For several years, I
lived with continual pain. Muscles throughout my back,
shoulders, neck and head were in continuous spasm. My eyes
hurt from unrelenting pressure and my vision was gradually
Sleeping was extremely difficult, because I couldn't find a
comfortable position. If I slept on my back, the back of my
head would go numb and then hurt like crazy. And the small
of my back would aggravate me all day. But if I slept on my
side, my shoulder and neck would hurt all day! I would
suffer torticollis (wry neck) if by chance a breeze touched
the left side of my neck, so I wore scarves and dickies even
through the muggy Florida summer!
Because of the pain and exhaustion due to the pain, I slept
a lot. My brain was often on "half function." I was groggy
much of the time. Although I had been a brilliant academic
achiever in my youth, I had turned into someone who was
confused, absent minded, and ungrounded. I couldn’t work,
nor could I create music and art as I’d done years earlier.
I was barely functioning.
There were many reasons for this pain, but perhaps the
biggest one was that during the 60’s and early 70's, I
played violin professionally and didn't hold the instrument
properly, hunching up my left shoulder and craning my neck
to the left and down. After awhile, this contraction of
muscles became permanent, throwing my structure out of
In 1977, I fell backwards onto a terrazzo floor, "cracking"
my skull. For months afterward, I had dizziness, and yep,
more imbalance. Then in 1986, I had surgery to correct a
massive jaw overbite problem and everything got worse, if
that was possible. Within a year of the surgery, my little
remaining physical comfort became a thing of the past.
My attempts to heal this pain could not include doctors and
pain clinics. I simply didn't have the money. I located good
Chiropractors, but they gave me only temporary relief.
Unfortunately, I was one of those people who could never
hold an adjustment. As soon as I'd look up or to the side,
"crunch," and I was out of alignment again. My husband,
Francois, had to learn how to give me neck adjustments
because I needed them several times a day in order to
I tried massage therapy too, and it would help temporarily.
But then my body would just return to its normal pain and
tension within two days, if not sooner. Nutrition helped
some, especially the Mineral Toddy, which alleviated my achy
joints. Neuromuscular and Rolfing work (with the "finger up
the nose" experience) helped a little, and so did some
Upledger work. They could shift my cranial plates some, but
not expand them outward to relieve the pressure. My muscle
Besides researching every alternative health literature
source I could find, I knew that there must be a
metaphysical reason for all of this suffering. So, I threw
myself into years of intensive internal, personal change. My
life shifted in glorious, even magical ways, but the pain
didn't go away. I prayed for healing every day, and asked
for something that could help my compressed cranial bones to
relax and expand outward. Laughingly, I would tell everyone
that all my problems were "in my head."
Then I received a copy of Sam Biser's "Last Chance
Newsletter." In it, he interviewed Dr. Dean Howell, of
Everett, Washington. Dr. Howell shared the amazing results
he’d had by doing a therapy currently called NeuroCranial
Restructuring, or NCR. This therapy involved moving the
cranial plates OUTWARD, expanding the head. He mentioned
symptoms that were alleviated by this treatment. TA! DA!
They matched mine to a tee! I knew the answer to my prayers
Immediately, I called only to find out that Dr. Howell saw
patients only on the West Coast, and so it seemed that, due
to the expense, I would have to wait a very long time. But
then, Howell's secretary called me to tell me that he was
planning a tour, and if I put together enough patients for
him, he’d come to Florida. (He no longer does tours,
YES! Immediately, I became an enthusiastic local
representative, telling my friends about this therapy,
making flyers about the upcoming visit, and sending
interested people copies of the Biser newsletter to read
about it for themselves. Anxiously, I awaited the therapy
dates. Would it be painful? Would it work? Would it mess me
up further? I had my doubts, but they were all put aside
because, after all, I'd prayed for this therapy and now it
was here. I trusted my gift.
Dr. Dean Howell is a sunny, cherub-faced, and charming man.
As my husband Francois and I sat down with him the first day
of four, he showed us the amazing before and after pictures
of people he'd worked on in previous cities of the tour. He
told us that the treatment did not hurt, as there were few
nerves inside the sinuses and six nasal passages/chambers
(there are 3 chambers to a side). The procedure required
that he insert a balloon (actually, the plastic cover
doctors use for fingers) placed over a small hand-pump into
one of the chambers. He would then pump up the balloon,
which would open up the locked bones, expanding the head.
A session with him would consist of first determining how
one's structure is balance. Then, he would do the insertion
and pump where the "opening up" was most needed to unlock
the cranial bones. In places of extra lockdown or
resistance, he would use up to 10 balloons, as this gave him
extra pressure and power. Each insertion/pump would last
between 2 to 6 seconds. At the end of each treatment,
whether he used the balloon one time or four times, he would
balance the whole physical structure. This sounded good,
even though I still had trepidation.
