This neuromuscular protocol treats the sub-occipital muscles, loosening the atlantooccipital and atlantoaxial regions, often in preparation for other work. Included are links to mobilizations taken from Integrative Bodywork – Somatic Mobilizations. These two protocols work well together, They offer relief to a surprising number of problems of pain and dysfunction throughout the body. There are many practitioners that work primarily on upper cervical regulation in their practice. The techniques here are a proven approach for the bodywork professional.
Beforehand, prepare by mobilizing the AO joint.
This protocol is easier on the client and practitioner when the atlantooccipital joint has been mobilized. This post has several approaches from decompression to intraoral work.
NOTE: This protocol is for mindful review by an experienced therapist. It is not intended to be used for learning without the hands-on training of a professional instructor. One should not attempt this without the necessary expertise to understand contraindications. It is important to use proper technique so that the treatment is safe and effective.sub-occipital-supine
This routine is from The WorkBook of Classical Neuromuscular Therapy. Created at the ASHA School of Massage, it has been used to train thousands of therapists for more than 15 years.
These routines are intended for mindful review by bodywork professionals and are not appropriate as self-care for non-professionals. Self-injury could occur.
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