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Atlas Activation, sub-occipital neck release


Atlas Activation, sub-occipital neck release

Atlas Activation: A Gateway to Harmonizing Body and Mind, Restoring Balance and Wholeness, Addressing our Foundational Alignment.

After 14 years of providing the Atlas Activation to thousands of individuals, I have come to realize that WE Humans have a core imbalance and fundamental anomaly to our structure, starting early in our development and continuing throughout our adulthood until corrected.

This inherent weakness affects most people without their knowledge and originates from an unstable, stressed and imbalanced Atlas or C1. At some point, there is a disconnect and mis-location of this vital connection where the first cervical vertebra and the base of the skull meet, forming the Atlanto-occipital joint, crucial for lateral stability, flexion and extension of the cranium, and proper alignment of the sacroiliac joint and hips.  

The result is compensation and constant pressure on the dura around the brain stem, spine, cranial nerves and vertebral arteries.  This core weakness can be the source of many uncomfortable and chronic symptoms.

The Problem:

We are living with a persistent stress stemming from the seat of the skull, top of the spine down to the hips, and we have been compensating ever since.  Simply, we live without our heads on straight! It is here, where the skull and spine connect at the atlas/occipital junction, a non-moveable joint, that creates the imbalance in our skeletal structure and the stress on our nervous system, blocking energy flow, obstructing our Life Force and connection to the rest of the body.  In an effort to create stability, the upper occipital neck muscles remain spastic and tight, resulting in an old pattern of compensation that we unknowingly get accustomed to as being normal.

The Solution:

With any challenge, lies a solution.  This simple, yet creative Activation was born from a deep need to address the root cause so that we can become whole again and walk a true, balanced and unwavering path.  

The Atlas activation is a gateway bridging the Body/Mind connection and designed to address a core physical imbalance that holds the body out of true alignment.  The Activation is integrated by cranial sacral therapy, energetic balancing and follow up care. Although the Activation is complete unto itself, further support is recommended for maintenance.  It was not developed with the intention of repetitive visits, but more, an event intended to be a foundational turning point in one’s health. Further support from other supportive care is highly recommended.  

The Atlas Activation is an ‘event’, a moment in one’s life where an old pattern is changed and a new one restored.  It is the starting point and gateway to a new relationship to your body. Change begins with a choice, a decision to go a little deeper…

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Atlas Activation is a deep sub-occipital that addresses chronic muscular tension around the base of the skull and restores balance and stability to the vital Atlas/Occipital joint at the top of the spine. This is the keystone that governs whole body balance and is necessary for a proper reference to our true ‘north’. Instability in this area is the source of chronic tension and pressure that create patterns of compensation and in time, degeneration.


This significant location where the Atlas or C1 articulates with the skull is also known as "The Mouth of God" or the Medulla oblongata of the brain stem. This is a source point for receiving divine information and activating our intuition and wisdom.  When blocked, vital life force energy or Prana is restricted.

After the Atlas activation I noticed immediately an increased range of motion in my neck – side to side and up and down. This has remained in the weeks to date. Michael is an incredibly talented healer, and the session with him was pure joy.
— Adria E. | Honolulu, HI
The work you did on me has been incredible. I have felt different in many ways since the treatment. One is more energy, and another is less procrastination. That last one is a big one. And, of course, no spasticity. A life changer.
— Karen, Clearwater, FL
After my session yesterday, I felt light all over, fully open and tingling at my crown. I was fully aware of a feeling of circulation from head to toe, my sinuses drained while still in session, my ears popped repeatedly which opened them up, and the ever-present tension in my jaw (TMJ) relaxed. My range of motion in my neck is significantly improved and I experienced a release in my hips and pelvis. I slept deeply after my session, without the constant shifting to accommodate tension and discomfort in my neck, as well as the sciatic pain or jumping in my right leg that has been present since age 15. This shift in my atlas is quite literally life-changing. I’m grateful, Michael!
— M. Wagner, North Carolina - April 2017

Symptoms - Sub-occipital neck release

Symptoms - Sub-occipital neck release


The body is a beautifully intricate and complex system. As a species we are prone to instability and stress in the primary Atlas/occipital joint (below the skull) and suffer chronically tight, spastic (sub-occipital) neck muscles. The result is compensation and constant pressure on the dura around the brain stem, spine, cranial nerves and vertebral arteries.  This core weakness can be the source of many uncomfortable and chronic symptoms:

Common physical and structural symptoms:

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Chronic pain and pressure at the base of the skull.

