Angela had received Canio-Sacral treatment herself - before her pregnancy and during her pregnancy. When the new baby arrived she brought her baby for treatment - since she knew that all babies should be checked at birth. She herself was clearly exhausted and struggling and I suggested that she would also benefit from a treatment - but she was too tired and busy, both with the baby and with her two other daughters, to arrange a treatment. She brought her new baby daughter several times during that first year - since she believed firmly that all babies should have regular check-ups and treatments during their first few months and years. Life didn't get any easier for her. She still felt and looked exhausted and stressed. Finally I persuaded her that she wasn’t doing any of her children a favour by carrying on the way she was and she finally - after more than a year - arranged a treatment.
At the end of that first treatment she got up looking completely different and said ‘Why oh why didn’t I do this a year ago. I feel transformed. I had forgotten what it was like to feel normal’.
Sally had been in bad way ever since the birth of her son a year ago – tearful, depressed, unable to cope, afraid that she wasn’t looking after her son adequately and the effect that that was going to have on him. She was crying a lot of the time. She was also suffering from persistent back pain, pain down her right leg, tightness in her chest, tightness in her stomach, pain around her caesarean scar, often aching all over, exhausted, not sleeping and most of all feeling a sense of hopelessness - not knowing how she was going to manage ever again.
This had been going on for a year. Her doctor had given her antidepressants, but this had left her feeling even more strange. She had also been given sleeping pills but this left her more depressed, and fearful that she wouldn’t wake up for her baby. Her son wasn’t sleeping much, so she was constantly up at night, never getting a good night’s sleep and feeling totally wiped out.
Nothing was helping and there seemed to be no way out. It was just dragging on and on day after day with no hope. She felt that she was going round in circles, getting nowhere, making no progress and she was frightened that this was going to go on for the rest of her life and that she would never get better and never be able to bring up her son properly. What would happen to him? What would happen to her?
She first came to see me when she brought her son because she had heard that Cranio-Sacral Therapy could help babies to sleep better. She hadn’t realized that Cranio-Sacral Therapy could help adults as well.
Her son was soon sleeping better, which helped, but his disturbed patterns were inevitably affected and reinstated by her own state and her anxieties. And she was still very depressed, tearful, anxious and in a lot of pain.
Seeing the benefits of treatment for her son, she arranged to have a treatment for herself and although there was no instant magical solution, she could immediately feel the beneficial effects of the gentle Cranio-Sacral treatment spreading through her body.
Life was still very difficult. Gradually, week by week, the Cranio-Sacral process started to dissolve her tensions, relieve her pain, to bring about an internal reorganisation and reintegration of mind, body and spirit.
There was a great deal to address on many levels – the strains of giving birth, the effects of the caesarian, the physical imbalances and discomforts, the exhaustion, the depression, the underlying emotional patterns - and we continued to work regularly over the next year or so.
After a few weeks, her son didn’t need any further treatment, but she continued to receive regular treatment for herself and gradually the dark clouds lifted, her pain eased, life became bearable and there seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Things continued to progress until life became manageable, and looked much brighter, and as her health improved she became confident that she would feel better and better and that she would be able to look after her son and cope with life. And so in due course, life became comfortable and enjoyable and happy again. It had taken time - complex situations like this often do - but it had been worth it. After all, what would have happened to her and her family otherwise.