BodyTalk for Pregnancy:
Pregnancy is a time of extraordinary physical and emotional change for both parents that is well supported through the bodytalk system. It's also a time when it's more important than ever for the mother-to-be, to support and care for your well-being. BodyTalk can help you meet the unique challenges of pregnancy, ensuring optimal health for both you and your baby and deepen your understanding of the mother to baby connection. Regular bodytalk sessions assist the bodymind for the birthing process and post natal recovery. Labour time is drastically reduced minimizing the stress on the baby and you. Your milk comes in quickly and abundantly and the baby latches and feeds well. Post partum depression and colicky babies are unlikely as Bodytalk maintains healthy immune function and balance. BodyTalk treatments can also take place for your in-utero baby addressing his or her specific needs to reduce stress and create better communication within your little one's body and development.
What to expect:
For a healthy pregnancy, sessions are often recommended once a month for both partners and baby, with weekly sessions in the last month. However, your BodyTalk practitioner will tailor your sessions entirely to you and your baby's needs.
Unlike with Acupuncture where it is not safe to use certain points, the BodyTalk system can be used without any adverse side effects, BodyTalk can do no harm!
Relief of common concerns
Regular BodyTalk balancing sessions throughout your pregnancy can enhance your health as well as your baby's health, potentially preventing complications and positively influencing the development of your baby. Many mothers-to-be find themselves facing anxiety, fatigue, back pain, heartburn, nausea, and other symptoms as a result of the many new demands being placed on their bodies. BodyTalk has been found to effectively relieve many of these symptoms and more.
Morning Sickness: is easily resolved through BodyTalk, and your practitioner will show you a general balancing technique called CORTICES, that you can do as and when you need to which will help restore your appetite, relieve headaches, body aches and increase your feelings of well being amongst other advantages. BodyTalk has also shown promising results in dealing with depression during and after pregnancy.
Breech Babies and other issues:
BodyTalk can also help with more serious issues during pregnancy. Specific BodyTalk techniques are very useful for turning "breech babies" (those positioned feet-first).
If your due date has passed, BodyTalk can also assist in inducing labor gently without the need for drugs and invasive western methods. BodyTalk reduces labour pains, calm the mind and reduce stress during delivery.
During Birth (or in advance):
BodyTalk Performance Session is a special BodyTalk session done before birth (or job interview, exam, meeting, sports event etc) that is set to kick in at a specified time before, during and after the event so you reap the benefits of BodyTalk without a practitioner being present. Distance sessions or having a practitioner present at the birth can be very beneficial to speed up the process, reduce pain and stress. I can also be contacted during birth to do BodyTalk at a distance to help or arrangements can be made for me to present at the birth as a BodyTalk practitioner (see side bar)
After Baby has arrived:
It's important to recover properly after childbirth. BodyTalk speeds up your recovery, increases your body's natural ability to regain your strength and vitality, rebalances your energy, boosts your body's defenses, and help address concerns such as pain, fatigue and postpartum depression. Your baby weight shifts quickly and helps you maintain a good milk supply for your growing baby. I would rather help you cope through nursing difficulties now than to treat you for trauma of not being able to nurse down the road. BodyTalk can help the body to establish a better milk supply, help baby with any frustration or another factors that can come up with a newborn.
Our sense organs develop and in some instances are active in the womb. Albeit external sensory stimulation is muted, like the sound of your voices that they kick and move in response to, the loudest sounds are that of the mother's heartbeat and digestive noises. They fully engage at birth. The womb stage is important because the parents' attitudes affect the development of the limbic system – the part of the brain that screens sensory information for clues of danger in the environment and then engages the "fight or flight response. If you as parents are overly concerned by tests performed during pregnancy, this can create the beginnings of belief systems such as 'the world is dangerous" or "life is a struggle" – because terminating the pregnancy is the unspoken reason behind most fetal testing. Maybe the father is worrying about the financial burden of a new baby and being a responsible father, but the baby only feels worry. Later in life this can cause colic, allergies, hypersensitivity, learning difficulties and other symptoms. When the baby is born and placed onto the mother's skin near the breast, the adrenaline surge relaxes, the baby settles five senses are fully engaged in a balanced way. The familiarity of Mother's heartbeat and voice, her touch, the taste and smell of sweat on her skin as the baby attempts to suckle all engage the senses as the world outside being a safe place.
