This routine is from The WorkBook of Classical Neuromuscular Therapy, which was created at the ASHA School of Massage and used to train thousands of therapists over 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.
This protocol treats the sub-occipital region, loosening the atlantooccipital and atlantoaxial regions, often in preparation for other work.
Gentle traction of the head superiorly and a little anteriorly can be helpful. About 90 seconds offers a general release but many practitioners hold this for several minutes for a more complete release.
Mobilizing the atlas with a gentle, alternating static pressure is helpful in preparing the sub-occipitals for release. Often, one transverse process is superior and more lateral than the other. work to make them more mobile and evenly placed.