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|Posted on August 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM||comments (32)|
I just wrote regarding "healing crisis" on the FAQ page. I think that it is a good idea to describe what a healing crisis might look like by describing my own. My healing crisis seems to always come in two forms: migraine headache and re-visiting memories hard. Right now there are no other practicing MFR therapists in Lubbock that I can find. I am looking for one, though so....anyway, all my healing crises are attached to the seminars I attend, where I spend about 2 hours a day on another student's table. Headaches are the big pain for me. I know that they are connected to the shifting and healing in my body and associated healing crisis, therefore I try to not medicate and ride it out. Honestly, I usually can only make it to the third day, when I must choose between the seminar and the ER, and then I take medication to keep myself at the seminar. With these migraines always come some memory that I have to "work through". I put quotes around this because I want to highlight the fact that "working through" will look completely different for each person for each crisis. It cannot be described, and I cannot warn you what to expect, only to expect something. Every time I go through this, I experience exponential spiritual growth (or what seems to me to be exponential..it could be snail's pace to anyone else..) and understanding with it. I experience forgiveness of self and others, clarity of thought, direction and intention, and renewed hope. This is my experience, I cannot speak for others. I will say that among the community of MFR therapists, I hear stories of similar periods of spiritual growth associated with their healing.
Along with the headaches and memories, I will often have some soreness that feels like achy flu muscles or like I ran too far. I get very tired, and also very restless. sometimes I cannot sleep, but most often I sleep very deeply and have odd dreams. The first time, it was a bit dis-combobulating, even though I was told to expect such. However, no one can tell anyone else what to expect, and such was the case with me. Every time I work my way through, I am better for it. Now, I actually invite the crisis, knowing it is but one more valley, just a road trip to my Oceanside destination. Two things John Barnes always says, "healing is a journey, not an event", and "healing is messy ". I am worth it. Healing is worth it. So onward I go!!
|Posted on July 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM||comments (20)|
By the time I obtained my MOT, I was 40. All the lifting and moving patients, driving for home health and bending over to treat and such was taking its toll on my body, especially my lower back and both arms, which kept going numb, especially when I was driving. One of the first techniques we learned in the first class I took is a release at the tailbone, or the sacrum, called a lumbo-sacral release. I had driven 6 hours to get to this class, so that region of my body hurt. Sitting in the chairs hurt. Well, we have to perform these techniques on each other as we learn them. When I treated the other therapist, I felt things move, soften, and her body shifted to a more neutral position (her hips had been lying crooked on the table). So I was amazed. I was absolutely sold when it was my turn and in 5 minutes on that table my lower back pain was reduced to almost nothing. After three days of such treatments and a leg pull (if you want to know what that is, come see me) on each leg, my pain was gone!
Now my first experience being treated by the MAN, John F Barnes, PT, seemed nothing short of miraculous. It was my third class, and a year later. I had been treating with MFR for a year with results I was still being thrilled by, but my arms, especially my left arm, were going numb and staying that way for long periods. I was losing strength and feeling. At the seminar, my left arm was numb and cold. I need to feel my hands to do this work, so when Mr. Barnes asked if we had any questions, I asked what I might be doing wrong for my arm to be behaving like this. He asked me to be his first demonstration, so up on the stage I went. He took my arm and did an arm pull (see leg pulls above...) and it began to do some movement of its own accord. Mr. Barnes calls this "unwinding". after about 7 minutes with my arm behaving like a snake, I sat up. I was very light headed, but made my way back to my chair. My arm began to ache like a headache in it. After an hour or so, it got hot, really HOT!! For the rest of the day, it had all manner of sensations that kept my attention fully on that arm; and true to the nature of fascia, my right arm experienced many of the same sensations. The next day, I did not notice my arms. That is important. I did not think of them because they did not bother me. They have not bothered me since. It has been a year and a half. My hands are my livelihood, so THANKS, JOHN F BARNES!! My arms and hands are strong, no numbness, cold, achiness. Oh, my patients thank Mr. Barnes too.