This evening I went to a get-together at the Clinic where I do my face-to-face coaching sessions. Last time, I arrived at the Christmas dinner just in time to order coffee because I had a pre-existing support group meeting. As a result, I was the lonely latecomer at the end of the table, who had to start fresh chat with people who were full of food, drink and pleasantries. Tonight was my chance to mingle and I was feeling celebratory. It was my first venture out without my crutches in nearly two months!
I'm really happy to have met ten+ people who offer healing therapies, including chiropractic care, massage therapies, acupuncturists, a counsellor, a chiropodist and a hypnotherapist. Besides the social aspect of the evening, each of us was also looking at the other therapists as possible opportunites for cross-referring clients. It's really important to know a lot about any therapist to whom you refer your clients. My credibility requires me to have confidence that the other therapist can do the job. So, for instance, if a client of mine who is trying to conceive but has lifestyle issues, I might like to recommend that they try Chinese medicine and herbs, or hypnotherapy. I need to know more about these therapists, so over the next month or two, I will be testing them out myself.
We have all agreed to give each other a session. I could really use some attention to my feet from Hema, which currently resemble a dusty stone sculpture of feet. I would love to find out if Amanda's hypnotherapy can help me with my...uh, um...weight loss plan. I am going to line up a hot stone massage with Debi as soon as possible. Acupuncture has always terrified me: the needle phobic. However, there is nothing intimidating about Charlotte, so I may give it a go. If it can chase away my migraines, I will recommend her to clients all over the area. It seems to be the first complementary therapy that infertility and TTC clients want to try.
I told everyone I would be happy to give them some fertility coaching and they laughed, as I expected. I followed it with a "really and truly." Because, in fact there were women there who have not yet had children, those who were past childbearing years, but perhaps not past experiencing menopause issues. There were men and women there, who have children who will grow up to be teenagers one of these days and need to cope with their emerging fertility and sexuality. Some might even have issues about their reproductive health that they think are deeply buried, but may emerge. When people start discussing fertility and realize the breadth of the years between onset of menstruation to onset of menopause, topics tend to come up and people pull me aside to whisper "do you cover ...?"
I am really excited about the clinics like Stanmore Chiropractic that are popping up all over the country. There is a spirit of cooperation and admiration for well-qualified colleagues, whether they deal in cognitive or physiological therapies. People seem to delight in learning what everyone else is doing and how it works. I certainly do. Perhaps I delight in it all the more because I once, long ago, had a career in which I didn't look forward to going to work with enthusiasm. I never fit until I found what I enjoy and am good at doing.
I appreciate the complementary therapies for the choices they bring the consumer. There is more than one path toward healing. Some of them might test my level of skepticism (none mentioned here), but if someone else is happy with them and provide the result, it's okay with me. I also appreciate the current open-mindedness for bringing old techniques, used for hundreds of years, back into public view. If something non-invasive or non-chemical can help cure or ease the pain of an ailment, that's fantastic. I suggest that we all suspend our disbelief and try out a few of the complementary therapies as an alternative to something your are already using. So, if period cramps plague you, instead of popping a pain killer, consider going for therapeutic massage. If your lower back aches every day and the chiropractor suggests you see a chiropodist, get a soft-tissue massage or join a yoga class, give one of them a try.
If one of your therapists or doctors suggest another form of healing besides what they bring to the table, it's worth considering. Whatever you do, give it all the positivity that a true fan brings to a losing season of football, each time full of hope that they will win that game, on that day. Engage with the therapy and therapist, so that you are in a relaxed, open state of mind and can take in new learning.