The BodyMind Programme for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome | ME | PVFS

We now offer phone or Skype sessions in the comfort of your own home. To find out more click here or call 01728 687494 for more details.

We have developed the BodyMind programme to help people who have complex chronic illness.

On the BodyMind programme you will learn a system of practical strategies and techniques that you use to reinstate healthy responses between your mind and body, leading to improved health and wellbeing.

We receive recommendations from consultants, GPs, physios, occupational therapists and complimentary therapists’ here in the UK. You can contact us direct or talk with your GP, local clinic or specialist NHS service provider. We advise you to consult your GP and obtain a diagnosis before applying for the programme.

Our Client Results Survey suggests that “80% of those diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome or M.E. have greatly improved”. Read more here.

(Please note that results vary from person to person)

The Programme

programme for healthThe programme works in 3 phases and consists of preparation/coaching/assessment, a three day training course or shorter sessions by Skype, and follow-up coaching along with other forms of ongoing support.

We now offer phone or Skype sessions in the comfort of your own home. To find out more click here or call 01728 687494 for more details.

You learn how to have a positive effect on your immune system, digestive system, endocrine system (hormones), neurological and musculo skeletal body systems. You will discover how stress has a devastating effect on the chemistry of the mind and body. But more importantly you will discover what “stress” really is, and how much of it becomes an unconscious automatic vicious cycle.

"Any treatment which reduces the stress response
 will improve chronic fatigue syndrome and many other conditions"

Professor Leslie J Findley, MD, MRCS, DRCOG, DCH, FRCP speaking on Radio 4 Consultant Neurologist with Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust


a group of people with chronic fatigue syndrome taking part on the Body<i>Mind</i> programmeThe over production of stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) has been found to cause dysfunction to many body systems which can lead to a confusing array of symptoms. Our programme works so well because we teach you how to use techniques that address the underlying cause of conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome and M.E. You are informed, supported and empowered to break the cycle of ill health.

You will learn in detail how stress hormones effect your body. You also learn how your own personal triggers create physiological responses.

We then teach you how to use techniques to stop the unconscious stress response and replace it with positive responses that allows the body and mind to function normally. The reduction in stress hormones allows the body to return to homeostasis (a state of equilibrium) which in turn allows the immune system to function well again. Digestive and brain function also improve and gradually you can reduce or eradicate your symptoms and create sustainable improvements to your health.

SunsetWe teach you how to use NLP language, visualisations, brain rehearsal techniques, coaching and movement to stimulate new neural pathways in your brain. You will notice positive improvements very quickly and then build on these to improve and maintain your health.

We support you to make the improvements sustainable but you will have to continue to integrate the techniques into everyday life. In doing so you will find the techniques become quick and automatic. The techniques are easy to learn but require repetition and commitment to get good results. They can be used by people who have been unwell for some time or have symptoms ranging from very severe to mild.

The age of clients we have worked with ranges from eight to eighty.

How does the BodyMind compare with other treatments?

'I did loads of things, acupuncture, diet, hypnotherapy and spent a fortune. They all seemed to help a bit, but nothing really cured my ME. But when I did the programme with Steve I actually got much better. It was harder than I thought it would be but I got properly better and don't have to be careful all the time, so it was worth it!' Jackie.

'I tried the pacing and have improved a lot.......but the BodyMind is different. I learnt new things that stop me feeling ill. I have gone up a level and I can do what I want now'. Simon

'When I did the Gupta course I did it for months but my headaches were terrible. It seemed more complicated. I'm finding the BodyMind easier to follow. Now I am tons better and I have learnt how to stop them completely.' Susan.

'This course is easier than the Lightning Process and does cover things in more detail. I can go at my own pace and have gradually improved... its taking me months but I am getting my life back gradually.' Michelle.

'I did Mickel Therapy and find the BodyMind is less about analysing the problem than that was.
I could often feel quite stressed trying to figure out what was making me feel bad. So doing the BodyMind course is better as I just have to notice the problem and then do the techniques, which is quicker and works better.' Alex.

I did a course of CBT which seemed to be more about anxiety than CFS. I found it hard to rationalise things when I was struggling with brain fog and couldn’t think straight. With the BodyMind you just get on and do it, I was surprised how much simpler and easier it was. Justin.

