MY STORY WITH CHRONIC PAIN AND DISEASE//
Interview with Susanne Jager
How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you become a pain-relief therapist?
To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining moment, and resulting “compelling story”, that brought me to where I am today – healing people like you who suffering from chronic pain.
That defining moment in my life happened in 2012. A friend of mine gave me a book to read about effective non-medical pain-relief or called functional anatomy or postural alignment therapy (and no this is nothing like the Alexander technique!) based on modified Yoga and Pilates stretches and exercises that align the body and gets it back to what it is meant to be doing - moving pain-free. There and then I decided to become a professional and this is my story.
Throughout my life I was extremely sporty and did amazing activities particularly when I was younger such as Equestrian Vaulting (gymnastics on a horse back) for example. I was also a gymnast, an athlete (long jump, high jump, triple jump), footballer in my schools team, a dressage horse rider, a kayaker, a climber, a passionate diver, a skier and did about most ball sports apart from rugby. I also cycled wherever I went.
However with the sports came the injuries and I remember many painful moments in my life particularly in my back and knees. So slowly I gave up those sports I loved so much and ended up going swimming as the pool was the only safe place where I could practice doing a sport pain-free. I started to see physios, however, I never achieved lasting relief from chronic pain.
After reading this book, I realised that my story with pain is one of a thousand if not millions of stories of athletes and sports people like me who had to give up what they loved so much due to the pain they were experiencing. Being curious I immediately started implementing the recommendations in the book, which consisted of a series of tailored exercises and stretches based on specific body types, and after two months I was cycling pain-free!
I started to cycle to work again, how wonderful this felt! Then on a rainy winter day my bike tyres got stuck in an old rail track and I had a very bad fall on my left shoulder which left my left arm and shoulder nearly immobile.
After one month of very painful and sleepless nights, I discovered amazing space-technology astronauts are given to heal themselves when in space. This space technology is based on the principles of biofeedback therapy, but available for medical professionals, therapists and also home users suffering from chronic pain. This is similar to Tens but 1000 times more effective. After 30 min of treatment by a non-professional, I had regained 75% of my range of motion in my left shoulder. I immediately bought a device and attended professional training courses in both functional anatomy and continued to heal myself. By then I had also realised that my injuries were always on the left side of my body, this was no coincidence as I suffered from Scoliosis leaning to left.
I realised that there were still a few more things ailing me as I had digestive issues, foggy brain and tingling in my fingers. I read up on amalgam fillings in dentistry. These can be quite toxic as they contain mercury - and I had nine of these. I went to see a dentist who specialised in removing these types of fillings. I learned that I had high levels of mercury toxicity in my body. When he removed them, instantly, I felt better. The tingling in my hands stopped, my head felt clear. I also started on a major detox programme and enzyme therapy to remove heavy metals, pesticides and pathogens and get rid of bad gut bacteria and heal leaky gut syndrome.
The machine the dentist used to analyse my toxicity was an FDA approved functional medicine Bioresonance device, which is also based on the principles of biofeedback. This is device can detect up to 55,000 substances or stressors in your body. Using this device, I was also diagnosed with carcinomas in my face and that I had high levels of certain pollutants in my body. I learned that from the tap water in my home, I was exposing myself and ingesting high amounts of methylcholanthrene. This was one of the key causes of my carcinomas, but I also contribute my mercury fillings to third, wrong facial creams, emotional issues and genetics. Doing the detox and enzyme program, using some of my own my biofeedback / frequency devices, herbal ointments, and installing tap water filters, enabled me to remove to get rid of my carcinomas. My son now always jokes that our kitchen looks like a science lab. :) Unfortunately, this is what is required to stay healthy, so much of our drinking water and food chain is either contaminated with toxins.
I was so impressed with the FDA approved Bioresonance analysis that I purchased this device. I also trained with the dentist for a period of 6 months. Alongside the professional training I underwent plus using this device has transformed my practice and enabled me to gain knowledge and understanding of the human body and how to heal it in an unprecedented and totally unexpected manner. And I am confident to say that all the body wants to do is heal itself and will do so very quickly once the right conditions are created.
