Unlock your own power – Seka Nikolic

I’d only heard good things about the bio-energy healer Seka Nikolic, and had interviewed her in the past. I went with an open mind for a healing session with her. The first thing that I noticed when I arrived was a notice saying you know more than you think.  I think this is probably very true, and reading Seka’s book later I am convinced that we all have the power to be ‘tuned in’ like she is.

For anyone who’s wary of healing there is no need to be. It was incredibly relaxing as I lay on the couch and Seka put her hands on me.  I am very sensitive to this kind of thing and immediately started feeling movement within my legs and a kind of tingling all over.  I had a few ailments, some of which I’d mentioned, some of which I hadn’t but I hadn’t said anything about my state of mind.

Seka picked up on the things I’d mentioned, and brought up one or two more which she was accurate about – old problems that I hadn’t mentioned. She also said exactly what I needed to hear about a number of issues that were bothering me, again about which I hadn’t told her. She seemed to assess the situation well, but when I started reading her book You Know More Than You Think I realised that it was part of her thinking – to try to be a neutral observer not analysing and not attached to an outcome – great idea but not always easy to achieve.

Seka was born in Sarajevo, lived a fairly normal life, apart from losing her mother at 18. One day at work she felt compelled to lay her hands on the shoulders of a colleague. He was in a wheelchair and as she stood touching him she felt considerable pain in her own body until she lifted her hands away. He was completely shocked, got out of his wheelchair and walked out of the room for the first time in years.

If this sounds incredible, maybe it is but it happens. There are plenty of sceptics about this kind of work – but imagine being the woman who tried for years to have a baby, trying every possible fertility treatment and ending up with one, two, three or even four children.  Seka has done plenty of work with women who are having problems conceiving. Some come to her as a last resort after multiple rounds of IVF, some have heard of her reputation and come to her before trying fertility treatments.

‘I try to find the reason why they’re not getting pregnant and whether the block is emotional or physical.  Women become very stressed when they go through IVF and stress makes the body less receptive. They often become obsessive about having a baby and stress builds up between partners,’ Seka explains.

‘Some people have tried everything and often couples have been told they will never have a baby. Sometimes we have success in one or two months.’

One couple went through IVF 10 times before going to see Seka. After 15 years of trying they are about to have a baby soon.  ‘ She came for five sessions in a week and it took one month for her to conceive. She didn’t believe it would be possible but she let go of her tension and gave me space to heal her.’  Another woman who wasn’t even ovulating now has four children.

The treatment initially consists of a session each day for five days for maximum impact. Most people have some sort of release in the first couple of days – crying, laughing, and other powerful emotions.  They need to take it easy at first and eat lightly and healthily but she finds that most people have settled down after a few days.

Seka’s book You Know More Than You Think demonstrates her conviction that we overlook the power of the mind. How many times have you thought of someone and they ring you the next day?  Why is it we believe in the technology for mobile phones but cannot grasp the concept of distance healing?  Seka believes we all have the power to be intuitive but we don’t acknowledge it.

Seka Nikolic practises near Finchley Road, London NW3,  www.sekanikolic.com

0207 443 5544.   Sessions cost £143 for half an hour.   

Books: You Know More Than You Think and You Can Heal Yourself by Seka Nikolic, are both available at Amazon. Click on the Amazon carousel on the home page.

Popular therapies – acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy

Among the most popular complementary therapies are: Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine,  (see Therapies A-Z) Chiropractic and Osteopathy (see Back Pain) and Homeopathy, Reflexology and Acupuncture. Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Osteopathy are now registered therapies and in theory they are available on the NHS. This is not always the case and many people still pay privately for sessions.

Here we explain how they work and why they are so popular.

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is something that some people swear by and others view as some kind of torture so they won’t go near it. It’s not like having an injection – the needles just prick the skin and sometimes you can barely notice them going in. The effectiveness of acupuncture has been taken on board by the government and according to German research it is the best treatment for bad backs. The good news is that acupuncture is becoming more and more widely available on the NHS in hospital pain centres and at GP surgeries.

Needles are only part of the treatment. When you go to an acupuncturist they ask to see your tongue as it provides a detailed  picture  of  your  body’s state of health as the body’s different organs  are  represented by specific areas of the tongue. In an acupuncture session, the colour, coating, shape, size, moisture and movement will be assessed. This helps the practitioner to know what is going on in the body, in addition to what you tell them.

