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Love in a box

Love in a box – a story of gut and back issues

A client came to me with tummy problems as well as back problems from lifting heavy boxes all day in his job as a packer for a clothing manufacturer.

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As we talked, it became obvious that he really disliked packing clothes into boxes and found it totally boring. His tummy problems seemed to be related to when he ate bread, so I suggested that he trial not eating gluten for a few weeks and see how he felt.

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I asked him how he packed the boxes, and he said that most of the time he didn’t even think out how he was packing; he had done this job for so long that he could probably do it blind-folded. He was fed up with his boring monotonous job, so he packed the boxes with feelings of anger and resentment and felt unappreciated by his employer. In effect, he was packing boxes in the energy of anger, frustration and resentment.

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I brought this to his attention and suggested that people at shops who unpack the boxes would receive his ‘boxes of anger’ which could affect them. He was blown away.

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I suggested that rather than ‘check-out’ at work, to instead be present by completely focusing his attention on what he was doing when packing and lifting. By feeling his body – his muscles, joints, posture and how he moved – he would become more aware if he was lifting inappropriately, straining or if his body needed a rest.

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I also suggested that for one week, until I saw him again, that he bring love into what he did so that energy of love could be felt by those who unpacked the boxes.

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When we caught up again he told me that his back no longer hurt and his tummy was no longer bloated and uncomfortable. He also realised that he had been holding anger in his body and noticed the difference when he was very ‘present’ with his body and the products he packed.

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Remarkably, he also told me he had really enjoyed his work over the previous week and changed his attitude about his job.

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Even his boss must have noticed the shift because three weeks later he gave my client a promotion. My client was happy, as was his gentle body.

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It just shows what an amazing affect conscious presence can have (with a touch of love)!

Intro to Case Studies

Note: to see the list of case studies and the links, click here

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True healing comes from looking beyond the physical

To introduce the case studies, perhaps it’s appropriate that I provide an insight into my background, philosophy about health and the way I work with clients to help them move ahead. It has been a remarkable journey and one that continues to become more exciting as time goes on as my knowledge, experience and understanding grows.

As a kid from around 9 to 11 years old I had a special area in my dad’s garage with a bench and lots of shelves that became my ‘laboratory’. There I used to keeps sticks, leaves, insects and special potions in jars for my ‘experiments’. When I was 12 I remember being asked by a teacher what I wanted to do in life and my reply was to ‘find a cure for cancer’. In high school, science and home economics were my favourite subjects.

After leaving school I travelled and tried different jobs before working as a lab technician. I then moved into forensic science, followed by pathology and laboratory research. Following a miscarriage in 1985 I was referred to ‘something I had never heard of before’ – a naturopath.

This was a revelation to me. I had discovered my true calling – to become a healer. I became immersed in studies for 4 years, which was just the start. I was a sponge, soaking up as much information about health as possible from lectures, books and seminars (which I continue to do today). After working for other naturopaths, I opened my own clinic in 1993. As the clinic ‘evolved’, detoxification and colon hydrotherapy became a major part of the business back then.

Over a period of time I noticed that many of my clients experienced remarkable results with their health, while others made little progress or improvement. I asked myself why this was so. The result has been a fascinating exploration that has taken me ‘behind the scenes’ into the relatively unknown areas that link the extraordinary influences that our minds, emotions and energy systems have on our health and well-being.

Although clients normally see me about a physical ailment or imbalance, I like to look ‘behind’ the problem. Generally there is a cause for everything. Things just don’t go wrong without a reason. On one level I may consider lifestyle habits that may have contributed to their problem, such as inappropriate diet or stress. However, I like to look deeper and see what emotional imbalance may be causing the problem. For example, they may have chosen to eat the wrong foods to ‘feed’ certain emotional needs. Perhaps they ‘attract’ particular types of people into their lives who have a negative influence or, they may keep repeating self-sabotaging patterns of behaviour.

When I treat clients on purely a physical level, invariably the condition returns because they re-create the same scenario that manifested the problem in the first place.

