While on holiday I found myself one morning sitting opposite a lady I had not yet met, who was bemoaning the fact that she had an ankle injury which meant that she could not walk. She was wondering what she was going to do with herself as she couldn't do the yoga, nor visit the nearby village or caves, which she would have liked to do. She was very fed up.
I asked her quietly if she would like me to take some of her pain away. She looked at me rather incredulously and said 'yes please'. I asked her room number and said that I would see her there in 10 minutes.
When I arrived I didn't have much time before I was due in the yoga class so I simply told her that I was not going to touch her but would give her 'first aid' energy therapy over her ankle. I asked her to sit in a chair with her ankle up on the bed, to allow me to work uninterrupted and to try to trust that I would take away some pain.
I worked rhythmically over her ankle for 18 minutes and then went off to my class. She said that she had felt pain moving out of her ankle as I worked.
I bumped into her four hours later. She was just returning from having visited the caves with two friends where she had gone down the steps into them and had a tour round. One of her friends said that she had something to tell me but the woman herself didn't want to talk about it then as she was afraid that voicing things might somehow 'break the spell'. She sought me out later in the day and told me that she now had only a little pain. Before I treated her it had been very severe but it was now more than bearable and wasn't stopping her from doing anything. I had assumed that her injury was fresh but discovered that she had done it two weeks previously on the Isle of Wight and nearly hadn't come on the holiday at all.
She was intrigued and her friend told me afterwards that before I had done this, no-one could have been more sceptical about complementary therapies than this lady.