I wanted to share some of my clients’ multiple sclerosis success stories. These stories include both my private clients and the volunteers that participated in the MS study.
Multiple Sclerosis Success Stories – Gaining Courage
Through hypnotherapy I am finding the courage to face the fear behind my diagnosis and to gently let go of parts of myself and my life for my personal healing. I am experiencing personal improvement with symptoms (anxiety/depression, pain/discomfort/fatigue, bowel/bladder issues) and the potential for so much more. – volunteer of the study 1.1
I have had MS for 30 years and have been in a wheel chair for 15. I have not been able to lift my legs when lying in bed or to stand without holding on to something for more than a few seconds. 4 months ago I started taking hypnotherapy sessions with Eva Clark. She is doing a study on the effect that hypnotherapy has on MS. I see her once every two weeks and then she sends me an email of the taped sessions.
After the first session I noticed that, when listening to the recording, I could lift my legs off the bed. I have had nine sessions and my legs have steadily becoming stronger. This week I went to my ninth session and something else changed – my balance. Each day I have been timing how long I can stand without help and it have now gotten up to 1 1/2 minutes. It feels like a miracle. – volunteer of the study 1.2
Succesful Internal Journey
Eva has guided me through internal journeys that continue to help me experience the potential of my mental and physical well-being. Among the changes I have seen since working with Eva, I have let go of destructive behaviors, wake up earlier, sleep better, am consistently getting stronger, have eliminated an allergy, and even have improved my golf game! Years of psychotherapy never helped me this much! – volunteer of the study 1.4
I believe that the mind influences (perhaps directs) the health of the body and that stressors aggravate a person’s well being. I benefited from the sessions because they helped me focus on health (rather than illness) and gave me a method, under my own control, to feel better and to deal with stress. Our sessions highlighted personal history that I had not fully analyzed for its negative impacts.
I have experienced an immediate reduction in pain and tingling when applying the ‘dynamic spin’ technique. I continue to use the recordings and methods with improved health benefits. – volunteer in the study (9 months)
Reducing Destructive Behaviors
As far as the anxiety, self-doubts, symptoms of the MS, self-hatred…I haven’t experienced them in a long time. – Marly.
Hypnotherapy has brightened my understanding of MS in my life, as well as refocused my general self-understanding, in such areas as the role MS has played, how parts of myself work with or against it, and the impact of brief moments on how I’ve viewed and coped with MS over time. For example, I saw how one visit with a neurologist set the tone for much of my future expectations. One thing I already knew, but had lost sight of, is how MS always gets worse when I stop listening to myself or stop making myself a priority (and) shed light on ways I’ve neglected the things that bring me joy and how I’ve considered it a priority but not actually made it one in my daily life. – volunteer in the study
Hypnotherapy enabled me to focus on what I had so loved about my former career. It also helped me to regain the confidence that I needed to apply those same skills in a new direction. In short — it gave me HOPE.
I have also noticed that as my hypnotherapy has progressed, many of my symptoms are diminishing. The largest change I have observed is that I need my cane less and less. I am unable describe all of the physiological changes brought on by my hypnotherapy, but I can say that I am experiencing an increased sense of balance. I also feel an improved sense of confidence and calmness. – volunteer of the study 2.2
Accessing the Answers Within
Within the first couple of sessions I learned that Eva was open, non-judgmental, and had a passion for helping people. It became clear I could trust her when “baring my soul”. She had the knowledge and ability to help me to understand myself.
She used multiple mind- body techniques including guided imagery, visualizations, meditation, individualized tapes and various NLP therapies to help me gain a new awareness. She never told me what to do to improve my life. With thoughtful questions she took me inward so I could find my own answers. As we re-examined my most painful life experiences I learned that they could be seen as wonderful learning opportunities. The answers were there inside me, I just needed help finding the key to unlock them.
After 5 months I started to feel different, more hopeful. I felt I had a purpose, I felt strong. I felt a tremendous gratitude for all the wonderful things that had gone right in my life. MS was not so large anymore. As I learned conflict resolution skills and how to practice “Dynamic Spin” to decrease my anxiety and pain a wonderful thing happened. I learned I could manage my pain very successfully. I did not run to the medicine cabinet for a pain pill or muscle relaxant at the first twinge. I used the tools I had learned to slow myself down and ask my body “What is the message you are giving me?”
As I near the end of my 6 month sessions I am taking 50% less pain medication and muscle relaxants than what I took at the beginning of the course. I learned that I like myself. My body is worth caring for in the best possible way. I feel there is a reason for my being here on earth. What greater gift is there than to believe in yourself that way? – volunteer in the study
Historias de Exito con la EM
Estoy diagnosticada de EM desde junio del 2011. Cada año desde entonces, y todos los meses de junio, he tenido un fuerte brote que me ha llevado al hospital. Durante el resto del año padecía continuos dolores en distintas partes del cuerpo, episodios intensos de fatiga y se me dormían zonas de la cara, cuello, piernas y brazos, que se despertaban para después dormirse otras zonas, como si fueran luces de un árbol de Navidad. Contacté con Eva en enero del 2016 y, después del tratamiento con sesiones de hipnoterapia y PNL, todos estos síntomas han desaparecido. Desde julio de este año no tengo ninguno. Aunque para no dejar de celebrar tan extraño aniversario este junio también estuve ingresada en el hospital, pero no por algo relacionado con la EM sino por una neumonía bilateral.
Eva, estoy muy agradecida por lo que has hecho por mí y espero que sigas ayudando a muchas más personas ¡Muchas gracias! – Ángeles R, Madrid, Spain (yes I, Eva, am bilingual and love working with clients in my mother tongue!)