Clients often tell me they know what they should be eating or doing in their life, but they don’t do it. They need someone else to tell them. This can work for a while, particularly if they have a motivating factor such as a serious illness, or see their blood live on a screen and what a mess it is. The worse people feel, the higher their motivation. But once the pain or problem subsides, the sense of urgency disappears and people often revert to their comfort zone and are happy with that.

However, if people are genuinely ready to completely heal, it requires working on all levels – physical, mental and emotional.

I believe that the body is our sub-conscious mind and it talks to us via signs and symptoms (symbols). Minor imbalances are symbolic of an imbalance in its early stages. When we don’t listen to these symbols, our body (sub-conscious mind) will think ‘hmmm, not listening, so now let’s get serious and manifest a symptom’. Then if the symptom is not addressed, it may turn into a diseased state. The body is our marker of our truth.

So when I see a client with a set of symptoms, initially I will address the physical. Then (when I know someone is open to listening to what their body is trying to tell them) I share my interpretation of what this could mean on an emotional level. These will often be simply key words and not necessarily an accurate diagnosis. Amazingly the process often unearths an emotional aspect that relates to the individuals physical symptoms.

Once we have made an emotional connection, then what? Well of course everyone is different. Some may tell me that they have already worked on the emotional issue. But if the problem is still present, then obviously it is not resolved and we look at ways to help them clear the emotional aspect.

My journey then took me into an arena where I tended to focus on the mind-body connection. Along the way I have also had personal emotional issues to deal with in my life and my own search for personal happiness and satisfaction has been a fascinating and fulfilling process.

The case studies on this website will demonstrate the work that I have been doing in this area. I hope you find them interesting and worthwhile.

If you would like to add your case study or testimonial or would like to speak to Sue, please click here.

Ross River Virus

 The art of being ‘Gentle’ – a story of my (Sue Kira) journey with Ross River 

(p.s if you don’t want to read about the pain you can skip to the happy ending of the last 7 paragraphs.)

I was trying to get fit from spending too much time sitting down at work, so I had embarked on daily walks to the Cape Byron Lighthouse from Clarks beach, an up and down stair trip of around 6 kms I think, plus going to the gym 3 times per week. I was loving it all and felt great for a while, and then I started to notice that I couldn’t get on my left knee in the gym class and thought that I must have bruised it or something. Then I had a really sore thumb and thought that I must have bent it back with the weights bar or something. Then after my walks my feet really hurt but put this down to trying to increase my speed too quickly. Bit of ‘bull at fence’ syndrome or ‘something’.

Then I noticed that the aches weren’t getting any better even after cutting back on the gym and stopping the walks thinking that I just needed to slow down a bit and let my body catch up with my brains enthusiasm. This didn’t work in fact it all just got worse till I woke one morning and could hardly walk. It felt like I had broken the bones in my feet and my left thumb hurt like crazy. I thought this was bad enough, but over the next few days it actually got worse, till I could hardly move my body. It hurt sooo much but it hurt not to move too.

I’m not normally one who would go to a doctor, but by this time I knew something was terribly wrong. I was thinking maybe Rheumatoid arthritis as I didn’t feel at all sick or feverish at this stage so I didn’t think of Ross River. It was a struggle to get to the doctors room. I just felt like my whole body was broken, and with tears running down my cheeks from the pain, I shuffled into the doctors rooms as slow as a snail. I collapsed into the chair and fell to pieces emotionally.

The Dr. had me do all sorts of bending things and said my joints were swollen and that he would have to put me on anti-inflammatories and do some blood tests. Normally I would never take any drugs, but the pain was so bad I would have taken a general anesthetic if it were available. My next challenge was to get to the blood collecting rooms. Everything was hard to do. Life was too much pain. It must have been putting pressure on my nerves or something because the anti-inflammatories didn’t work so I gave them up after a few days, and tried aspro, paracetamol, codeine, all to no avail.

I just had to bear it. Nights were excruciating as laying still made everything throb, but to get up and move hurt too much to. I was beside myself and I could no longer think rationally what to do with myself. Life was one big PAIN and I wanted the pain to end. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse I got a rash all over my body and started to get fevers, mostly at night. What was my body doing, I thought.

