Angela – 54 Years Old
When Angela, aged 54, first attended the Brain Wellness Spa she had been struggling with Bipolar. She had previously attempted to take her own life and had been accustomed to experiencing suicidal thoughts. She advised that the medication she had been taking had helped her to an extent, however, she still suffered with feeling flat, low and sad most of the time.
She had seen both a psychologist and a psychiatrist for many years, taken various medications and even attended bipolar support groups. Angela felt these things helped her at the time, however she reported “I’d end up thinking, feeling and behaving the same after a short period of time.” This was because these conscious brain methods weren’t able to change the way her brain functioned and she was unable to micromanage herself with her busy work/life schedule.
Upon arrival at Brain Wellness Spa, Angela was feeling burnt out and unable to cope with her life. After her first session, all of her indicators had successfully changed, she no longer felt stressed, anxious, or depressed, and the mind chatter had stopped. Additionally, she was unable to emotionally connect in with her previous traumas and therefore did not feel distressed by them. Within the first few weeks of treatment Angela reported she noticed her moods were much more balanced and that she was coping better with her usual stress triggers.
By session five Angela was feeling both a greater sense of inner peace and calmness in her mind. She also reported feeling more energetic and less fatigued, which she was enjoying. By session eight, the end of her Emotional Empowerment Program, Angela confirmed she had achieved her initial goals of happiness, to stop worrying, balanced moods, stability in her mind and to look forward to her new life.
After completing her sessions Angela felt so good that she slowly began lowering her medication levels (in line with her Doctors recommendations). She now attends the Brain Wellness Spa once a month for maintenance of her bipolar.
Sarah – 33 Years Old
When Sarah, aged 33, first attended the Brain Wellness Spa she was was suffering with anxiety, depression and parental stress syndrome. She was struggling with the major life change of no longer working, instead staying at home to raise her baby. She felt like she was constantly living in her head, thinking of useless stuff that would disturb her brain and cause her to become negative.
Sarah reported that when her anxiety kicked in she felt like she was “falling down a rabbit hole and couldn’t control [her] brain”. She was unable to pinpoint when she felt like her problems started, but was aware that her stress levels increased with the reality of looking after her baby.
Before attending her sessions she had self-medicated with sleeping tablets in an attempt to lower her cortisol levels at night in order to sleep. Additionally, she had turned to alcohol and other drugs in an attempt to switch off her brain. These methods failed, an in turn increased her anxiety and mind chatter as a result of weakening the neurons in her brain.
The week following her initial session Sarah reported that she felt good. When asked what good meant to her she said she felt her “mind had slowed down”, she was feeling “more present” and was now “able to appreciate the small things in [her] life again”. This was because she was no longer distracted by the constant flow of negative thoughts and was therefore able to engage properly in the world around her.
By week two Sarah advised she was no longer emotionally affected by previous triggers that used to upset her. She felt this was because her brain wasn’t attaching into the triggers she used to previously. After completing the eight step Emotional Empowerment Program, Sarah confirmed she appreciated both herself and her life again. She was now enjoying the time spent with her baby at home and and felt happy. She was no longer hindered by anxiety or suffering with negativity.
Brad – 18 Years Old
When Brad, aged 18, first attended the Brain Wellness Spa he was suffering with severe anxiety and depression. His brain was in crisis mode, he constantly felt on edge and tense in his body. He was struggling with his brain perceiving fear, resulting in a constant sense of worry, negative thoughts and mind chatter.
As a result, Brad had become completely introverted, disconnecting himself from family and friends as he felt unhappy, desperate and unable to cope with life. In a time when he should have be out experiencing the world, he was instead locking himself away in order to survive the chaos that was occurring inside his mind.
During his first recoding session he experienced tingling throughout his body and a sense that he was floating. After finishing, Brad reported he felt completely relaxed, calm, positive and unable to connect into his previous worries; a state of mind he hadn’t remembered feeling for a very long time. He left smiling and feeling very hopeful.
