Can you help me?
Our clients have exhausted mainstream medical options. This is not a criticism of the medical professional, simply recognition that it has limitations.
In contrast the Tonic approach is to move you away from being a passive patient, who expects things to be done to you – pills & injections, operations & tests, prods & probes – towards being an active participant in your own healing process.
We can help you if you are prepared to add a new dimension to your current care programme. It is about living with an illness, rather than dying from an illness.
Can all patients with terminal diseases be helped?
We add no value if you are resigned to your prescribed fate, but if you are a fighter we will stand together. Regrettably it is unproductive to take on patients who do not recognise that they have an illness, such as many dementia sufferers.
Will you tell me to stop my prescription?
No. Tonic offers complementary healthcare which works alongside existing treatments and medication. Clinical hypnosis can be integrated safely into a total therapeutic process based on your needs and goals and the healthcare team treating you.
Use this Link for an understanding of the differences between alternative and complementary therapies.
Is your clinic based in a hospital?
No. We have moved away from the traditional clinic with po-faced therapists in white coats. In fact, by the time most of our clients arrive at Tonic they have had enough of being interrogated and treated within sterile hospital rooms. Instead we want you to feel relaxed and at ease. Thus you will be welcomed to a private homes with therapy taking place in an inspirational rooms with wonderful views. If you are house-bound then our therapists can come to you.
This fresh approach to therapy is reflected in the clean approach to this web site, which avoids the usual visual clichés like balanced pebbles, waves on deserted beaches and thoughtful looking doctors. Our therapists are simply people who care.
Is this faith healing?
No. Tonic is a Christian service but no faith is required to benefit from our therapies. Sceptics are welcome as long as they are inquisitive.
Is this alternative therapy?
No, it is complementary therapy and there is a big difference.
Is it right to offer hope when there is none?
An interesting question. The purpose of the initial interview is to establish whether Tonic can add value to the existing care programme. If not, it would be immoral to proceed. But as to whether we should live and die in a state of hope is a personal issue. Certainly in the US, entire medical networks are based on the concept that hope is empowering.
One of our therapists explains it this way, “Just because the NHS can do no more, does not mean everyone else is powerless. And who will live longer – the patient who accepts the diagnosis of only having six months to live, or the one who is determined to prove his doctor wrong and go down with all guns blazing?
“So what we do is empower patients to take back control of their lives, changing the resignation of death to the will to live.“
For another perspective on this important issue, please refer to the response on this Page.
Can you cure my cancer?
Though no research has proved using hypnosis can successfully treat cancer, there is considerable anecdotal evidence of patients going into remission after undergoing hypnotherapy. What is undisputed is that improving your mental state is conducive to improved healing in mind, body and emotions. In addition, therapeutic intervention can speed up your healing process, helping to decrease sensitivity to post-surgical pain, reduce bloodloss and improve many other physical symptoms. We will teach you how to activate and trigger your immune system.
Being discharged from hospital also brings its own set of challenges. You will quickly realise that, even though the cancer is behind you, your emotional recovery is just beginning. When hospital visits become less frequent, a feeling of being marooned can take hold. The fear the cancer will return is never far from your thoughts, triggering anger and a downward spiral of negative thoughts. Your irritability is not helped by relatives who feel embarrassed and, not knowing how to express their emotions, stay away.
The hurdles you face are many and your physical and emotional strength will be weakened for months. That is where Tonic can step in.
Do I need to tell my doctor I am using your therapy?
We would be concerned if your doctor did not know. Tonic’s complementary therapy should be incorporated into your healthcare programme, so it is sensible to inform your medical team. However, despite the NHS recommending complementary therapies, not all GPs are supportive.
As an example we know of a doctor who had a patient with terminal bowel cancer, who had been transferred to a hospice. The hospice asked for his approval to provide his patient with reflexology during her final weeks.
He refused. He said that as he did not know about the treatment it was obviously bogus, rebuking the hospice for suggesting that reflexology could cure bowel cancer.
No such claim was implied and all the hospice wanted to do was to provide relaxation to a cancer-stricken person. In refusing, he withheld a possible source of comfort to someone who was dying. It indeed may not have worked, but what was the harm in trying?
This doctor’s lack of compassion coupled with a lack of awareness, were more important than those of the patient. He simply considered the symptom, rather than his patient’s needs and desires. Had he sought evidence, he would have found an increasing body of published work on the way reflexology and holistic therapies in general can help improve chronic, lifestyle and mental health conditions as well as improving wellbeing.