Body Balancing (body work)
Babies grow inside their mother's body; obviously. But think again. Babies grow inside another body. All of our bodies are affected over time by movement and posture. Interacting with motion, rest, emotion, and big or small impacts, and gravity plays upon the muscles, joints, ligaments --and the membranous fascia wrapping these structures, including the uterus and pelvis. For some of us, living on this planetat this time brings a change in our body's symmetry in response to all these events.
Body work can bring about a balance in the body that helps the baby settle into a position that complements the birthing process. There are various types of body work. Some are better for Optimal Fetal Positioning than others. I've learned a combination of myofascial release with craniosacral therapy through Dr. Carol Phillips, DC, creator of Dynamic Body Balancing. She does workshops in St. Paul, Annapolis, and Denver. Applying Dynamic Body Balancing with pregnant and laboring women has made a tremendous difference in birth outcomes. Anyone can start with her Level One class.
Look at Body Work and Professional Help under Techniques for types of body work used for Optimal Fetal Positioning.