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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 in pain find harmony and balance in their bodies and their lives. With over 20 years of experience in various clinical settings, and training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, I provide a holistic solution to pain relief through a variety of gentle, profound modalities in a relaxed, supportive environment.
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 view of how to treat pain and led me to integrate craniosacral therapy into my treatment approach. Central to this approach is seeking out and treating the underlying cause of the symptoms.
If you are in pain you need more than just symptom relief. You need a gentle solution that helps you release long held patterns of pain at source. This is where my treatment approach, incorporating craniosacral therapy, can help. Craniosacral therapy is often found to be helpful where other more conventional forms of manual therapy have been unsuccessful. It may just be the answer you are looking for.
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, tapping into your body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself.
How can Craniosacral Therapy help me?
Craniosacral therapy involves detecting and releasing any restrictions in the tissues influencing the craniosacral system. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord, craniosacral therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of problems. It can be helpful in a large variety of conditions and can be used for people of all ages due to its gentle nature and positive effects on all of the systems of the body. Conditions I’ve successfully treated using craniosacral therapy include:
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Anxiety and Depression
What is a Craniosacral Therapy 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. What you experience during a craniosacral therapy session is highly individual. You may experience deep relaxation, insights, releases or a sense of peace. Some people even fall asleep.
How will I feel after a Craniosacral Therapy session?
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 Craniosacral Therapy 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.
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. You are welcome to make another appointment at that time, or you may want to wait to see how your sense of well-being improves before rescheduling. There is never a long-term commitment or pressure to book more appointments.
How The Process Works
Here’s what you can expect if we work together.
1. Initial Contact
You’re ready. Its time to take action to relieve your pain. You contact me to book an appointment.
I undertake a full medical history and assessment to establish a baseline for treatment and a plan of action.
3. Treatment Begins
We begin a course of treatment which progresses at your own pace. You are in complete control of the treatment process.
4. Healthy New You
You’re discharged from treatment with your health transformed and your passion for life rekindled.
Helping you to find harmony and balance in your body and your life
Some successful craniosacral therapy treatment outcome examples.
Six year history of back pain relieved in one treatment.
The week after returning from my first Craniosacral Therapy course, I was dropping my daughter off at school and I noticed one of the other mums (Mrs T*) bent over in obvious pain. As I was walking back to my car, I got talking to Mrs T and asked her how she was. She said she had excruciating back pain, which she’d had on and off for the past six years. She’d been referred to an osteopath, but there was a two week waiting list. I told Mrs T that I’d just come back from a course and I needed to practice the techniques I’d learned. I asked her if she’d allow me to ‘practice’ craniosacral therapy, explaining that if it didn’t help her back, it would be helping me. Mrs T agreed to try the treatment.
The following day, Mrs T came to my practice. She was in so much pain, she almost couldn’t get onto the treatment plinth. Eventually she managed and I started my treatment protocol. Mid-way through the protocol, Mrs T announced that her back pain had gone. I finished my treatment protocol and at the end of the treatment, Mrs T got off the plinth, pain free. We both looked at each other in amazement. “What just happened there?” I thought to myself. “How could such a gentle treatment approach have such a profound result?”. From then on, Mrs T and I both grinned at each other when we met 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.
*Name has been changed to protect privacy.
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. The nurse instructed her to tap on the table with the brick when she heard a sound through the earphones. The test was progressing normally, my daughter was tapping on the desk with the brick when she heard a sound. But then she stopped. I was looking at my daughter, waiting for her to tap the desk with the brick. But she didn’t. 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’. Thankfully I managed and at the next audiology appointment, my daughter’s hearing on re-testing was normal. She was discharged from treatment with no medical intervention required. I also noticed that my daughter’s reading had significantly improved. Craniosacral Therapy saves the day again.
Low back pain relieved in one treatment.
Mr B* was a 32 year old builder who presented to me with severe back pain. He was referred to me by a friend of a friend, who was a nurse. During the initial consultation I informed Mr B that I no longer used traditional physiotherapy techniques per se in my treatment approach i.e. I would not be using electrotherapy, mobilisations or manipulation, which he may have been expecting if he’d had physiotherapy in the past. Instead, I’d be using a gentle hands-on treatment approach (craniosacral therapy) to release the tension and restrictions in his body. Mr B was happy with this approach and I started my treatment protocol. At the end of the treatment, I asked Mr B to see how things went and to call me to make another appointment if/when required.
Weeks went by. I hadn’t heard from Mr B and I was resigning myself to the fact that I’d probably never know if the treatment had been successful or not. Then about a year later, Mr B called. He told me he’d just started to get a few twinges in his back again and would like to make another appointment. Furthermore, he was now also urging his wife to make an appointment as she had back pain too and he felt that this treatment approach might help her.
*Name has been changed to protect privacy.
What My Clients Are Saying
My sanctuary.K. D.
The pain’s gone.A. W.
The fog lifted.J. M.