WHAT IS IT?
The Lightning Process is a training programme that has become famous for its work with conditions such as ME/CFS and Chronic Pain conditions like Fibromyalgia, and it is also used for a wide range of other physical and emotional issues.
The Lightning Process is designed to teach people skills to improve their health and wellbeing. It looks at how the brain and the body powerfully interact, and how we can use this information and new skills to make radical changes in our lives.
Unlike a drug approach, therapy or treatments, by using the skills of the Lightning process, you are not a passive recipient in your success. Instead success is through taking action and making definite changes. Your path to wellness then is a clear path of the action you took. You don’t just take a pill and cross your fingers or lie back and put your health in the hands of an expert. You become the expert of how your body works. This gives back the sense of control which has often long gone with the people I see. Once you achieve success, then any fear of relapse goes, as you know the exact steps you took to get well. You are back in the drivers seat in life and can focus on doing the things you love.
Below is an over-view of some of the things we cover in the training. Please make contact to talk about how the Lightning Process might help your own situation.
THE LIGHTNING PROCESS – Underpinning the Lightning Process approach are theories such as –
- Neural plasticity – the ability of the pathways of the brain to change and develop in response to learning and repetition and the forming of rigidity through repetative usage
- The Physical Emergency Response (PER) – the physiological effects of on going adrenaline and cortisol production
- The osteopathic theory of facilitation and the impact of changes in structure causing changes in function.
- Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems.
An understanding of the interplay between these things can highlight how people can become stuck in their health and lives.
To change this, the Lightning Process draw from fields such as mindfulness, self-hypnosis, osteopathy, NLP, life coaching to create an easy to implement and methodical training model.
Over the three days people are taught skills that must then be put into practice. It is this commitment to on-going work that is essential in the retraining aspect of the Lightning Process.
On top of the 3 days my experience has shown that people benefit from ongoing follow-up and support which I include as part of the training package. As people are undertaking big changes, they benefit from having someone to support the change. I don’t do the work, but give clear instructions and direct your attention to areas that might need addressing – like a personal health trainer.
BODY OR MIND?
In the past we have tended to see conditions as either physical or psychological. There is either something ‘broken’ or it’s ‘all in your head’. We now know this way of seeing things is biologically inaccurate and has limited the treatment options for many conditions and stigmatized or underplayed many real physical conditions.
Through a continual stream of research we now better appreciate the role that the brain plays in many aspects of physical health.
The Lightning Process looks at what we can do with both our brain and our body to help our situation. This combined approach I would say is the best way to ensure the greatest chance of success.
The skills must then be put into practice with consistency, using the skills in the right way and applying them at the right time. The Lightning Process therefore requires an absolute commitment and readiness to do the work and work on any elements that might be contributing factors.
BUT WHAT IS THE LIGHTNING PROCESS?
Describing the Lightning Process simply is difficult as it is not one thing. It is a combination of things which is tailored to each person’s requirements. It is a framework in which I work.
Using concepts such as NP and PNI, we look at how people’s brain’s and bodies can get stuck in responding in inappropriate but automatic ways. Our work then is to normalize a person’s responses to things (activities, food, exercise, people etc)
One of the things we look at is the role of the Physical Emergency (Stress) Response (PER) which can also become automated through a past experience of lingering stress (an illness or injury, emotional stress or trauma).
We retrain people’s responses by using a particular combination of body postures and movements, self-hypnosis skills, postures and a set of precisely targeted questions. These look to interrupt old ways of responding physically and mentally, and create new more healthy ways. In line with our understanding of NP, it is the repetative nature of the new skills that can then create a new and healthy ‘automatic’ way of responding.
“In between stimulus and response there is a gap, and in that gaps lies our freedom to choose” Victor Frankl
“We are what we repeatedly do” Aristotle
A DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF THE TRAINING
We explore just how inter-related the brain and the body are and what factors we can influence. We look at the concept of Neuroplasticity and what the practical implications are in keeping you stuck and the skills that you can use to retrain yourself out of this ‘stuckness’.
We consider the role of dysfunctional automated stress response (adrenaline/cortisol) has in the maintenance of some conditions.
Armed with this background understanding, I take you through the key steps of the process, individually tailoring the process to your needs and abilities. The key steps include a series of body movements, postures and core questions to stimulate new neurological pathways and influence key body systems.
As the brain has the ability to create new pathways rapidly the changes can be achieved rapidly and then cemented through repetition and consistency.
Days two and three:
Further developing skills and building on success from the First Day to change old established neurological pathways and create and stabilise new and more effective ones.
Preparing for the future and preparing for being well.
An important part of the LP is that it recognizes that everyone is different. For example on top of issues with physical or mental fatigue (brain fog) someone might have issues with pain, sleep, anxiety or food intolerances (or all of these). So the training becomes adapted to what is required for each individual.
WILL IT WORK FOR ME?
This is one of the most common questions and one I can not answer. Due to the nature of the training I cannot guarantee results as everyone is different. To decide whether the Lightning Process is for you I recommend looking through some actual success stories and seeing if your situation sounds similar. I would also recommend arranging a time to talk through the Lightning Process with me personally in relation to your situation.
As the Lightning Process is a training, success will also be influenced by how consistently a person puts the skills into action.
There has been a range of surveys, research and pilot studies looking into the effectiveness of the Lightning Process with a high success rate amongst a group of conditions that are famous for being unresponsive to treatment. However, your success does not depend on a roll of the dice and the hope of being in that lucky successful group. Success has nothing to do with luck. Success takes determination and commitment to consistently use the skills as taught.
Therefore it has to first make sense, then people have to be ready to work.
AM I READY?
If you want something to change you have to change something
Through years of experience I have found that how someone approaches the training really matters.