anxious and easily startled and disturbed. Hardly surprising if your nervous system is set for danger.
This is where Craniosacral therapy works wonders. It’s a very gentle hands on therapy that releases the trauma in the system, resetting the nervous system. Also dealing with any tensions in there little bodies that come about from being squished through a very small tube and twisted about in the process. I bet we adults wouldn’t feel too comfortable after going through that either. So maybe it’s not so surprising why they cry after all.
I’m really excited to be doing four franklin workshops over the weekend. This inspirational teacher uses imagery and small equipment to bring about incredible changes in the body.
The trouble with a straight forward mat class, especially if it has 20+ in it and the teacher can’t come round and correct you, is that your body lies to you. It tells you that you are standing correctly and that you are doing all the exercises correctly. Its only when the teacher comes along and adjusts you that you realise how different the exercise should be feeling. This is where the small bits of equipment like balls, bands and imagery come in. They help you feel and achieve what you should be achieving. I am truly inspired by this teacher and wish I could go on the full courses, but they are soooo expensive. I will pick up all the ideas I can and bring them to the classes next week. Come along and be inspired!
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