Easy & Essential C-Section Scar Care with Castor Oil Packs

These days many cesarean sections heal up well with a scar that is barely visible.  However, the surgery can also cause numbness, discomfort and disconnection from the lower abdominals.  The scar often holds strong emotions as well.  All births are a time of extreme vulnerability and deep transformation.  Women’s birth scars contain their own rebirthing journey.

In my private practice, I do a lot of birth scar massage.  Through mindful attention and touch, I encourage scar tissue to break up so that the underlying tissues are free to move as they are meant to and receive healthy blood flow.  Many women have not wanted to look at or touch their scars because of how much this brings to the surface for them. When we massage these areas, we process the emotions held there by giving voice to the feelings. Through working on both the physical and emotional layers, the scar tissue begins to melt.  

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3 Ways to Check for Diastasis - It’s Not Just About the Space

Diastasis recti is a common condition seen in postpartum women where connective tissue in the abdominal muscles, the linea alba, thins and spreads out causing the abdominal muscles to separate.  This separation in the rectus abdominis can cause a bulging tummy, umbilical hernia, back pain, postural problems and pelvic floor weakness.  Diastasis recti can happen to anyone, men, women or children however it is very prevalent after the increased abdominal pressure of pregnancy.

How to Check Yourself for Diastasis

Lay down on your back with your feet on the floor hip distance apart and your knees bent.  Check for the following three things:

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Is Diastasis Affecting Your Sex Life?

As a yoga teacher, doula and somatic sexologist I help women process their births and the subsequent changes in their bodies and relationships.  I often say that I help women put their bodies back together after birth.  My area of specialty and great passion is the core which includes the muscles of the abdominals, low back, pelvic floor and diaphragm.  Most women come to me initially for weakness and the change of appearance in their abdominals due to diastasis recti.  In our first meeting we discover that diastasis is affecting numerous areas of their lives including, and often especially, intimacy!  

Diastasis recti is a common condition seen in postpartum women where connective tissue in the abdominal muscles, the linea alba, thins and spreads out causing the abdominal muscles to separate.  This separation in the rectus abdominis can cause a bulging tummy, umbilical hernia, back pain, postural problems and pelvic floor weakness.  Women who have diastasis recti describe an overall feeling of disconnection from their center. 

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Sticky Situation: What Scars & Adhesions Are Doing to Your Body

Your sore shoulder, constipation, sexual pain, infertility--all of these things can be a result of scar tissue in your body.  Why hasn’t anyone told you about this possibility before?   Mainstream medicine rarely looks at scar tissue because they have not incorporated effective ways for diagnosing and treating scar tissue.  

Working with scar tissue, particularly in the abdomen and pelvis, is part of my training as a sexological bodyworker.  My teacher, Dr. Ellen Heed, describes scar tissue as one of the four obstacles to radiant health as crucial as imbalances in posture, emotions and nutrition.  The good news is that scar tissue can be easy to find and there are simple ways to work with it.

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