The Science

neural networks firing in response to stimuli neural networks firing in response to stimuli

The amygdala are the two parts of your brain responsible for triggering the fight or flight response. This is a normal, healthy response designed for survival and when the danger is over we revert to ‘homeostasis’, i.e. normal body function. But when we experience a lot of worry, anxiety, or fear, and especially during chronic illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome and M.E., the amygdala become highly sensitised which leads to the brain and body becoming stuck in “stress response”.

The stress response is perpetuated by our thoughts, feelings and emotions, that fire up particular neural pathways in the brain. Repeated firing of the neural pathways leads to them becoming so established that the response happens automatically without us even realising.

“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence therefore is not an action, but a habit.” Aristotle.

So in order to improve our health, we have to become aware of how we are perpetuating the stress response. We cannot rationalise ourselves out of it, we have to repeatedly reprogamme the brain and body with new life enhancing thoughts and feelings. In doing so we destabilise the stress response pattern as new positive responses become established between the brain and body.

To look at research click here.

Through repeatedly practicing life enhancing thoughts and feelings, we can literally retrain our body and brain into new patterns of health and wellbeing. The picture shows neurotransmitters (electrochemical messages) passing between one neuron and another. If this particular pathway is fired often enough, it will become an automatic response. By using the BodyMind techniques you will create new, automatic responses in the brain and body that lead to better health…the results speak for themselves.

What is stress and how does it affect us ?

Stress is the body's reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment.

Stressed womanExternal stressors may include work, sleepless nights or money problems. Illness itself is stressful, as it may limit your ability to do ‘normal’ things and it may also affect your relationships. Increased stress hormones affect the mind and body and can become a chronic problem. There is much research now that shows long term or chronic stress has a devastating effect on our immune function.

In our opinion, many powerful stressors also come from within. Low self-esteem, lack of confidence and fear of the future are all fairly common. But because they are experienced so often and feel so ‘normal’, they too create stress hormones.

stressed manPart of the training programme is learning to spot the internal stressors, as they are often unconscious responses.

Whilst a diagnoses is useful in many ways, it can also add an additional stress factor to the life of the patient, as concerns for the future increase. This can create a vicious cycle that contributes to maintaining conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome and M.E. or even making them worse.

In relation to pain
Pain is transmitted from the periphery to the brain via the spinal cord. Many scientists believe that pain messages are controlled by “gates” located in the spinal cord. It appears that when we experience stress, anxiety, fear, depression, memory of pain and crises, pain gate function is affected. The gates do not work properly and allow pain signals through which would otherwise be regulated.

Long-term illness can also make you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression. The more your body’s stress system is activated, the more sensitive it becomes, and the harder it is to switch it off.

Researcher, D. Bulijevac, PhD, a neurologist with the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, reports that researchers found that periods of stress doubled the risk of MS patients developing new symptoms, or a more severe form of their existing symptoms. He speculated that this is probably because chronic stress weakens the immune system. British Medical Journal, 2003.

To find out more on this subject you may wish to go online and research ‘stress response’ and how long term stress affects various body systems.

Read Cure - A journey into the science of mind over body

To find out more about the powerful relationship between your mind and body,we recommend that you buy this fascinating and highly acclaimed book. Just reading the chapter on fighting fatigue will make you feel more hopeful. Our BodyMind Programme will then give you the necessary knowledge, strategies and tools to turn hope into reality.

In “Cure”, the award-winning science writer Jo Marchant travels a wide terrain of ideas –from hypnosis to meditation,from placebos to positive visualisation –rescuing each from the realm of pseudoscience. Drawing on the very latest research from the cutting edge of mind-body medicine,Jo discusses the potential of the mind’s ability to influence our health and explains how readers can make use of the findings in their own lives.

“A cautious, scrupulous investigation of how the brain can help heal our bodies. It is also an important look at the flip side of this coin, which is how brains damaged by stress may make bodies succumb to physical illness or accelerated aging...

‘Cure’ points a way toward a future in which the two camps [mainstream medicine and alternative therapies] might work together. After all, any medicine that makes a patient better, whether conventional, alternative or placebo, is simply medicine.”
Wall Street Journal

Includes over 40 pages of notes and references to studies and scientific papers.

Jo Marchant is a science journalist and author based in London. She has worked as an editor at New Scientist and at Nature and has written on topics from the future of genetic engineering to underwater archaeology.Her science training includes PhD in genetics and medical microbiology from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.

