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daily mail in shock positive story about alternative therapy
28-04-2011, 01:33 AM
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daily mail in shock positive story about alternative therapy

Last updated at 12:45 AM on 28th April 2011

My husband Nick was lying on the sofa, groaning and calling for extra-strength Nurofen. He’d had a bad fall ten years earlier, in his gap year, and ever since had suffered from intermittent sciatica.

The discs in his lower vertebrae were crushed in the accident, and an operation had failed to provide a cure. Hot dry summers helped, but as soon as the weather got damp and cold, his back would go into painful spasms.

Every winter I got used to taking on the role of porter and furniture-mover until the inflammation calmed down. But this could take weeks, and he never knew when the pain would strike.

A natural: Georgia (pictured with a client) says even for disbelievers, healing can help

So, as winter arrived and Nick lay face downwards yet again, I told him he had to find something or someone to help him. My father said he’d just met a marvellous young healer called Jeff: perhaps he could do something?

Nick scoffed and rolled his eyes, but I persisted. I had no idea whether healing would help, but Nick couldn’t pop painkillers for ever.

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My husband didn’t give any credence to complementary therapies of any sort in those days, but with much nagging from me, he’d reluctantly hauled himself off to see an osteopath. But all the clicking and cracking hadn’t made a whit of difference. So how could some chap laying hands on him possibly be more effective?

Frankly I wasn’t optimistic either, but he had nothing to lose. Finally he relented, with the tetchy proviso that it would, of course, be a complete waste of time. After all, how could faith healing work on him when he didn’t even believe in it?

His scepticism was not allayed when Jeff arrived. He was an unprepossessing, limp young man in a cagoule — and he was an hour late. He’d wandered around London getting lost, and seemed amazed that he’d found our house at all, which did little to inspire our confidence.

Alternative therapy: Georgia says if she felt run down, an appointment with a reflexologist, acupuncturist or masseur was often the best remedy

As I watched him hold up his hands about six inches away from the operation scar, even I was doubtful: it seemed pretty obvious that nothing at all was going to happen.
But almost immediately Nick yelped: ‘What is that? What are you using? It feels like a three-bar electric fire.’ He found it almost impossible to believe that Jeff wasn’t touching him at all.

After ten minutes, Jeff said the treatment was finished.

And, amazingly, that was the end of Nick’s back pain. Twenty-two years later, he still doesn’t have any trouble with it.

I do not consider myself a credulous person. I’m a middle-aged mum to four children, and my work as a journalist and author demands a degree of enquiring scepticism. But seeing the miraculous effect of Jeff’s treatment on Nick, and its enduring results, sowed a seed in my mind.

Over the years I’d tried all sorts of alternative therapists for myself. My GP is great, and of course I’ll take antibiotics if I need them; but I found that if I was feeling tired or run down, an appointment with a reflexologist, acupuncturist or masseur was often enough to sort me out.

I noticed that many of these practitioners also had healing hands. I could often feel a warmth or a sort of tingling through their palms, which somehow seemed to boost my energy and calm my overactive brain.

I wanted to know where this mysterious energy came from, and how it made me feel better — so I asked the therapists a multitude of questions.
Some said, enigmatically, that it was ‘love and light’. Others talked about brainwaves and electrostatic energy. Whatever this energy was, it was working, and I was intrigued.

I started to read books about healing. Part of me was still sceptical because I couldn’t physically see any of this energy. But as a client, I trusted that whatever they were tapping into worked on me.

I imagined that Jeff and Co must have been born with some kind of special gift, but they said that we are all healers in different ways. Anyone who has rocked a crying baby, kissed a child’s bruise, or supported a friend knows that even kindness and good intentions can make someone feel better.

Back to school: After experimenting with various workshops, Georgia signed up for a two-year course at the College of Psychic Studies

Surprisingly, they said that I could be a healer too; that I had an energy, a gift for it.
Eventually, I took the plunge and decided to see if this could possibly be true. After experimenting with various workshops, I signed up for a two-year professional course at the College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington, London.

Even then I had misgivings. I was worried that other people in my group might be odd and alternative; a rag-bag of crystal-ball gazers and hippies. I was relieved that they turned out to be lovely, utterly normal people: there was a tax accountant, an office administrator, a couple of grandmothers; even Jeffrey Archer’s butler. And all of them seemed genuinely sincere about doing whatever they could to help people.

We learned that if healers rely solely on their own energy and kindness, they soon get exhausted. So, in simple terms, we were taught to be sort of human hosepipes, channelling energy from the universe to wherever our clients needed it.

It seemed strange at first, following the teacher’s instructions and trusting that there was light flowing in through the top of my head then out through my hands; but I suppressed my doubts and persevered.

After a while, I could definitely feel heat and energy emanating from my palms. Better still, I discovered that I was extremely sensitive. Working on people, I found I could often detect where the area of pain or disease was.

I was worried that other people in my group might be odd and alternative; a rag-bag of crystal-ball gazers and hippies
It’s hard to describe how I know: it feels almost as if there is a cloud of dense air surrounding the area. It transmits into a physical pain, which I feel in my stomach. So, implausible though it may sound, I can usually sense exactly where to put my healing hands.

Sometimes the results are instantaneous. My neighbour, writer Cressida Connolly, insists I have cured her aching shoulder. My father-in-law’s nagging wrist pain has never come back after a session we did one Boxing Day. But I am realistic enough to know that most changes are more subtle and take much longer.

Now that I am a fully qualified healer, with a practice in Chelsea, some of my friends find my new career path rather odd. They think — as Nick once did — that the very idea of healing is a load of old hokum.

I can understand their cynicism. We’ve all heard sorry stories about the gullible and desperate seeking cures from practitioners who turn out to be complete fraudsters.
I don’t make any extravagant claims for healing, and it doesn’t always work, but I am still amazed by the range of problems that healing can tackle. People come to me before operations or after skiing accidents, or simply because they feel tired and anxious.

My oldest client is a 77-year-old Chelsea Pensioner at the Royal Hospital, where I work as a healing volunteer. Tough old soldier that he is, he tells me every week that he doesn’t believe in healing.

‘Don’t you start asking me to think lovely thoughts either — because I won’t,’ he insists.

But he also admits he finds the sessions very nice and soothing — and he always welcomes me back. Which goes to show that even if you are a confirmed disbeliever, healing can help.

Go to Contact UK Healers or the NFSH to find an accredited healer working in your area. A version of this article appeared in The Lady magazine.
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