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who consults with you?
anyone and everyone - for anything and everything
if our inability to adapt to stress, to change, is the cause of disease and dysfunction, then increasing our immunity to stress, through change, is the logical place to start
some conditions that are well managed by stress management via change, include:
angina pectoris, cardiac arrhythmia, allergic skin rections, anxiety, moderate depression, bronchial asthma, cough, constipation, diabetes mellitus, duodenum ulcers, dizziness, fatigue, hypertension, infertility, insomnia, nausea & vomiting during pregnancy, nervousness, all forms of back and body pain, premenstrual syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, side effects of cancer and AIDS, grieving resolution, fear, phobias, pathological & addictive behavioural patterns, anger, micromanaging/control disorder, obsessive compulsive behaviour, 'tic's...
to be clear, i do not cure or heal, or claim to cure or heal anything or any of the above.
indeed, my goal is not, and has never been to cure or heal anything. rather it is to help you & your body find solutions...
by removing the obstacles, created by stress, that prevent your body & mind from auto-healing and auto-regulating
you have a broad yet focussed approach to your work - but what do you call yourself?
i am often asked this question. am i a doctor of chiropractic, a coach, a hypnotherapist, a humanist? if it helps to put a name on my work, umbrella names like de-stessologist or change worker work as they most accurately describes what I do & what i believe is most needed.
other names are often limiting and distract people from what the ultimate problem is......
our inability to adapt to stress.
i believe that 'de-stressology' will become a recognised, cohesive, important & incorporated profession in time.
what education do i have?
a Bachelor of the Arts degree, a Higher Diploma in Education, a Doctor of Chiropractic diploma, Integrated Life Coaching & Hypnotherapy certification.
i believe that these degrees and diplomas, along with 28 years of active private practice qualify me, uniquely to do 'de-stressology' & 'change work'
(if interested in a comparison of chiropractic and medical studies, google will serve you well)
is your integrated body work (s.e.i.t) safe, does it hurt?
my work does not hurt. i use techniques that are direct yet gentle - non-invasive and most importantly - reflect each patients individual needs. i am patient & never impose on the body
the land mark study done on chiropractic structural body work safety was done in 1979 by the New Zealand government. the special commission, released the following summary statement:
"the conspicuous lack of evidence that chiropractors cause harm or allow harm to occur through neglect of medical referral can be taken to mean only one thing: that chiropractors have on the whole have an impressive safety record."
my methodology and protocols have evolved significantly since this commission in 1979, making my kind, and this kind of manual work of the safest & most effective in the world, clearly safer than taking a muscle relaxer or perhaps even eating a hot dog.
what do your services cost?
€100 an hour or €1.67 per minute
(lastly on fees - the solidarity principle applies - i will help anyone who would like to change, but may struggle to afford it.)
is my work reimbursed?
unfortunately, my work is not yet part of the social security system in france. i would like to believe that in a country where liberty, equality and fraternity for all is celebrated, that the politics that will include natural & causal healing therapies, will come soon.
is my body work effective?
as my body work is similar to but perhaps more integrated, more holistic, than traditional chiropractic practice, i will use some chiropractic references to answer this question.
there is adequate information that chiropractic is effective for back pain relief. studies that suggest it is effective for conditions like migraines, asthma or infertility for example, are limited and anecdotal.
the lack of scientific proof however does not mean that it does not take place - they absolutely do
98% of the patents I have served over 28 years have improved regardless of what condition they have presented with.
with the addition of the integrated coaching and hypnotherapy, i anticipate that this trend will continue and improve as it explores emotional causality more fully
if you need research, take a look at a compilation of research by Dr.Axe, MD:
can your work cure or heal cancer, migraines, infertility, destructive behavioural patterns etc.?
it is true that i have seen what people call ‘miracles’ in my office, beyond the limiting back pain model.
it is also true that i do not try to cure or heal anyone as explained above
the body does the healing and will always do the healing unless something, an obstacle is preventing it, or if there is an organic limitation to it’s ability to heal. my responsibility is to find, physically, consciously or subconsciously, the ‘something’, the 'obstacle' that prevents auto healing & regulation.
the distinction that I do not try to cure or heal anyone is a very important one.