In ancient China at least 2,000 years ago sharp stones were used for acupuncture before needles were made out of pottery and eventually metal. Acupuncture works on the Chinese principle that there are meridian lines or channels which run throughout the body carrying vital energy. The chi which flows through the meridians becomes blocked causing pain and discomfort so the aim of acupuncture is to stimulate blood flow and release blocked energy. This is achieved by placing needles at specific acupressure points along the meridians. Needles aren’t pushed in very far and usually the patient only feels a slight prick, but some needle-free therapies are now practised – sometimes with lasers.

Acupuncture is particularly helpful for back and joint problems, poor circulation, sinusitis, migraine, arthritis, high blood pressure and many other conditions.

The British Acupuncture Council is on: 0208 735 0400 www.acupuncture.org.uk

HOMEOPATHY

There are 40,000 homeopaths in the UK alone and many satisfied customers who have found that homeopathy has helped them, and if they got better they are not really worried about how or why. There is considerable scepticism about homeopathy and some of this is promoted by leading professors who seem hell bent on having it eliminated. The problem stems from the way that homeopathic remedies are made and the fact that the essence of the ingredient is diluted so much that people fail to see how it can be effective.

If you’ve ever bruised yourself and used Arnica cream or tablets you will know how very effective it is!

How it works

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which uses tiny doses of active natural substances from plants, minerals, animals, metals, and diseased human tissue to stimulate the body’s own healing powers to overcome illnesses. It is very safe to use for children, pregnant women and old people. It works very well on animals too.

It is not the same as herbal medicine which uses large doses of whole plant extract in liquid, pill or capsule form. Herbal remedies are generally safe, but they can cause side-effects and interfere with conventional medicines so you need professional advice if you want to take them if you are on medication. This is not the case with homeopathy as it does not interfere with conventional medicines.

How remedies are made

Homeopathy is based upon the principle of the ‘law of similars’. This means that the best treatment for any symptoms in an ill person is a substance which would cause similar symptoms in a healthy person.

This is completely different from conventional medicine, in which drug treatments cause different or opposite symptoms to those of the illness. For example if someone is not sleeping a conventional GP would prescribe a sleeping pill, whereas a homeopath might use a tiny dose of a stimulating substance such as coffee which many people find induces sleeplessness.

The aim is to exaggerate the symptoms initially to encourage the body to recognise the problems and heal itself – similar to the principle of inoculations.

Homeopathic remedies are made from animal, vegetal, mineral and metal or other sources. They are given in a highly diluted form in an alcohol and water mixture or as pills. They are usually so dilute that not a single molecule of the original substance remains – the reason for this is to reduce any side-effects of the medicine that could have occurred.

This fact is so controversial that it’s important to know that homeopaths believe that shaking the mixture vigorously between each dilution (a process called potentisation) enhances the effectiveness of the homeopathic remedy. There are still no widely accepted theories to explain how such dilute solutions have the effects they are claimed to have, so scientists and doctors are not persuaded by the validity of the claims.

How it helps

Homeopaths claim that it works on a physical or energetic level rather than a chemical one. Homeopathy is particularly successful with conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, PMS, allergies, period problems, childhood illnesses, anxiety and depression. Not only do patients experience an improvement in their symptoms, but because homeopathy is holistic they notice that their general well-being is better too. It’s not uncommon for them to be able to cut down on conventional medication.

Homeopathy may also bring relief to more serious conditions such as asthma, arthritis, and it can help with the side-effects of cancer treatment or some of the symptoms of cancer.

Some examples of homeopathic remedies that are good for self-prescribing:

Arnica – for all kinds of bruising whether you can see it or not. Internal bruising from injuries or surgery benefit from taking Arnica 30c tablets internally after surgery – not before surgery as it thins the blood. It is particularly helpful in childbirth, or when you have wisdom teeth removed. The result is: bruising is less severe and it takes less time to get better – a friend who had her wisdom teeth out took Arnica and was told by the surgeon that he had never seen anyone get better so quickly. Arnica cream is very effective on the skin for topical or internal bruising.