I started healing people from all walks of life who were experiencing chronic pain. I watched their health and ability to engage in sports improve too! It was during this time that I came across the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) realising that without ever having attended their seminars, I was practicing the very same methods they were teaching to heal people. Functional Medicine like Functional Anatomy is THE FUTURE and every doctor and physician should incorporate it into their practice. I have since become a member of the IFM and learned all about anti-inflammatory diets. I have made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to healing people from chronic pain and optimise their health, so they can enjoy a pain-free, healthy and motion-rich life.
I’ve worked with many private clients, spoken in front of many groups and I lived my dream of returning to sports, doing adventure holidays, and enjoying my own motion-rich healthy life again. I am proud to say that I have helped 100s of people skyrocket their health in a relatively short period of time - 85% of chronic pain reduction within 2 to 3 months for 95% of my clients.
Who are your clients?
I heal people just like you and my clients come from all walks of life, but my core clients are usually men 40 - 80 years who love being active and are looking for a natural chronic pain relief solution, so they they can lead a pain-free, healthy and motion rich life. They work in the various industries and include:
- Golf and tennis players
- Professionals in the finance & banking industry
- Office workers
- IT consultants
- Builders & plumbers
- Sales professionals
What makes you different from other “Practioners”?
To the best of my knowledge I am the only one in the Western World who offers a total integrative approach to healing chronic pain including gently physical exercises and stretches, biofeedback therapy, nutrition, breathing and lifestyle changes all combined in one bespoke treatment plan. I consider myself very lucky to have been trained by some of the best doctors and therapists from across the world. I am dedicated to helping you get better using scientific methods and proven therapies that work. I also act like a coach who will help you realise your health and physical well-being goals.
You will be able to see the changes your body is undergoing from session to session. I work on the inner and outer principles to help my clients achieve a pain-free, healthy land motion-rich life. I consider myself to be a very thorough, motivational and authentic therapist. I also don’t pretend and you’ll always get a straight to the point and honest response from me.
I’m concerned with how to get you pain-free FAST – to help you STOP suffering and not being able to live your life the way you want to. I will always tell you the truth about what I think is standing in the way of you getting better and I will throw in a healthy dose of humour and inspiration, miracle gadgets, books & movies and supplements which will make you live a healthier and more fullfilled life.
What type of personality do you work best with & what is expected of me?
I absolutely love my clients. My Living Pain-Free programs are mainly for people who are ready to invest in their health and serious about getting better, breaking through inner resistance and unhealthy lifestyles and ending what I call “the comfort-suffering-syndrome-lifestyle”. Through my 7 years of practice I have learned that many people actually do not really want to get better, but use their symptoms to get the attention they crave. Lots of people try to refer their relatives to me, however, these relatives have no intention of getting better as they are comfortable with their pain or ill-health and use this to get attention from their relatives. My Living Pain-Free program was created to put steps in place from the moment you commence treatment, which will eventually lead you to getting better.
I’m known to work best with people similar to me who are enthusiastic, honest, committed to improving their health and are ready to get going and just want to know exactly what steps to take to do so. My clients often tell me – “just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!” No excuses anymore, just a very different way of thinking and full support while you achieve this incredibly exciting goal: a healthy pain-free and motion rich life. I promise I will hold your hand all the way!
For what type of people are your programs NOT going to work?
I don't want to waste peoples’ time or money, so please understand that I do not work with everyone. Sometimes I have to turn away people not suited for my therapies and won’t get the results for which they are signing up for. It wouldn’t be fair to them. My therapies work best for people who love being active and leading a motion-rich life.
You must be willing to invest around 30 minutes of your time per day in gentle exercises and stretches. Types of personalities that are not suited are the whiner and the ‘chronic skeptic’ or those who are happy with their suffering and just want ‘a little bit of therapy’ to feel they are doing something. If you are one of these people, I gently and respectfully ask that you not call and I hope you understand why. We’ll probably just not work well together. Is that fair?
What are the key components of your program?
