I became ill for around 12 years with M.E or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome following a virus.

I was a classical musician playing the viola in an orchestra with lots of concerts and travelling. I got in to a negative state of mind where I could find lots to complain about and lost sight of the positives. I had aches and pains, digestive problems, felt stressed and was sleeping badly. I found it hard to stop my mind going round and round. After the virus I returned to work for a month but was unable to carry on. I was badly affected by the illness and spent a lot of time housebound though fortunately not bed bound. I couldn’t do anything regularly and suffered bad headaches and muscle pain amongst other things. I had to give up my career as a professional musician. I found this quite devastating and very hard to adjust.

My husband, David, has always been incredibly supportive. He did most of the cooking and cleaning after being at work all day and put up with my moods and my bad temper and frustration.

I discovered practices during my illness which were beneficial –qigong and meditation I found very helpful. I also became an attender at my local Friends Meeting House (Quakers) who I found to be supportive but I always felt something was missing and that I needed more direction.

I had my first Qi treatment in October 2006 at a Mind Body Spirit Show in Manchester where I live. By then I had tried everything –hypnotherapy, nutritional therapy, osteopathy, reiki, shiatsu … you name it. I went to the show because a friend wanted to go. I didn’t expect to find anything that would really help, certainly not something that was going to change my life.

That first treatment was amazing. I had begun to think that the illness was all in my mind; that it wasn’t real, but when Claudia, who treated me, told me I had tight energy blockages and I could feel them myself, it came as a relief. It hurt, but she was telling me they could do something about it. I felt slightly dazed immediately after the treatment but I found I could walk around for longer than I normally would have been able to. When I got home later I really noticed the difference. My back and shoulders which were normally very tight felt loose and relaxed. I remember thinking that this must be how normal people felt. I had forgotten what it felt like to feel normal. The other thing that was different was my mind. I felt calm and peaceful. I was delighted!

Following her advice I went back the following day for a second treatment and again I felt great. Claudia said that they hoped to open a centre in Manchester but not to wait until it happened. She suggested coming to the centre in London and having 5 treatments over a weekend. I was very keen to find out more about it but didn’t know how I could possibly manage a trip all the way to London in my state.  But in early 2007 my husband and I found some accommodation not too far from the centre and we went down for a weekend on the train together.

Again I was impressed by the results. I had the energy to go sightseeing with my husband and meet my sister and brother in law for a very enjoyable meal.

I went down again and had an Ancestor Training consultation with Master Jin. I always felt that there was a lot of suffering and pain in my family. To find out that I could help to heal that and help myself too I thought was a wonderful thing to be able to do.

In April 2007 I started attending the Qi classes and I stayed with my Mum just outside London. She had started going to the centre for treatments too and was really benefiting from them. Having had to walk in with a stick when she first started she was able to walk unaided.

The classes were difficult as my energy was so low but I was supported by the energy in the centre and by the practitioners and trainees.

Since then I have carried on training and having treatments. My Mum still has treatments in London. Later in 2007, Internet training started and I was able to start training at home. In October I helped out on the stand at the exhibition I’d met the practitioners at the year before. It felt great! I was finally getting my life back.

The practitioners started coming to Manchester once a month and I would help to organise the visits. In 2008 I heard that we were going to have a centre in Manchester. I couldn’t believe it! I was involved in looking for offices and saw the tremendous hard work and dedication that went in to the building of the new centre. The Manchester centre opened in October 2008.   I now help out at the centre 3 times a week and also work two afternoons at a local charity shop. I know how fortunate I am to have a certain so close to home now and I want to share it with as many people as possible. I love being involved in something so worthwhile. I have been able to help on community projects which I really enjoy and it is great to think of ways that we can reach out to more people.

It is so rewarding to see how people benefit from treatments and training and see the changes in my own family. Personally my body feels very different from when I first started –softer and more flexible. My health and energy are more reliable and my mind is more stable. I feel calmer and more confident. I’m a different, happier person, more myself and easier to live with. My husband is very happy with the improvements!

There are so many inspirational practitioners and trainees at Jungshim. I’m sure we will reach out to more and more people and spread the love!