ok. Had my first experience of Reiki today. For the uninitiated, this is the laying on of hands (although she held hands over me most of the time) in order to re-energise your aura (natural energy field). I went in looking to find a way to relax/ de-stress. Wasn't sure if/ what I believed but as a friend pointed out that simply the music, the calm, the candles, the music couldn't hurt, could it?? Couldn't argue with that. Other therapies didn't appeal given current condition - didn't want massage, wasn't up to yoga, can't meditate alone so Reiki won.
Have to say it was not what I was expecting. Had a 30 min conversation before even starting where we discussed problems and she explained what would happen. Then wrapped warmly on a bed - no removal of any clothes - and we began. Almost instantly I began to experience different sensations round the body (not MS ones) sometimes warmth, sometimes cold, occasional twinges - not painful. Burning feeling inside, again tho I was very conscious of it, it was not painful in anyway. Then it was as if someone had hooked me up to a socket and a mild current ran thru me. She barely touched me but at one stage she put her hands under my head and told me to just rest on them. No massage, no movement. I had expected to find this uncomfortable but found it strangely comforting. It lasted 30 minutes but felt about 15 (no she hadn't switched the clock!) and tho I definitely didn't fall asleep, I felt when I sat up as if I had just woken up. We then chatted for another 30 mins about the experiience and I drank water. She warned me that experience was different every time; that I might be emotional or very tired later; that it was a good idea to have a quiet peaceful time afterwards (so don't do it before kids sleepover!). Since then I've been feeling I suppose pensive, thoughtful, slightly sad. A little tired too and without doubt not the nervy/ hyper character I've been these last few weeks. Having said that, coming down off steroids, so it could be just natural reaction to that. No idea what to think, folks, just wanted to let you know about it. It's hard to articulate but I feel it's been beneficial and I will definitely be returning next week. x Lottie
WellI had my first session of hyperbaric oxygen therapy ( HBOT) last night. Basically I sat in a small chamber while they compressed the chamber to the equivalent of being at a depth of 16 feet. Felt a bit like going up in a plane and I had to release the pressure in my ears every now and then by swallowing. Once we were at the correct pressure we put on masks and breathed in pure oxygen for an hour. I didn't feel any different after the session but I am assuming I will need to have several sessions before I see any benefit - assuming I see any benefit at all. The most disappointing thing was I couldn't take my kindle into the chamber - I was looking forward to a good read. So I'll need to take a magazine or a real book next time.
I was wondering if anyone else has tried HBOT and if they have seen any improvement in their symptoms as a result.
I have got to the stage that I am now willing to try anything.
Cazza - you said you had tried it - how did you find it? What a shame they closed it down.
iam starting this next week,its a 8week course,4 hrs a week.doctors don't know if iam suffering from ms forgetfulness or early onset dementia.has anyone done this course ? was it helpful ? what iam to expect ? sorry for the bombardment of questions !! lol,take care everyone
I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with hyperbaric oxygen therapy? There is a centre close to me (Glasgow) that offers it as a therapy. They state on their website "Although it is not a cure, this type of therapy has been credited as helping some users to gain relief from symptoms such as fatigue, poor balance and mobility, sensory perception difficulties, incontinence and in some cases speech problems" As I am struggling with fatigue and mobility I thought it might be worth trying. Any thoughts would be welcome.
Thanks, Gill (aka Rama)
It's been a while since I visited this forum but I would really appreciate your help placing votes for my local MS Therapy Centre (in Kent) to help them build a new centre to replce our delapidated "Portacabin" type building. It is well used and new people are joining practically every week.
To vote, all you need to do is click on the link, once on the page, scroll down and find The Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre or under the alphabetical grouping given and click ‘vote’.
Each person is allowed one vote every 24 hrs between now and 20th September so please please vote each day to give the Centre the best possible chance of gaining the most votes. If we are successful, the house will be sold and the money will be match funded by our wonderful patron, Mr Frank Brake. This means we could be moving into our much needed new Centre far sooner than we anticipated!
Thank you for listening and keep well.
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