Articles by Mary Corkery
Bump to Baby to Bumpy Road July 2018
“When we see fertilisation occur, we are doubtless witnessing another of nature’s miracles”
-John E. Upledger, DO, OMM
I am so blessed and privileged to be part of this miracle in my everyday work as a CranioSacral Therapist. We often hear of the struggle and difficulty surrounding birth. With the help of CST before and during labour it is possible for baby’s journey into the world to be a more positive one. A mother doesn’t just “give birth” it is an interaction between two human beings, the mother and her baby.
In a CST session while mom is still pregnant we can help to facilitate this process of communication. Pre-birth CST can be helpful to prepare the body for the task ahead. Post birth it can help to balance and realign mom. It is sometimes possible to facilitate the release of any trauma surrounding the birth for both mom and baby.
Baby can have its first CST treatment as soon as he/she is born. I typically see new born babies during the first hours, days or weeks of life.
CranioSacral Therapy is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your baby. It can possibly help to make this road of life a little less bumpy.
Mary Corkery CST-T
Phone Number: 0872437770
The Vagus Nerve and CranioSacral Therapy
We have 12 cranial nerves, 10 of 12 of the cranial nerves originate in the brainstem. Each cranial nerve is paired and is present on both sides.
The vagus nerve known as cranial nerve 10 , or The “Wandering Nerve” is the longest nerve in the body.
It travels down through the neck, passes around the digestive system, liver, spleen, pancreas, heart and lungs. The vagus nerve is often considered the captain of your inner nerve centre- the parasympathic nervous system (when our body is in a relaxed state) and like a good captain it does a good job of overseeing a vast range of crucial functions. However, when the body is in the sympathetic mode, the bodys or fight or flight reflex switches on, floods the body with stress hormones, causing our relaxation to switch off. The constant overloading of stress hormones is often the source of much illness and injury that we experience. Left untreated, the mounting stress can sometimes lead to serious decline in health
CranioSacral Therapy greatly affects the vagus nerve thus providing the ability to help a multitude of situations and symptoms. Colicky and constipated babies often have irritation or pressure on the vagus nerve. This may have been caused by a traumatic or even a “normal “birth. A skilled craniosacral therapist can evaluate the tone of the vagus nerve and help to facilitate release. By now you can see the “health or tone” of the vagus nerve plays a hugh role in our wellbeing, we can see that it has an effect on babies also the effect it has on our immune system. CranioSacral Therapy is one way of ensuring that you have a “happy” vagus nerve, we like to keep the Captain in good shape. A happy vagus nerve can potentially lead to;