Reverse Therapy

Bodymind healing and awareness

Treating Multiple Sclerosis

This week Caroline Khambatta is guest contributor. Caroline has been developing the application of Reverse Therapy to Multiple Sclerosis. Below she describes the moving outcome of one such case.

A client I shall call ‘Ruth’ rang me last year asking me to treat her for MS.

She told me:

“Actually what I really want is the buzz back in my life. You’ve treated 2 friends of mine, one for Chronic Fatigue and one for Depression and both are buzzing and full of life. With all this pain and dizziness I have, I’ve lost that buzz. Can you help?”

Ruth had four treatments and reduced her symptoms by 70-100% and found that the more attention she paid to her body’s needs, the quieter the symptoms became. The first time they went away completely we both felt awed by what she had achieved and the possibility of what this could mean for others. The hairs on Ruth’s arm stood on end, as did mine on the back of my neck.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the myelin sheaths around the nerve cells are broken down, losing neural insulation. That often leads to lesions in the brain and loss of function within various muscle groups. Ruth was diagnosed with relapsing, remitting MS and although she had never been pain free during the time she had contracted the disease, she started to apply Reverse Therapy to the symptoms.

As a child, Ruth had been taught to bottle up any feelings she had and, instead, use rationalizations to guide her towards ‘doing the right thing’. After years of blocked emotions and unfulfilled needs her Bodymind was effectively using MS symptoms to alert her to the need for overdue change.

As Ruth started to treat her symptoms as messengers from Bodymind she became more aware of her emotions and what she really wanted to say or do. The first time she was symptom free was when she was totally tuned into her body and was planning what she wanted do to resolve a particular situation which involved a neighbour, who was making her life unbearable.

Here are some of the changes she has made:

  1. She dropped her old rule that ‘pins and needles in my legs mean I must stay still’ and now acts on these in a different way. Usually, she wants to get up and move around or do something more interesting.

  2. Being a very ‘polite’ person she found herself at the beck and call of others – only her symptoms stopped her from saying ‘yes’ to everyone. Now she speaks up and does what she wants to do more and more.

  3. Ruth has started creating better balance in her life and doing fun things like walking to the pub with a friend.

  4. Ruth also sorted out the problem with the neighbour. As a result, she felt physically lighter and symptoms dropped as soon as she decided she wasn’t going to put up with things any more and decided to move from the area and buy somewhere else with her boyfriend.


Ruth says
I am more aware of my body, the relationship between my life pressure and my symptoms, I can walk better, feel more grounded and have reduced my symptoms by 70% most days and 100% on a really good day. Now I want to build up my strength and confidence.”

Other MS clients have started to take steps towards resolving upsetting issues and had the first evenings of pain free living since they could remember. Meeting up with a long lost son after 15 years created Frank’s first symptom free day in years.

A third client tells me that, having used Reverse Therapy for a few weeks, he has shifted from excruciating pain in his legs each evening to a level of discomfort that he finds tolerable.

Another client who is moving house and changing jobs noticed feelings coming back into her feet as soon as she decided to ask her husband for more help with the kids.

So far, of the clients we have worked with in Reverse Therapy, all those with Relapsing Remitting MS have been able to reduce their symptoms to some degree. We have only seen one client diagnosed with Progressive MS and she was able to achieve in increase in emotional balance, but it had no affect on her symptoms. In this case we believe the tissue damage was, sadly, too severe for symptoms to be reduced. All the clients who have managed to make their symptoms go quiet are overjoyed.

The implications, so far, are profound. It would seem that a Bodymind approach to symptom-healing can impact on illnesses traditionally regarded as ‘irreversible’.



June 26, 2007 - Posted by | Autoimmune disease, Multiple Sclerosis

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