Penel Meredith and I have been involved in Pregnancy Education for 15 years or so, running Pregnancy Massage Courses for Dermalogica and a top London Spa, we devised a four / five day Working with Pregnancy Mothers and Babies Course for graduate craniosacral therapists wanting to work in this area .
Working with Pregnant Women, Mothers and Babies
with Sarah Nesling , Penel Meredith and guests
17th&24th Feb,3rd & 10th March 2022,4 consecutive Thursdays on Zoom, £400
This is a very practical course covering the anatomy, physiology and psychoemotional aspects of pregnancy, birth, obstetric interventions, the postnatal period, and common ailments. It has emerged from the twenty years working in the Low-Cost Mother and Baby clinic in London where Sarah and Penel treated hundreds of babies alongside each other, sometimes sharing tricky cases and being available to support each other. They developed a down to earth, flexible way of working with mothers and babies and hopefully partners together as part of a whole early field where everything cycles between mother and baby. Ideally this is supported by partners family and friends. The approach is Biodynamic, orienting to mother and baby, recognising specific patterns presenting in the baby alongside any birth issues cycling in the mother. There is an emphasis on the verbal skills needed for this sensitive and wonderful work and on developing the supportive holding field.
Film footage of treatments will be used and guided practical sessions which you may have a partner at home for or possibly get together with another course member depending on location. The course comes with a comprehensive handbook.
Sarah runs a follow up series around Working with Families within Still Learning.
Working With Families Series 2022
These workshops are designed to support practitioners working with mothers, babies and children, ideally participants will have attended the Mother and Baby training.
High Maintenance Babies , 27th October
This day will focus on the hard to settle fractious babies, how to be with crying and ways of working with stress cycling in the family field perhaps following a stressful pregnancy or birth where the autonomic set points are compromised. These are hard cases to hold as exhaustion is usually cycling round the family and our own buttons of self doubt are likely to be pressed.
Working with Mobile Infants 1st December
How do we contact stillness while crawling round on the floor? We will also look at common ailments and how to adapt sessions so that mother and baby can both be treated. Flexibility in approach is key.
Supporting Early Attachment 9th February
A look at the Polyvagal system and the cranial nerves involved in Attachment and Bonding .
Puberty and Teens spring 2023 TBA
How to engage with older children, we will look at some things that cause parents to seek help anxiety, ADHD, Dyslexia, bone pain and other presenting issues. Also a look the changes in brain organisation that start before puberty. Children develop within the family field and often the young person is expressing a family issue, we will explore what we can handle as CSTs and when we refer.
Days run 9.45 -5.15 ,cost £100 see Still Learning for more info
A series of days for Feldenkrais practitioners taught as a collaboration with Caroline Scott and offered through the Feldenkrais Guild. The mornings will cover relevant anatomy taught from an embryological perspective , in the afternoon we unfold the mornings material , exploring its relevance to your work and Caroline will take it into ATM practice . See Feldenkrais page .
I offer small group courses for bodyworkers wishing to develop relevant areas of anatomy to deepen their practice. For craniosacral therapists I offer revision and fresh perspectives on the specific anatomy underpinning the craniosacral system and any other areas of the craniosacral therapy training syllabus .