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HP for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Our archive is for member and student information. Over time, we’ll be adding case studies, seeking to demonstrate the positive effects of Holistic Pulsing as a 2-way experiential Mind-Bodywork intervention.

January 2014 Holistic Pulsing Case Study  by Carol Rose, student work (Part One)

Terms of Reference
This clinical case study will include details of the initial consultation, any contraindications, cautions or modifications to the application of Holistic Pulsing techniques; how these were implemented, together with the client’s feedback within the subsequent 24-hours of treatment and the overall experience for both the pulser (therapist) and pulsee (client).  It will seek to demonstrate the positive effects of Holistic Pulsing as a 2-way experiential intervention. ( All names have been changed to maintain client confidentiality.)

Client consultation
Anna is a 29 year old woman who is currently unable to work as a self-employed artist due to long term sick leave.  Eighteen months ago, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and has since received various allopathic medications aimed at slowing the disease process.  However, she has suffered two major relapses, both stress-related and each requiring hospital admission.  Within the last three months she has also experienced severe reactions to the medication and is adjusting to a new alternative, prescribed by her specialist.
Anna is fully informed of her disease and its processes and has previously described living with an uncertain future as “overwhelming”.  This is a major factor which exacerbates her stress levels, manifesting in insomnia, reduced appetite, inability to sustain her weight and an inherent fear of the future.  Further symptoms of her MS include chronic and debilitating fatigue which she has learned to manage conservatively whilst continuing to come-to-terms with the impact of MS and living with a progressive disease.  Additionally, Anna has embraced a wide variety of complementary therapies including aromatherapy, naturopathy and meditation.  She also has a close network of supportive family and friends and highly values her faith from which she derives spiritual support and solace.

Holistic Pulsing session
Anna is a known client to me as a student aromatherapist.  However, in preparation for the holistic pulsing session, it was important for me to revisit an understanding of her disease.

Whilst an exact cause of MS is unknown, Rattray & Ludwig (2005) state that the degenerative processes, which damage the myelin sheaths of neurones within the central nervous system, manifest from inflammation.  This results in the body’s own immune cells attacking the nervous system.  Reducing stress is believed to consequently reduce pressure on the immune system as well as enabling a person to cope more effectively with the uncertainty of their disease (Price & Price, 2012), which may have a significant impact on a person with MS.  

Anna arrived and updated me with recent changes, whereby she was experiencing physical signs of a further relapse of her MS.  This included tingling and numbness in the right foot with reduced sensation.  Due to the public holiday, she had not been able to see her MS specialist but had an appointment the following afternoon.  I was able to be open and honest with the cautions and modifications in respect of this session.  These included:
•    Informed consent including the effects of Holistic Pulsing in terms of it potentially exacerbating her current MS symptoms
•    Frequent and open 2-way communication throughout the session
•    Gradual increase of pulsing intensity with close observation
•    Be present and highly attentive of Anna throughout the duration of the session
•    At any point the session can be stopped.  10 minutes into session check if Anna wished to continue
•    Reduce intensity-level on any lengthening techniques due to Anna’s altered sensation
•    Anna also had the option not to proceed if she so wished

Anna viewed the session as a means of experiencing a deeper level of relaxation in order to cope with a possible hospital admission and therefore chose to continue.  There was also a pre-existing trust between us, as client and therapist, whereby Anna understood that I would remain present and observant throughout and that she could stop the session at any point.  As such, the agreed intention of the session was to assist Anna to ‘let go’, and to experience a deep level of relaxation and inner peace.

