All I knew about it before I went was that you lie down on a bed and let
someone stick needles in you. It wasn’t my idea of a good time. But I’d
been feeling so stressed out recently that I was prepared to give almost
anything a try. So I made an appointment to see Mrs. Woo who was
recommended to me by a friend of mine.
I was very sceptical at my first session with Mrs. Woo, but she gave me
a very thorough initial consultation. She took details of my medical
history and asked me loads of questions about my lifestyle and current
problems. She wanted to know all about the kind of things that have been
making me feel so stressed lately.
I was a bit nervous about the needles, so Mrs. Woo started off with a
few small, sterile needles in my back. She took them out almost
immediately and I didn’t feel a thing. I’ve been back several times
since, and I’ve noticed a big difference in my moods and stress level. I
feel a lot more relaxed and I have more patience at work and at home. My
girlfriend has also noticed the difference in my behaviour, and says I’m
more laid-back and a lot more fun to be with.
I started being interested in this type of alternative medicine when I
was in the process of having a nervous breakdown a few months ago.
Because of the cutbacks in government spending, I now earn less than
half of what I did 2 years ago in my civil service post. The price of
petrol, food and the general cost of living has gone up quiet a bit as
well and this has all added to the stress of supporting a family.
I went for my first session about six months ago and it quickly became a
deep personal interest as my mood became more depressed, irritated and I
started having more nervous system related health problems.
I use just a few drops of essential oil of lemon in a gallon of water to
help my arthritis. The amount is unusually small because essential oils
are very potent and they are not intended for internal use.
I also had some problems with constipation and can assure you that a
dilution of sweet orange essential oil and jojoba really gives quick
relief for this condition.
Myrrh is excellent for mouth infections, and immortelle is excellent for
people who suffer from mosquito bites.
My daughter also uses a very diluted roman chamomile (1 percent) to calm
her baby when he is fussy and teething. She rubs a little bit of the
dilution (with sweet almond oil for children) on his feet and this calms
him down and helps him sleep.
One variety of rosemary is very good for memory but it might have been
better if I had tried basil since it is well known for clarity of
thought. Once my memory got better from the rosemary, I started doing
some research for my mood.
Since I started using aromatherapy, I find it much easier to get daily
tasks done and still have plenty of time for family and friends, and for
myself. Daily life seems easier and I can relax now quite easily.
I am starting to take baths in essential oil of grapefruit (pink).
Grapefruit is known for having a constituent that fights fat and
Losing weight can be a long, troubled journey for some. We hit a plateau
that we can't seem to dig ourselves out of and we start to look for
This happened to be last year and I was very sceptical when a friend
invited to me to a group session for weight loss. I had no idea what to
expect during the seminar, but I was comforted by the hypnotist's
explanation beforehand and he dispelled many of the myths about being
What I experienced was completely relaxing, refreshing and, more
importantly, effective. The hypnotist gave me triggers that I could use
to remind myself of my preference for fruits and vegetables, my craving
for water and my dislike for diet pop.
I walked out feeling a little strange, not knowing what to expect, but I
also felt a real sense of peace and tranquillity. And I have never
experienced such a craving for water.
I purchased the Hypnosis for Weight Loss CD, which has been helpful, but
I would certainly consider seeing a hypnotherapist regularly to help me
change my habits and reach my goal weight.
I was introduced to the Technique through my career as a professional
flutist. Since my first lesson in 1996 I have used the Technique to help
improve my playing, deal with performance anxiety, and manage chronic
pain in my throat, lower back, and shoulder. Many people have just a few
lessons and their pain disappears, but unfortunately, I am not one of
those people. My bad habits are stubborn. Despite learning how to move,
how to stay still, how to breathe, how to learn, how to focus my
attention and, above all, how to choose reactions in increasingly
demanding situations, my overall condition had not improved enough. In
2004 my chronic shoulder pain became severe and debilitating, despite
weekly lessons. I was desperate, and I knew I had to take steps in order
to save my career and my health.
As a last attempt to heal myself, I began training to become a teacher
of the Technique. I knew that my symptoms were a result of years and
years of habit, and I knew it wasn't going to be an easy fix, but I
trusted that if anything could help me, it was this technique. I was
right. It took some time, but my shoulder pain subsided. I still have
minor pain from time to time, but thanks to the Alexander Technique I
have effective tools for helping myself feel better. Fortunately, my
story is extreme. It's been my happy experience that most of my students
experience a life change much more quickly than I did.