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frequently asked questions

Is the Atlas Activation a chiropractic adjustment? . . .

No. The Atlas Activation does not manipulate bone or address a 'subluxation' of a vertebra. It consists of a soft tissue release to the deep sub-occipital muscles that stabilize the cranium to the spine. Massage and trigger point work is used to address chronically tight and stressed short muscles of the upper neck.

How do I know if I need this Activation and neck release?. . .

Almost all of us suffer from an inherent weakness and instability in this vital, key joint. Whether it be from trauma at birth or a pattern that develops early in our childhood, most of us are not balanced and are compensating. We have grown accustomed to feeling pain. Most commonly, people have consistent neck and shoulder tension, a history of needing adjustments, poor range of motion, unbalanced hips and trouble feeling comfortable in their body. Headaches, brain fog and back pain are also common.

Is the Activation painful? . . .

The Atlas Activation is a gentle massage, non-invasive and non-forced. The body unwinds naturally once the muscle tissue is softened and released. However, there can be discomfort in massaging the areas that are already sore and tight. The release does not take very long. There is no 'cracking' or high velocity adjustments.

How does this Activation remain stable and balanced in one session? Can it go back to where it was prior? . . .

The joint that stabilizes the cranium fits like a tongue and groove like other joints in the body, supported by muscles. Once the muscles are released, a full connection is restored. By design, when the two are in proper balance, they 'lock' together as intended by nature. The body recognizes this shift and relaxes the muscles around the stressed joint, integrating a new pattern of balance. This Atlas Activation is not intended to be a series of visits, but a complete release and stabilization supported by follow-up body work.

Why is this called an 'Activation'? . . .

Over the ten years of providing this service, I have noticed that it is not only a physical release, but a energetic one as well. My clients have reported feeling calmer, more centered, more inspired and less anxious. People tell me that after the Atlas Activation they experienced a shift in their thinking and their vision, and that there was an empowering affect that helped support their 'whole' being and not just the physical conditions. I call it an Activation because a deeper intelligence was ignited, like a light that switched on.