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Q: I saw that Mary King’s daughter Emily has used a self-hypnosis technique called the Lightning Process. Can you tell me more about it?
MKC, Essex

The Lightning Process is a training programme derived from osteopathy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), hypnotherapy, self-hypnosis and life coaching.

It teaches individuals how to influence key body systems such as the immunological, neurological and musculoskeletal systems and teaches the brain and body to work positively together.

It has been successfully used to help people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome ME, like Emily King, and also to beat negative behaviours such as self-doubt and phobias.

The programme’s developer, Phil Parker, has identified common findings in ME cases that involve specific thought patterns; many former ME sufferers have subsequently been able to affect their body’s physiological responses and also change their thought patterns using the process, he says.

Mary King, who worked with Devon-based advanced Lightning Process practitioner, Jan Oakley, said: “Although I am usually very sceptical about alternative therapies, I was attracted to the Lightning Process by the high-profile names whose families have benefited from it, such as Austin Healey and Esther Rantzen.

“The results are extraordinary – seeing is believing,” she said. “Emily is back to normal after being very poorly for four months — and I am pleased to say she is now back in the saddle, having previously had no energy at all.”

Some Lightning Process practitioners specialise in helping people overcome competitive fears, and lost confidence; hence the process can also be used to develop riding confidence.

Information

Tel: 020 8895 4007 www.lightningprocess.com

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (28 January, ’10)

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