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I am passionate about helping people to recover from chronic illness. My methods have come about from:
Personal experience – suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome for 11 years and then suddenly recovering in two weeks,
Extensive training - Psychology degree, NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner, mBIT certified coach, Psych-K coach and other short courses,
Professional experience – I have now worked with over 1000 people and have learnt more about how to spot patterns and create changes to people’s well-being.
This has led to me developing the Core Concepts that I work with:
- Health is holistic – Your health is made up of body, mind, environment, social factors, lifestyle factors (and for some people, spiritual factors also). To fix your health, you need to address factors across this spectrum . Mind and body should not be separated
- Stress is the leading cause of chronic illness – World Health Organisation says that stress causes 66% of chronic illness. I have observed that teaching clients how to turn off the stress response is usually a very important component to recovery
- Fix underlying issues for long term change – Masking chronic symptoms with pills is a temporary solution; clearing unresolved emotions and changing lifestyle issues creates a longer term and bigger change
- Change is quick and easy if you really want it, believe you can have it and practise the techniques often. I have observed that most of my clients are reporting large improvements within a few weeks of attending Empower Therapies.
Science research showing mind-body interaction
There are lots of studies that demonstrate that mind and body cannot be separated. Here are a couple that you might be interested in:
Immunoglobulin (IgA) is an antibody that plays an important role in immunity. More IgA is produced in mucosal linings than all other antibodies put together and three to five grams of it is secreted into the gut every day. In an experiment on immunity, subjects were randomly allocated to two groups. One lucky group got to watch a really funny movie together, whereas the other group had to sit and watch a boring lecture. Both groups had their blood tested for IgA before and after their movie/lecture and they found that there was a significant increase in IgA levels in the group who had just watched a funny movie (Lefcourt, 1990).
Placebo studies are both fascinating and often very amusing. Studies have shown that yellow pills are the most effective anti-depressants, red pills are best for energy boosting, green pills work best for anxiety, white pills are best for soothing stomach ulcers, big pills work better than small pills, branded pills work better than plain ones and pills received four times a day work better than twice daily pills (Silberman, 2009).
How chronic stress affects health
People can get stuck in the stress response due to many causes – physical or emotional trauma, illness, vaccines, Type A personality, cancer treatment, burnout, anxiety…
The stress response prioritises heart, lungs, thyroid and adrenals, so that more blood and oxygen can be sent to the limb to fight or flee from the tiger. It depletes other systems and organs, including digestive, immune, reproductive, detox, hair, skin, nails etc. This can lead to many chronic illness patterns, including CFS. People’s thinking and belief patterns can support and maintain the stress response and chronic illness. The more they worry about what is wrong with them, the more stress they do, so the more symptoms they do. When people learn to exit this stress cycle, the body reactivates the parasympathetic nervous system and healing throughout the depleted organs and systems can occur.
How thinking patterns affect pain
Here is a fun and interesting movie about how your thoughts affect pain:
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