Ten questions we are often asked about The BodyMind Programme
We now offer phone or Skype sessions in the comfort of your own home. To find out more click here or call 01559 418088 for more details.
- Why is it so expensive?
We are a small company run by two people and we have to pay our own wages as well as expenses like website, travel, accommodation, accountant and venue hire. The work we do is intense (as well as hugely rewarding) so we need to make sure we have a healthy balance of busy and calm time and set the fee to allow for that. We do not have big holidays or fast cars but we charge a fee that allows us to live reasonably comfortably in a modest way.
We do understand it can seem expensive compared to the 'free' care we all enjoy on the NHS here in the UK. But a private routine hip operation can cost about £8000 and six months of counselling or therapy could be £1500 or more. Even a nice holiday for a couple weeks in the sun will be a similar amount, so we think that in principal our fee does not compare too badly. But if paying for healthcare privately is difficult for you, please see our 'Can't afford it' ideas here.
Can’t afford it?
We are sorry that you or a loved one is ill. Like a lot of people you may have tried many treatments at great expense and by the time you contact us, you are a bit broke and demoralised. But we can help you turn that around now.
We were in the same position ourselves many years ago. After trying lots of alternative and conventional ways to deal with illness, we ended up borrowing the money from parents to go on a recovery programme to get well. It was their savings, so it felt like a big responsibility.
We then borrowed more from the bank in the form of a career development loan so we could go on a course, get qualified and help other people get well too. Then we borrowed more to move home and set up our new business...then we couldn’t sell our house because of the banking crisis...so in all honesty it was not easy and like many people, we have struggled too.
But because we were healthy and full of beans, we were able to work our way through it all, gradually pay off all the debt and really make a difference to our lives and others. It took a while, and the wonderful parents kindly waived their loan, but clearing the other debts and getting out of the ‘poverty trap’ took ages. But we did it.
We believe if we can, you can too, and more easily if you get the right help!
Before you think about the money aspect, you need to feel confident that the BodyMind Programme is the right thing, and will work for you and your symptoms. So do make use of this free help.
- Ask us whatever you need to…take as long as you need
- Read all the useful info and testimonials on our website
- Come and meet us and see where we do the work with clients
- Talk to previous clients about their experience on this programme
- Read the preparation ideas on our website, and start doing some of them
...all that is completely FREE and will help you decide if you want to go ahead.
We spend time talking to and assessing everyone who contacts us, to make sure we can offer suitable help. We have now worked with over 400 people with a huge variety of long term and chronic illnesses.
Every single person who did the preparation and then attended the training days made significant improvements to their symptoms. As a result, the vast majority are now living full lives again.
So the very least we can offer you is the reassurance that if you are properly assessed and prepared you can get much better than you are now.
Here are some ways people have funded their recovery
Some people get funding from their PCT (Primary Care Trust) to go on programmes like ours. Pain Management is a very common example. So it could be an avenue worth pursuing very persistently, as you are saving the NHS a fortune by improving your health. A Consultant has told us his PCT will pay for a programme if it proves cheaper than other options. He said it is much cheaper for a patient to go on our BodyMind programme than for him to prescribe long term drugs and he has referred patients to us. From what we understand, it is the Consultants who have the power to do this if they are confident of a treatment, and he does it all the time. We will help in way we can to show results and effectiveness, if your Consultant wants to find out more.
As well as accessing charity funding (see below) GPs will be aware of guidelines issued recently recommending that they send patients on a hypnotherapy course of treatment. Research shows the results are so much better than drugs for many conditions. Hypnotherapy is only one of the things we are fully qualified to do and can prove those good results are possible to achieve.
Some clients who were doing reduced hours or off sick have got their employer to contribute to or fully fund their place. Some employers even pay for regular help afterwards to keep their employee in good shape. It usually requires some skilful negotiating! To start with, it may be very good to remind them just how valuable you are as an employee and help them realise it could be cheaper to help you get well than to have you off sick. It could also be cheaper than recruiting and/or training a new member of staff.
The Shaw Trust
Is a charity that helps people get back to work after a period of unemployment, and they also help at many stages along the way. Some clients have had a grant and a lot of other very useful support from them. They have offices around the country.
Pay the fee in instalments
We have set up a PayPal account so you could pay in instalments by putting the fee on a credit card. You could see it as one way of turning things around so you can actually get back to living normally. There are many credit cards available at the moment that allow you to pay for a purchase over a year with NO interest payments.
Private Health Insurance
There are private health insurance companies who have paid for people to do many different alternative therapies to get their health issues sorted out, as it is better value for money than paying someone to stay unwell! So if you have private health insurance or as part of your employment package, start talking to them about it.
