Don’t let the fancy pants words above intimidate you.
In simplest forms, these are two manual therapies that work together to release restrictions deep in your body and restore its ability to function, move and heal. In other words? They make you feel good again.
You’ve spent a lot of time and energy (and money!) trying to figure out why, and you’re eager for answers. And healing solutions. You want to discover the core issues that are causing your pain and dysfunction and preventing you from feeling your best.
It might feel like it’s all just too much. It might be tempting to stop searching for answers and accept your new health reality.
Please don’t give up now. You’re finally in the right place!
Through Craniosacral Therapy (CST) & Visceral Manipulation (VM), we find and address the root cause of your body’s pain and dysfunction, creating space for deep and long-lasting healing. We heal your belly and restore optimal function. When your belly is happy, your body is happy. This means that you can get back to living more freely and fully – enjoying fewer food restrictions, better sleep, improved moods, less pain and doing more things that you love doing!
Say goodbye to guessing and finally get REAL answers.
Stop wasting energy bouncing from one doctor appointment to the next trying to figure out why you have no energy (seriously, you’re S-P-E-N-T!).
Experience a renewed sense of HOPE and CONFIDENCE as you work with a team dedicated to discovering the root cause of your issues and expertly guiding you to better health and healing.
Consistent, reduced pain levels
Improved quality of sleep
Better range of motion, strength and flexibility
Increased sense of confidence in their body
Regaining old hobbies and activities and developing new favorite outdoor and athletic pursuits
“Allison is a gifted healer. She is extremely knowledgeable about health science and anatomy, but also is incredibly intuitive and empathetic. I credit her with helping me break a cycle of debilitating pain. Along the way, she also helped me heal from additional issues that I had been told would never go away or would require surgery. I’m ever grateful to her for her expertise and her kind and caring manner.” – Cynthia
We guide and educate you every step of the way.
Every person is unique, but most clients begin to feel better after only a few sessions.
Get back to favorite foods, sleep-filled nights, beloved hobbies and pain-free living.
reconnect with the real you
"As a physician who supports integrative approaches to health and wellness, I can't recommend Allison and her practice highly enough."
“Over a series of sessions focusing on TMJ pain, my jaw is more relaxed than it has been in YEARS. Allison also provides helpful stretches and tools to use at home in between sessions so that you can build on your healing at home. I cannot recommend Allison highly enough!”
YEARS OF PAIN - GONE
“I have had a fantastic experience with Allison doing Craniosacral Therapy/Visceral Manipulation. It has helped so much with my anxiety, sleep, moods and presence in my body. I came into this looking for some relief from stress and the bad headaches associated with it but found out that many of the other health issues I had been dealing with were connected in ways that I didn’t even realize! I’m so glad that Better Belly Therapies is a resource that we have available in our community.” – Gabe
MY HEALTH ISSUES WERE CONNECTED IN WAYS I DIDN’T REALIZE!
"My 6 year old daughter was referred to Allison by my physical therapist after I described her symptoms of asthma and reflux after a viral illness. After one session, she had noticeable relief from coughing, improved appetite, fell asleep easily and woke up well rested. We had a wonderful experience with the visceral therapy. I appreciate how well Allison explains the therapy and put my daughter at ease."
COUGHING AND REFLUX GONE!
"After months of hip and hamstring pain postpartum while going to physical therapy without much improvement, I decided to try massage therapy. I am so glad I found Allison, she has helped me find relief when I was starting to give up. She focused on muscles/areas that my PT had not that were the key to pain reduction. She is very friendly and easy to feel comfortable with and is great at explaining what she is doing. I can't recommend her enough!" - Angela
BETTER THAN PHYSICAL THERAPY
"Allison and the entire Better Belly Therapies team do an incredible job! They're considerate, caring, and compassionate. I always feel refreshed and rejuvenated after a session with them. You won't be disappointed!"