  • Neck and shoulder pain

  • Chronic muscular tightness along the spine

  • Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia

  • TMJ and ringing in the ears

  • Head forward, shoulders collapsed

  • Curvature of spine

  • Bulging discs, spinal stenosis

  • Leg length difference and hip rotation

  • Low back pain and sciatica

  • Feeling unbalanced

Common mental and neurological symptoms

  • Fight or flight, social anxiety and stress

  • Feeling ungrounded and disconnected

  • Brain fog and lack of clarity

  • Trouble with sleep and relaxation

  • Persistent sense that there is something 'off' or 'wrong' but can't articulate the issue

  • Dizziness and vertigo

  • Pressure and disruption of Vagus Nerve, causing issues with respiration, digestion, and heart rate.

  • Lack of inspiration

Address the cause of your health issues, not just the symptoms. 

I have been feeling amazing! It has been several weeks now, and I haven’t felt even a twinge of anything from my neck. I’m completely pain and stress-free. I stand taller and my posture is so different - I notice that all the time.
— Karen, Clearwater, FL

Find balance and freedom. Sign up for an ATLAS ACTIVATION session with Michael or contact him to schedule an event near you.

The method

For a variety of reasons, stemming back from early childhood development, the vital entry point where the skull and spine merge is unstable and chronically stressed due to a weakness and imbalance in the upper neck and occipital ridge, obstructing our Life Force and creating compensatory tension and pain, as chronically spastic muscles work harder to protect and secure the instability.

This was discovered by Swiss René-Claudius Schuemperli, himself painfully affected by occipital imbalance and tension. Between 1993 and 1996, he developed a revolutionary method to release and stabilize one of the greatest connections in the body, the entry point of all our bodily sensations and higher conscious activity. This modality employs trigger point therapy, neural-muscular and vibratory massage, cranial sacral, acupressure techniques and chakra balancing.

With Atlas Activation, Michael can help you reach the root of your issues through balancing your physical being and integrating energetic movement to activate you towards your true and healthy path.


Reactions & Results - Sub-occipital neck release

Reactions & Results - Sub-occipital neck release

Results & Reactions

Atlas Activation elicits a self healing and regenerative process that strengthens and harmonizes, often evoking old tension and compensation. As a result of the body's intelligence and wisdom, shift, change and growth occur, sometimes with temporary discomfort. This can be on an emotional level as well.

Get free and liberate yourself from a lifetime of pain, tension and stress!  We begin anew with a gentle, targeted neuromuscular massage that frees the occipital muscles that support the Atlas (C1) vertebra and the Occipital base cranial bone.  The neck release removes tension and torquing along the spine and decreases pressure off the brainstem and other nerve tracts, creating space and stability. The vagus nerve in particular is affected.  

This foundational re-integration is not a chiropractic adjustment, but a specific trigger point massage to the muscles that support the head, neck and shoulders.  My intention is to remove this old blockage and Activate a self healing and restorative process.

The benefits can be life changing!  For the first time, you will experience a balanced and stable joint as intended by nature that will support the rest of your body. There is often an elevated and euphoric feeling that is followed by a centered and calm feeling.  You feel grounded in your body and light in your heart. Your legs and hips balance. Your cranials open and unwind. Tension around the base of the skull soften. Breath eases and opens. The body becomes whole and connected.

This is the foundation, the starting point to a new experience.

Clients receiving Atlas Activation report:

  • Enhanced physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies. Some feel more of the physical, while others sense a combination of all three.

  • Improved freedom and mobility in the neck, shoulders and lower back.

  • Greater stability and balance of the head. The head feels lighter, more erect and supported.

  • Neurological changes, such as clearer eye sight, less ringing in the ears.

  • Improved complexion and softening of the facial muscles from unencumbered blood flow to the brain.

  • Rush of energy flow from the base of the spine up through the crown, due to reduced pressure from the brain stem.

  • An integration of heart and mind and a centering and calling of divine purpose.

  • Increase of steady energy.

  • State of equanimity that washes away tension and encourages a stronger appreciation and gratitude for life.

  • Emotional release of suppressed fear, grief, anger and/or joy.

  • Deepening of meditation practice with easier access to more tranquil states.

  • Profound change in attitude. More centered, grounded and peaceful.

Since my session with you, I have felt good, and the major thing that I have noticed is that I seem to be able to clear and reorganize in my life. I really began to notice things moving forward that I have been “working on or working at” and not really moving forward. So emotionally, I feel uplifted and positive and hopeful and grateful.
— Catherine, Houston, TX
... Many changes were subtle and others were obvious. I’ve let go of my desire for tobacco easily. What a pleasant surprise. I can only attribute my no longer smoking to Michael’s work.
— Berylanne Stewart, Arizona
How am I? I am definitely still feeling the openness and the sense that I am “one body” from head to toe—and THAT is a wonderful feeling and a precious gift. It is amazing, being at peace with my body and feeling connected.
— Ann, Houston, TX