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One of the things that my great friend Angela (who I’m now sharing a clinic with) and I have wanted to do for a long time is create a collaborative practice where clients receive care from a number of therapists to help them realise their full potential quicker. It is very rare that one therapist can attend to all the needs of a client – we are just too multi-demential as clients for that to work effectively.

 

Lisa and Angela's cards

Lisa and Angela’s cards

Lisa and Angela, door sign

Lisa and Angela, door sign

We had tried to do this in our last practice … four of us set up together and for various reasons (mostly administrative) two were not able to continue past a few months. But we still referred clients to them in their new practices.

We also tried to do this in our main clinics (we both worked in two), setting up a network of therapists to refer to – homeopaths, naturopaths, osteopaths, acupuncturists, nutritionists, you name it. And of course we referred to each other.

Angela sent an email out to all the health practitioners in our building and another building opposite that has a new practice and we have held a couple meetings so far. The first was to introduce ourselves, our passions and our therapies.

After the first meeting we decided a good idea would be to meet every six weeks or so to discuss a particular condition and how each of us would think about treating it if a client presented with it.

Well, I’m not shy. I put forward the first topic – lipoedema. As you know, I’m on a bit of a mission to educate the world (I’m thinking big) about this condition and I thought this was a really good place to start.

At the meeting we had a couple homeopaths, a couple naturopaths/herbalists, a kinesiologist, a dietician and myself. I thought that was a good broad base of knowledge and experience.

Discussion was spirited of course, which was fantastic. The dietician had come prepared with printed information on lipoedema, but it wasn’t a condition she had worked with so she was interested to hear what we had to say.

There was talk of which organs might be involved, what hormones, what vitamins were deficient, what remedies might be used. There was nothing in the homeopathic listing of conditions – the closest they could get was elephantiasis, not any where near but at least it was dealing with abnormal swelling in the legs. It was exciting seeing everyone giving their opinions and what they would look at. But still, we were no closer to finding out what common cause there might be – each of my clients present with totally different co-morbidities so it is hard to say what comes first, the lipoedema or for example, the fibromyalgia, or the celiac disease (just two picked at random).

Angela and I left the meeting quite excited – we had decided on a plan of action. We are going to run a study of our own to try and find a common link.

So. When my lippy ladies come in, if of course it coincides with Angela having a slot in her schedule, Angela will come into the session and test them using kinesiology, focussing on a few basic questions:

1. Are their neurotransmitters strong?
2. Which organs
3. Which hormones
4. Which cranial bones
5. Which homeopathic remedies
6. A general “other”
7. Priority for treatment

These may seem like odd questions, but kinesiology can be very specific, so by asking yes/no questions, Angela can find out which of the above are an issue.

I’ll try and give you a real example – my first client after the meeting was more than happy to be our first guinea pig. Her neurotransmitters were strong; her pancreas was weak; the hormone insulin came up; her sphenoid (a cranial bone) needed to be balanced; and two homeopathics (the homeopath next door brought six over for us to test straight away, based on how homeopathy would treat the condition) tested positive – thyroidinum 4 and pituitary ant 6; and because of all of the above, Angela did a “pre-diabetic” test which was positive. She then tested for my treatment that session what was the priority – MLD or balancing the sphenoid bone? And some craniosacral therapy to balance the sphenoid was what I needed to do first.

I’m sure our questions will evolve as we do more, but it was a place to start given the discussion we had that day with the other therapists. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could find some sort of link which can help women get diagnosed earlier or even, heaven forbid, find some sort of way to turn off the gene expression for lipoedema! Nothing wrong in thinking big right!

We’re going to be discussing autism in our next get-together. I bet that will be another full-on discussion.

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That’s a question I get asked quite regularly by my clients.  After assuring people that i NEVER get stressed (ha, as if!) I go through my list.  I am lucky to be surrounded by a multitude of natural health practitioners that I am able to “body swap” with.  That expression usually gets some funny looks, pretty simple really, they treat me for free, I treat them for free.  You just need to mention in passing that this or that is happening and you get instant attention – man, it’s good to have contacts!

At the first sign of back pain I jump on the table of any of the osteopaths I work with.  No waiting around to see if it sorts itself out, first available appointment – I’m there.  I can’t work if I’m in pain and if I do, the person on the table will be the one to lose out.

If I’m feeling under the weather or not sleeping or have been bitten by some insect (I react badly to grass ticks which seem to seek me out) then I go see the homeopath downstairs and she usually flings a remedy at me.  Or some sort of supplement.  Or a herb.  Basically I’m in her hands – I know she’ll always find the perfect solution for me and by the next day I’m on the way to feeling myself again.

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Have I ever mentioned that my best friend is a kinesiologist? We have this great relationship where we go and learn something then use each other to try out a technique.  I made her so sick once when I was studying at college and needed bodies to practice on … and she’s still talking to me.  I basically overstimulated her lymphatic system and the effects were so immediate that she had to stop at a chemist on the way home and they wouldn’t allow her to drive home!  She felt fantastic two days later I might add.  It was an excellent learning opportunity for me to not be quite so overzealous.  She’s never returned the favour – instead, she’s always managed to make me feel better.  Bless.  I think kinesiology is the most amazing tool for finding out what the real trigger behind a stress is.  It’s a bit like watching a detective show on TV – the practitioner uses yes/no questions and your muscles to find where the body is holding stress.  It can be quite revealing and I learn something about myself each session.  And of course I feel better.

Then there are the times where a new crystal necklace is just the ticket – there’s a great shop down in Manly that keeps me happy.

Oh, and did I mention chocolate?