Then a phone call from my G.P. He said, guess what? you have Ross River. I was relieved, in fact I was excited. Everyone thought that I was strange to get excited over this diagnosis and that maybe my brain had fried with the fevers, but I was happy even in pain as I knew it would go away. The thought that I may have this forever was not attractive, so knowing that it was a virus that ‘this too shall pass’ was comforting in a quirky kind of way. I never thought such a tiny creature could cause so much pain. Now that I knew I was dealing with a virus I got stuck into Olive leaf extract and vitamin C in mega-doses as well as herbal anti-inflammatories including fish oil. I thought I’ll at least drown the virus out of my system if nothing else.

I guess it all helped a bit, but I was still in so much pain. Then I guess the pain settled enough that I could think again and started to meditate by connecting to the ‘gentleness’ of my breath. My days were filled by being gentle with myself. After 3 weeks had passed and just starting to actually sleep at night, someone told me about having intravenous Vitamin C to help, so I did this, but this was a decision made by my head not my heart. My heart didn’t feel good about it, but I wanted it to work. I wanted it to all go away. Even though the pain was less, my tolerance was lowered and any pain was still too much.

Also, when I had the IV C I had a reaction the first night where I thought that I’d had a close call on a stroke when the weirdest feeling rushed over me and up my head  But this passed and I was just left with lots of pain again for three weeks. After this settled I started to ‘breath’ again.

My recovery did seem slow, but one thing was for sure, whenever I tried to push myself and not be gentle it hurt heaps for ages. I learnt how to be gentle. How crazy are we? Why can’t we be gentle with ourselves always? With not being able to do much but think or read or meditate I learnt the art of being gentle. If I approached everything with gentleness I had no pain. When I had no pain for a while and tried to do something not gentle, I paid for it with more pain. Just like a mouse with the reward cage, I learnt gentleness.

Three months later most of my symptoms are now gone and I am being gentle most of the time and this is working. But I still get reminded if I step out of gentleness even a bit. The pain is so minimal now but I still use it as a barometer of gentleness.

The other thing that helped me was that I decided not to ‘suffer’ or be a ‘sufferer’, but rather to ‘experience’ the condition and not own it. I saw it as a passing energy. After all, everything IS just energy, stuck energy in this case.

So, you might be thinking, what does gentleness mean? Well to start with, it means choosing consciously a gentle in and out breathe. Gentle in, and gentle out. And going about the day in ‘gentleness’, not rushed or stressed, but allowing yourself to do things with ‘gentleness’, being kind to yourself, nurturing, soothing, relaxing, instead of the usual push-push attitude of hectic life. And not allowing others to bug you, just letting things go with love.

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This virus has been a most valuable experience that although I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, I’m glad I got it because of the gift that gentleness has brought into my life. The other part to this gift is that I also learnt how to say NO to people’s requests and also how to ask for help when I needed it. A lot of women feel that they need to be tough and do most things for themselves, but this only disconnects us from our ‘femaleness’, an important balance of energies needed in this day of equality of the sexes.

History has shown others that it can re-occur with repeated flair-ups, but I only expect this to happen if I forget to be gentle with myself. You know what?, I actually feel that this has been a ‘healing’ rather than a ‘cure’ I’ll talk more on this another time, as there’s a big difference. Do you know what I mean? If you have any thing you would like to share about this (cure vs. heal), then I’d love to hear about it. Wishing you never get Ross River, but you get ‘gentleness’- it’s truly lovely.

 

Tired, pain under left rib cage

Joanne, a grandmother, constantly felt tired, with a continual pain under her left rib. She had been to doctors and specialists and they couldn’t find anything wrong with her. She felt that the problem may have been related to her digestive system and she heard I might have been able to help her.

After examining her abdominal area I couldn’t feel anything out of the ordinary, but her discomfort was in the area of her pancreas. We talked about her digestion, with no clues uncovered about any problems with the pancreas. I told her that problems with the pancreas can relate to ‘life not being so sweet’ and questioned her about this. She told me how she had a sudden break-up from her partner 12 months previously and the fatigue started at that point. Then the pain started later after she ‘got over him’.

