THE MANDELA CENTENARY MYOREFLEX AFRICAN INTERVENTION EXPERIENCE REPORT – JULY 9-18 2018
- Background and Myoreflex scenario
The arrangement to begin a quiet process of introducing the Myoreflex health concept to Africa arises out of a visit to the Myroreflexcentre in Konstanz
headed by Dr Kurt Mosetter and his team of multi-disciplinaryhealth specialists. The decision – in agreement with Hilltop Empowerment Centre of the Eastern Cape South Africa and in partnership with Co-Willing and its president Susi Gubler – was to embark on a process to honour Mandela’s centenary occasion by organizing and facilitating a 10 day programme in his home province where his historical footsteps have left an immortal imprint.
- The team was assembled by the organizer Susi Gubler and consisted of a group of individual therapists of a multi-disciplinary nature with all having their direct connections, training and support of Dr Kurt’s Myoreflexcentre in Konstanz.
The team included:-(alphabetical order)
- The team’s methodology for the programme included:
- Presentations on a daily basis
- Practical applications of each presentation
- Applied hands-on training in the different sectors of the 10 steps manual
- Individual treatments
- Theory and practical tests
- Attendance certification
- Applications included the following disciplines of
- Myroreflex philosophy, methodology and application with the basic Glycoplan/nutrition elements
- Acupuncture basic applications
- Physiotherapy methodologies
- Kinesiology and neuro-structural techniques
- Spinal alignment
- The programme and the key objectives
- Key objectives
- Introduce the Myoreflex health and healing concept to Africa through a practical action and interventive process
- Provide an opportunity to a Myoreflex and related team of therapists promoting the Myoreflex philosophy and practice
- Make available Myoreflex to the poor of Africa
- Motivate, train and support a potential team of local practitioners who can grow into the fullness of Myoreflex with ongoing future support to enable a long term impact and development
The programme included 3 legs which included inter alia:-
- The GADRA (a local social development agency in Grahamstown) supported advocacy network during the national Arts Festival
This part of the process involved a 2 day series of presentations and practical treatments of participants which ranged from the very sophisticated to the very poor. It included organizations capable of spreading the Myoreflex word and practice. Organisational support came from The Quaker network there and GADRA management.
The comments from the participants were very varied but all reflected amazement and desire for the programme to become well known in South Africa.
Some typical anecdotes included:
“I have never experienced such a spirit of caring, gentleness, sincerity and respect. It was so different from our normal experience with local doctors who are quick and expensive with medications. Here it was patient, a great deal time spent. The doctors listened and performed magic with their hands and advice and no expensive medication. I felt great and relieved of my pain”
“I have been suffering for years with my pain and now, after just one treatment, it is gone – how is this possible?”
“I was at Konstanz and heard the basic advice with some suspicion
but gave it a try nevertheless, as none of the doctors could heal my problem. I came here to Grahamstown to give feedback on the remarkable success of the Myoreflexmethodology that has completely changed our family’s life style and health in a unique manner – thank you so much!” Pierre L.
And so the list went on….
The Grahamstown leg of the programme was to also give the Myoreflex-Team a chance to get acclimatized and slowly get into the process feeling their way into Africa. This succeeded.
- The Woody Cape training programme
This leg of the programme was to undertake an intensive training of potential Myoreflexadvocates and eventual therapists. It included persons from the very poor and those much more sophisticated.
A number were hand picked for their potential to promote the concept into a much broader based communities where they operate.
Persons like Meagan Cloete for example, who manages a computer trainingprogramme that deals with many schools in 2 communities in Cape Town numbering a joint population of 4 million.
For the Woody Cape Myoreflex training about half of the trainees had to be given bursaries to enable the targeted participants to be present and register. Total number for trained was 24
Some participants came specifically for treatments which they otherwise could not afford.
Myoreflex“10 Steps-to-Wellbeing” Concept
This formed the basis of the training and promotion of Myoreflex and was encapsulated in a basic manual which all participants had access to. The programme included:
- One-on-one sessions
- A series of treatments and shared experiences
- Treatments of patients who came specifically for treatments
- An examination which included both theory and practical tests
- A certification process
The whole experience was without doubt a resounding success story which affected both the therapists and the recipients.
Those treated shared stories like:
Edmond: “I had no idea of the many painful areas in my body for which I took many tablets daily. Now I take no tablets and I have never felt better“
This sounded almost like an advert on TV which one always takes with a pinch of salt. Here it was in reality:
A husband could not believe the transformation that occurred to hiswife and daughter, who had been considered hopeless cases after many thousands of Rands of treatments by South African doctors, therapists, homeopaths.
