Christine Shelley

Physiotherapy

releasing the stress... easing the pain

Welcome


Are you ready to rebalance your health and rekindle your passion for life? I’m Christine Shelley and I can help. I combine a traditional healthcare with holistic techniques to help people who are stressed, anxious or in pain find harmony and balance in their bodies and their lives.

If you’re stressed, anxious or in pain you need more than just symptom relief. You need a gentle solution that gets to the root of the problem. This is where my treatment approach, incorporating craniosacral therapy, can help. Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, profound hands-on treatment approach which addresses the whole person, encouraging and enhancing the body’s natural tendency towards self-correction and healing. It has often been found to be helpful where other conventional forms of manual therapy have been unsuccessful. It may be just the answer you are looking for.


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With over 20 years of experience in various clinical settings and training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, I provide a holistic approach to pain relief in a relaxed, supportive environment.

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How I Can Help


My traditional medical model of how to treat pain was turned upside down when I took a course in Craniosacral Therapy, something which, at the time, I knew very little about. This course challenged and changed my perception of how to treat pain, leading me to transition from traditional to alternative in my treatment approach. Central to this approach is seeking out and treating the underlying cause of the symptoms, rather than merely treating the symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, profound treatment which uses very gentle touch to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, supporting your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself.
How can Craniosacral Therapy help me?
Due to its gentle nature and positive effects on all of the body systems, craniosacral therapy can be helpful in a large variety of conditions and situations and can be used for people of all ages (see Case Studies). Conditions successfully treated using craniosacral therapy include:

Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Shoulder Pain
Depression
Stress and Anxiety
Colic
Knee Pain

What is a treatment session like?
A typical CranioSacral Therapy session lasts from 45 minutes to an hour, and takes place in a relaxed, private setting. You remain fully clothed throughout the treatment as you lie on a comfortable treatment plinth. What you experience during a treatment session is highly individual. You may experience deep relaxation, insights, releases, and a sense of peace. Some people even fall asleep. At the end of your session, I will answer any questions you may have about what you experienced or what to expect after the treatment.
How will I feel after a treatment?
Just as each individual experiences craniosacral therapy sessions differently, the results can be diverse as well. You may leave in such a relaxed state that you feel like sleeping for hours, or you may leave full of boundless energy. You may feel a decrease in pain or an increase in function immediately after the session, or the effects may develop gradually over the next few days. Craniosacral therapy helps the body resume its natural healing processes and hence it is common for your improvements to continue weeks after the session.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
Each individual response to craniosacral therapy is unique and therefore the number of sessions needed to resolve any particular condition varies widely. Your response is uniquely your own and can’t be compared to anyone else’s – even those cases that may appear to be similar to your own.

Case Studies


From traditional to alternative.

I’d just returned from my first Craniosacral Therapy course and was standing at the school gate waving goodbye to my daughter. I noticed one of the other mums (Mrs W) bent over in obvious pain. When walking back to my car, I got talking to Mrs W I said that she looked in a great deal of pain and she agreed that she was in a great deal of back pain, which she’d had on and off for the last six years. She was waiting for an appointment to see an osteopath, but there was a two week waiting list. I explained to Mrs W that I’d just come back from a course and was looking for opportunities to practice my new techniques. I asked her if she’d like to try this new treatment approach and she said yes.

Mrs W came to my practice the following day. She was in so much pain she could hardly get onto the treatment plinth.  Eventually, however, she managed, and I started my treatment protocol. Mid-way through the protocol, Mrs W had a flashback to an earlier injury she’d sustained, six years earlier, which was the start of her back pain. Minutes later she announced to me that her back pain had gone. At the end of the treatment, Mrs W got off the plinth, pain free. We both looked at each other in amazement.

From then on, Mrs W and I both greeted each other with huge grins when we saw each other at the school gate. ‘My back’s still fine.’ she’d declare. This was the start of my Craniosacral Therapy journey – my traditional views of how to treat pain were turned upside-down. There was no turning back.

The 'ear pull' technique saves the day.

I felt very relaxed as I was sitting watching my daughter undergo what I thought was going to be a routine infant school hearing test. My daughter was sitting upright, looking alert, wearing a set of earphones and holding a blue brick in her hand. She was instructed to tap on the table with the brick when she heard a sound through the earphones. The test was progressing as I was expecting, my daughter was tapping on the desk with the brick when she heard a sound. But then she stopped. She sat there waiting for the sound. And she sat there. I could see the nurse turning knobs, turning the volume up, but my daughter couldn’t hear the sounds. My relaxed state had turned to one of concern. The nurse confirmed my concerns, informing me that my daughter was unable to hear through her left ear and that she would have to refer her to an audiologist for further assessment.

My daughter received her audiology appointment and we went to the local infirmary where further tests confirmed the nurse’s initial assessment. My daughter was given an appointment to come back in two weeks time for further tests and to discuss possible interventions to resolve the problem. She was also told to wear ear-plugs when swimming.

I really dreaded the thought of my daughter undergoing medical intervention at such a young age and fortunately, I’d been taught a technique on my CraniosacralTherapy course, the ‘ear pull’, which we’d been told may help with ear problems in children. My biggest challenge in administering this treatment was getting my daughter to lie still long enough for me to ‘pull her ears’, but thankfully I managed. At her next audiology appointment, my daughter’s hearing was re-tested and her hearing was now back to normal. She was discharged with no treatment required. Coincidentally, my daughter’s reading also significantly improved.

 

What My Clients Are Saying


My sanctuary. K. D.

The pain’s gone. A. W.

The fog lifted. J. M.

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