Nux vomica – an excellent remedy for nausea, indigestion, hangovers, feeling sick or after vomiting. Take Nux vom 30c at regular intervals until you feel better.

Gelsemium – often given to people who are feeling uptight and under severe stress.

Aconite – taken at the beginning of a cold or flu when you sense you don’t feel well but do not know exactly why. It can stop illness in its tracks.

For serious, complex or long-standing illnesses it is advisable to consult a qualified homeopath rather than attempt to treat yourself.

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What happens in a session?

When you see a homeopath you may spend an hour or more with them, far more than with your GP, but the chances are you will be paying between £35 and £50.

You will be asked about all aspects of your life rather than just the symptoms you are experiencing. The homeopath is trying to find out whether the root cause of your illness is emotional, psychological or physical in order to prescribe a remedy that will help on all three levels.

Depending on the severity of the illness you will see your homeopath every two to six weeks and could wait a long time between remedies to give them time to act at a deep level. In an acute situation such as a high fever you might have to take a remedy every 10 minutes.

How to get treatment on the NHS

In theory it should be possible to get homeopathy on the NHS. There are four homeopathic hospitals in the UK: in Glasgow, Bristol, Liverpool and London, but the one in Tunbridge Wells was closed down. Some homeopathic clinics are funded by the NHS and some by charitable organisations. Some GPs have trained in homeopathy and offer remedies as alternatives to drugs.

The fact that there is a squeeze on funds means it could be difficult to get referral.   The coalition government is receptive to complementary medicine, as they may have worked out it could save them money, but many doctors are not in favour. If you have a open minded GP you may get referral, or you may be at a surgery where it is available (again quite rare) such as College GP Practice in Cullompton, Devon. See the feature GP Practice of the Future.

Find out more by going to the website of The British Homeopathic Association: www.trusthomeopathy.org

Alliance of Registered Homeopaths, http://www.a-r-h.org/, Tel/Fax: 01825 714506  

The Society of Homeopaths, Tel: 0845 450 6611, email: info@homeopathy-soh.org,  www.homeopathy-soh.org

CASE STUDIES

The following people all went to see Vinciane Ollington, our Homeopathy Expert,

 

Vinciane Ollington

My hay fever and high blood pressure improved

I booked an appointment with Vinciane because my GP wanted to put me on blood pressure lowering drugs and statins. As I am only 37, I did not want to be on a drug regime for the rest of my life. Homeopathy is holistic. It meant that the remedy Vinciane gave me after finding lots of details about me and my health was going to help me in more than one aspect. I took the homeopathic pills as prescribed (one pill daily for two weeks only) and made a few changes to my diet and lifestyle.

My blood pressure stabilised, my cholesterol did as well but the icing on the cake was that my hay fever symptoms were gone for the rest of that summer! This happened five years ago. Now I come and see Vinciane once before the summer to get a prophylactic pill treatment in order to be free of hay fever that year. Year on year my symptoms are diminishing.
Alex Edwards

Homeopathy cured my son’s allergy

My son has suffered digestive problems since I weaned him at seven months. I put him on a dairy and wheat free diet which helped him but I could see that it was going to be a problem to carry on with his strict diet. My mother recommended that I see Vinciane to try and cure his problem so he would not be restricted in his food intake any longer.

I was very sceptical, especially after I was only given two lots of three pills to give him three weeks apart. One week after the second lot I was to introduce dairy into his diet. I cannot tell you how surprised I was that Will has been able from then on to eat ice creams and cheese without suffering the dreadful tummy aches and diarrhoea he used to have. He also does not suffer as many colds as before.
Lorraine Carr

Homeopathy for hot flushes instead of HRT

I went to see Vinciane in desperation as my GP had refused to give me my usual HRT prescription on the basis that I had been on HRT for seven years and the guidelines were to stop it after such length of time because of the risk of breast cancer associated with long term use of HRT. I started to suffer horrendous hot flushes with intense sweating and the doctor could do nothing to help me.

It took three homeopathic consultations before I started to feel really better and less prone to these sudden outbursts of heat. Over the next few months they became so minimal that my sleep and my overall well-being improved fantastically.
Jane Pearson
REFLEXOLOGY

What reflexology is

Reflexology involves massaging the reflex areas of the feet, although the same treatment can also be given to the hands. Each area of the foot is said to be like a map of the body and relates to specific parts or organs. The reflexologist works on the whole foot so that they give a holistic treatment, but in particular problem areas they may spend extra time.

