Atlas reconnect: the deal?

I AM the human guinea pig! Can’t help myself. I mentioned the other day I’d tried Atlas Reconnect… because the idea was planted and I figured I should test it. It’s a funny little technique – it involves a practitioner using a pen-like device that sends pulses into the soft tissues around the atlas vertebra, the top bone of the spine.


This loosens things enough to allow the atlas to naturally slip back to its natural position. Natural? Apparently so. Most of us have an atlas that’s disconnected which in turn causes all kinds of ailments – crap digestion, headaches, general foginess, sleep problems, bad posture and so on – from poor blood supply getting to the right parts of our bodies.

* I did the adjustment with Sean Innis, who brought the concept into Australia and trains up other practitioners around Australia. He’s a dude.

* it takes one session only – about 45 minutes

* there’s no manipulation or cracking – just the buzzing pen thing

* it costs $200 ($100 for kids) you can find a practitioner here.

How did I find it? I emerged from the treatment pretty spacey and floaty.


Something had definitely shifted. And when I turned my head left to right things seemed more stable.

My head has always felt unstably plonked on my spine. When I meditate it rolls around, unable to find a still spot. All through my meditation it turns and twists around to the right, like Chucky. It’s a bit of a family thing – my brothers also twist their head to the right. My granddad was permanently swiveled. It gives us all a half-shrugged look.

After the treatment I have to say my head was much more stable.

Did it alleviate my other neck issues (I have several bulged discs and I pop a rib every few weeks)? Not so much. I’d hoped after a few weeks the realignment would settle its way down my spine, but it hasn’t. Although Sean reckons it can in many cases…

So. There you go.

Some extra FAQs pulled from Sean’s site:

“Why is the Atlas vertebrae dislocated in so many people?”

All manner of factors could play their part. Manipulation in birth and falls in early childhood (while learning to walk, for instance) could be responsible. In later life, accidents, car accidents, whiplash, sporting injuries may be the reason the Atlas is out of position.

“Is the treatment painful?”

Normally, no. In fact, some patients really enjoy the sensation. Others say there is a small amount of discomfort. Ultimately, it depends on the level of tension in the individual and their sensitivity. To reassure further, we’d say 90% of our patients feel no sensations during the procedure.

“What happens afterwards? Will I feel better straight away?”

It all depends. Some of our patients say that have felt an improvement instantly. Others say the realignment took a week or two to bring a noticeable effect. In our experience, as time passes and the connection between brain and body strengthens, the benefits become more apparent.

Sean cites the following benefits:

  • Significant increases in energy;
  • Improved eyesight, hearing and memory;
  • Migraine headaches disappear;
  • Increased comfort sleeping at night on an ordinary pillow;
  • Ability to sleep without medications;
  • Increased muscle strength;
  • Menstrual cramps disappear;
  • Hips and shoulders align properly;
  • Back and shoulder pain disappear.
  • You may also discover profound improvements take place that allow you to tap into a deeper spiritual sense of calm.

Have you tried it? Thoughts?

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