Anna chose to lie on her back whereby I began pulsing at the hips.  I felt this would give me a general indication as to what was happening within her body.  Resistance was observed in Anna’s legs, which also could have been a result of my technique.  However, ease of movement was noted in the upper body, where Anna concurrently reported an awareness of movement.  Therefore, I continued to concentrate the pulse, moving from the hips, to the ribs, to the arms.  At this point, I brought Anna to a place of stillness and checked in with her for consent to continue.  She was happy to proceed and I focussed on her head.
From a kneeling position, I continued with a resting head pulse where I began to experience intense heat in my hands.  My breath began to deepen and my anxieties began to disperse.  I remained with the gentle rhythm of pulsing followed by a light cradle stretch and pulsing of the cranium.  This is where I stayed for several minutes observing Anna starting to relax with the subtle movement.  I was also drawn to include pulsing of her face, particularly her jaw where she holds a lot of tension and has difficulty voicing her truth.  As we came to a moment of stillness, her jaw parted slightly and there was intense colour in her cheeks.  Connecting with her heart and sacral chakra felt important at this point.
With Anna in the side-lying position, I made the heart-sacrum connection and pulsed gently for a few minutes noting rhythmic ease of movement.
Until this point, the intensity of pulsing had remained within the gentle/light level and had included several moments of stillness.  I observed some movement happening in Anna’s legs whilst pulsing her hips in the prone position.  Working towards her feet, I introduced her legs to a gentle intensity pulse.  Very soon, I felt her legs become heavy and my own body picking up the intensity of the pulse to something more energetic.  Anna opened her eyes and turning to face me with the broadest of smiles, said, “My legs feel great, keep going!”  I continued for several minutes, pulsing the legs through the ‘snake’ position, feeling a zest of energy flowing through my body whilst at the same time just going with the vibrancy within Anna’s body.  It was an incredible moment.  I found myself totally absent of time or space; it was a simple connection of souls.  Anna was calm, relaxed and brought to a moment of quiet peace with a core pulse to stillness.

Feedback
Anna took longer to recover in the resting phase.  In view of her chronic fatigue, this was something I had originally anticipated.
In her immediate feedback, Anna described feeling ‘energised’ and ‘awake’.  She told me how her legs felt alive, a feeling she had not experienced since her diagnosis.  In fact, she described them as, ‘feeling like they used to after I’d been figure skating or after a 9-hour tramp’.  She was vibrant, smiling and rosy when she said how ‘wonderful it is to know that energy still exists in them’.  Additionally, she described feeling intense heat from my hands, especially during the heart-sacral pulse, where she further explained how she’d felt vulnerable and emotional after just completing a weekend intensive with her spiritual group.  This was now replaced with ‘vibrancy and a sense of being alive again’.
Clearly, the highlight was the energetic exchange which occurred through her legs.  Anna assured me she felt my total presence throughout the session.  Both of us described something heartfelt, an inherent respect for one another; a deeper connection.

48-hours after the treatment, Anna made contact to say she had not been admitted to hospital.  In fact, for 24-hours following the pulsing she did not experience any tingling in her hands or feet and was even considering not seeing her MS specialist.  However, by the time she did see him, the symptoms had returned but he decided to adopt a ‘watch and wait’ policy.  Anna described how this would normally make her fearful and raise her sense of vulnerability.  However, this did not happen.  Additionally, her partner observed a strength in her voice which he had not noticed before, especially around times where a relapse is imminent.  Instead, he noticed her being more present and in Anna’s words, ‘going with the flow’.  She arranged a second session the following week.

For me, this first-client experience provided incredible insight into my practice as a complementary health practitioner.  Whilst I understood the client-centred approach of Holistic Pulsing, when faced with Anna’s change in physical health, I found myself returning to my previous roots as a specialist nurse and operating from a position of therapist which prevented me connecting with the actual flow of the pulsing until the latter part of the session.  Additionally, I had reservations about incorporating the more energetic forms of pulsing into Anna’s session.  This was due to student  inexperience and lack of self-confidence together with the concern of inducing a relapse.

It is Joyce (2005) who reminds us that ‘by sometimes offering the opposite of the pulsee’s behaviour, we invite wholeness’.

… to be continued next month (Second treatment)

References

Joyce P. (2005). Holistic Pulsing: the gentle art of body-mind: (2nd ed).  Auckland, NZ.
Price S., Price L. (2012).  Aromatherapy for healthcare professionals (4th Ed). UK: Elsevier Ltd.
Rattray F., Ludwig L. (2005).  Clinical Massage Therapy.  Ontario, Canada: Talus Incorporated.

To find out more about how Holistic Pulsing could assist Multiple Sclerosis (MS), chronic and debilitating fatigue, please contact the Holistic Pulsing Guild: info@holisticpulsing.org.nzz

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