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Mar 17 2013

A good therapist will do this

The first thing about a great massage and knowing when it is applied. This is when you have a massage therapist that knows what to work on your body rather than going on auto pilot and doing a full body based on a pattern they have learnt at school. its when your massage therapist knows that when there is tension in your body its best to work on that area for sometime until that area has become soft to the touch then its time to move on to the next. Too often a massage therapist gets suck in a pattern and thinks i have to move on to get more of the body done, the problem with this is that it leaves the client with the feeling that it was not good enough or it was ok but still there needs to be more. by doing the mentioned above the client is left with “that was fantastic and possibly its the best massage they have had”. because the massage therapist has spent time on the most problematic area for the client.

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Sep 27 2011

Massage for Baby Ends Painful Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding an infant can be extremely painful when the baby has a misalignment. Discover the gentle massage technique that can restore the loving, healthful and nurturing bond of nursing.

CST for Breastfeeding Blues
By Brandi Schlossberg

Breastfeeding can boost babies’ intelligence; help prevent asthma; protect from infections and high blood pressure later in life; and reduce new mothers’ stress levels, according to medical experts.

With all these benefits and more, it’s no wonder that many moms choose to breastfeed their infants. But what happens if the process is too problematic or painful to continue? Instead of turning to breast pumps or formula, some new mothers are relying on CranioSacral Therapy (CST) to solve the breastfeeding blues.

The technique, pioneered by osteopathic physician John Upledger, is a hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the craniosacral system, which consists of the membranes and cerebospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Practitioners aim to release restrictions in the craniosacral system, using pressure about the weight of a nickel, to improve the functioning of the central nervous system and the body’s overall ability to heal itself.

“I was willing to try anything,” said Michelle Biagi, of Powell, Ohio, who suffered painful nipple compression from feeding her 3-month-old daughter, Brooke. “I wasn’t willing to believe my [obstetrician], who said that not every baby can breastfeed.”

Biagi began using a breast pump but continued to search for a solution that would allow Brooke to breastfeed naturally. A lactation consultant recommended that she see Alison Hazelbaker, a CranioSacral Therapist and lactation consultant in Columbus, Ohio.

Hazelbaker, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1985, began using CST as a primary modality in her practice after watching it work wonders on her own baby’s problematic breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding difficulties may arise from a variety of factors, said Hazelbaker, such as misalignment, improper tongue placement, tongue thrusting or tight mouth, and can result in extreme pain for the mother, as well as insufficient calorie intake and irritability for the baby.

Althoug CST does not solve all sucking dysfunctions, Hazelbaker said there are some, such as misalignment, which respond particularly well.

During a session, Hazelbaker performs CST on the infant, and improvements are almost immediately visible, she said, although it may take up to six sessions to completely solve the problem.

“After my third session is when I really started to notice a big difference,” said Biagi. “As her suck changed, I was out of pain.”

After years of such success stories, Hazelbaker decided to document her work in hope of spreading the word. She is now working to publish a 40-page study she conducted on a sample of 20 clients, called “Impact of CranioSacral Therapy on Sucking Dysfunction as Measured by the Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale.”

“In every case where the sucking dysfunction was due to misalignment, CranioSacral Therapy eliminated it,” she said. “That’s 100 percent of the time.”

Biagi, too, is spreading the word to new moms about an alternative to breast pumps or formula for painful breastfeeding. She is writing an article about CST for a local new-mothers’ newsletter.

“I truly believe CranioSacral Therapy was the only thing that got Brooke to breastfeed,” said Biagi. “More moms whould know about this.”

Posted by Nicole at 11:27 AM
© 2009 Institute for Integrative HealthCare Studies. This work is reproduced with the permission of the Institute.

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Sep 11 2009

Massage Therapy For Pregnant Women

Many clients have stated how much a massage helped them mentally and physically during their pregnancy. Not only does it soothes tired and sore muscles, but it also relaxes the mind and reduces the anxiety that many women face during pregnancy. Massage can also drastically change a woman’s hormones resulting in regulated moods and may even cause a woman to be happier.

A client can become extremely swollen during her pregnancy, so a massage can help the circulation in the body and stimulate a woman’s tissue. Back pain, joint pain, tension and sleep problems can all be associated with pregnancy, but massage is said to actually be able to reduce many of these common discomforts.

As a massage therapist you should always discuss massage treatment with your pregnant clients. While many of them may know about the advantages of getting a massage, they may not know what some of the precautions are. It is your responsibility to always ask the client if she has discussed the option of massage with her physician first. She may have complications that may endanger her or her unborn if she were to get a massage, so it is best to make sure the physician knows about any planning of massage treatment.

If you are a massage therapist, it is best to be certified as a prenatal massage therapist as well if you are thinking about performing massages of pregnant clients. There are many pressure points that only a prenatal massage therapist would know and are also trained to know where they should not massage on the client during pregnancy.

In most cases, prenatal massage is safe for all three trimesters. However, there are always complications that a massage therapist should know about before trying to perform the massage. Since there is a risk of miscarriage during the first trimester, many massage therapists do not opt for this treatment during this time. It is always safe to tell your client to speak with her health care physician before she starts any massage treatment

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Michelle Pemberton is a writer in the spa and beauty industry.

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