Conception, Pregnancy & Child Birth

Supporting the Journey of New Life

Bringing a new life into this world is a beautiful and special journey.  Each stage, from conception, to pregnancy, to childbirth, can be uniquely supported.

Pregnancy Packages:

Rachel Benbow, CST-T, LMT, MLIS, provides prenatal care at The Roots of Health, and offers a special package to support your pregnancy.  Throughout the length of the pregnancy, pregnant moms may receive a once a month Pregnancy CranioSacral Therapy session or Pregnancy Massage for $10 off the normal session price.*   In addition to the monthly discount, your baby may receive one FREE Pediatric CranioSacral Therapy session within one month of their birth.  

 

The Gokhale Method for posture also is of invaluable benefit to pregnant women, enabling them to realign themselves and protect their body from many of the common pains endured during pregnancy and childbirth.  Although the Gokhale Method classes are not discounted, Rachel is also offering pregnant mom's who take the course during their pregnancy one FREE Pediatric CranioSacral Therapy session for their baby within one month of birth.

Some pregnancies or individuals may need extra support with more frequent CranioSacral Therapy or Massage Therapy sessions.  For complicated pregnancies or mom's with complex health situations, please consider one of our weekly prepaid packages.

*Offer not to be used with other discounts or package rates.  Monthly payments at the discounted rate will be automatically billed to your debit or credit card from the onset of the package until the end of the pregnancy. For example, if you start your pregnancy package in your 3rd month of pregnancy in March, you card would be billed monthly from March until close to your expected due date in  September.  If you give birth before your last auto-payed session, you may receive the last session after the birth.

CranioSacral Therapy for Conception, Pregnancy & Birthing:

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) in a gentle hands-on therapy that works with the body's tissues to release tension and restrictions throughout the body.  The underlying premise of CST is that the human body wants to heal and correct itself.  Practitioners listen to the body to find areas of restriction, and support and facilitate the body's unwinding and processing while working with the body's inner wisdom.  This is why CST works so well with conception, pregnancy and birthing.  An expecting mother's body innately goes through enormous change in preparation for conception, the gestational process, and the birth itself.  It is an amazing process, led by the bodies of both the mother and the baby (fetus) which inherently know what they need to do.  During pregnancy CST is applied to both the mother and the baby together, but also as their own unique individuals.  Special care is taken to hold space for the baby while the mother is doing her own processing.

CST can be a wonderful way to nurture and support a standard pregnancy, as well as assist with far more complex cases.  It may help free tension and restriction patterns within the pelvis that might be effecting the reproductive organs or fetus.  CST may also address pain throughout the body, headaches/migraines, stress/anxiety, as well as emotional difficulties.  When used with standard medical care, CST has been shown to help avoid invasive birthing techniques, as well as ease the recovery from childbirth.

All CST sessions are performed with the client wearing their normal clothes.

Pregnancy Massage:

This is a 60 or 90 minute general relaxation massage that helps to melt away the stress, aches and pains of pregnancy.  Pregnancy massage is done with the client in a sidelaying position for the comfort of both mother and baby.  Pregnancy massage is offered for mothers from the beginning of their second trimester through the end of their pregnancy.

Gokhale Method for Pregnancy:

Offered at the Roots of Health by Rachel Benbow, qualified Gokhale Method teacher, the Gokhale Method uses healthy posture and movement to help you restore your structural integrity and regain a pain-free life. It addresses the root cause of most muscle and joint pain, which is posture.  For a personal account of how the Gokhale Method can transform the pregnancy experience, please read this blog post.

If you're pregnant and have lower back pain, you're not alone. Research has shown that nearly 70% of surveyed women reported lower back pain during their pregnancy, and that for 57% of those women, the lower back pain negatively impacted their daily lives. The research also found that pregnant women who have experienced lower back pain prior to their current pregnancy (e.g., during their periods, during a previous pregnancy, prior to ever becoming pregnant) are particularly susceptible to lower back pain​, and that only one-quarter of  pre-natal caregivers recommended any kind of treatment when their pregnant patients reported back pain.​(1)

Lower back pain in pregnancy is a manageable and, in most instances, a preventable problem.  It is of course best if women who plan to become pregnant prepare their bodies for the dramatic physical, musculoskeletal, and hormonal changes that lie ahead.  During pregnancy a woman's body undergoes a number of changes, many that are inherently stressful. These of course include:

  • Extra weight

  • A shift in the center of gravity

  • The impact of of the hormone relaxin on ligaments

Notice the difference between the healthy neutral spine in the French anatomical drawing from 1925 on the left, and the extremely curved spinal sway of the modern anatomical drawing on the right. Also note in the modern drawing how much further the baby projects away from the mother's center of gravity, and out over the pubic bone of the pelvis (where as on the left the baby and uterus are nestled nicely into the pelvis).

Extra weight and the shift in the center of gravity not only pull on the lumbar vertebra, arching the lower back into the exaggerated sway so often seen in pregnancy, but it also shifts too much weight onto the front of the feet.  With relaxin coursing through her system, that extra weight stretches unprotected ligaments further than they are designed to stretch, predisposing women to vertebral disk herniation and creating elongated feet (the foot bones do not grow during pregnancy, the foot simply stretches/flattens out). The Gokhale Method teaches you how to rotate the rib cage forward and lengthen and flatten the lower back to "anchor" the ribs, so even women well advanced in their pregnancy can maintain a comfortable center of gravity. Learning how to shifting the weight back solidly on the heels through the Gokhale Method is also important, because it counters distortion in alignment, while also offering the advantage of not overspreading the feet, which can result in loss of structure.

Six Gokhale Method techniques especially helpful for pregnancy:

  1. Anchor your ribs: lengthens and flattens the lower back, bringing the center of gravity back towards your center

  2. Engage your inner corset: provides extra space for the baby through the abdomen and torso, and also importantly creates space for and protects the intervertebral discs

  3. Hinge your hips when you bend with external rotation of legs: protects the back and makes room for the belly

  4. Stack your weight over your heels: protects your feet

  5. Engage your gluteus medias muscles when you walk: protects the back as you walk

  6. Stretchlie on your side with supportive pillows: provides comfort (and often relief) for sleeping, with the added benefit of creating length and resetting your spine into a healthy position

Lower back pain can start at any point during pregnancy. This means that whether a woman is one-month pregnant or on the cusp of giving birth, she may be experiencing pain in her lower back--pain the Gokhale Method helps address. The good news is that by making adjustments, women at every stage of pregnancy can prevent lower back pain from occurring, or--if pain is already an issue--take real steps to manage this pain.

Learn how to change your pregnancy experience by

enrolling in a Gokhale Method Foundations Course.

For a personal account of how the Gokhale Method can transform your pregnancy, please read this blog post.

(1) Low back pain during pregnancy: prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes; American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology; 2004

Rachel: 717-831-6936

Ian: 610-368-5915

3540 N. Progress Ave., Suite 106

Harrisburg, PA 17110

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