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Craniosacral Therapy for Mothers and Babies

One of the things I most enjoy about being a craniosacral therapist is having the privilege of
working regularly with Mothers and Babies.

Having a child is one of life’s most profound events. Craniosacral Therapy (CST) can help
provide support to mothers, partners and babies in this period of physical, emotional and
psychological change.
Ante-natal Treatments:
As your body supports, holds, and nurtures your developing baby, CST can provide a calm,
welcoming and accepting space where you can be supported, held and nurtured.
Modern life is fast-paced, and full of competing calls on our attention. Our autonomic
nervous system – the control system of the body that is largely unconscious – can often get
overstimulated into a fight / flight state (sympathetic branch). CST can help you regulate your
autonomic nervous system and gently bring your body into the rest / digest state
(parasympathetic branch).
Studies have shown that finding a calm, spacious time for yourself and settling your nervous
system, is not only good for you, but it can also be very beneficial for the developing nervous
system of your child.
As your body changes and softens to accommodate your growing baby and prepares to give
birth, CST can also help relieve the minor ailments such as back, shoulder and neck pain, that
sometimes can accompany this time.
Treatments are carried out fully clothed, normally whilst side-lying on a treatment couch. It is
common to feel warmth, gentle tingling and a greater sense of ease as your body softens,
opens and releases.
Baby Treatments:
Birth is a natural process that evolution has designed us to experience, but it is not always
easy. It can be a tough transition from womb to the outside world for some little ones and
their mums!
Newborns can face many challenges including tongue tie, poor latch for sucking, colic,
constipation, torticollis, gastric reflux or sleep issues. Often these issues are related to their
birth journey, even if interventions such as forceps or ventouse extraction haven’t taken
Constrictions from the birth can be held in the neck, skull, spine, shoulders and hips which, in
turn can restrict the cranial, spinal and peripheral nerves, interfering with feeding and sleep
patterns, as well as how well the baby is able to settle.

CST can help your baby find more ease and comfort as well as providing an open, welcoming
space for them to gently process any residual birth experiences that might still be held in their
bodies, or process and release shock from their nervous systems.
Studies have shown that a couple of treatments at this early stage can reap huge benefits in a
baby’s future, helping support the next stages of their neurological and relational
I always work with mothers and babies together – and fathers or partners are always welcome
to join the session! At this early stage of life, a baby’s nervous system is very highly attuned
to the nervous systems of its primary caregivers. I often find that when a mother and father
are able to find space and process the birth for themselves, (or even just the exhaustion of
having a newborn), the baby begins to settle too, and bonding between the family unit
deepens in a really beautiful way.
As CST is totally non-manipulative and extremely gentle, it is suitable for babies of all ages.
I generally work with babies whilst they are in their mother’s arms, on her lap or whilst
feeding, but I’m also very used to working with babies in car seats. I often like to work with
mother and baby together on the treatment couch if it feels appropriate.
A typical session will be between 30 mins and an hour. You should see a difference after one
treatment, but several sessions might be required depending on how established restrictions
have become.
If you have any questions about CST and whether it might be able to help you or your baby
please get in touch either by calling the Complementary Health Partnership reception on
01372 464 659 or emailing me at

Claygate, Surrey

Acupuncture For Fertility

The treatment of infertility with acupuncture and Chinese medicine dates back 2,000 years. These ancient, time-tested techniques improve fertility rates and support a woman’s whole body, unlocking unlimited potential health, healing and childbearing.

According to the theories of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, infertility is caused by an imbalance of Qi and blood affecting one or more of the Organ systems.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can raise the fertility potential for women by affecting the quality, quantity, balance and flow of Qi and blood. When Qi (also called Life Energy) and blood are circulating freely throughout the body, every cell, tissue and organ is properly nourished and functioning well. When this occurs, a woman’s health and fertility are increased.

A landmark study published in the medical journal Fertility & Sterility found that acupuncture dramatically improves the chances of becoming pregnant when used in conjunction with other assisted reproductive techniques.

Acupuncture can….

  1. Increase blood flow to the uterus, which improves the chances of an ovum implanting in the uterine wall
  2. Reduces anxiety, stress, and the hormones that are secreted during stressful situations that can significantly decrease fertility
  3. Normalise hormone and endocrine systems that regulate ovulation, specifically in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome
  4. Positively affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, which plays a key role in fertility regulate menstrual cycle In a study published in Human Reproduction Journal, and ultrasound was used to evaluate blood flow to the uterus during acupuncture treatments. The study found the blood flow increases during treatment. According to Dr. Nancy Snyderman, “When acupuncture needles are placed correctly, it can affect the nervous system. The idea is that if you stimulate the nervous system, you can make the uterus quiet and allow blood to flow.”
  5. Relaxing the uterus and increasing blood flow allows for the successful implant of an embryo within the uterine lining.

Women’s health issues that Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been effective in treating:

  1. Fertility (male & Female)
  2. Irregular menstrual cycle
  3. No menstrual cycle
  4. Heavy bleeding
  5. Painful menstrual cycle
  6. PMS
  7. PCOS
  8. Ovarian cysts
  9. Breech Baby
  10. Labor induction in overdue pregnancies
  11. Uterine fibroids
  12. Blocked Fallopian tubes
  13. Hormonal imbalance
  14. Recurrent miscarriage
  15. Pregnancy & Postpartum support
  16. Problems with Lactation
  17. Stress
  18. Insomnia
  19. Anxiety

Tracey also treats Men’s Fertility issues – Acupuncture and can help improve sperm quantity, mobility and motility

Support Groups (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

ART/IVF Support Claygate clinic

ART/IVF Support

Acupuncture, is rapidly gaining popularity as an adjunctive therapy to IVF. It is very benign, minimally invasive and has virtually no adverse side-effects. Research shows that the provision of acupuncture treatments immediately before and after embryo transfer may significantly increase embryo implantation rates.

Other research has shown that acupuncture reduces mental stress and also changes the way stress hormones affect the neurological / hormonal (neuro-endocrine) and immune systems underlying sub-fertility.

Other research has found that acupuncture, especially around the time of the COH, improves pregnancy outcomes in women undergoing IVF.

Our acupuncturists have many years of experience in working with IVF and ART. If you would like to discuss this more please contact the clinic on 01372 464659 to find out more.