Healing Fibromyalgia with Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy and Conventional Medicine

 By SD, medical administrator, UK

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a condition that has both chronic pain and chronic fatigue as its markers.

I had been experiencing pain in my legs for which I was seeking the perfect pair of shoes to remedy, and deep exhaustion for which I was supplementing myself with plenty of sugary foods to keep me going.

But these coping mechanisms eventually could not stand against the tide of fibromyalgia which came crashing down around me. There came a moment when I looked down at the page on my work station and saw the words spinning; by the time I got home I could hardly move or breathe.

The next few months were spent trying to figure out what was ‘wrong with me’ until eventually the doctor gave the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. He said it was a chronic condition, that I would spend the rest of my life in pain, and then he prescribed me some anti-depressants and referred me to a physiotherapist and a consultant who specialises in chronic pain.

Personally, during this time I was a mess. My whole body hurt. I was depressed. Alone. And scared. It felt like my life was over, which in a way it was. I had to quit my job because I could not stand or walk. Whenever I moved it felt like broken glass was scraping along the insides of my muscles. There was literally nothing I could do but lay down and rest, which was hugely difficult as I was also a single parent of two small boys.

And yet, here I am today and I no longer have those symptoms, which so tore my life apart. In fact I am more vital and strong than ever before and although I have myself to thank for that, the combination of Conventional Medical Practices and Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy were definitely the deciding factors in my recovery.


Conventional Medical Practice and how it helped me to recover

I was given an appointment to see a pain specialist at our local hospital for rheumatic diseases, and although our meeting was brief, the words she said were enough to change my life forever.

The consultant, who was a lovely young woman, described fibromyalgia as a condition of the nervous system, which was registering pain where there was no cause for pain. She said that it can come as a result of extreme stress in life. But the thing that she most wanted me to understand, is that there was no actual damage to my muscles or my nerves – they were simply in reaction. She said that I could move through the pain and it would not cause further harm, and in fact she encouraged me to move as much as possible – to reintroduce true movement back in to by body again.

With these words I left the hospital deeply knowing that:

  • I had a lot of work to be getting on with.
  • It was totally and completely understandable that I was in the state I was in, considering what I had experienced in the previous few years – no judgment.
  • That I had in fact been living with fibromyalgia for some time, as I could recognise traits of it from when I was a child, and although not as extreme then, it was not surprising that I was feeling this way now, given how I had been living.
  • I had been given the keys to my freedom, because I could move again without fear of causing myself more harm, that the pain was not real in the sense that it was not actual nerve damage, more like nerve exhaustion, which I knew I could work with and heal.
  • It was my responsibility to heal.

My next appointment at the hospital was with a physiotherapist who also specialises in chronic pain. He was a very sweet young man who drew out onto a large piece of paper several circles and labelled each one as an element of life such as sleep, work, play etc. He explained to me how each of these elements need to be in harmony with each other in order for there to be harmony within the human body, that we need all of these elements in equal measure to feel whole. In looking at the diagram, I could instantly see how out of balance my life had become, especially with sleep. Life for me at the time was all about everyone else, running around after what they needed, never really taking the time to care for myself or my body and thus collapsing in to bed each night, only to wake up in the morning still exhausted but needing to get through the day. I could see how this is how I had always lived, it was not new or recent. This is the way I had chosen to live my life ever since I was a child.

The physiotherapist explained to me that when we are not getting the quality of sleep that we require, our nervous system has to step in to take over, which can lead to nervous exhaustion and eventually fibromyalgia – my life in a nut-shell.


Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy the beginnings of choosing to be responsible

I left the hospital with a very real and clear understanding of myself and of the choices I had made which led me to that point. The prescription for anti-depressants was still sitting at home and I knew I could use them at any point should I need to, which was very supportive.

The next place I went to for help, was my local Esoteric Connective Tissue Practitioners. These were hands-on sessions where I lay on the treatment couch, fully clothed and with warm blankets over me. The practitioner would very lightly place their hands on the back of my ankles whilst I was laying on my back and do a very delicate rhythmical movement to which eventually my whole body would surrender and I would drift off in to a deep sleep.

The main feature of these sessions for me, was the fact that on the couch during the treatment, there was no pain. No anxiety, stress, or tension. I would feel whole and complete. I would feel warmth from the inside out that spread throughout my whole body.