Symptoms our clients have improved or completely cleared

People with many different diagnoses (CFS, M.E., anxiety disorders, depression, IBS, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis and chronic back, joint, head and neck pain etc.) have reported relief from the following symptoms.

Client survey results

In 2012 we carried out an email survey of our clients’ improvements. The results below relate to 66 respondents diagnosed with ME/CFS.

Overall Improvements

On the improvement scale of 0 – 10, 83% scored between 8 and 10.

Young people

12% “improved” and 88% “greatly improved”.

Sustained good health

80% reported sustained good health.

Length of illness

This ranged from 3 months to 30 years. The average was 8 years.


36% were severely ill. Of these 4% “improved” and 87% “greatly improved”.

(Please note that results vary from person to person)

Practical details

There are two ways that you can undertake The BodyMind Programme.

Phone or Skype
These are one-to-one sessions lasting an hour or two scheduled over the course of two or three weeks. There is some flexibility to create times convenient to you.

These are small group sessions of 3 - 5 people, sometimes with a parent or partner attending as well. They are usually 3 consecutive days, Saturday – Monday, 9.30am – 3.30pm.

The fee is £1,400 and includes the following;

  • Assessment (there is a questionnaire to fill in and discussion to complete)
  • All training sessions (12 hours in total)
  • Written course materials, audio meditation and online video tutorials
  • 3 x 30 minute one-to-one follow-up coaching sessions
  • Membership of our private online support forum

The preparation phase is FREE and you are under no obligation to continue.

Can’t afford it…? Click here

Optional extras

Some people need on-going support for a while afterwards which is perfectly normal so additional coaching sessions can be arranged if and when required. Coaching costs £30 for 30 minutes or £60 for 1 hour. You can come back at any time in the future for help or support if new challenges arise.

Next available dates in Suffolk

16 - 18 February

23 - 25 March

27 - 29 April

1 - 3 June

6 - 8 July

10 - 12 August

14 - 16 September

Phone or Skype courses

If you are unable to travel to Suffolk, you can do the whole programme by phone or Skype. Please contact us for availability.

Payment options

Payment is not due until you have completed the preparation and assessment phase of the programme. Your options are;

Make a BACS payment direct.

Send a cheque for the full fee.

PayPal You can use this to pay online, enabling you to spread the total cost on your credit card. PayPal charge 3.4% for this option which will be added to your fee. If you choose this option we will email you a payment request when your place is confirmed. Some international payments may incur additional charges.

Venue & Accommodation


Our Suffolk based courses are
held at The Natural Health Centre ,

The Natural Health Centre
24A The Thoroughfare
Suffolk, IP12 1AQ.
Tel +44 (0)1394 380580.

Woodbridge is easily accessible from London, Ipswich, Norwich or Cambridge by road or rail. For a list of comfortable accommodation close by please visit the Woodbridge town website here.

Next step…

If you want to have a chat just pick up the phone and call 01728 687494. There is no charge for the preparation phase of the programme.

We think it is a really good idea to explain as much as possible and address all your queries so you are confident this is the right programme for you. When you are ill it can be hard to imagine how you could undertake a training course, and we believe it is entirely reasonable for you to be unsure whether you will get good results. To help with this we can put you in touch with previous clients who are happy to chat with you about their experience of the BodyMind Programme.

When you feel ready to go ahead send us your completed assessment form and we will contact you within a few days of receiving it.

To download a copy of the assessment form click here

The BodyMind Programme on Skype

You can now access the whole BodyMind programme from the comfort of your own home!

Who could do it?

Anyone who wants help to recover from M.E, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Post Viral Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and other pain issues and many long term chronic conditions.


Programme structure (3 phases)

Preparation Discussion, explanation, tasks and assessment
carried out on the phone or Skype at times to suit you.

Training Six 2 hour sessions spread over 2 weeks.

Follow-upThree half-hour sessions and on-going support as required.


You do not pay a penny for the preparation phase of the programme which may be a couple of sessions or more.

If you decide to continue on to the next phase, you pay the full fee of £1,400. This includes the complete programme of all sessions, course materials, meditation mp3, membership of our online support forum and 3 half hour follow-up coaching sessions.

We accept payment by BACS, cheque or PayPal.

The next step

Phone us for an informal chat. We are happy to answer all your questions and can put you in touch with previous clients who can give you their full and frank opinion of The BodyMind Programme.

Use the email contact page here or call Steve on 01728 687494