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Sacral, Diaphragm and Abdominal Release and Pelvic Balancing Scales

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Cranio-Sacral Techniques can feel wonderful in pregnancy and during labour. Helping the body to relax by tuning into the rest and digest part of the nervous system, boosting Oxytocin and providing a safe listening had for the tissues to communicate with, so they can release and unwind.

These techniques are very gentle and can be done in a variety of positions. The only contraindication to their use is if the birthing person does not want them to be done.

Hands are laid gently on the sacrum and the lower abdomen, on the back and over the upper abdomen over the diaphragm or over the abdomen.

The person listens with their hands, quietly, patiently waiting and feeling what the fascia and fluid of the body want to say.

The birthing person may want to do this standing, leaning against a wall or table or bed and just close their eyes and follow any movement that feels good for their body. The person's hands can follow the tissues, holding them in a safe embrace to express anything they need to unwind.

Or the birthing person can lie down on their back or side. If lying on the back, it is best to be propped up with pillows and not flat down.

The practitioner holds the birthing person with a very gentle touch, make sure you are comfortable, your feet are grounded and you take some deep breaths so you are calm and relaxed before laying your hands on the birthing person. Always check in how they are feeling. The pressure should be very light as if just holding a balloon enough not to let it drop but without causing an imprint. If you are pressing in firmer, this connects more with the muscles and is more like a massage. Just sit quietly and see what you and the birthing person feel. Maybe some heat will come to your hands, perhaps you will feel some rhytmical fluid movements. Just hear what the body has to tell you through your hands and sit with serenity and support in your heart and mind.

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Cranio-sacral techniques are safe and feel wonderful for people of any age.

This is a picture of me treating my 1st doula baby. I thought she was getting so grown up then but now she is a teenager! As you can see, it is lovely and relaxing.

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Balancing the pelvis like a scale:

This is a lovely gentle technique to help the pelvis to balance.

  1. Have the birthing person sit in front of you facing away from you on a surface slightly higher than you are

  2. Have the birthing person shift their weight first to one side and then to the other so that you can place your hands under their sitting bones

  3. Encourage them to relax and sink into your hands and reassure them they won't hurt you

  4. Make sure your hands and arms are relaxed and soft. Both take a few deep relaxing breaths here and begin to notice the balance between the sitting bones in your hands like you were an old fashioned weighing scale. Is one bone tilted in or out more, tipped further forward or back? Meet the difference gently and slowly with your hand, support the differences.

  5. When you feel the difference is supported, ask your birthing person to take a really deep breath in a hold it for as long as they comfortably can before they release the breath and you completely relax your hands in tune with their out breath.

  6. See if there has been a change. Repeat if necessary to find balance.

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