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A simple, highly recommended techinque done with a very light touch to release the fascia around the pelvis and the pelvic and respiratory diaphragms. Its surprising results can improve fetal positioning, pelvic alignment, even reduce heartburn and snoring.
What is a Standing Release ?
Sometimes called a Standing Sacral Release, or a standing myofascial release, this myofascial release was fine tuned by Dr. Carol Phillips for a pregnant woman who couldn't tolerate lying down for the abdominal release (diaphragmatic release).
The standing release can actually compliment the abdominal release (do both) or be done instead of the abdominal release.
- May relieve pelvic pain or discomforts in the lower back, hips or tailbone.
- May help rib pain or even neck pain as the spine is all connected to the sacrum.
- May improve the likelihood of a breech baby flipping or a posterior baby rotating to anterior.
- May allow room for the transverse baby to drop head down.
- May reduce premature contractions (contact your provider whenever contractions come 4-6 an hour before 37 weeks and drink more water up to 3-4 quarts).
Carol Phillips, DC, developer of Dynamic Body Balancing and MaBaby Workshops, shows us an in depth standing sacral release from her YouTube video collection. This is the woman's own spontaneous movements releasing muscles and fascial in her body to her specific needs.
Compare with Deb Lawrence's Dip the Hip which is directed movements, not spontaneous. Both seem to work well when the Standing Sacral Release is used in depth like this. The Standing Release is specific to the person's needs and is done in a series of activities or "a protocol" of craniosacral and myofascial release.
How and When to use the Standing Sacral Release
When: Any time; anytime in pregnancy; anytime in labor that seems tolerable; preventative or supportive.
How to do a Standing Sacral Release:
This is a sensitive process in which quiet, attunement and some simple skills are required by the helper. But the mother can do this herself with our without a soft ball or balloon (variation).
The touch is so light that the person doing it can't quite comprehend how light they are supposed to be. Too many people think they are "supposed to be doing something." If pressing on the person's sacrum you will pin the fascia and lose the benefit of the technique. Use the same pressure as a nickel or a little less than a Euro would put on your hand - not much!
Dr. Carol gives a little encouragement to our pregnant model to move to the subtle signals in her own body, not as culture and custom dictate.
Dr. Carol follows the movement of the fascia very near the surface of our pregnant model's body. The movement is something like smoothing a table cloth, but the mother herself does the movement. Carol only follows.
When not to: When a woman doesn't want to. When standing would be a safety hazard, such as after the injection of the epidural tubing.
Before: This can be done as a first technique or within a series of techniques. Its an important technique!
What to do next: The Sidelying Release (which used to be called the Pelvic Floor release)
A co-venture video experience with Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga! Coming Soon!
Spinning Babies; Daily Essentials For Pregnancy Video.
Together Sarah Longacre, international prenatal yoga instructor and birth doula, and Gail Tully, yours truly, created a unique instructional video for flexibility and comfort in pregnancy and to support better fetal positioning in time for birth.
Here are daily activities for stretching and balancing a pregnant body. Start early in pregnancy to prepare to make the most space for baby's best birth position and the most ease for mother's opening during the birth process.
We begin the program for women of average flexibility (or just plain stiff to start with) and beginner tips. But soon, you'll be ready to move freely! That's when Sarah brings the stretches all together into her easy to follow, playful, sensual, and flowing "Blooma Style" daily routine.
Sarah's "dance of opening," moves joints and ligaments to come alive under the delightful melody and percussions of Carin Vagle. This isn't about core strength; its about freedom of movement and creating space in the body.
Sarah plays along with Gail's little game of "Flashlight" to show pregnant women how to evaluate their own posture and positions. Smart Maternal Positioning helps baby snuggle their backs into the front of the womb for Optimal Fetal Positioning.
The Daily Essentials For Pregnancy includes tips for using Maternal Positioning around the house. Actual scenes in the bedroom, living room -and even the bathroom- gives practical instruction like no other video. You will be sleeping more comfortably immediately when using these tips. Within a week or two many pregnancy discomforts of the pelvis and lower back may be reduced when all these nurturing techniques are integrated into your daily lifestyle. Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga-- a natural collaborative!
Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class.
Soon pregnant parents around the world can take a Spinning Babies class from their own monitor! Join six couples as they learn the reason why Spinning Babies works and how it can enhance your labor and birth.
See techniques to do daily or weekly. Actual, real consultations with two couples right at our class location, one with a breech baby (head up) and one with a baby in a transverse lie (lying sideways).
Couples do the techniques together and show you how to do these at home.
Used alone or with the Daily Essentials, Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class goes beyond the basics. Simple props show complex concepts sweetly. Little-known anatomy is linked to childbirth and the role of fetal positioning.
The section on labor discusses two labor patterns- the one "promised" in other books and the unexpected one associated with the posterior labor. Learn the common causes of long labor and techniques to help baby through the pelvis.
Be empowered; be prepared. After using this video throughout your pregnancy, while we can't promise, of course, you may not need the tips for labor progress. You can use that knowledge to help your neighbor. This video is all Spinning Babies.
Blooma Yoga Prenatal Yoga for AM and PM.
Warm up in the morning and cool down in the evening in two 30-minute sequences. Sarah Longacre shares her own blossoming pregnancy, Blooma style, to the exquisite music of Carin Vagle. Sarah's affirmations will carry you through labor with emotional strength and encouragement. Play this video when the others become too basic and you just want to dance and have fun. Wait, dance? Isn't this yoga? With Blooma and Carin Vagle, your spirit won't know the difference. Soar to greater freedom of movement. Bring your hormones into harmony with the day. Begin your day with serious play. Cool down at night with a sleep enhancing stretch before bed. This video is all Blooma!
Sarah's video is ready for you now! Get Blooma's AM/PM Yoga here
All three videos are professionally produced by Melissa Koch of Grey Duck Productions, with stills by Tanya Villano Photography, each of these three videos are dynamic on their own. Together they will enhance your pregnancy and labor experience with fun and empowerment in the most practical manner. Feel hope for your birth abilities, this is support for your journey. Gain the confidence and flexibility to fully bloom. I believe these videos carry the potential to bring your best birth dreams into the gentle reality.
Compassionately priced. Estimated Due Date for Daily Essentials March 2014; for Spinning Babies Parent Class, Fall 2014.