Sell, sell, sell!
Things we no longer need can be someone elses treasure. One of our intrepid clients sold her horsebox, despite her love of all things horsey...but now she is well enough to have a baby, ride her horse again, do a part time job and enjoy all the other things in life too, like earning enough money to buy another horsebox!
There are people who have raised funds for that magical trip to Disney or their specialist treatment in America. You could become one of them or get your friends and family to get their thinking caps on. There are fun runs, parties, raffles, cake stalls and lots of other charitable things that can be done to raise the funds you need to get well. Don’t dismiss it, you deserve to be well just as much as anyone else, and when you are, you can ‘pay it forward’ and do something wonderful for someone else!
There are many charities in the UK who will consider part or one off payments for short courses such as our BodyMind Programme.
The “Turn2Us” organisation helps people access benefits and grants. They will search the charities database on your behalf to establish your eligibility. You can find out more at www.turn2us.org.uk or alternatively, call them on 0808 802 2000.
They like to give each caller 3 charities to apply to – usually they will email the details to you. Before contacting them, it is always useful to remember or find out things like;
- The occupation/s you have worked in
- If you are a member of a union
- The occupation/s of your partner and parents
- Any connection with the armed forces
- Any connection with the civil service
- The area you live in
- The age of the person seeking funding
You will need to complete application forms and provide supporting evidence/letters. Often your GP, Physio, OT or health professional may be willing to write a letter for you. You will need to provide details of the course and testimonials – evidence etc that it could be a successful treatment for you. So it is up to you to provide your health professional with this information and the Rowan Centre can provide you with results based on a client survey
Beg, borrow or steal?
Obviously not the last one, but you may be surprised how keen people are to help if you ask for it...they often just don’t know the best thing to do. You may be able to borrow enough from someone or several people to help you on your way. And remember, when you are feeling better you will be able to do something positive about a debt, that just seems impossible when you are unwell.
This may be an old fashioned idea these days, but if you have any income at all, saving a bit each week gradually mounts up. You could also ask someone else to save for you, and pay them back later, or combine savings with other ideas above. And if you decide to dip into some precious savings, you can be assured that you will not be booked onto a programme unless we and you are absolutely sure you can get good results...so you can be confident it will be money well spent!
If you need help just give us a ring. Kate or Steve on 01559 418088
The Rowan Centre, 18 Waterloo Avenue, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4HE
- Is what you do a secret?
Nothing we do is secret, but we do have to keep client confidentiality. Whatever your question we will answer it. We want you to feel confident not confused, as you will get better results that way. So please ask away…
- Is it the same as the Lightning Process?
No, the BodyMind Programme is different in many ways. Our programme is easier and geared to each individual person. We have trained with many different people and explain the neuroscience and biology in very simple terms, so you will have a better understanding of how you have become unwell, and also how the techniques work to alleviate symptoms. Lastly we help prepare and support you before and after the training sessions. This is because we know from experience that everyone is unique and most people get good results if they are supported to go at a pace of improvement that works for them.
- Who does it work for?
Anyone who wants to improve debilitating symptoms, whether they be mental or physical. It is not a miracle cure, so you have to be ready to put in some commitment and effort to change the way you think and respond to all sorts of things. It is not the programme that works, it is the participants, so it has worked for everyone who is ready to persistently use the techniques and strategies we have taught them.
- What does it work for?
So far we have helped people with ME, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety and pain. Many of them are happy to talk to you if you want to find out more.
- How can I do training sessions if I am ill?
You will get help to prepare so that on day one of the training sessions you will start having a positive effect on your symptoms
- What if I relapse?
If you keep doing the techniques we teach you, you will NOT relapse. It just doesn’t happen because you are training your body to switch into healing and recovery. But if you stop or give up, you could feel just as ill as you do now.
- What if I can’t do it?
The programme is a complete re-boot of your system, but much of it will seem very familiar too. We have worked with children as young as 8 years old as well as people over 80 who are also doing well. It is easy to understand what to do, and for some people the only hard thing is getting on and doing it!
- I’ve tried everything and nothing has fixed my health problems, so
Most of our clients have tried many things at great expense, and become demoralised over time. We think our programme works so well because it brings together many pieces of the jigsaw needed to kick start a whole new way of operating. The preparation and follow up are as important as the training sessions, and the techniques are cutting edge but also designed to be easy to use in real life, so people have great success.
- Sounds too good to be true!
The programme is not a miracle cure and takes your persistence to make it work - that’s the only way to get good results.
If you would like to meet us or find out more, you are welcome to book a free consultation
either at The Natural Health Centre, Woodbridge or on the phone.
Phone Steve on 01559 418088.