I am a qualified SIRPA Practitioner (member of the Stress Illness Recovery Practitioners’ Association) and trained with Georgie Oldfield in 2013.
This approach addresses illness or health conditions that may be triggered or even caused by stress. One of the pioneers of this approach was physician Dr John Sarno in the US who coined the term TMS ((Tension Myositis Syndrome) relating to psycho-physical stress disorders. More information can be found in his books “Healing Back Pain” and “The Mind/Body Prescription”. The approach is now known by the term PPD (Psychophysiologic Disorders) https://www.ppdassociation.org/
The symptoms themselves are very real and may occur anywhere in your body, sometimes lasting for years and might be mild or bad enough to cause severe disability. As long as severe tissue damaging causes have been ruled out, such as cancer, infection, a fracture or an auto-immune disorder, then it is possible that if you have persistent symptoms, they may be stress induced.
Recovery from long term pain and stress illness does not involve medication, or physical treatments. Because symptoms of stress illness can be reversed, once the underlying causes are recognised and addressed, full recovery is possible, often when no other treatment has helped.
I have been involved in helping people with chronic musculoskeletal pain for 34 years, qualifying as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1987 having undertaken a 3 year full time training course. Over the years, I have experienced a number of healing and therapeutic approaches on my own journey of healing and have added a range of skills to my professional repertoire including Reiki healing, PSYCH-K (releasing sabotaging beliefs) Body Harmony (the “listening” touch for deep healing) and Counselling techniques among others.
Over time I have become aware of the many different triggers underlying musculoskeletal pain including the role of emotions and traumas. Suppressed emotions such as grief and despair, anger and resentment, guilt and sorrow take their toll and can manifest in the body as pain. Dr. Sarno told his patients that our “overflowing beaker” of rage is made up of three components: 1/3 childhood, 1/3 current stressors, and 1/3 our personality.
If we are able to listen to our pain as something to be heard rather than pushed away we can begin the journey towards releasing the emotional charge that may be underlying our symptoms. The journey does not have to be cathartic or frightening. It is often eye opening and illuminating. The pace is determined by you, the client, and confidentiality between us is maintained throughout.
Make contact with me via email or phone to express your interest. I offer a free 20 minute phone or Zoom consultation to discuss the SIRPA programme and answer any queries you may have. If you decide to go ahead…
I will email you an in-depth questionnaire which you complete and email back to me.
Arrange a 90 minute consultation (face to face or Zoom) to discuss your questionnaire. During this session we will clarify emerging themes and will evolve a programme of healing to release suppressed and unwanted emotions. You will be taught techniques that will help you to listen to the symptoms, release the emotional charge underlying them and change your response to your pain. Ultimately we are working towards pain resolution, not pain management.
You may also be recommended to see other therapists who can offer expert support in specific areas as part of your healing.
Review regularly by email or telephone
Arrange 60 minute follow up consultations (face to face or Zoom) at an agreed time to review your progress. The number of consultations and frequency of sessions will depend on your specific needs.
The SIRPA Programme is offered either face to face from the Garden Room in Frampton on Severn in Gloucestershire or on Zoom anywhere in the world!
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Having experienced three to four months of intense shoulder pain, I never would have imagined I could be pain free. However, Rachel taught me how to identify the pain’s source and that it wasn’t physical but a stress illness. Using a variety of techniques, addressing and taking ownership of the issues at the root cause and ultimately Rachel’s guidance, I have been pain free for months now.
Understanding that the mind is the most powerful part of our being has been the key.
For further details about this life changing programme please click on the web link below. www.sirpauk.com