By Kim Knight, Director of the Art of Health, Auckland, New Zealand
As a therapist, it is my deep desire and goal to see clients well. There is nothing I enjoy more than hearing a client report back at a session that they no longer experience x,y,z symptom, or that that are doing activities again they haven’t done for years, or saying they have no symptoms at all and no longer need treatment.
However, I also know what is required to get to this place. Over the last 3 years I have seen certain patterns in recovery from chronic fatigue, stress, fribomyalgia etc, and it is clear that there are certain pre-requisites for clients to make progress with Mickel Therapy. So, here they are:
Rome was not built in a day
Let’s face it, we have spent years training ourselves into non-beneficial habits and patterns. It takes time, patience, persistance and understanding to change this, and we need guidance to do so. Even if you are well in only 2 sessions, which does happen for people, it’s important to at least commit mentally to a minimum number of sessions when you start Mickel Therapy.
Rome was not built in a day, and your understanding of yourself and habits are not going to change in one session. It’s time to get some perspective and see that healing is about change, evolution and transformation. In order to become proficient using the Mickel Therapy tools, of which there are several, you will need more than one session to get a good handle on them.
Regularity of sessions
I cannot overstress this. Clients who come in 7 to 10 day intervals between sessions keep on track with using their tools and understanding what does and doesn’t work. What I find with clients who space their sessions out too far go off course, think it’s not working, and then give up. Then they say Mickel Therapy doesn’t work, which is not true. It may be more accurate to say they are not working Mickel Therapy.
Set aside scepticism and rationalization
One of the main reasons people find themselves with symptoms of stress or chronic fatigue etc is that they have been living from their head. In other words, what got you into this place in the first place was your rational thinking. And as those of you who undergo Mickel Therapy know, one of the main lessons you learn is to start working with your body wisdom and intelligence.
So at some point we have to start to conemplating the possibility that our head does not have all the answers, and that maybe we are going to have to do things differently in order to get a different result. Hence the saying ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result’. So maybe sanity is learning to do things differently, and maybe you’ll get a different result.
Commit to put the Mickel Therapy tools into practice
As Dr Mickel often says, you prove to yourself that Mickel Therapy works by implementing the tools. There is a reason for these tools, they have proven again and again that they work, so use them! So when the rational mind comes in and says ‘not today’ or ‘it won’t make any difference’, put them into practice anyway.
Give it a go. What have you got to lose? You have everything (your health, your life) to gain. I realize that sometimes this is not easy, but persistance will pay off. It’s a bit like learning to walk – would you be walking if the first day you tried and fell over you never got up again. Of course not!
Keep using the tools even when you think you no longer need them
One of the traps for people as they recover is that they think (notice the word think as opposed to feel) they no longer need to use the tools because they are feeling better.
However, it’s a bit like learning to drive a car. Yes, you may well be able to drive down the road after driving for a few weeks, but is the habit of driving really engrained by that stage? No. Normally we need lots more practice until it becomes second nature. So, keep using the tools, they can be used by anyone, anytime, ill, or well.
So, I hope this helps and encourages you to move forward with your Mickel Therapy and use of the tools. I wish you great health!
Kim Knight – The Art of Health
It’s an art to keep yourself healthy!
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