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Here and Now

Here and Now

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by Anita Nolan

Mickel Therapy came to my notice through a newspaper article read by chance by my husband several years ago.  I had already been suffering from ME for 10 years – initially too exhausted to take more than a few steps, too tired to hold a conversation, too unwell to attend my 87 year old mother’s second wedding!  Over those years I had tried various alternative therapies with limited success, and at the time of the article I was deeply cynical of any so-called cure.  Since Dr. Mickel was a GP in the town where I had been brought up, however, this personal connection persuaded  me to read his book and eventually to start therapy.

This case of serendipity and that decision were life-changing.  The therapy made me well.  Seven years on I am still well, continuing to use the tools MT taught me, and now teaching these tools as a practitioner to others.

And so I constantly sing the praises of this simple effective therapy.  What strikes me above all is the ‘here and now’ element within it.   In my own case the two probable main contributors to my illness –  i.e persisting in the wrong career and suppressing a close family issue –  had both passed into history long before I started MT.  Yet I was still ill, and it was only by learning to deal with all emotion correctly on a day-to-day basis from that point onwards that good health returned.

MT therefore deals with life in the present, and the present as it will be in the future.  No matter how much emotional energy has been blocked in events long gone, the therapy, by dealing with the here and now, releases that energy and allows the body to do what it constantly strives to do – bring itself back to health.

Anita Nolan

anita.nolan@mickeltherapy.com

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Payback’s a bitch! by Saul Levitt

Payback’s a bitch!

Saul-Levitt

by Saul Levitt

 

6 years a slave to CFS

During my 6 years of struggling with CFS through university, 3 jobs and 3 home moves, one of the things that always seemed strange to me, was that I could be exhausted, have aches and pains and other horrendous symptoms but if I did something I enjoyed like seeing a friend or painting a picture or even if I made it on holiday, for the most part, I felt a lot better and energised for it.

Payback’s a bitch

What I did find though was soon after doing one of these fun activities or coming back from holiday, I would get payback. The fatigue, aches, sound sensitivity and other symptoms would rapidly return.

I would just think to myself “Paybacks a bitch…I’ve had some fun, now my body is paying me back for overdoing it.”

How wrong could I be!

Taking things into my own hands

In 2005, I’d had enough of the illness and was unhappy in my marketing job in London and felt it was time for a change…a big change. So I packed up my flat and decided to take a year out in Australia.

I was no longer the meticulous planner I’d always been. I left with no itinerary and no plan for my year-long trip, just a friends place to stay and the idea of a fresh start.

The more time I spent in Aus, the better I seemed to feel. I would manage to go for a run or surf or see my new friends and wasn’t getting the payback I was expecting.

I was still left with a raft of symptoms from intolerances to muscle pains though.

Discovering Mickel Therapy from someone back in the UK, it all seemed to click for me and a month later I found myself in New Zealand, training to be a Mickel Therapist!

Rapidly I found my remaining symptoms go and understood why I’d been making good progress through things I’d already put in place like self-care and setting boundaries.

No payback!

One of the most important things I learned as a Mickel Therapist, was that the body doesn’t pay us back with symptoms for doing things we enjoy.

“Ah”, I hear you say, “but then why do I get symptoms after the fun stuff?”

The simple answer is that the body wants more… more fun, more variety, not our same old routine. If it sees us do something fun, it just wants more!

Obviously in Mickel Therapy there is more to it and we need to address any other negative emotions including any lack of fulfilment and boredom, but the great thing is not having to pace myself as long as I rest when I get a regular healthy tiredness.

Not so long ago I did a 65 mile charity bike ride and you guested it… no payback!

Saul Levitt is an Advanced Mickel Therapy Practitioner and trainer, working with clients worldwide including the UK, U.S, Sweden, Australia & Germany.

Thank you to my client Wendy for inspiring me to write this!

 

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Roads to Recovery

Bed bound for over 8 months

Bed bound for 8 months

My story begins in 1994 when I was going through an extremely stressful time, I was doing year 11 in high school and my parents were going through a divorce, so things were not great.  I had been a very athletic teenager and on a bad day would swim 100 laps of our local pool, so when I started to feel really tired all the time to the point that I couldn’t swim at all I initially put it down to all the stress I was under with school and at home.  But after a few months of feeling really tired I came down with what we thought was just tonsillitis, I had a few shots of penicillin only to get worse and then to find out I shouldn’t have had them at all as I actually had Glandular Fever and the shots weren’t going to do anything for me.

“If I hadn’t of done Mickel Therapy I would still be laying in that darkened room today”

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