What is the Standing Release

The hand in front is lightly on the lower abdomen. The hand in back is lightly on the sacrum.

The hand in front is lightly on the lower abdomen. The hand in back is lightly on the sacrum.

The standing release (a.k.a. standing myofascial release or standing sacral 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 either complement the abdominal release or be done as an alternative.

The standing release uses a very light touch to release the fascia around the pelvis and respiratory diaphragms. When effective, this may improve fetal positioning, pelvic alignment, and even reduce heartburn and snoring.

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 releases.

Why do the Standing Sacral Release?

  • It may relieve pelvic pain or discomfort in the sacrum, lower back, hips, or tailbone.
  • It may help rib pain or even neck pain as the spine is all connected to the sacrum.
  • It may improve the likelihood of a breech baby flipping or a posterior baby rotating to anterior.
  • It may allow room for the transverse baby to drop head down (although Forward-leaning Inversion is specific for this).
  • It may reduce premature contractions (contact your provider whenever contractions come 4-6/hour before 37 weeks and drink more water, up to 3-4 quarts).
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