I follow the functional anatomical and medical approach to prevent and reverse chronic pain and optimising health:
I use FDA (Food & Drug Administration) approved functional medical biofeedback devices in my practice that can in a short period of time scan your body for thousands of substances that cause your body stress and widespread illness. This includes pathogens and toxins and the detection of vitamin and amino acid deficiencies. It can also scan your organs for stress signals including your joints, immune and musculo-skeletal system. Many of my customers have had inconclusive blood and stool tests using conventional medical tests and I was able to develop them comprehensive treatment plans based on the biofeedback scanning!
However, if you suffer from a serious chronic health condition, I recommend you see a functional medical doctor. If you live in the UK, I suggest you make an appointment with Dr Suman Gupta, she is brilliant and will reverse complex conditions including Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, severe Migraine, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism and many other chronic illnesses. https://functionaldoctor.co.uk.
I also do a full analysis of your physique and develop a bespoke stretching and exercise plan unique to your physique. In order for the body and all its organs and limbs to function at an optimum level, it needs to have a straight spine and neutral pelvis. Your spinal cord gives you the ability to bend and your pelvis allows movement of the body, especially walking, running, sitting and kneeling. When your spine and pelvis are out of alignment or injured, your general mobility is limited and can disrupt neural responses, disabling sensations and impacting on functions in organs and other parts of your body. Incorrect movement, intense exercises and bad posture can add unnecessary pressure to the spine and the pelvis, which over time can lead to chronic pain and secondary health issues. Without your spine and pelvis working at optimal level, your quality of life can greatly deteriorate. You won’t be able to enjoy many of the activities you love.
So what exactly is involved?
Whether you see in in my clinic or on one of my retreats, I apply following approach consisting of following steps:
In your first session I will do a comprehensive health assessment including bio-resonance scanning your body for inflammation and stressors as well as a full functional anatomy or postural alignment analysis. Based on that I will develop you a bespoke health protocol with recommendations to supplements as well as an exercise plan with links to videos, so you can do them in the comfort of your own home. The latter will be totally bespoke to you and can vary from 20 - 30 minutes or 1 hour depending on how much time you have or can commit to doing.
Many people suffering from chronic pain cannot imagine doing exercise, but please do not worry, you willl not be given any exercise that will be taxing or aggravate your pain. Also many exercises can be done in different positions ranging from lying down, sitting or standing. This will be your choice.
Each therapy session will then focus around my 5 pillars to help you achieve a pain-free, healthy and motion-rich life:
Rapid Recovery Movement based on the functional anatomy / postural alignment assessment above will align, rebalance and strengthen your musculoskeletal system. This is the foundation for experiencing lasting relief from chronic pain. This program will be adjusted after every session and the progress you are making.
Find Your Healing Frequency is about the ultimate space technology called Scenar or Physiokey in Germany. Depending on you, I will either show you how to use Scenar or treat you with Scenar myself. This will instantly reduce pain, deal with inflammation, detox your body and relax you. I will also do a lot of mindset work with you if required, chronic pain has a lot of causes. I will also keep scanning your body with the bio-resonance device to check on progress.
Breathe Your Pain Away will deal with the ultimate life source: “Breathing”. The amount of oxygen we breathe influences the amount of energy that is re- leased into our body's cells. In this part of the program, I will teach you different breathing techniques. This will maximise oxygen levels in your body whilst helping you to relax, increase your energy, reduce inflammation so you can live a long and healthy life. This is incredibly energising and powerful.
Digest Yourself To Health is about identifying inflammatory foods that contribute to your chronic pain, but also aims to establish good gut function to maximise the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Where there is pain, there is inflammation, which will be made worse through the foods you eat, pathogens and parasites and something called leaky-gut, which most people who follow a wheat-rich diet eat will have.
Lifetime Success Strategies is all about helping you make those everyday lifestyle changes particularly in the kitchen and the home to live a healthy life and prevent disease. You will be introduced to simple techniques and de-vices that can be purchased to get your food pesticide-free, drink clean water and breathe fresh air even if you live in the inner-city.
Each session lasts around 2 hours whether online or in-clinic.
Note: If required I may send you to a masseur and osteopath to loosen-up tight muscles or fascia.
And how can this be done online?
Apart from the bio-resonance scanning, everything can be done online! Remember, before I became a qualified professional therapist, I learned to heal myself! I have developed an incredible online health coaching program that includes one-on-one sessions with me every 2 weeks. For for example you will be sent you own Scenar or Physiokey device, which I will teach you how to use.
