Children are a delight to work with! My experience is that young people usually lead the group and get well the fastest, thus inspiring all the adults about how possible it is to get well. I think they are the fastest because they don’t overthink anything. I like their enthusiasm and their willingness to trust me very quickly. I recently had a 15 year old girl attend The Switch for chronic fatigue. She had already resolved all her symptoms by lunchtime of Day 1, just by taking in the information provided. She never even needed to practise the techniques! She returned to full time school, plus swimming training, the following week.
WHAT CAUSES CHRONIC ILLNESS IN CHILDREN?
Sometimes, there is an external situation that has caused a child to get stuck in a stress response – family tension, bullying et cetera. Once they are stuck in a stress response, their body systems become depleted and they are more at risk of developing illness. I have also observed that children who develop chronic illness are usually extremely intelligent, diligent and very driven. This is not only their strength, but also their downfall as they often push themselves so hard that they also get stuck in a stress response.
How can Empower Therapies help?
I have accepted children from as young as eight years old on my courses. They are in a group with adults, so as well as assessing their readiness to be well and their willingness to do the work, I also have to assess whether they are confident enough to participate in a group with adults. They are allowed to have a support person at the back of the room but they won’t be sitting right next to them and will need to be able to ask and answer questions along with the group. Because young people are already used to school learning environments, they seem to find it easier than adults to learn new concepts about how their body and mind work, how stress is affecting their body and what steps they need to take to calm the stress response. Once they have calmed the stress response, their health issues usually start disappearing pretty quickly. I have had very high success rates with young people – it’s very close to 100%.
How can children help themselves?
Young ones are remarkable at self-healing, if they really believe that it is possible. They are usually the fastest person in a group to recover!
To help you believe that it’s possible, watch lots of movies on my website, so that you really believe it’s possible to get well
Get some help about anything that worries you, so that you are able to calm yourself down and let your body recover naturally
Whenever you think about your symptoms, immediately think about something else. This will help rewire your brain back into normal, healthy brain patterns
Whenever you check your body for symptoms, say “stop” out loud and think about a game that you would like to play. Then go and play it!
Get permission at school to leave the classroom regularly to do some calm slow breathing (if you need to calm down) or some star jumps (if you need to wake up). You’ll be amazed how quickly changing your body language will change how you feel!
Trust that your body is young and is so good at healing itself!
If these suggestions fix you – FANTASTIC! If these very simple interventions are not enough for you, that’s OK. Come to The Switch and learn lots more stuff about how to fix yourself!
Disclaimer: We are not medically trained and therefore did not diagnose these clients ourselves. We rely on client information about their diagnosis from their health professionals and we recommend clients to return to their doctors after our treatment to confirm that they no longer have their condition and to be advised about safe weaning from their medication. We cannot guarantee results, as every individual is different, however, we have seen excellent results for the vast majority of our young clients (even higher than the adult success rates), and have followed them up for a year to confirm that they are maintaining their positive changes. Note: It is very important that it is the child’s decision that they want to come to see me, not the parent’s, because it is the child who will have to do the work to get well. It’s a good idea to talk to your child about mind-body approaches, get them to watch some of the movies on my website and see if they are keen. If they are keen, they will need to fill in their own application form because it is their answers and perceptions that I am interested in. Note –I taught The Lightning Process for 8 years to over 1200 people with great results. Now, I teach The Switch instead. I have been very excited by the excellent results that Switch clients have been achieving!