The type of condition most frequently treated includes:

  • headaches
  • migraines
  • sinusitis
  • neck and back pain
  • digestive problems
  • poor circulation
  • hormone imbalances including period problems
  • infertility

Reflexology is, however, a holistic treatment so the whole body is treated even if you have particular symptoms.

What happens?

In reflexology most pressure is applied by the thumb, although the fingers may also be used. The pressure is quite firm and shouldn’t hurt, although problem areas that show up may feel uncomfortable. The discomfort indicates imbalance in that particular part of the body. For instance the middle of the sole relates to the solar plexus (the stomach area). For most people there is tension being held here so it is likely that pressure here can feel a bit painful, but ‘a bit’ should be emphasised. Reflexology is a very relaxing treatment that can have health benefits.

Origins of reflexology

Reflexology is believed to originate from ancient Chinese medicine, like acupuncture and acupressure. Early evidence of a practice similar to reflexology is found in a tomb drawing in Saqqara, Egypt, which is dated 2500 BC, and evidence of similar types of has also been found in India and Japan.

A reflexology session

A full treatment takes about an hour with the patient sitting in a reclining chair with their feet up or lying down on a massage table. It’s so relaxing some people even fall asleep. After the session it’s important to drink lots of water to allow toxins that have been released to flush out. You can feel tired, or have a few minor symptoms following a reflexology session.

For a list of reflexologists in the UK ring the Association of Reflexologists on 0870 567 3320 or visit the website at  www.aor.org.uk

RaphaYad Bioenergy healing taps into frequencies

I am familiar with healing so it came as no surprise when Michael Cohen was moving around me feeling my energy, but then he stood back and was watching me intently.  While you’re sitting, standing or lying he scans your body with his eyes for imbalances or energy blocks.

Having developed the RaphaYad Bioenergy Healing technique himself, his eyes are well-trained and he can detect major blockages and pinpoint the root cause of the symptoms. This enables him to know what is the main priority in terms of seriousness and the pace at which he can work.

‘No two people’s symptoms are the same so I use a scanning technique to find the root cause of the symptoms,’ Michael explains.  He developed the technique after 20 years of his own serious health conditions when he had scoliosis and other severe back problems as well as food intolerances and hypersensitivity.  He had moved into the health arena by purchasing and running an organic food store, but he closed the shop to concentrate on developing this technique.

Once Michael has scanned the body for energy blocks he uses a hands-on treatment with his index finger, putting light pressure on specific points that he has identified as the priority problems.  In my case without my telling him the problem he honed into the area that had been causing me problems for several weeks – my neck and shoulders.  When he applied gentle pressure it was really painful, but the pain subsides shortly afterwards.

‘When I press a point on the body a message is sent to the brain to activate the healing repair mechanism. This treatment can pinpoint the root cause of emotional, psychological, physical and physiological symptoms in a patient. By using a combination of hands-on/hands-off manipulation techniques it can release long held blockages and memory patterns on a cellular level.  It can even transform a patient’s perception of their world by ‘rewiring’ the brain.’

His successes include people who have had serious depression, major illnesses, chronic fatigue syndrome, intolerances, physical injuries, and learning and development disorders. 

One woman told him at the fourth healing session that she had stopped riding on the top floor of double decker buses looking for vantage points to jump off. She had previously tried to commit suicide four times and suffered from clinical depression for years.

The name RaphaYad comes from the Hebrew Rapha (healing) and Yad (hand). The treatment is given while you’re fully clothed, sitting, standing or lying down according to what suits you.

It could take one session or it could take more to bring about a physical change or a shift in perception, but this is healing on a deep energetic level, tapping into the frequency of each individual. ‘We all have our own unique frequency – when two people are attracted to each other across a crowded room they are operating on an energetic level, attracted to each other’s frequencies.

‘Eventually people will understand the way we can interact and utilise healing on an energy level  as they currently accept how we can ring someone on a mobile phone across the world without the use of cables or wires.’