Then it was finally time to experience it. How bizarre it
was! It felt like plunging into a swimming pool and getting
water up my nose. I felt the pressure, and then I felt the
bones inside my head give way. It was almost as if a very
soft screwdriver bore a hole into the most private recesses
of my head.
Nobody had ever been in there before, so at first it felt
like a violation of my privacy, my private space. But
immediately, I felt an electric surge of energy, as if my
whole system was waking up. I breathed a huge, clear
breath---amazing! Getting up from the table, I looked at
myself in the mirror. My narrow face was wider, rounder. My
eyes were set differently and my face was softer - not so
angular. Not that tightened look of pain. Again, amazing! I
had cheekbones I never knew I had. Obviously, they'd been
compressed for so very long.
Then Dr. Howell balanced my spine with a mixture of
polarity, chiropractic-like adjustments and energy movement.
I felt energy moving from my head all the way down my spine.
He told me that was the freeing of the meninges, which are
the fluid compartments surrounding the brain and spinal
cord. They naturally determine where the skull and vertebrae
sit and balance. When the cranium is locked up, they can't
fulfill all of their functions.
The energy and freedom I began to feel with this "energy
movement" of my meninges brought me, by the end of my first
session, tremendous elation. That was the only way to
describe what I felt. I had more bright energy than I knew
what to do with, and danced around like a little girl. For
years, I hadn't felt this awake and alert so that I had a
hard time going to sleep that night. For the first time, it
wasn't because of the pain, but because I was so incredibly
The next day we returned for the second session of four. I
told Dr. Howell how I felt, and he said not all people have
that, only some of them. This day went like the first day,
and from this session, I experienced incredible peace and
balance. At least my nervous system allowed me to sleep that
night, but the pain gradually came back in my head.
I returned disappointed and concerned on the third day. Dr.
Howell checked me out and immediate told me that I was still
locking up on my right side. So he did extra work on my
right side. That night, Francois tested my vertebrae with
kinesiology (muscle testing) and for the first time, my
atlas and axis, the top two bones of my neck, were "in." The
pain was gone and I slept just like a baby - it was
The fourth day, we found that the right side was still
locking up. Dr. Howell told me that my head had been sitting
off to the left - all that violin playing! It was now
sitting straighter on my neck. Dr. Howell got my "head on
straight" literally! No wonder that no chiropractic
adjustment held! In this final session, he discovered that
my right side would move and then immediately slide back
into the "lock." So he brought out six balloons and went in
with more pressure. It really took a lot of strength and
persistence, but those bones did give. Like the experience
of the first day, this one breakthrough opened me up
further. I felt energy rippling through my teeth, all over
my head, and my brain/mind suddenly feel light and clear.
Although the basic treatment of four days in a row was
finished, the changes in my system had just begun. This is
not something to be done frequently. Obviously there are a
lot of changes to go through before experiencing a second
round of NCR. As of four weeks after the treatment, my head
remained centered on my neck.
My Chiropractor commented on how she had no adjustments to
make above the third lumbar. Previously, she'd had fifteen
or twenty adjustments to make in a session. This time it was
only three! She was amazed. She said she wanted to learn the
system herself, and I hope she will, for all of South
Florida's benefit. After all, there is only one "miracle
master" right now, and he's going to get spread really thin
around the country as people discover what NCR can do!
Other therapists were excited too. My massage therapist was
delighted. A specialist in deep tissue work, she had to
really sweat and strain to get into the tissue. Not any
My body let her in, down into deeper layers she'd never
gotten into before. All the tension gave quickly, which was
extraordinary too. Finally, she cleaned all the knots out of
my neck and commented "your neck is perfect, like a
seven-year old. This is the way a neck should be!"
I realized that my body was reflecting my move into a safer
reality. After all, my "armoring" disappeared! And the
muscles that had been in spasm for almost 20 years no longer
held tension. But were they exhausted and weak from all that
holding! I could barely do anything for awhile without
tiring quickly. Now that was a strange feeling, because I
had so much physical energy too!
I also returned to get a "fine tuning" from my Upledger
practitioner. In the Upledger method, one monitors the
rhythm, the pulse or breathing of the meninges. By placing
the hands on particular points, like one does in light
bodywork, the flow of the meninges, of the structural
energy, can be redirected into balance.
She was as amazed as the others. "Your head bones are moving
300% more than before, better than someone who has had the
head damage of jaw surgery as you've had!" This session
reinforced the sense of inner peace I've had since NCR.
Now I'm sleeping better than in years --no pain! Even around
the occipital ridge. The only pain I've been having has come
from my structure overhauling itself. Pain comes in for a
while in one area, then the next day moves to another spot.
My husband and I notice that if we hold our bodies in
certain off-balanced ways, the pain temporarily returns.
