A registered nurse is bringing a unique treatment to the region after being inspired by personal loss.
Helen Storey, who has more than 25 years of nursing experience, is bringing the M Technique to the North East – a profound relaxation therapy which until now has been unavailable to the general public.
The M Technique, which is widely used in the US, was initially introduced as a palliative therapy for patients with life-limiting illnesses.
In recent years the gentle, hands-on treatment, which increases the flow of oxygen to the brain, is increasingly being used to help people suffering with MS, dementia, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety and insomnia.
Sadly Helen was introduced to the treatment, which induces a meditative type state, when her late husband Ian was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour and was offered a series of M Technique sessions through the care of a local hospice.
Helen said: “The relief that Ian felt from the treatment was instant; it was clear to see that the hands on therapy helped him to deeply relax, something he had found incredibly difficult to do during his illness. The benefits were not only during the treatment itself but could be felt for hours to follow.
“He really looked forward to his sessions so we were devastated to find out that the ‘M’ Technique was not generally available and once he had used up his sessions at the hospice we were unable to access anymore.”
Helen decided to put her years of nursing experience to good use to train as an M Technique practitioner and completed an accredited training programme in 2016.
Sadly, Ian lost his battle with cancer before Helen fully qualified and set up her own business – Helen Storey M Technique Practitioner – and is now offering the treatment at her home-based therapy room in North Tyneside.
She said: “Whilst I was introduced to the M Technique as a palliative therapy, it is now well recognised as a more general treatment to help combat day to day stress and anxiety as well as meet the needs of people with specific illnesses.”
“Whilst the light touch could be likened to a kind of massage, the impact is more akin to that of meditation which is why it promotes such a state of relaxation. And because the touch is so light, the treatment is suitable to people whose condition may prevent them other types of therapy.
“As both a nurse and a carer I understand just how important it is to know that you or your loved one is in safe hands.
“Whilst I have always appreciated the role of holistic therapies in health and wellbeing, the nurse in me likes to see medical backed research.
“Because the ‘M’ Technique was initially introduced on a high dependency unit in the states, its background is very much in traditional medicine and is supported by scientific research which shows that an increase in oxygen to the brain can help to promote profound relaxation.
“I couldn’t believe that we were unable to access this therapy in the region, so I really am delighted to be able to make it available so that others will now be able to benefit from it in the same way as Ian did.”
Helen will be eternally grateful to the north east based charity Coping with Cancer North East who helped her and her husband in their time of need and is now working with them as a volunteer.
To find out more about the ‘M’ Technique visit www.m-technique.co.uk