We searched for further clues by looking at her blood and discovered she had a fungal infection. I discussed how fungus likes to grow in a body that is festering very old emotional wounds. With a sigh she told me about how she wasn’t loved or wanted as a child. I asked her how she knew this to be true and she told me how he mother told her that she never wanted her, but her mother’s religion didn’t allow abortions. She had the child (and other children) but resented all of them for destroying her life and her freedom.

We talked about how Joannes’s challenge was self-love, because her parents couldn’t love her. Joanne had 3 children of her own and several grandchildren. She had dedicated her life to loving them, but gave little regard to herself as she felt unimportant.

She realised she was now ready for some self-love and that this was the real reason she had come in for help. She was there to help herself, not anyone else, so the first major breakthrough had occurred. Even after just talking about this, she felt the pain under her rib decreasing. That was her clue that she was on track. Joanne devoured the exercises in self-love that I gave her and within a few weeks she was absolutely glowing with energy and vitality for herself and her family.

Linda with Uterine Fibroids

Linda came to me with ongoing bleeding between periods. She already knew that she had uterine fibroids but didn’t want to have them removed. She felt it would remove her ‘womanhood’ as the doctor wanted to remove all of her uterus, not just the fibroids. Also Linda was 50 and felt that because her hormones were changing as she moved towards menopause, the hormones feeding the fibroids could also help them to disappear. Basically she wanted help to stem the flow of bleeding so she wasn’t so anaemic and tired all the time, and to shrink the fibroids because she had heard that herbs could help.

So the first plan of attack was to look at the bleeding issue. Some wonderful herbs did help and the fibroids were in fact shrinking. This we knew from ultrasound, but still the doctors wanted to remove them to prevent them turning cancerous. She refused, saying that they were there for a reason and she wanted to work out that reason first.

This was my cue to start talking about the emotional aspects relating to her fibroids. From my understanding, fibroids relate to ‘healing the hurt of a loved one’ and ‘not looking after your own needs’.  Remember, these are keys words and not a diagnosis (see my introduction to the case studies). Linda could relate to this as a few years previously she nursed her dying mother from breast cancer. Of course she didn’t have the time to take care of her own needs at the time and after her mother died, she hadn’t grieved fully. ‘Life goes on being busy’, as she put it. Linda said she was never really close to her mum, so she thought that grieving for just a few days was OK. But obviously it wasn’t, because talking about it brought up tears.

I knew there was more to it that just the obvious, but she wasn’t ready to share this information and I wasn’t going to push her if she wasn’t ready. She said she knew what she had to do and went on her way. She returned next month for some more herbs and told me how she went to her mother’s grave to talk and tell her mother why she was angry with her, but never got to tell her because her mother was either too sick or too self absorbed in her own life. Anyway she felt a tremendous relief from this ‘chat’ with her mum, and slowly over the next few months the fibroid shrunk and disappeared. Ultrasound confirmed that the tumour was gone, but she was still menstruating, so she still wasn’t menopausal yet.

Not all cases of fibroids are as responsive to this kind of work and I would never suggest that anyone forgo medical treatment for any condition.

Email consultations with Sue Kira

Many people find that they don’t have the time or money to visit a Naturopath in clinic, especially if they feel it is only a minor disorder. Well, to help people be more time efficient and to support those finding it financially difficult with the current economic climate Sue has decided to avail herself in service to those that need this kind of help by offering Email consultations.
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This service is available to all of Sue’s existing and new clients, so feel free to spread the good word. This special offer is available for only $10 per transaction.
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A transaction is classed as the back and forward of information between the client and Sue until the information required has been reached and advice has then been made.
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There is provision for other related questions to be made about concerns with the condition within a month of the initial advice given. After this time or if a lot of time is needed for the consultation then it is only fair for Sue to ask for another $10 as she sees the need.
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Payment can be made by direct bank transfer (internet banking) or credit card (fees apply). You will be given bank details when you contact Sue. How quickly Sue responds to your Email will depend on her work load with clinic sessions, retreats and other emails that came before yours.
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What to do:
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1. Fill out a Free Health Appraisal Questionnaire on-line with Metagenics, using the pratitioner member number of 4504, this will then say your practitioner is Sue Kira.
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2. Then Email Sue (with the email link not the form) the details of your health concern along with any history of condition and relevant family medical history details and listing any current medications including supplements and herbs as well as listing what you have tried for this condition so far. Also mention that you have filled out the questionnaire.
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This service is only available to Australian and New Zealand residents. Apologies to overseas readers.
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It must be noted that even though Sue has accreditation with all health funds for claims made for private consultations, no health fund will pay for on-line or Email consultations, so do not try to claim.