This is training us to keep better posture and to pay
attention to our bodies' messages! After all, from the
metaphysical standpoint, our old imbalanced postures were
the physical expression of our negative agendas - our
martyrhood, control trips, defensiveness, compromises, and
The pressure behind and above my eyes has abated, so it is
more comfortable to fully open my eyes. Every day has
brought some new discovery about my change as my posture
shifts to more balance. My muscles, tired or not, show new
tone - I feel younger and more energetic and adventurous
I get a kick out of being mistaken for a 30-something, even
though I’m over 50. This may also be due to the "facelift"
effect, as my new expanded cheekbones pulled up some saggy
My self-image has improved, and my personality is stronger
and more confident. Previously, I'd gone to parties and
waited to be introduced, playing shy. In the first party I
went to after NCR, I fearlessly held out my hand and
introduced myself and met everybody. I didn't realize the
difference until afterwards, it had seemed so natural!
My brain function has improved. Before, I had been so
scatterbrained that, if I were interrupted, I would forget
where I was. Then there would be such a struggle to reorient
myself and remember what I had been doing and thinking
before, that my life was just hard.
You know, there's lots of interruptions in life! Now, if I'm
interrupted, I can simply return to what I was doing and
thinking easily, no problem. My concentration and short term
memory is better - I'm remembering people's names and
getting more organized!
The changes were not without the accompanying emotional or
trauma releases. I'd prepared by having spiritual,
emotional, and physical healing work before the NCR. This
minimized the resistance to healing as afterwards, I could
fearlessly face my issues that new openness brought up.
Others weren't as prepared as I. One woman, who'd had a car
accident three years earlier, had to relive the trauma of
that event as well as ail the emotional "garbage" that had
preceded and triggered it. Another woman I didn't know, but
who'd received treatment just ahead of me one day, had to go
through emotional trauma relating to her identity as a woman
and her relationships with men. Not easy stuff. But you’re
DONE with it – finally!
For some others, the experience was much easier. My husband
Francois experienced a healing of his internal parental
drive to please and succeed. He saw slightly better, and had
an instant loss of his dyslexia. Now he doesn't have to
think about "right" or "left." He just responds
instinctively the correct way. He doesn't even transpose
numbers anymore. It certainly helps to have the correct
numbers if you want to call people back! It saves him the
time of listening to his phone messages three and four times
just to make sure he gets the numbers right. Life is easier
for him now! And, from a wife’s perspective, I appreciate
his improved good looks and sexy posture.
Our meditations improved as well. We feel it has something
to do with the cranial opening, allowing improvement and
integration of our brains’ functioning. Our temporal lobes,
which are involved with emotions and intuitive perception,
appear to be in the process of evolving and expanding their
We are both much more intuitive and creative. The new
quality and intensity of our visualizations and dreams has
especially been rewarding. A sense of electricity, of magic,
has seeped into our daily consciousness. Of course, with
brain changes, consciousness changes come more easily. This
is probably one reason why old emotional traumas release so
It has now been four years since my first series of
treatments with Dr. Howell. The long term effect of NCR has
been to give me my life back, restore my immune system, and
reopen possibilities/Visions/Dreams long closed.
Sometimes, when you look back at your past and its
experiences, you’ll find one event or marker that stands out
as a significant turning point. I have this with NCR,
because I can say that my life took a new direction then. I
became a new person, gaining new types of life experiences –
and finding freedoms lost. If I had not found NCR, where
would my pain and languishment have led me?
If it were up to me, I’d require every family to have an NCR
doctor along with their family practitioner. Why? Because I
know that if I had gotten NCR as a child, I wouldn’t have
had to have 5 years of braces that didn’t work, and
musculoskeletal pain that reduces functioning to nearly
zero! And I definitely would want every child to get the
chance to have the best, happiest, and most fulfilled life.
Now Dr. Howell is not your "regular" doctor. In order to
learn more about why some patients have fantastic
experiences and others must go through interminable
emotional releases to get their healings and realignments,
Dr. Howell has done his research. He has traveled around the
country visiting other doctors, learning their approaches
and looking for insights.
Now how many doctors do you know are willing to do that? Dr.
Howell has continued to integrate them into a phenomenally
successful system that reduces potential trauma and
accelerates astounding healing. After all, if you want the
greatest healing effect, go to the cause. And what are more
basic that structure, alignment, balance, and brain
function? That’s why I think Dr. Howell is on to something
that is simply stupendous.
It is my feeling that in the future, people won’t have to
suffer the trauma I have had, due to the exploding numbers
of new techniques, concepts, and methodologies becoming
available. Integration of these new approaches will give us
more elegant ways to heal and change. And Dr. Howell is one
of those who are already creating a synergistic path.
Believe me, once you have experienced NCR, you'll be able to
integrate your life more quickly too! And you’ll discover
abilities and powers you never knew you had.
Conclusion: This is perhaps the most extraordinary and fast
healing method available. Used proactively, it can avoid
vast amounts of human suffering and limitation. You‘ll never
know what I’m talking about unless you experience NCR for
yourself. And what if you don’t? You may be missing a key to
your life, your health, and your happiness.
Don’t miss this experience.