CONSIDERATE, CARING, COMPASSIONATE
"Allison has helped me with long term digestive and pain problems. Having been in the health industry myself for decades, it was refreshing to talk to her. She clearly has an advanced understanding of how different systems work together to impact digestion and overall good health. I highly recommend her and her skill level when it comes to healing the gut."
"CST is the most healing thing I’ve ever tried. I am a mental health therapist and have tried many alternative medicine therapies. After one session, I felt better than I had in five years. After three sessions, I feel I’m really healing! I use CST for PTSD, IBS, neck and shoulder tension, and feeling grounded in my body. It has helped me feel safe, able to be present, reduce fight or flight symptoms, improve digestion, and significantly reduce the pain in my head and neck. I highly recommend Better Belly Therapies. Thank you for helping me feel better!" - Cathi
GREAT FOR MENTAL HEALTH!
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) & Visceral Manipulation (VM) are fascinating and complex therapies. It amazes me that the act of applying light-touch and minimal pressure can so profoundly affect your body. There is a LOT more to this art, and it takes education, certification and practice to master it. But the general idea of it – that gentle touches on the body can bring about major changes by affecting ligaments and fascia and organs that are so deep within the body – seems unbelievable.
But it’s real. And it works.
When we perform manual therapy, we use consistent, gentle pressure to release the restrictions of ligaments and fascia that surround your organs – allowing your organs to function optimally. We also address deep restrictions around your brain, cranial bones, spinal cord and sacrum.
Our goal is to get your gut functioning normally again. Because when you have a better belly, you have a better body – and a better life.
What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?
Craniosacral Therapy (developed by Dr. John Upledger) works with your body’s craniosacral system to support and nourish the central nervous system – improving health and well-being.
This gentle technique uses light touch to examine membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system. Relieving tension in the central nervous system promotes a feeling of well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity.
What is Visceral Manipulation (VM)?
Visceral manipulation (developed by Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral) is gently applied over your abdomen and releases restrictions in the fascia and ligaments around your organs so that the organs can move and function more optimally. It helps to achieve functional and structural balance throughout your body.
How We Help You?
Through Craniosacral Therapy (CST) & Visceral Manipulation (VM), we find and address the root cause of your body’s pain and dysfunction, creating space for deep and long-lasting healing. We heal your belly and restore optimal function.
When your belly is happy, your body is happy.
This means that you can get back to living more freely and fully – enjoying fewer food restrictions, better sleep, improved moods, less pain and doing more things that you love doing!
You’ll gain a clear understanding of manual therapy, how it works and how it resolves your core issues and symptoms.
We teach and support you so that you confidently leave our office equipped to manage self-care and empowered to be your own health advocate.
Enjoy our warm, clean, low-lit, scent-free space while fully clothed and comfortably positioned (semi-reclined, sitting or lying on your back or side).
Hello! I’m Allison Jordan, and in addition to the fancy credentials you see above, I’m also a marathon runner, author, gut health nerd, science lover and seeker of all things better health and better life. I founded Better Belly Therapies (a successful Ann Arbor, MI gut health clinic) to help local and virtual clients who are searching for answers, but don’t know what else to do – or where else to go.
I know how frustrating and isolating this feels because I’ve been there myself. I want to help you move away from guesswork and uncertainty and get to a place of REAL change, more energy, less pain and happier living. Let’s expertly uncover the missing pieces that complete your picture of better health and allow you to finally feel your best!
Hello! I’m Desiree Cushing, and I provide Craniosacral Therapy treatment in our office and virtual support to our clients online. I am Allison’s right hand woman and help make everything possible at Better Belly Therapies. A part of the team since 2020, I help ensure that our clients get the best possible support as they go through their health journeys with us.
Find the answers that have eluded you - and your doctors - and feel good in your body. Get back to doing the things you love!
You CAN get better.
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A seamless combination of our CST/VM and Functional Lab Testing services.
If you’re an ideal candidate for Whole Body 360, your therapist will discuss the details and benefits with you during your New Client Evaluation appointment.