The bio- resonance scanning will be replaced through extensive questionnaires. This will give me a very good overview of the secondary health issues you are facing and their potential causes. For example if you have extensive stomach gurgling and wind, it is very likely that you are suffering from bad gut bacteria and possibly even fungus and parasites.
How many sessions will I need?
My programs are structured in such a way that you will need between 6 - 8 sessions, whether this is online or in-clinic therapy.
What about your retreats?
You can also come to one of my retreats in the Azores or Iceland, where I will be carrying out the initial health assessments including the bioresonance scanning These are phenomenal 1 week holidays offering the ultimate in pampering, therapy and activities with like-minded people just like you. Participants are carefully selected. Please check my retreats out, I put my heart and soul into offering my clients the absolute best experience:
The retreats are based on demand, but I run approximately 4 per year. They are only for a maximum of 8 like-minded people and are obviously based on the COVID restrictions of the country they are in. If you already have a group of people interested in experiencing one of my retreats - which I currently run in the Azores or Iceland - please get in touch I would love to put together a bespoke package for your groups' interests, which can of course include other countries as well. So for example if you are a group of golfers and would love to have a retreat in a country which hosts one of your favourite golf clubs and courses or tournaments - such as in California, England, Scotland or Australia - then I can do so. Just let me know, there are no limits, just your imagination.
Does this really work?
Yes! Have a look at my Testimonials page! The result of my work is healing you from chronic pain from the inside out and with time and consistency you will improve your health and you will be able to do the things again you love so much. Not only that, but you will be able to do them for the rest of your life, because the work we will be doing is preventative too. I have prevented many hip and knee operations.
So, if this is so great, why has no one else heard about It?
Probably, we therapists are not the best marketeers relying most of the time on word-of-mouth. We have also become a society of pill poppers wanting a quick fix and relying on pharmaceutical medication to sort everything out. Now, don’t get me wrong, these have their place including steroids, but not on a long-term basis! Also ask yourself the question: “who are the chief executives of pharmaceutical companies accountable to?” My work is about healing and preventing chronic pain.
Can I contact some of your former clients to see what it’s like to work with you?
Yes, I encourage you to! Please go to the Testimonials page and read all of them. See which ones you feel drawn to, then get in touch with me and I will give you their email address so you can ask what they got from working with me and my programmes.
What results can I see?
- No or massively reduced pain
- Higher energy
- Better balance
- More core strength
- Improved mobility & flexibility
- A pumped up immune system
- Better metabolic and digestive efficiency
- Enhanced athletic performance
- Restful nights
- Mental clarity
- General physical well being
- Growth in confidence
- Disappearance of many secondary health issues incl. high blood pressure
How Quickly Can I Expect Results?
That depends on how quickly you can make those necessary changes to get better such as exercising every day, applying the space technology devices, taking the recommended herbal supplements, adjusting your diet, getting rid of bad posture habits, books I will give you to read and other recommended changes. Some clients are ready to go and sky-rocket their health in a very short time frame, while others have a bit more work to do first. I will give you an indication of what I can do and how long it will take after our free consultation session and definitely the initial health assessment.
Is the investment I put into this health plan justified?
Yes, a resounding Yes! You will be seeing great health outcomes. Many clients are excited to report that they were able to see improvements within the first three weeks. I want you to stop reading for just one moment to ask yourself, “What is my health worth to me?” What you do with my health plan is what I call a series of major health breakthroughs that will move you much faster towards your health goals than you would on your own or therapists that only use one therapy. I work from the inside out. You are investing in health and well-being results. Imagine what it would feel like playing pain-free with your children / grandchildren again, being able to go hiking, going on bike rides, skiing, adventure holidays or just having a restful night.
Susanne, based on everything I’ve read and heard about you, I know you’re the one I want to work with. What are my options for getting started with you?
Get in touch and schedule a free consultation with me and we will discuss how I can best help you. Free consultations can be online or in-clinic.
I also hold regular workshops including outside London and abroad such as Dubai and the US as long as they cover travel and overnight stay cost.