releasing the stress... easing the pain
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.
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.Read More
How I Can Help
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
How can Craniosacral Therapy help me?
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Anxiety
What is a treatment session like?
How will I feel after a treatment?
How many treatment sessions will I need?
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.