Australian residents only please

Past-life link to Rheumatoid Arthritis

(The following case occurred 12 years ago and I have included it because of its unusual subject matter.)

Libby came to me at 40 years old with severe rheumatoid arthritis, which she’d had since childhood. There was no family history of the disease in her family and she said she had a great childhood until the disease hit. Over the years she became severely disabled. She had been to just about every doctor, specialist and natural therapist that she could. She had even been to tarot readers and a hypnotherapist – all to no avail.

The closest she had been to any help was when the tarot reader told her that her problem was rooted in a past life issue, but she didn’t know what that was. The hynotherapist could only work with her through this life time to see if anything may have been suppressed that she didn’t remember. He suggested past life regression, but at the time she didn’t want to believe this so left it at that. Years later, she came across some fascinating writings on past life regression work and decided to give it a try.

Around the same time I had just started using regression work. Libby heard about my work and visited me. I was very interested in what might ‘come up’. Fortunately, because Libby was familiar with hypnosis, she quickly responded to the prompts I gave her to regress back in time to a past life that may have been able to connect to her illness.

The story was quite fascinating. Libby found herself in medieval times where she was being punished by a man (who was being forced by another man) to chain her hands, feet and neck together, which were then pulled tight. She was then locked in a cell like this for years pleading to be released. The man who chained her came to her cell when he could to beg for her forgiveness. He told her he didn’t want to do what he did, but was forced to. Libby said she could feel her mothers’ energy about this man and could not forgive the man for what he had done.

Libby also said she could not forgive her (current) mother. She never knew why she resented her mother so much and told me that she always gave her mother a hard time, even though her mother did so much to make her comfortable with what she was enduring. It was as if she was punishing her mother for what had happened in her past life. Her mother couldn’t understand why her daughter was so angry and bitter towards her. All she had ever done was try to help her.

We talked at length about how Libby could understand that this was out of her mother’s control. However Libby resisted doing this and decided that even if it meant her remaining in pain for the rest of her life, she could still never understand how her mother could do this to her. Essentially she came to me because she only wanted to understand why she was like she was.

This was a most unusual case. I was unable to help her to heal, because she did not want to be healed…at least not in this life time.  There are times when understanding the patterns behind illness can allow a person to release the emotional connection to what has happened and if they cannot heal the damage to the body now, they can at least not carry that pattern to the next lifetime.

These days I don’t use hypnosis, but prefer a more gentle approach, which is to connect to my own inner truth about the situation. When connected to the inner self you are actually connected to universal consciousness and can access the information needed as needed. Some call this clairsentience or clairvoyance, depending on if you feel clearly or see clearly.

Bloating and Fatigue

Sarah a yoga teacher who did all the right things for her health, still felt terribly fatigued and often bloated. She requested a live blood screening to see what could be causing her symptoms. We found she had parasites, which we treated with anti-parasitic herbs. She returned a month later still feeling fatigued. The parasites had left her body, so why was she still feeling this way?

Not seeing anything physically wrong with her I spoke to her about the emotional side relating to parasites. I explained to her that we manifest physical imbalances as a way our sub-conscious (body) can talk to us to give us clues about our emotional wellbeing. I asked her if she could relate to any situations in her life that felt like they were draining her of energy (rather like the parasites). She knew exactly what I was saying and told me about her relationship with her husband and his business partner. She felt that the business partner was having a controlling influence on the way her husband treated her. However she didn’t want to speak up to him because her husband’s business partner was a long standing mate, and Sarah felt that if she raised the issue, it may create other problems.

Clearly a communication problem was draining her energy. She had ‘let it be’ to keep the peace. But once she realised that it was having an effect on her health, she brought them together, aired her concerns and the problem was easily solved. Consequently her energy and vitality retuned immediately.

