We arrange our body balancing favorites together because they help each other:
These techniques balance the pelvis and surrounding areas for comfort, birth preparation, and labor progress. Add more of the gentle techniques we recommend to achieve a fuller fascial freedom for comfort in pregnancy and ease in childbirth.
These three techniques, in this order, tend to improve the comfort and fetal positioning for most pregnancies. They can be used in different orders, or one or two only, for people who are in situations, like a labor, in which just one or a different order is better in that situation. Does only one do what all offer? No. But not all are always needed. If you don’t know, take it slow and see if all three are invited by the person you help.
An esteemed way of jiggling by some Indigenous practitioners is with the Rebozo cloth.
The Origin Story
We used to call the Three Balances techniques by the name The Three Sisters of Balance to emphasis the synthesizing effect similar to The Three Sisters agricultural practice of the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederation of Five Tribes (and after 1722, the Six Tribes), in the region that is now the northeast of the USA. In small mounds of earth squash, corn, and beans were planted together. Each plant puts nutrition into the soil that is needed by the other. Variations of the Three Sisters were used in Mesoamerica, including a 4th sister, a flower to attract bees! We honor the wisdom that precedes us.
Our intent by using the name Three Sisters of Balance was to raise respect. Labeled as cultural appropriation gives me pause to consider the use of the words, Three Sisters. Would I then become another white person who can’t see Native presence in the world? Would I add to Native invisibility? I sat with my colleague, Pat Welch of the Turtle Women Doula Program who revolutionized care for St. Paul Indigenous families by introducing Indigenous doula care in the 90s. She was able to reduce the rate of premature birth to almost zero! I was honored to work closely with her during the initial program creation and first year, including being a doula trainer with her. We sat, in this instance, with a board of decision makers seeking to reduce racial disparities in birth. At no time in the meeting were Native neonatal mortality mentioned until Pat Welch spoke up. She talked about the invisibility of her people in government policies. I find this continues all too often. While I am a birth activist I would like to do a small part to add visibility in an engaging and meaningful way to the 100s of thousands of people visiting Spinning Babies®.
My intent was to recognize wisdom and break down ignorance and compartmentalization. When some of the white audience hear the brief attribution in our workshops, barriers fall. Physiology in society improves. The “body” of the world is less violently separated and a tender thread of connection is made. My hope was that some of the ignorance about Indigenous culture is reduced.
Thinking of the body as a system of separate organs is similarly disconnecting organs from the landscape of the human whole. Fascia is removed from the cadaver and only then is the anatomy studied. We lost the connecting factor!
Combining the jiggle and a stretch reaches the fascia in complementary ways. We picked three specific techniques to reach fascia throughout the pelvis and soft tissues inside it. Our arrangement is branded but the techniques are not. We honor the teachers that created light along the way. Even when we change and grow, we remember roots of development and seek to express respect in the era we live.
I have met four clients and a friend with their breech and transverse babies for [these three techniques] during the last three weeks – four babies already turned head down. One of them deeply impressed the doctor when my client went for a check on Monday, the doctor did not expect baby to turn, I have no idea why…
Now I’m waiting for the last one to go head down… Did I ever mention that I love the approach and the techniques of Spinning Babies®?
Doula & Coach
Keepin’ It Real
Adding a few more techniques will give more support for babies to move into position. Repeating techniques in pregnancy maintains space in the body for improving comfort, ease and optimal fetal positioning. Begin with these three body balancing techniques in labor along with smarter birth positions in labor to make the most room in the pelvis and tissues for birth.
Here are some of the techniques to balance more areas of the body for even better results:
- Standing Sacral and sacrotuberous release for pelvic size and mobility
- Dip the Hip and “Cat-Cow” for helping baby move to the left
- Also, add a rub to the buttock when the right side is upwards during a Side-lying Release
- Psoas lengthening, for instance with an aligned forward lunge, for easier engagement
- Professional body work such as Webster’s Maneuver, Logan Basic, and Dynamic Body Balancing, Fascia Therapie (Danis Bois Methode) or Therapuetic Pregnancy massage (different than relaxation massage or prenatal massage), Orthobionomy, and others.
Don’t be afraid to continue your quest to restore balance.
Daily range-of-motion exercises are shown in Daily Activities.
- Three Balances℠
- The Jiggle
- Forward-leaning Inversion
- Side-lying Release
- Standing Release
- Abdominal Release
- Abdominal Lift & Tuck
- Shake the Apple Tree
- Other Techniques
- Comfort Tips
- Rest SmartSM
- Birth Balls
- Bed Rest Tips
- Professional Help