As he progressed through his sessions he began to feel less anxious, less emotionally reactive, and more in control of his emotions. He advised that “things aren’t bothering me like they used to”. He also said he was feeling calmer in himself in general. By week six Brad reported he was now engaging in conversations and had started going out with friends again. His anxiety was now down to 3 (initially it was a 9 out of 10) and he was feeling less fatigued and sleeping better, due to having a quiet mind.
After completing the Emotional Empowerment Program, Brad’s perceptions have changed, he is loving life and looking forward to a brighter future. In fact, he loved the positive results of the sessions so much he booked in extra sessions to help himself reach his emotional peak.
Chris – 42 Years Old
When Chris*, aged 42, first came to Brain Wellness Spa he was at his lowest point. Not only was he struggling with the end of his relationship and separation from his three children, Chris was also a drug addict and had been using crystal methamphetamine every day for a year.
Chris was three days sober when he came in for his first session; he was emotionally and psychologically distraught. He had gone from a confident and passionate businessman to a broken, aggressive and anxious person. However, after his first session Chris had already changed, he felt relaxed, quiet, calm and neutral to his worries.
By session four, with the help of a drug counsellor, Chris’ entire attitude had changed. He was attending business meetings, building his confidence, focused and passionate. Chris was reconnecting with his ex-partner and maintaining a strong relationship with his children. Even more amazingly, Chris had remained sober the entire time.
At our most recent session, session five, Chris said he felt “bullet proof” and his confidence was beaming out of him. In just five weeks, Chris is so far from the person he was when he first walked through the Brain Wellness Spa doors.
He already plans to finish the eight Emotional Empowerment sessions, followed by some sessions to further his confidence and help achieve his business goals.
When radio personality, Heidi Anderson, first came to Brain Wellness Spa, she had been suffering with anxiety for almost a decade.
Even though she had a great support system and a job she loved, the diagnosis of anxiety doesn’t discriminate and was still causing Heidi to battle daily with the overwhelming emotions attached to the illness. Last year, after experiencing severe anxiety and panic attacks, Heidi went public about her battle.
In her Perth Now article, My Ongoing Battle With Anxiety and Mental Health Issues, she explained suffering in silence with irrational thinking and self-esteem issues was only worsening her situation:
“Some days (truthfully, not many) I would come home with a smile on my face and every other day I would be sad, angry or just withdrawn. I drank alcohol almost every night. Numbing the anxiety is what made me feel alive, but then I would wake the next morning and feel 10 times worse.”
Heidi was also overcome with thoughts of dying, a common factor for people who experience anxiety:
“I’m petrified of dying and this plays a huge part in my every day — I will sometimes think about being killed or dying in a horrific car accident more than 20 times a day.”
It’s been a year since this article was published and two months since Heidi has started coming to Brain Wellness Spa.
After her first session, Heidi started to see immediate changes in the severity of her social anxiety and also began controlling her negative thoughts better. As the weeks progressed, she started to notice her recovery time improving and found her emotions were easier to manage.
By session four, most of Heidi’s indicators had reduced by 80 per cent and she even mentioned us in her follow up Perth Now article, My Battle With Anxiety – One Year On:
“For the past few weeks, I have also been trying something new! Do yourselves a favour, and look up the ‘Brain and Wellness Spa’ in South Perth, which is owned and run by Terri Bowman.. super relaxing and not confronting at all.”
Heidi has just finished all eight sessions and is focusing on her self esteem through our Self Esteem Extreme program, and she is already starting to feel the benefits.
‘I have definitely seen improvements & really noticed my mind changing. I’m excited when I look in the mirror now, because i almost always try find the positive. I still sometimes, like everyone else, have moments of negativity & bad days, but not nearly as many. The change continues with yourself at home too, you have to want to help yourself. I’m so thankful I come along & had the passionate staff dedicated to inspire & help me mentally. Thank you’
Lucy – 13 Years Old
A few weeks ago, Sarah* brought her, 13 year old, daughter Lucy* to Brain Wellness Spa after she was diagnosed with ‘school refusal’. School refusal is when a child refuses to attend school due to emotional distress. It is not the same as being truant – children with school refusal often wish to attend school, but feel mentally incapable. This was the case with Lucy.
