Pressure Relief Technique

The Device

You can make your own device using two tennis balls tied into the bottom of a sock or taped tightly together.  If you so choose, several devices can be purchased that do the same job.  Please feel free to talk with me about what might best suit your specific needs.


Lie on your back.  The floor is much harder and can, thus, sometimes be more effective.  If you have troubles lying on the floor, relax on a recliner, sofa or bed in which you will be comfortable for 15 minutes.  Please assure that whichever you choose will be tolerable for this amount of time and that you will be able to get up afterwards.

Place the balls under the back of your head just above the bump, about 1/3 of the way from the neck to the top of your head.  Another landmark would be to place the balls behind your head in line with the openings in your ears.  The weight of your head should be firmly supported by the balls and you should feel comfortable.  Since you are working toward symmetry, the balls should be equally placed to either side of the midline of your body.  Rest for 15 minutes with a pillow under your knees, bending them slightly to relieve some of the stress lying face up can place on your lower back. 


The rhythm of the cranium and sacrum is created as fluid pumps into the space between the nervous tissue and the bones of the head and spine.  There is a fibrous balloon just inside the bones to contain this fluid.  When any of the joints get bound up, they cause disturbances in the normal fluid flow within the balloon.  Since the production of the fluid creates a hydrostatic force, resisting the expansion of the fibrous balloon can help stretch the joints that altered the flow, just as squeezing a balloon at one end stretches the other.  When the balls are placed behind your head and you relax into the pressure, the occipital bone slowly shifts the pressure in the system to gently release any soft tissue scarring that has decreased normal joint motions.  The time you spend on the balls will create a relaxation in the rhythmical impulse to activate the body’s inherent self-correcting ability.  As your body heals its nervous system, other parts will also heal better.

When to Use (Indications)

This is a non-specific “shotgun” technique for releasing a variety of conditions.  If your body is reacting to stress, adjusting to postural strain, or recovering from illness or injury, it can be used to enhance soft tissue mobility and encourage fluid movement through the body.  It is especially good for relaxing and, thus, promoting parasympathetic (resting, relaxation, repair of tissue damage & reproductive division of the autonomic nervous system) activities in the body.  Since this is the state in which we most effectively fix our bodies, you will most likely see positive effects if you have experienced soft tissue damage like a muscle strain or ligament sprain.  It has also been known to reduce fevers by up to 4 degrees Fahrenheit and reduce congestion in the head and chest.  As your rhythmic motions return, swelling and edema throughout the body will also be reduced.  This technique, although not a replacement for mental health care, has also been used to reduce symptoms of autoimmune disease, autistic behavior and anxiety disorders.

When Not to Use (Contraindications)

This “shotgun” technique can be beneficial to most individuals if they follow the credo that this should never hurt. 


- it makes you uncomfortable in any manner;

- you have recently had a stroke or head injury;

- your doctor has told you that you have an aneurysm or are on medication to prevent a stroke