My journey with brain retraining began several years ago, in my own recovery from CFS/ME...
Around that time Ashok Gupta developed the program to help people recover from ME/CFS/FMS/MCS and other related conditions by retraining the amygdala- a small pea-sized structure in the centre of the brain, associated with fear. I realized I’d essentially retrained my brain with the various approaches I’d used to heal myself- meditation, mindfulness, NLP and EFT.
Using Ashok’s transformational methods, combined with EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), I have supported hundreds of people from all over the world to retrain the thought patterns that can keep illnesses running by perpetuating cycles of stress.
The power of our own awareness to transform old habitual patterns and create new positive patterns that support us in achieving health and wellbeing, constantly amazes me.
So, how does brain re-training work?
It all begins with the prefrontal cortex part of the brain, which is neuro-plastic (or re-wirable). This means we can create new pathways that cause the parts of the brain associated with fear to calm down. We can literally train our brains to be calm.
We can also train our brains to build new, beneficial pathways. For example, we can encourage neural pathways based on safety and trust to become more prominent than those associated with dissociation and fear. This would enable the parasympathetic system – the part responsible for rest, healing and relaxation – to switch on, and activate the body’s natural healing response.
From fear of flying, to multiple chemical sensitivity, to chronic fatigue which left a woman housebound for years, I have seen people use this kind of brain retraining to achieve full recovery, and lead a healthy and happy life.
At The Women’s Wellness Circle, we are sharing tried and tested chronic illness healing tools, such as meditation, Energy Medicine and EFT, with the loving and supportive atmosphere of circles of conscious sisterhood. We’ve seen how the flush of oxytocin and other healing hormones that naturally arises when women gather and connect in circle can greatly enhance the benefits of healing modalities.
Also, the feelings of safety, deep connection, and friendship inspired by women’s circles is a powerful brain retainer in itself – just by being in the circle, women actually create new neural pathways based on trust, receptivity, joy and connection.
Are you ready to rewire your brain and inspire radical changes in your health, happiness and mindset? Combine your journey with Amygdala Retraining with a circle of wise women by joining our upcoming Women’s Wellness Council. This event features leaders in the field such as energy medicine pioneer and author Donna Eden and author Lynn McTaggart, as well as Gupta Coaches Fenna, Jen and myself.
In Sisterhood, Frances
Frances co-founded The Women’s Wellness Circle in 2016 as a platform to support women on the healing journey from chronic illness.
Frances as a Gupta Coach (2008) operates from Sheffield, UK and mainly offers coaching online. She is a practitioner of Hypnotherapy, EFT, NLP, Life Coaching, Bodywork and Family Constellations. She specialises in coaching people on aspects of the Gupta Program, on working with people with MCS and with people who have experienced trauma prior to illness developing using tools from EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to assist release. She can offer sessions by phone and Skype, as well as face to face in Sheffield. Frances had ME/CFS herself for 5 years from 2002-2007, and has enjoyed many years of full recovery including developing a practice supporting others to recovery, running a half marathon and since July 2013 becoming a mum.