Lucy is a popular year 8 student who in general enjoys school, seeing her friends and going to class. However, over the past year her school refusal has been acting up and it seemed as soon as Lucy seemed to be warming up to school, the school refusal would kick in again and she would be back at home.
Unfortunately for Lucy, this now means she is being home schooled for the term- even though she desperately wants to back at school with her friends. At this stage, simply driving past the school was enough to give Lucy clammy hands and an anxious response.
Another issue for Lucy was sleeping alone at night, likely related to some childhood traumas. After only 2 sessions of the Emotional Empowerment Program at Brain Wellness Spa, Lucy was sleeping in her own bed each night without the overwhelming nervous feeling she had previously felt.
This was a great sign; it meant Lucy was starting to let go of nervous attachments within her unconscious mind. These are likely the same nervous attachments that have stopped her from attending class.
After 3 sessions (4 weeks), Lucy’s stress, anxiety and worry had all dropped by at least 40 – 50 per cent. Lucy recognised she was feeling more confident and less nervous in her day to day life.
Last week was Lucy’s 6th week in the program, and I received a text message from Sarah telling me that Lucy and herself had driven to the school twice in one week. Lucy sat in the car with her mum and while she was a little worried that people may see her, her nervous behaviours weren’t activated – no rubbing hangs together, no clammy palms or stressed breathing; huge improvements for someone who only a few weeks ago was in panic at the thought of being near the building at all.
Slowly Sarah will continue to introduce Lucy back to school surroundings, and myself, Sarah and Lucy are confident that the Emotional Empowerment Program is just what she needs to get over that last hump. We’ve also discussed incorporating some confidence and self esteem programs from the Spa Menu to help her even further.
At this stage, I truly believe Lucy will be back at school with her friends for next term. The Emotional Empowerment program produces amazing results with regard to helping people overcome their fears and start living their lives at their full potential.
‘School refusal is an awful thing to watch your child go through and I am so grateful I came across the Brain Wellness Spa when googling ways to help anxiety. We had tried a few other things with various results.
There is definitely a change in her nervousness and anxiety around school now and it is all positive.’
Sarah, Lucy’s Mum
Claire – 27 Years Old
Claire*, aged 27, started coming to Brain Wellness Spa when her parents went through a separation. She was struggling with anxiety and failing to accept the fact that her father had met another woman and was leaving her mother.
Although Claire had maintained a strong relationship with her father throughout the separation, she was still feeling as though her brain was resistant to accepting the new reality.
Claire completed the Emotional Empowerment Program and Acing Acceptance and attributes the fact that her relationship with her parents has been unhindered by the separation to her work with Brain Wellness Spa.
** Names have been changed for confidentiality
‘I would always love my Dad, no matter what. However, this program, in particular Acing Acceptance from the spa menu, has helped me detach from him cheating on my mum and in turn has helped me move on quicker and focus on maintaining a happy and genuine relationship with my dad.’
Mary*, age 48, was diagnosed with Cerebellar Atrophy about two years ago and had developed severe anxiety in regard to the condition. Cerebellar Atrophy, is a degenerative process which causes neurons in the cerebellum – the area of the brain that controls coordination and balance to deteriorate and die.
The diagnosis turned a once happy, fun-loving and go-getting Mary into a nervous hermit. She was scared to leave the house, fearful of falling over in public and afraid of being judged by other people. Mary had previously been the life of the party, but since her diagnosis she felt trapped – she avoided social events and places with big crowds of people. The illness, rather the anxiety associated to the illness, began to control her life.
Mary came to Brain Wellness Spa when she realised she had enough of living in fear and wanted to claim her life back. I worked with Mary through the Emotional Empowerment Program and Acing Acceptance. By session 4, Mary said she “felt like one million bucks”, all her emotional indicators had dropped by more than 50 percent, and as the weeks progressed she was feeling more and more confident.
Mary feels like she is in control of her life again and no longer experiences the fears that once held her back. The Emotional Empowerment Program and Acing Acceptance were able to give Mary back her confidence, happiness and happy-go-lucky attitude that she missed so desperately.
** Names have been changed for confidentiality