Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit

JULY 2010,

Case study – Sonia

THE JOURNAL MAGAZINE BY SONIA MANNING

Why Do You Feel Unwell?

The power of your mind and spirit is extraordinary. How else could you explain how people can walk over hot coals or broken glass without suffering injury? Or why some people have surgery under hypnosis and feel no pain? Or even the familiar phenomenon of people who defer dying until after an important event such as a wedding or the birth of a grandchild?

The truth is, the mind and the body are inextricably linked. As author Caroline Myss wrote, “Every thought you have has travelled through your biological system and activated a physiological response. Some are like depth charges, some more subtle and still others unconscious… each generates a physiological response.”

So it follows that if you are not feeling well, even if you can’t quite put your finger on the problem, the answer may lie within. That’s not to say you shouldn’t go to see your doctor but it may be that the doctor ends up simply trying to treat symptoms (such as backache, headaches, anxiety, depression) instead of finding the root cause. Physical symptoms are often indicative of deeper emotional issues or unconscious dilemmas – and the more they are ignored, the worse the physical symptoms are likely to become.

At Anam Cara we look at you in a holistic way, carefully assessing the outer problems and symptoms and then devising a programme of treatment to heal the mind, the emotions and the body. There is no set solution to a particular problem – your issues are unique and need a unique response. With a whole team of holistic therapists under one roof, we can find the right approach for everyone, with the right balance of treatment for mind, body and spirit. Psychotherapy professionals work alongside holistic practitioners and conventional clinicians to ensure a personal and comprehensive service. We monitor and review your progress as we proceed and can make adjustments as required to ensure you receive the optimum treatment programme.

Sonia Manning, who runs Anam Cara in Sutton Coldfield, explains how this approach helped one woman:

“A lady in her early thirties had been developing increasingly worrying physical symptoms, which ultimately resulted in her collapsing on her way into hospital - and not leaving for nine weeks. For five days she was in a critical condition as a neurological crisis led to multiple system failure. She had a battery of intensive tests, followed by very high doses of emergency steroids and immunosuppressants to bring her body under control. It worked…just. The condition was diagnosed as Myasthenia Gravis. She recovered very, very slowly, undergoing some very unpleasant procedures in her recovery, including eye surgery and taking a long-term cocktail of strong medication with side-effects nearly as bad as the illness itself. She spent two years off work in a continual debilitated state and the next seven years in and out of the London based National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the world renowned Moorfields London Eye Hospital.

"Then, being told she would need further surgery, she finally decided to try the holistic route instead. Starting psychotherapy, she found she was resistant at first; with it in fact taking a further two years for her to start to listen properly. Only then did she begin to really understand herself and finally come to understand and respect what she needed to do in order to heal herself. In time she made some important life changes which her therapy had helped reveal and had given her the courage to carry out. Then, as her awareness continued to grow, she added other therapies to her on-going psychological support - selective massage, precise acupuncture, body and eye strengthening exercises as well as visualisation and meditation.

"The proposed further surgery never occurred and she is now symptom-free and believes the illness has gone for good. Her recovery is down to the power of the mind, body, emotions and spirit all working together in harmony.

"How do I know this to be true?

"Because that woman was me.”