i believe that the 'miracles' my colleagues and i have seen, are a result of improved communication between the brain and the body, the relaxation response and quantum physics. furthermore, i do not see them as miracles but rather what happens normally when the body is in balance and flow.
the body’s ability to heal is remarkable when unencumbered
the answer then, to the question, ‘can i cure cancer, migraines etc.’, is no. it is only the body that heals; it just has a better chance without interference, without an obstacle, much like climbing a mountain without someone on your back
what is the difference between your work, a chiropractors and an osteopaths?
the difference between my work and that of a traditional chiropractor is that i have evolved my technique and have included change work into the stress reduction dynamic. also my work is not limited to back pain. i am not focussed on symptoms but rather on the person with the symptoms and the cause of the symptoms in a holistic manner.
regarding osteopaths, my observations from working with them are that we differ philosophically, in our application & intention. also that I work more globally - holistically vs focussing on a specific symptom. lastly, my visits take less time and are more frequent.
all 3 approaches have value, they are just different. choosing one over the other depends on what one is looking for in your relationship with a wellness practitioner or guide.....
symptomatic re-active work
holistic pro-active work.
is it true that patients experience emotional changes when you do your work?
yes. with most all body work, each patient experiences emotional change in their own way. we cannot separate the body and the mind - if one improves, so does the other and vice versa.
emotional changes can range from the more typical sense of optimism, calm and lightness to uncontrollable laughter, gentle crying, singing and outbursts of joy. the blocages people have are usually bound by strong emotional roots. with the removal of the physical manifestation, the blocage, of that emotion, the patient is naturally released from the pathological emotion in varying degrees, often leading to a wonderful cathartic release.
in my bodywork, i look for, and accept change, in whatever form it wants to express itself
is it true that for your work to be most effective, i will need to see you regularly, even after my symptoms have gone?
this is a simple and very important question. it revolves around our world view and how we have been programmed regarding our own health
let's examine it.
our blocages, sense of dis-ease, come from our inability to adapt-change to the stress of the living experience
with our work, you will start to feel better - but life & stress, the external environment, will not have magically stopped
once you feel symptomatically better & start to re-find balance, you will choose to continue the work, in a proactive manner, building the neural clusters and pathways required to sustain the changes made
will stop the work, returning to see me or someone else, in a reactive manner, when off balance once more
in more practical terms, consider exercising for 3 months, stopping & expecting to stay fit
consider also, why you brush your teeth
is it because they hurt or because you know what happens when you don’t?
You can replace teeth but not the spine or nervous system, or the time spent living a life that you are unhappy with
repetition is the key to 're-programming' the neural pathways for change.
again, much like exercise, learning a song or a mathematical equation, repetition creates the pathways to make something automatic behaviour.
if something is good for us, like exercising regularly, eating or thinking well, going to a cafe to chat with friends, we want to do it for as long as possible....so why not regular wellness or change care?
interestingly, some of us will take medication for life, without question, for conditions readily managed by modifications in lifestyle, yet will resist the idea of regular wellness or change care. this double standard is worth examining and is, through this examination, part of anyone's healing process.
can you help athletes with their performance?
my work can help anyone, be they a teacher, a builder, a painter, a sales person or anyone else
because athletes compete at such high levels, and compete to win, they will do most anything to get that little bit extra - something we can supply - legally
some of the biggest athletes use this work to gain that little bit extra
from usain bolt to bradley wiggens and tiger woods, during his prime, there is an understanding that this kind of work can be the difference between ‘potential and performance’, between balance or the lack thereof or winning or losing. as a former athlete, a first division rugby player in south africa, I can confirm this to be true. for me, besides the obvious changes that result from this work, like improved range of motion, it was the little things like peripheral vision, lung capacity, calmness, clarity, proprioception, reaction time, muscle firing timing and coordination that made the difference.
while serving on the medical team for Montpellier-Herault Rugby Club i had the pleasure of working with some great players to include gregor townsend, mamuka gorgodze, louis picamoles, drikus hanke and rikus lubbe. our work was centred around preparation, injury prevention, performance and recuperation. i also had the pleasure of helping Springbok World Cup winner, andre pretorius while he was playing in carcassone.
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