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Acupressure Massage Relieved My Sciatica: A Case Study

By: Sarah Knowles BA, MA - Updated: 27 Jul 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Flying on long-haul flights all over the world was difficult for former air hostess Leigh Anne Miles, who used to travel regularly to and from Australia and other far-flung destinations with British Airways.

“For about five years I worked on long-haul flights, flying anywhere from eight to 12 hours at a time. I'd fly to Sydney, stay for 24 hours and then come back again. The routes were very tiring,” says Leigh Ann, 31, who's originally from Bristol but now lives in London.

“When I first started I could manage, but as I kept going with the routine, forcing myself to stay awake overnight when you need to be sleeping, not eating well, my energy levels started to drastically drop.

“As they did I began to develop more general aches and pains, then sciatica down my left side, all the way down my left hip to my foot.

“I could keep walking but it was very painful, and on flights my body would swell up due to the cabin pressure and it would become even more painful. It would take days for the swelling to go down, but by the time it did I would be off on a another flight. It was hard to keep up.”

Looking for a Cure

Leigh Anne tried all sorts of methods to sort out her sciatica, which results due to irritation of the sciatic nerve and is quite common.

“I used to exercise a lot, go to the gym, and go jogging. I used to do yoga classes as well, general stretching, and it helped but it didn't cure me,” she says.

She tried a lot of alternative therapies as well, ranging from reiki to shiatsu to Qigong, or Chinese energy healing. “I also tried regular massage and flotation tanks, a lot of different things in different countries around the world. Some would help me to relax but very quickly the sciatica would come back again,” she says.

Then one day Leigh Anne went to a health exhibition in London. Little did she know it, but the experience would change not only her health, but her entire career.

“I heard a noise, looked around and saw a Ki master and practitioner giving treatments to patients. It was very intriguing, very interesting. I'd never seen anything like it before. There was such a lightness about the way they were working, they almost seemed invisible.

“A lot of practitioners that I had met were often quite tired and run down themselves, but these people all looked very very bright, bright-eyed and clear, so that inspired me to try it.”

Ki Acupressure Massage

Ki energy treatment helps people get better physically and emotionally through a special type of acupressure massage that seeks to unblock energy in our bodies. Leigh Anne's treatment involved an acupressure massage on different energy points, including her abdomen, back, head, neck, shoulders, arms and feet.

It also uses a breathing technique that makes a sound like blowing, very powerful and quite loud, to transmit energy.

“During the treatment, which only lasted 15 minutes, all I experienced was that it felt a bit tender, and I enjoyed the acupressure, and as soon as I stood up I felt rebalanced and had a sense of clarity I had not had for a long time,” Leigh Anne says.

“My mind was very clear and straight after I went outside and I could see more clearly. My vision had actually improved, I could see leaves on trees very clearly, all the details stood out.”

A few days later she had a second treatment. “When I walked out I felt I could skip home. Before, my hands and feet were always cold but I felt warm. And normally when I had a meal I'd feel bloated after, but even when I was eating I didn't feel any bloating and my digestion improved. My mood was happier and more positive too.”

Change of Direction

Leigh Anne had several more treatments, then some “self-healing classes when you learn how to receive energy and how to recharge yourself,” she says.

“My energy levels kept going up and up, and I continued for two or three months, whenever I could. I noticed that I had more energy for flights and that the pain from my sciatica was getting less and less.”

She took a month off work, then decided not to return to flying. “After all the treatments I didn't want to go back to my old job, I decided I wanted to do Ki energy full-time for Ki health, a charity. I felt such huge benefits in myself and my energy levels, and could see the positive effect the treatment had on others. So I started to learn how to do it.”

Leigh Anne has now been a Ki practitioner for six years. “Making such a big career change was a huge step but I am very happy, very fulfilled, and my sciatica is actually gone,” she says.

“I don't have sciatica anymore at all. Thanks to the energy, the whole Ki method.”

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