As an expert practitioner and teacher Judith Sullivan has over 40 years experience helping adults, children and infants heal from many painful physical issues. Combining CranioSacral Therapy, Zero Balancing and Visceral Manipulation, Judith treats the whole mind/body matrix of each individual to correct imbalances and restore optimum homeostasis in the body.
Often I am asked if I have experience with a particular diagnosis. My response is that I treat people, not diagnoses. For instance people who have a diagnosis of migraines need to be treated in different ways. The migraine is the manifestation of the problem—but what is the problem? Where is it coming from? Sometimes a diagnosis is necessary in order for a client to receive insurance. However a diagnosis can be a description of a problem but doesn’t always talk about the source. People who come to me have experienced the following issues:
Saving your money until you are really hurting is counter-productive. "The best doctor cures those not yet ill." Andrew Taylor Stiil, founder of Osteopathy.Ayurevedic medicine is aware of the 6 stages of disease. Western medicine can only find disease in the 5th stage. When you are not in emergency mode, we can diagnose patterns that haven't turned into issues yet.
I tell folks that it is time for a session when they notice how grouchy everyone around them is. Another symptom of imbalance is noticing that you are much more judgmental than usual. At least these are the signals that tell me I am not in balance. Maybe you have your own signals? Make an appointment!
Everyone is different. The healing curve has ups and downs, and that is normal. Some people feel great after a treatment and then get tired for a couple of hours while their body integrates the work. Some people feel worse right after a treatment and then the next day feel much better. Some people feel no different. That is fine but if after 3-4 sessions the person still feels no difference I refer them to another modality. However, I remember one client came in and said that he felt no difference after 4 treatments and so I told him we needed to look elsewhere. He said emphatically, “NO! My wife and children tell me I am doing MUCH better!.” As I tell some clients who may have had an intractable problem for years, “If I can make it worse, I am at least finding where the problem is, and I should be able to make it better.” So to me that is a good sign. Some people leave and feel better with the issue they came in to see me about but their left ankle might hurt. This is the body adjusting to the changes and it usually works itself out within a couple of days. I think that tension is an organized dysfunction. My job is to disorganize that organized dysfunction which allows the body in its inherent wisdom, to reorganize itself functionally.
It is important not to overdo on the day of a treatment—no running, parachute jumping, riding horses or even trying to make the day a personal best. For the most part, people can do what they normally do, just a bit less of it. If you feel better, little muscles and tissues that haven’t been working functionally are doing their best to catch up. They haven’t been used correctly in awhile and so it can feel as though you have had a workout when you haven’t! Also, if you are concerned at all, just call me. I have been doing this for 35 years, so I am aware of the different responses people have. I would much rather have you call me than worry.
Some people come for two or three sessions, and that seems to solve the problem. If you find that what I am doing helps you to feel better, we make a plan. Every few sessions we will review that plan to make sure that we are on the right track and have the same goal. Sometimes those goals change. Let’s say you feel anxious. After seeing me for four weekly sessions you notice that that anxiety is decreasing. So you may choose to come every other week for a few times. If that is holding then you might want to come monthly. Then some of my clients decide to come in for tune-ups seasonally (since that is when our bodies have the most difficult time) for maintenance. My goal is to be of service to you and to help you with your goals to be healthy. What I normally tell clients is that it is time to see me when they notice how grouchy everyone else is!
A 45 minute season costs $136. However if you buy a card for 6 sessions for $680, the 6th session will be free. That brings the cost down to $113.33 per session. You can pay with cash, check, credit card or PayPal. I will be happy to give you a receipt for your session. I am not covered by insurance but many people can use their “Cafeteria Plan,” “Flex Health Benefit Account,” or something similar. I always charge $136 for the first session, but if you have financial difficulties, we can talk about it and make a plan for the next three. We both want to be sure that this is working for you. With infants it is a bit different. If you bring an infant before 3 months of age the cost is $125, but that is for up to 3 sessions. It is so important to treat infants early to try to deal with issues before they become problems, or just to deal with nursing, sleep, or colic issues. In other words, talk to me and we can work something out.
If I am with a client please have a seat in our waiting room. My door is the one with my name and the red skeleton on it. If it is closed, I am with another client and will be out shortly. If it is open you can see if I am sitting there, or if not, I will be arriving shortly. Sometimes I am a few minutes late. As a rule not more than 5 and I usually pop my head out the door so you don’t worry that either of us have mixed up anything.