Changing Pain

As Lightning Process Practitioners we often see clients who are dealing with chronic and persistent pain and discomfort. Medical understanding of chronic pain is increasing and changing all the time. Fascinating work has been done by Lorimer  Moseley in Australia, by Golden and Moskovitz in the U.S. and many more. See References below

What we now know is that pain is connected to neuroplasticity; that is, the ability of your brain to change in response to how you use it. If, for example, you sustain an injury or experience an illness or inflammation that causes pain your brain creates a new pathway. If this pathway is used often then it will become even easier to use. In chronic pain your brain can respond to what it identifies as danger even when the danger has passed.

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Although it feels as though we experience pain at the site of an injury, we now know that all pain is experienced in the brain. Acute pain is a useful response which helps us to know that we need to take care of ourselves in some way. Once it becomes chronic pain – usually thought to be pain we experience for more than 3 months – then this means that if we can find a way to change what our brain is doing, we may be able to change our experience of it.

Last week at our Lightning Process Conference I learned about the website http://neuroplastix.com which explains the work of Golden and Moskovitz. If you are interested in how chronic pain works and what can be done about it I can recommend this fascinating site. You can also look at the Professor Lorimer Moseley site here www.bodyinmind.org

And his fascinating Ted Talk ‘Why Things Hurt’ on Youtube

The ideas overlap with how The Lightning Process training approaches moving on from chronic pain in that the LP uses the concept of brain plasticity and new learning in some similar ways.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2SI-gmpDUU shows you an infographic about how pain works by the Australian Health Service

Changing Chronic Pain

Now that it is well known that ALL pain is in the brain we know that chronic pain (pain that’s been around for over 3 months and appears to have no particular cause) can be changed by changing neural pathways. Is this really possible?

In the past few months I have seen many clients with chronic pain. This has varied from migraines/headaches to tinnitus to foot/hip/back pain and many more varieties of pain.

I have seen all of them make changes by learning the tools of the Lightning Process. Sometimes this has happened very fast (we watched one man’s foot change colour while we were doing day one of the course) and sometimes it has taken a significant amount of hard work and just finding that final thing that will shift it. Sometimes it has shifted completely and sometimes there is more work to be done but I think I am right in saying that for every client it has changed at the very least how they deal with the pain; it has come to seem less important.

Numbness can also be changed. I saw a young man who was numb all the way down his left side. He changed this after an hour’s session of NLP.

Here is a Ted Talk that explains why chronic pain is changeable

Working and Swimming in New Zealand

Only 3 weeks left in Auckland before I head out on that long flight home. I arrived in January and ran 3 Lighting Process courses in the South Island plus Refresher courses and one-to-one NLP sessions. What fun doing the job I love in a whole new place in the Summer!

I’ve had some holiday too, and spent as much time as possible swimming in the sea/waterfalls/rivers/estuaries and I have even been Blackwater rafting – which is basically sitting in an inner tube floating down a very cold river in a cave looking up at glowworms that look like stars.

Well, each to her own, you may say, but it was good fun. New Zealand has an endless supply of fabulous views, forests, mountains and beaches so here’s one picture. If you want more go to my Facebook Page where you will find photos as well as news about clients who have got their life back using the Lightning Process

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Today I leave the UK for my New Zealand adventure – 3 months running Lightning Process courses – 6 courses of 8 people each, refreshers, one-to-one coaching. I can’t wait! Nice to know too that I’m heading into their Summer. I have every intention of exploring what looks from The Rough Guide to be an amazing country. I wonder how many cold water swims I can do in that time……………….wishing you all a Happy New Year.

I’ll be back at Easter. You can contact me in the meantime and I’ll reply as quickly as I can.

I’m looking forward to running courses in Bristol Worcester  Taunton Oxford when I return

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Ending Migraines – Wendy’s Story

“I came to the Lightning Process primarily to tackle my migraines, which had been getting worse and more frequent – sometimes it felt as if I had barely recovered from the last one before the next one hit. Needless to say, my energy and enthusiasm for life were not high. Since doing the lightning process, I have not had a single migraine. But I hadn’t expected it to also affect other areas of my life. I’m eating better (I’ve struggled with my weight for many decades), sleeping better, and exercising more – and it doesn’t feel like a struggle, it has become something I just do. I have more energy, more zest for life, and find myself noticing and appreciating all the good things that happen. I’ve had a couple of real challenges since doing the LP, and at one point felt myself slipping back into old behaviour, but a telephone session with Pippa was all I needed to get me back into my groove. The LP really works – I can’t stop recommending it to everyone I meet!”

Update: I saw Wendy today. She says she has had no migraines for the 3 years since she did the Lightning Process. Here’s a recent picture of her (second from left) performing Arabic dance in her local park

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No lunch break again? Are you living a Sustainable Life?

I was speaking to a client recently who mentioned in passing that she never takes a lunch break at work. This is a client whose company has paid for her to take the Lightning Process course in the interests of her wellbeing. I didn’t comment, as we had other things to discuss at the time.

Later I remembered:

In the old days, a long long time ago, when I was in the gentle slide down into full-blown M.E/Chronic Fatigue and I had a full-time job running a Housing Association for homeless young people, I didn’t take lunch breaks either. There was always something more important to do.

After a few years of this and taking time off work due to my Chronic Fatigue I worked out (because I had to) what a difference it made to my wellbeing if I did take a lunch break.

So my question is: Is the life you’re currently living a sustainable one? Maybe you’re perfectly well and happy right now, but maybe you push yourself; maybe sometimes you’re ‘running on empty’; maybe you do a bit too much anxiety as you rush around trying to get everything to fit together.

And my suggestion is: take a little time out occasionally to look at your life and consider whether it’s sustainable in the long-term. It’s fine to rush around for a while and do without a lunch break or time with the kids or time to unwind but is this the long-term future you want for yourself? Notice whether your internal voice is always pushing you to do more. See if you can tone it down, making it a more compassionate and kind voice, an encouraging coach who looks out for your wellbeing.P1030813

Be Your Own Life Coach No.3: Making Big Decisions(ii)

When you’re making a big decision

(and always remember……..NOT MAKING A DECISION IS STILL A DECISION)

Or wondering where to go next in your life

A Think first about your values.

What really matters to you?

Love? Friendship? Money? Being reliable? Lifelong learning? Community? Family? Independence? Work? Security? Freedom? Creativity? Meaning? Idleness? Play?

Or other values I haven’t mentioned?

B Then:

  1. Cut a piece of plain A4 paper or card into 8 pieces
  2. Pick 8 of your favourite values and write each separately on a different piece of card
  3. Study them – what do they mean to you?
  4. Put them in order of which are most important to you
  5. This exercise tells you what’s most important in your life

C Back to your big decision…………where does it fit? How does it fit with your values and what you care most about? How does this inform your decision?

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