I went on the level one course back in November 2012. I cannot even begin to explain how it changed my life for the better. My personal life, my realisations and life lessons, as well as the way I approach my business (which at the time I was just opening my own clinic for the first time) and how I treat patients and friends and family.
I hadn’t realised quite how unhappy I was with how I was feeling, physically, and emotionally.
If you had asked me at the time what my fitness levels were, I would have sworn blind, I was strong and fit and healthy. I even “flew under the radar” with Doug and his assistant on the first day as someone who definitely would not have been deemed a zero! So, I had learned to “cheat” very well. In fact, hide! A level beyond just cheating and coping, my body was not able to cope. I think I was one more trauma away from fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue and the like. I was not only deceiving everyone around me, showing the world I was great and fine, and fantastic and fit and strong emotionally and physically, but I also believed it myself. It really was what “I didn’t know I didn’t know”!
While learning the first of the activation techniques, my partner had tested me to see what my cheat pattern was. I assumed I’d have one and always suffered tight quads and calves with chronic low back pain, so I guess I thought I might be using these areas to cheat….well, myself, and my best friend who was testing me were baffled when we got to zero. I had nothing! My body was exhausted and couldn’t even cheat anymore!
We called Doug over to check. He asked me a few questions and poked me in my calves, the muscular area between my thumb and first finger, and many other points, all of which made me squirm, scream, and cry. He did what I can still only describe as his magic, and activated/disrupted and reset my whole system. I was crying and couldn’t bare the pain I was feeling (looking back just pain that had been locked into the body from emotional trauma). I remember saying and feeling like I couldn’t breathe and Doug told me of course I could, and to try. I found my breath, and he quickly jumped me up off the couch in my blubbering state and walked me (supported, yep he’s nice like that 😉 ) around the room and then let me stand still. I felt at that moment a shift in my being. My back was pain-free; I felt tall and relaxed all at once. Still emotional but calm, maybe even quietness. It was a much-needed disruption and one that led me to find myself more and more and taking level two the following May because, well, why wouldn’t I?
I struggle even to express the profound change this shift gave me, let alone subsequent courses, where, like layers of an onion, we peeled away more and more, breathing deeply now being my go-to when my body starts to show signs of cheating/compensating and coping! It’s not enough to simply strive away and cope and manage; to thrive, we want to be at our best, and this system helps you get there physically (and if you’re lucky emotionally too!). Building resilience and strength to thrive in the world. Becoming more hero, less zero (where I still couldn’t believe I had been!)
Doug’s words as I left the first course at the end of the second day were, “you need to stop hiding.” This sent me into floods of tears again, and I realised he was right, he knew what I didn’t, and I needed to figure that out.
I feel I have had many successes using Be Activated, and I vowed after that second level two to use it with every patient I saw. There may be a few who don’t accept it or want it or who are not ready to let it happen, and that’s ok. But the ones who embrace it are amazed, and it works so well. A couple of my favourites I will tell you about.
Agnes’ Achilles heel –This one continues to be a tough one for me. We have gotten so far in maybe six sessions. She is THE most lovely but deep down stubborn lady, and I see a lot of myself in her. I have to fight the urge to want to fix her and do it all for her because as therapists, we can only give the tools to others. I believe she wants to be fixed and find out why it is on her right posterior calf point she turns into someone angry and hostile. The total opposite of her beautiful character, I cannot imagine her saying boo to a goose in her normal state. I can barely go near the point on her back without causing a massive reaction and have had a couple of emotional moments from her. She agrees these have helped her start to let go; however, we are yet to discover her right lower visual field issue and why she is so against letting go entirely. I have discussed with her that she may never know what it is she is holding on to there, but we can still clear it and therefore help her emotionally and with her right Achilles pain that she initially presented with. It literally is her Achilles heel, but I am confident one day she will let go of that when she is ready. I know from my own experience you have to be prepared to say goodbye to that part of your life, and maybe she isn’t yet.
Frozen Shoulder – A lady presented just the other week with a “frozen shoulder” unable due to pain and stiffness to raise her arm above 50/60 degrees in flexion and abduction. Her rotation was also poor. I did some activation work and worked on the ribs (all fairly gently without causing too much pain either as I didn’t think she’d appreciate a full-on, Doug style assault). In the end, she could move her arm to 180 degrees in both planes, and when she returned to the clinic last night she was flinging her arms around and said the day after the first session she was painting doors at work. It was actually what prompted me to write my story. She was so pleased and the improvement was so remarkable, just another success of simple techniques that really do work.
I love how Doug’s Be Activated isn’t just about the body, it is about the mind (another amazing Doug phrase; What is in the mind is in the body and what is in the body is in the mind) I love that I can sense people’s needs, be it purely or a mixture of emotional, physical, or psychological and help them with overcoming their blocks in life. A power given to me by this incredible, insightful genius.
Doug, you are a Jedi Master of the mind and body…The Guru! You changed my life so that now I can help others change theirs too.