• Elias Limberopoulos

Rolfing® for Pregnancy: Before, During and Post-Partum

There are over 6 million children born in the United States, over 14% of these births come with some sort of complication. So, not only is labor painful enough, but there are always risks that may occur. There are several ways to minimize pain and structural challenges, including exercise, proper nutrition, supplementation, as well as care from a Rolfer.

If you’re planning to get pregnant, it may be a good idea to balance your body and prepare it for the future demands of carrying a baby. If your body is still handling old acciedents and injuries, chances are it'll be less supportive and adaptable for the new changes in the body which are about to unfold during the pregnancy. You can address this either with the first few sessions of the Rolfing Ten Series or complete the entire Ten Series beforehand. This will help your body adapt to the changes of pregnancy and childbirth.

When a woman is pregnant changes within the body occur immediately. All of these changes are to support the life that is growing inside the woman. Pregnancy, as beautiful of an event as it may be, can cause the mother a certain amount of discomfort or pain. During the first trimester, morning sickness is a very common experience. This occurs due to the increase in hormone levels and the growth of the placenta.

With the extreme rise in hormone levels and the growth of the placenta, this can be stressful on the body. By receiving care through a Rolfing session, a Rolfer will work to relieve any stress and strain found in the connective tissue because as you may know stress causes fascia to contract.

Headaches are also a common symptom during the first trimester of pregnancy, but are known to last throughout the whole pregnancy. There are several possible reasons for this, including strain within the neck and upper back, dehydration, stress, in addition to sugar and caffeine withdrawal. Through Rolfing sessions, proper nutrition, and a healthy sleep cycle these headaches can be greatly reduced or eliminated. Light sessions are typically offered in the 1st trimester.

During the second trimester the “baby weight” begins to show and the mother’s body has been undergoing physical changes to accommodate this weight. If you already have misalignment and other structural compensations in your body, it is very possible for a pregnancy to exacerbate the symptoms causing headaches, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, or pain. Throughout the pregnancy, the pelvis is shifting forward changing the lower back curve. This is supposed to happen but if you have a misalignment or excess strain within your lower back or spine already, this could create substantial pain and complications.

The real benefits of Rolfing during pregnancy can be seen when a woman goes into labor. By this time, your Rolfer has targeted specific areas around the hips and spine allowing more freedom of movement in the area often times ease of the birthing process as well as recovery.

Post-partum care is always available for those who feel their body just doesn't seem right. Changes in the body have occurred and some women may feel that it is normal to feel tight and achy. This doesn't have to be the case. Coming in for targeted sessions or going through the Rolfing Ten Series may be just the thing someone needs to get back into feeling more spacious, light, flexible and more comfortable in their body.

Through my offices around Chicago, providing Rolfing is more than just my job or career. Instead, it's my passion to care for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable in themselves especially those who are caring for another life.

If you have any questions please feel free to call me today.

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