 Michael sums up, ‘Put simply when your energy is clear and flowing without restriction you naturally gravitate towards living life to its full potential.’

Michael Cohen practises at the RaphaYad Bioenergy Healing Clinic, 93-95 Gloucester Place, London W1,  0845 456 1336; http://www.bioenergyhealing.org.uk/; info@bioenergyhealing.org.uk
 
One  hour sessions start from £75.  Foundation training courses teach the primary techniques of RaphaYad Bioenergy Healing for use with friends and families, while a full practitioner course takes six months.

Lavender fields revival

Lavender fields have returned to Surrey over 100 years after they were big business.
From the 18th to 20th centuries anyone standing on the hills of Chipstead, a village close to Banstead, Surrey could look towards London and see a sea of blue lavender fields. There were literally thousands of acres of lavender in the Woodmansterne/Carshalton/Mitcham/Croydon/Wallington area.

Now there are 25 acres owned by Lorna Maye, who together with her husband has done all the hard work of planting, mowing and harvesting to produce organic lavender oil. Alongside, several acres have been revived by BioRegional, a local sustainability group, who initially ran a project with Downview prisoners.

Visitors to the lavender fields which are on the Croydon Road between Banstead and Purley can pick their own lavender or buy bottles of the organic oil on site. The plants are organic meaning that no pesticides are used in their cultivation and they are also Soil Association certified.

The old fashioned connotation of old ladies with their bottles of lavender water and drawers of clothes smelling of lavender has been completely transformed. Lavender oil is now a hugely popular aromatherapy oil and is used in a variety of health and beauty products worldwide.

Lavender oil has plenty of uses:

• It has relaxing properties and a few drops on a tissue can you help you sleep
• A few drops in the bath are great for relaxing
• It is antiseptic and can be put neat on spots, bites, cuts or burns – do a skin test first to check you aren’t allergic
• It is effective for bruising or bumps – a few drops diluted in water can be applied on a compress
• Diluted in water it can ease skin rashes or sunburn
• It can be put on the wrist pulse points to keep you calm
• It can be burned in an oil burner to make a room smell nice and to release calming vapours
• It is astringent and moisturising and a few drops can be used in a carrier oil on the skin to hydrate and wake it up
• Carry it around with you and you can use it to cover up unpleasant smells!

For more information go to www.mayfieldlavender.com

GP practice of the future

Ever wished you could go to your GP and be offered acupuncture, homeopathy or herbal medicine as an alternative to prescription drugs? The people of Cullompton, Devon have this choice at the College Surgery.

Three quarters of the British public would like to see complementary therapies available on the NHS according to a poll commissioned by the former Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health. It also claimed that 50 per cent of GP’s practices provide access to complementary medicine, although in truth this is more than likely to be osteopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture. The chances of getting massage or reflexology on the NHS are still slim.

Not for patients of the GP practice in Cullompton where Dr Michael Dixon has introduced over 20 complementary therapists alongside the normal GP services that would be expected anywhere. Patients have to pay for therapies such as healing, massage, acupuncture, or herbal medicine but at a reduced fee. The practice has its own organic and herb gardens and is next to a Boots store that stocks many of the remedies.

Dr Dixon wrote recently that the current approach to medicine is not patient-centred and takes little account to the patient’s background, culture and health belief. He says, ‘The integrated vision of general practice: a vision that is perceptive enough to acknowledge that health and wellbeing (i.e. the harmonisation of the body, mind and soul) transcends provenance by randomised control trial methodologies only.’

He favours ‘one that offers a wider choice of safe and effective therapies, while ensuring that patients do not turn their back on proven conventional medicine’.

What particularly pleases Dr Dixon is that he can provide solutions for patients that conventional medicine has little answers for. ‘I got into the integrated approach for purely selfish reasons. I used to dread appointments with patients with conditions from back pain to allergies, where modern medicine has little to offer. Now I’m able to steer people towards approaches that help them to get better.’

Anyone who pays for complementary therapies would love to see an integrated approach such as this which takes account of them as a person, rather than the doctor using a computer program to match your symptoms up to drugs. Dr Dixon hopes that his model of an integrated practice will ‘be of use to GPs and patients struggling towards a wider vision of what is possible when the soul is returned to medicine’.