Sadly, in the western world, the birth process is far from natural and gentle for the baby and often Bodytalk addresses emotional involvement with birth trauma which distorts our senses and our belief systems about the world. Huge shifts occur by balancing the 5 senses and active memories around fetal development and birth and life experiences during the first 3 years. If a baby burns its mouth from milk that is too hot, the child may develop a distorted relationship with food that may show up as allergies or eating disorders. We are programmed to steer clear of pain, so children learn by watching their parents reactions and we give them feedback when they explore something new whether it is "safe" sometimes based on our own faulty belief systems.
The first three years of a child's life are crucial in forming who they become and in later life, how they respond to the world as the cause or effect. In a balanced child life flows though them or else it is a continuous struggle. Through Bodytalk, the struggle is reduced and the child is confident and feels safe, self esteem is good which in turn maintains a healthy immune system. Personality modification and false self – an accumulation of masks in order to get an acceptable response from the world is minimized and they feel emotionally secure. Physically as the baby crawls, cruises the furniture and then walks, the spine has to adapt to the postural changes of these developmental mile stones and again through maintenance Bodytalk sessions, the spine is balanced and the body grows strong and feels supported by the spinal vertebrae.
Through all the stages of life from fetus to old age, the bodytalk system maintains balance and harmony through each timeline of growth both physically and emotionally. Children of today are challenged daily by all sorts of stressors from the environmental pollution, genetically modified foods, hormones in meat produce, emfs from cell phone masts and a fast, electronic age of radiation from TV, computers and gadgets bombarding and distorting their cells all the time. Then the social pressure of school, achieving, making the grade, being as good as their friends, bullying and teasing, drugs and crime, collective fear of terrorism and gangs. The list goes on. I often find with children the underlying cause of their issues stem from in-utero stress and even past life trauma, all of which can be addressed by BodyTalk.
Yoga For Pregnancy
Movement is essential for a natural birth. It is our movement that helps baby get into the optimal position for birth and continue with the rotation needed to arrive. In prenatal yoga we use our movements and breath to help our bodies find good posture/alignment to help with fetal positioning. We learn to listen to our instincts and baby and find the movements we need. We find our strength, endurance and learn to cope through challenges. We breathe, we laugh, we move, we enjoy this wonderful stage of the journey. Join us for Prenatal Yoga at Inside Out Therapies.
Birth prep workshop for couples
Held every 6 weeks or so. Sara Trapp RMT and Labour & Delivery support therapist and I offer a 3 hour intensive workshop to teach you the hands on ways to make your birth experience enjoyable. Acupressure for pain relief, positioning/fetal positioning, breathing and a box of tools your support partner(s) can use to help you through. Learn more here.
I may be available to attend your birth either 'live' or 'distance'. Attending as a BodyTalk practitioner we can use BodyTalk as well as all the acupressure etc from the birth class I teach to really know what is going on with baby and what you and baby need to have labour progress smoothly. BodyTalk births are known to be much shorter and easier as everyone is in communication and free of stress and fear. As I am NOT a Doula, I have no legal restrictions in regards to birth and have no issues assisting in free birth/unassisted birth if that is your objective. Add me to your birth support interview list and we can explore further.
Pre/Post Natal Exercise Guidelines:
It is important to stay fit and strong during your pregnancy. Prenatal yoga is essential but I also recommend a prenatal specific fitness class too. Check out FitBump. Returning to exercise too fast and too aggressively can cause more harm than good (diastasis recti, prolapse, incontinence to name a few!) Working with those knowledge of the pelvic floor and postpartum needs is essential. Check here for what exercises are NOT SAFE in early post-partum and most of all do not go running or jumping until at least 8 weeks if not more or you will cause damage.
The Lamaze Guide to Birthing with Confidence. A straight forward book to develop your birth plan and knowledge of interventions etc you may face without creating fear. I DO NOT recommend the what to expect book it create unnecessary fear and worry. You can get great week to week development info from Babycentre.com or a pregnancy phone app.
Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth. Full of wonderful inspiring birth stories to teach you not to fear birth but also great information about everything you need to know. Best book ever.
The Secret. Book or movie (Netflix). Not a birth resource but teaching you to make it your intention to have everything go right vs focusing on what you don't want.
Other good ones are Penny Simkin's The Birth Partner or The complete guide.
Watch The business of being born link to full movie on YouTube!