Phobias and Fear:

By Brad Hill  |  May 20, 2013  | 

Acupuncture from Brad Hill cured my irrational fear of the power of water. Since buying a boat 4 years ago, I have not been able to enjoy it, until this summer. It used to be that every time I got onto the boat, I knew that my 2 children, my husband, and I were going to die, and no one could convince me otherwise. I’m a very cerebral person; I can almost always reason myself out of (and into) anything. This unreasonable terror got worse every summer, until I just stopped going with my family on the boat. This was unacceptable to me… we live on the coast of Maine, for crying out loud! I finally accepted that I needed someone else’s help with overcoming this debilitating emotion.

I first tried 10 months (boating off-season) of polarity therapy and had only positive expectations that following summer. The first day out, on semi-choppy water, I totally panicked. I was so angry with myself for failing at this. This experience proved to me, without a doubt, that my issue was not a matter of “mind over matter;” I had started the season with 100% confidence that polarity therapy had erased my terror. My failure was shocking to me.

I then tried 10 months of acupuncture from Brad Hill the following off-season, because it couldn’t hurt. And when I stepped onto our boat this summer, I was NOT filled with confidence. Why should I trust acupuncture, after I trusted polarity therapy, and had no success? But I had to get on the boat, because we had guests. It was a particularly choppy day. I assumed my position: shotgun, white-knuckling the dashboard, and holding my breath. I refrained from donning my lifejacket, which I usually do, so I wouldn’t scare our guests. After about 2 minutes, I realized I wasn’t holding my breath, and that I wasn’t feeling like we were all going to die, as I was completely prepared to feel. I found this very curious. I thought about the situation. I looked around, a bit surprised. I let go of the dashboard. I did not panic. I took a really deep breath (usually totally impossible for me on the boat), and still did not panic. We bounced to our destination, and I was ecstatic!

Although I did not enjoy myself on the bumpy ride, I DID NOT FEEL LIKE I WAS GOING TO DIE. I knew that the acupuncture treatments had worked on a very deep level, in a very subtle and powerful way, to get me over my hump. The rest of my recovery will involve baby-stepping my way to total comfort and ultimately, joy. – Anonymous

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