This was relatively easy to resolve. However some people continue to get re-infested with parasites and parasitic people. They are still learning to ‘stand in their own power’ (as I call it) and speak their truth. Many people find it difficult to feel worthwhile about themselves and be open and honest within their relationships about how they feel. Others are simply not ready to realise that something emotional could be having an adverse effect on their life.

Intro to the Case Studies by Sue Kira

True healing comes from looking beyond the physical

To introduce the case studies, perhaps it’s appropriate that I provide an insight into my background, philosophy about health and the way I work with clients to help them move ahead. It has been a remarkable journey and one that continues to become more exciting as time goes on as my knowledge, experience and understanding grows.

As a kid from around 9 to 11 years old I had a special area in my dad’s garage with a bench and lots of shelves that became my ‘laboratory’. There I used to keeps sticks, leaves, insects and special potions in jars for my ‘experiments’. When I was 12 I remember being asked by a teacher what I wanted to do in life and my reply was to ‘find a cure for cancer’. In high school, science and home economics were my favourite subjects.

After leaving school I travelled and tried different jobs before working as a lab technician. I then moved into forensic science, followed by pathology and laboratory research. Following a miscarriage in 1985 I was referred to ‘something I had never heard of before’ – a naturopath.

This was a revelation to me. I had discovered my true calling – to become a healer. I became immersed in studies for 4 years, which was just the start. I was a sponge, soaking up as much information about health as possible from lectures, books and seminars (which I continue to do today). After working for other naturopaths, I opened my own clinic in 1993. As the clinic ‘evolved’, detoxification and colon hydrotherapy became a major part of the business back then.

Over a period of time I noticed that many of my clients experienced remarkable results with their health, while others made little progress or improvement. I asked myself why this was so. The result has been a fascinating exploration that has taken me ‘behind the scenes’ into the relatively unknown areas that link the extraordinary influences that our minds, emotions and energy systems have on our health and well-being.

Although clients normally see me about a physical ailment or imbalance, I like to look ‘behind’ the problem. Generally there is a cause for everything. Things just don’t go wrong without a reason. On one level I may consider lifestyle habits that may have contributed to their problem, such as inappropriate diet or stress. However, I like to look deeper and see what emotional imbalance may be causing the problem. For example, they may have chosen to eat the wrong foods to ‘feed’ certain emotional needs. Perhaps they ‘attract’ particular types of people into their lives who have a negative influence or, they may keep repeating self-sabotaging patterns of behaviour.

When I treat clients on purely a physical level, invariably the condition returns because they re-create the same scenario that manifested the problem in the first place.

Clients often tell me they know what they should be eating or doing in their life, but they don’t do it. They need someone else to tell them. This can work for a while, particularly if they have a motivating factor such as a serious illness, or see their blood live on a screen and what a mess it is. The worse people feel, the higher their motivation. But once the pain or problem subsides, the sense of urgency disappears and people often revert to their comfort zone and are happy with that.

However, if people are genuinely ready to completely heal, it requires working on all levels – physical, mental and emotional.

I believe that the body is our sub-conscious mind and it talks to us via signs and symptoms (symbols). Minor imbalances are symbolic of an imbalance in its early stages. When we don’t listen to these symbols, our body (sub-conscious mind) will think ‘hmmm, not listening, so now let’s get serious and manifest a symptom’. Then if the symptom is not addressed, it may turn into a diseased state. The body is our marker of our truth.

So when I see a client with a set of symptoms, initially I will address the physical. Then (when I know someone is open to listening to what their body is trying to tell them) I share my interpretation of what this could mean on an emotional level. These will often be simply key words and not necessarily an accurate diagnosis. Amazingly the process often unearths an emotional aspect that relates to the individuals physical symptoms.

Once we have made an emotional connection, then what? Well of course everyone is different. Some may tell me that they have already worked on the emotional issue. But if the problem is still present, then obviously it is not resolved and we look at ways to help them clear the emotional aspect.

My journey then took me into an arena where I tended to focus on the mind-body connection. Along the way I have also had personal emotional issues to deal with in my life and my own search for personal happiness and satisfaction has been a fascinating and fulfilling process.

The case studies on this website will demonstrate the work that I have been doing in this area. I hope you find them interesting and worthwhile.