By relieving pain and tension and bringing the body into optimal balance, Rolfing® can be extremely useful in helping expecting mothers and new parents adapt to the physical demands of pregnancy and parenthood. Great news for Moms and Dads!
With the proper precautions, Rolfing can help support expecting mothers as they experience profound changes in their bodies. Possible benefits include smoother birth; relief of discomfort in the feet, ankles, legs, hips, back, spine, and pelvis; and the well-deserved satisfaction that comes from self-care and coming back into healthy relationship with the body.
Some questions to take into account for expecting women are: the general health and activity level; pregnancy/birth history; and familiarity with Rolfing or other bodywork.
The Rolfer will also take care to use positional strategies (e.g. client laying on her back, side, seated) that are appropriate for that trimester and the client's comfort level.
After giving birth, the body continues to incorporate and adapt to rapid changes. This is an ideal time to consider a Ten Series, ten sessions which holistically treat and effectively reset the entire body. Each session addresses different regions and relationships, such as that between pelvic balance and back health, and evokes order in how those relationships function. For those who had already done a Series, they may choose to repeat it, or to do a series of 3-5 Post-Ten sessions.
The general recommendation is for women to wait 6 weeks and after they've stopped bleeding, before receiving any Rolfing. Breastfeeding hormones create increased mobility and looseness in the ligaments and tendons, so it may be practical for the Rolfer to use less pressure and/or focus on stabilizing rather than opening the joints.
Rolfing can also help parents maintain safe body alignment as they meet the demands of early childhood care. Activities such as lifting, carrying, rocking and feeding can place heavy demands on the body. Rolfing can help to unwind pain, tension and restriction while evoking better economy of movement through client education. That means less tired, happier parents!
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