This warmth, I came to understand, was the real me the truth of who I am. Not because the practitioner told me so, but because I could feel it. It was familiar, ancient in fact. It was like coming back to the security of my mothers arms after the ordeal of being born and feeling her unconditional love for no other reason than the fact that it was me she was holding.

These sessions happened each week and slowly, slowly with time, I came to identify myself less and less with the pain and more and more with the essence of myself that I experienced during the sessions. And eventually, the pain stopped.

During this time I also worked on exercise, inspired by the sweet person that I was discovering I am; I would move with gentle movements that honoured how I was feeling, never pushing myself but equally always challenging myself to take just one more step, building up the number of steps I could take each day.

In addition, I worked on my self-talk, as I came to realise that this precious child I was developing a relationship with inside did not deserve to be spoken to with harsh words. And I decided that if words spoken in my mind made me feel bad about myself, then they were simply not from me or the love that I am, they were a learnt behaviour that did not belong to me or my body and therefore I gave them no time – sometimes I would actually tell them to go away which helped enormously.

So, to say that my life has been transformed by the support of Conventional Western Medical Practices and Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy is an understatement. And yet, transformed is exactly what it has been. I stand here today, discharged from the care of the hospital and seeing the Esoteric Practitioners occasionally through the year as a way to continue deepening and building on what has been lived and learnt so far. I can walk, I can sleep, I can enjoy time with my children, family and friends. I can work again, which is a blessing in itself.

There is a commitment to life now that I am experiencing which is unlike anything I have known in myself before – because, somehow, this delicate and precious being that I am naturally has the power, the vitality, and the strength to diligently work and toil each and every day without getting exhausted, emotional, or drained. In fact I have the ability to bring all the love that I feel for myself to all the places and the people that I meet. Which is in itself a transformative event.


Read more:

  1. Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy 
  2. Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy – what a relief
  3. From domination to conversation – a physiotherapist’s testimonial to esoteric connective tissue therapy. 


598 thoughts on “Healing Fibromyalgia with Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy and Conventional Medicine

  1. I find it fascinating that you went to see the physiotherapist who also specialises in chronic pain and he drew circles to represent the different elements of life such as sleep, work and play and how each of these elements need to be in harmony with each other; this makes so much sense and I wondered if we were supported to know this from young as part of our education to look after our bodies by taking more care of ourselves, would we have such high rates of illness and disease that we are currently experiencing.

  2. SD, I loved this statement, ‘I came to identify myself less and less with the pain and more and more with the essence of myself’. This statement to me feels you were not identified with the condition, the label we give ourselves and live from this point, when you knew you were more than this.

    It is common for us to have a diagnosis so we attach and can be identified by this, when our first identification is the truth of who we are. We have strayed so far from this, yet this essence hasn’t left us, it is just hidden with all the garbage we have picked up along the way. If we are willing to go there and with the right support, everything can be healed.

  3. SD what a transformation you have experienced, thanks so much for sharing with everyone. How interesting that was both Western Medicine and Esoteric Medicine that have supported you to make different choices in your life so that now you are pain free and much more loving towards yourself and all others.

  4. You were constellated to meet practitioners, both medical, and esoteric, who guided you to better understand fibromyalgia and your part in creating it. With this understanding we are empowered to do something about it and support our body back to harmonious health. It’s beautiful to know that when we’re ready, directed to the teachers we need.

    1. Kehinde, I loved your statement, ‘it’s beautiful to know that when we’re ready, directed to the teachers we need’ – that is so true. We are offered the right amount of support by the right practitioners, we just need to turn up and play our part.

  5. When I had chronic pain the only thing that worked was a similar combination of medical support in the form of medications and physical therapy and esoteric connective tissue therapy and exercises. Both were necessary for the recovery to take place.

  6. When you are in chronic pain, not identifying with the pain is so important (I know as I have had chronic pain) and so any modality that supports people to reconnect with and feel their natural state underneath the pain is invaluable in my view.

  7. “I left the hospital with a very real and clear understanding of myself and of the choices I had made which led me to that point. ” Becoming aware of how we contribute to our ills is such an awakening. From then on we can make different choices – and thus obtain different results, as so many students of Universal Medicine have shown to be the case,.

  8. This is the 2nd time in a day I am being reminded of how much impact the way we talk to ourselves has on us, and how it can play a big part in restoring true vitality. Obviously something for me to look into.

