For more information or to book a session please contact Corey Buck, Structual Integration Therapist.
The Atlas, the first cervical vertebra, is named after the mythological giant who carried the world on his shoulders. That name is well-earned by this relatively small but important structure. Correct alignment of the Atlanto-Occipital Joint (AOJ) is primary to proper posture and overall health and well being.
With the atlas in its right place, a person can enjoy a healthy, long and harmonious life. However, the atlas is dislocated (luxated) in most people. The dislocated atlas causes pressure on the spinal chord, cranial nerves, vertebral attires, carotid arteries and on other vessels, including the lymphatic vessels.
Dislocation of the Atlas can cause pain and stiffness in the neck, pain in the shoulders and lower back, scoliosis, slipped discs, rotation of the pelvis causing difference in leg lengths as well as generalized pain throughout the body. This chronic pain in turn can also effect mental well being.
Corey has trained in the AtlasProfilax technique and, from that work, has developed a system called Atlas Spinal Realignment Massage. This work focuses on realigning the atlas so that all structures below it then fall into their natural, healthy alignments.