Some of the participants/trainees were able to demonstrate their learnings rather quickly, already at the Dimbaza Townshipprogramme – their grasp and the way they managed their own people in Dimbaza amazed the therapists, who had no inclination of their impact they had on these very poor persons.
Meagan (the Cape Town programme manager),when she got home immediately instituted changes to her family diet and life style, as she directly had experienced the impact it had on her own physical being through the treatment and type of food promoted at Woody Cape
Again a resounding success story
- The Dimbaza cultural heritage region where Mandela spent many of his developing years – the home of many ex-Robben Islanders who after spending their time in prison with Mandela were banned to this township on the outskirts of the University of Fort Hare (the university of most of Africa’s leaders), the Mngqesha Great place and the great Maqoma chief who was the very first person to ever be imprisoned on Robben Island which today is a symbol of a people’s resistance
This was the scene for the final days of the programmehonouring Mandela in his home territory where he spent his youth.
The team were introduced and welcomed by the leader of the area, CouncilorTokwe who had made available the venue.
The process included presentations with treatments of many participants and once again with amazing impact.
People’s experiences included:
“Treatments of a young boy whose head had been in a sideways positions for years and who had it straightened out initially at Grahamstown and came for follow up treatment in Dimbaza with amazing results and an end to the teasing this poor young fellow had to endure for many years.” Rommel
“A middle aged man, who couldn’t raise his left arm without pain after a severe car crash eight years ago. He was suspicious at first, but as he could move his arm freely after five minutes of treatment, he warmed up to the concept. He told, that he was running marathons and training youths at the gym. He was shown KiD-Exercises for his benefit and for his trainees.” Senge
“We could observe that the change in nutrition during the five days at Woody Cape changed the people’s mood. Also their skin and muscles felt more ‘’active’’ and softer.
It’s shocking to see how the whole nutrition in SA is full of sugar, especially hidden sugar. Skipping sugar and most of the carbohydrates is one of the biggest and easiest step towards a healthy life with less pain, less risks for heart attacks, strokes and other failure of inner organs due to an abuse of sugar. It was a great moment to see the happy eyes of our patients after the treatment. They literary ‘’jumped’’ from the table and were moving around, dancing, running. They were so thankful. That makes me and I guess the whole Team very happy!” Pascal
“As Myoreflex isn’t ‘just about muscles and bones’ many participants
and patients also felt emotional and mental relief. Some went through absolutely life changing transformative processes that lead to change of attitude, feelings in relationships, new focus in life, relief of past trauma and pain, etc.” Susi
- Experiences, comments and observations form the team
“The interaction of the team was very intuitive and always in a supporting and helpful spirit.
I was surprised about the commitment and eagerness of most of the participants, as well as the quick uptake of the information presented, and the ability to quickly identify the muscles.
Sugar consumption is generally rather high (6 spoons per cup as average), so the participants definitively benefited from refraining from sugar.“ Senge
“I am very sure, if the 24 amazing humans which we’ve been teaching and talking to during that very short period of time, use their new knowledge to help themselves and their families and friends, it will change the life of many humans out there! And that is such an amazing feeling. I am very thankful I was part of the Myoreflex-Team and could share my knowledge.
I was surprised how fast many people, I can call them my friends now, learned to feel with their hands and understood how our human body works. They improved every day, they were getting better and better.
And I hope to come back very soon and go on where we left.” Pascal
“Many of the participants at the course come from very poor backgrounds.
They benefitted greatly and are highly motivated to apply what they learnt and to upskill whenever possible. They felt their big financial sacrifices they made or sponsorships they got were more than worth the efforts.
Some said that their life had become a new focus and meaning and they felt appreciated for the first time.
The participants decided to create small circles of practicing in their areas: Cape Town, East London, Dimbaza. Sterkspruit, Johannesburg, Lesotho and Nairobi
The vast diversity of knowledge within the team added value and was a great asset for the ones who sought treatment. Apart from Myoreflex therapy, the seven members of the team were able to offer Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Spinal Alignment, Scar Tissue expertise, Kinesiology, Neuro-Structural Technique, Emotional Stress Release techniques, working with subconscious trauma, pain, patterns, etc” Susi, Rommel
“My experience and observationsare that every trainee/participant at the Woody Cape venue has been deeply impacted by the entire 5-day-training experience. Learning new wellness and treatment techniques and integrating the Glycoplan diet and nutritional lifestyle changes which started within the first days of the training, which has reshaped each participants awareness of the healing power of food, supplements, use of water, oxygen, stretching and exercise. The entire training experience at Woody Cape revealed massive lifestyle changes, new sustainable learnings in some depth and the release of many emotional blocks and physical pain. This was the most impactful training that I have experienced to date in my life. It was rooted in expertise, professionalism and unconditional love.” Robin