    1. Fumiyo like you I am being constantly reminded that the way we talk to ourselves actually isn’t us. I am reeducating myself to understand that the way we move has a huge impact on our bodies we either move in a way that precipitates negative energy hence the negative thoughts or we move in a way that is positive and supports our bodies to take greater care of it self. These two energies are passing through us constantly it is up to us to align. Most of us are totally unaware of this fact but when it is drawn to our attention then we have the choice to de-configure ourselves or not. I have found Universal Medicine to be hugely informative of the two energies and how life really is, for those that make the choice to know.

  9. When we are open to true change it is like the heavens open and we are given all the support that we need. I love what both the rheumatologist and physiotherapists offered you, each was gold and the keys that supported you in making the changes in your life, and allowed you to surrender to the Esoteric Connective Tissue healing therapy that offered you the space to feel who you are without the debilitating pain you were experiencing.

  10. Every human being does not deserve judgement and to treat themselves with abuse of any kind. We are far too precious and when we awaken ourselves to the preciousness that lies within it is then a commitment to live in the absolute love and appreciation for ourselves day in, day out.

  11. I find that doing a little Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy after a massage to be awesomely effective in releasing energy held in the body.

  12. It’s truly an amazing story and highlights the way humanity worked as a team to help you understand your condition and to begin making the necessary changes to care for yourself more deeply. We have so much power when we come together to support one another.

  13. Fully co-operating with medicine and looking at the causes of our diseases and dealing with our causes is a very powerful combination.

  14. What I got from this was how having the fibromyalgia gave you the opportunity to heal many other aspects of your life that maybe wouldn’t get a look in until very much later in life. Especially, as when we have young children we tend to put ourselves on the back burner.

  15. How beautiful that this story is the truth and not some ‘happy ever after’ fairy tale. It offers inspiration for us all to take responsibility for the way we are living.

  16. “There was no actual damage to my muscles or my nerves – they were simply in reaction” – there’s something intriguing about this statement. Like, nothing needs to be broken for it to be having a hard time and/or behave as if it’s out of order. When I feel into this, I feel like I am left with two options – to blame, or to accept my part of responsibility, and it is actually about my relationship with myself.

  17. This is amazing like really amazing. Your experience could help so many others who may have a similar thing and feel there is nothing they can do or no way ‘out’. It also goes to show how important it is to have professionals that truly care as the very sweet people you had at the hospital in just a few words helped you see differently, as well as the Esoteric Healing Modalities which as I have said before many times are a true blessing to humanity.

    1. Yes, if the experience in this blog is repeatable or applicable to others, then this could make a big difference to population health without any increase in the cost of providing healthcare.

      1. So true Christoph. Using these modalities and the healing and wisdom we get from them offers humanity a new way to deal with illness and disease. One day they will be more widely known and accepted – to be used alongside western medicine, for both are needed.

  18. How you described the Esoteric Connective Tissue modality was gorgeous. Just like all of the Universal Medicine modalities they support us to identify with our essence rather than the pain.

  19. A great reminder of the importance of truly caring for and nurturing ourselves, it is when we do not do this our body gets overwhelmed and we become exhausted, simple changes to our life style choices give us lots of benefits.

    1. I agree with Sally when we let go of the protection and start to nurture ourselves then we can feel the exhaustion leaving our bodies as we become incredibly tired. If we can stay with the feelings of tiredness and let it pass that’s when we can feel more of our true self unhindered by the protection we went into. This then gives us the possibility to make different choices as there is more freedom in our bodies.

  20. It is quite the thing, re-learning how to love yourself. But the transformations that occur throughout life by way of this process makes each and every step – as difficult and uncomfortable as they may be – hugely confirming of the path that is being walked as being the path that leads back to something truly magnificent – our deep, true love.

  21. Western Medicine and Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy, what a healing team they have been for you. The fact that you were open to accepting the support offered by both these different ways of healing shows that if you had been closed down to one, the healing outcome you experienced may have not been the total package that it has been.

  22. I would love to see and hear you express your story on film, SD. This would be so inspirational for so many other people with similar symptoms. This is magic and very powerful scientific evidence. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Yes, I agree with you Monika. These kind of testimonies need to be available for everyone, as what they share is what many people are looking for.

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