What is Secrets to Recovery?
Secrets to Recovery is an online platform from The Optimum Health Clinic (OHC), one of the world’s leading clinics specialising in ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia. OHC’s twenty specialist practitioners have supported thousands of people with this group of illnesses since 2004, and Secrets to Recovery is recommended for all patients, as well as those not working with the clinic to benefit from its ground-breaking approach.
This 10th anniversary edition has brand new HD video recordings of all core modules sharing the very latest of the OHC approach, as well as access to the full archive of audio sessions from the original Secrets to Recovery launched in 2007. This includes 10 core video modules, and over 100 audio sessions including over 40 in-depth recovery stories, resulting in over 100 hours of content. If you are looking for support in recovery from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia there is literally nothing like this anywhere else in the world.
10 Core Modules
The OHC Model of ME, CFS and FibromyalgiaAlex offers a general definition and explains why lack of clarity in diagnosis is a key aspect of this group of illnesses and goes onto outline the process and cycle of how someone becomes ill. Alex also introduces the OHC model of subtypes, and the importance of being in a healing state.
Coaching yourself for recoveryLearning to be our own best coach and navigate the twists and turns of recovery is critically important. In this module Alex talks about learning to be proactive and get yourself inspired, the importance of solving the puzzle of your own recovery, and the power of positive action.
Introduction to functional medicineHelen Lynam, Director of Nutrition at OHC, explains why digestion and absorption are so critical and some key principles that can impact. She goes on to explore the importance of cellular energy production and mitochondrial function, and outlines the role supplements can play in supporting healing.
Pacing and preventing relapseAlex explores key elements of the OHC approach around stages of recovery and types of tiredness. Stages of recovery help us understand why treatments that are helpful at one stage can be harmful at another. Types of tiredness help us balance our activity based on the kind of tiredness we are experiencing. Alex also explains how to increase activity using the concept of bouncing the boundaries.
Working with emotions
Unprocessed emotions can play a critical role in both causing and impacting recovery.
Furthermore, learning to listen to and work in harmony with the body is a key part of the healing journey. In this series Alex explores how to work with your emotions in a way which supports healing.
Introduction to meditationMeditation teacher Linda Hall shares the story of her own recovery ME/CFS and the powerful role that meditation played in supporting it. She goes onto explain what meditation is and what it isn’t, share some of the benefits and then lead a simple guided meditation.
Meditation applicationsLinda Hall builds on the introductory course and teaches specific practices to support recovery. Applications include how to cultivate awareness, be more grounded, and develop self-compassion.
Introduction to EFTEmotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is at the forefront of the new field broadly defined as Energy Psychology. By tapping on certain acupuncture points whilst being tuned into emotions, research has found that powerful releases and healing can happen. In this introductory series Emma Johnson, EFT trainer and OHC psychology practitioner, teaches the fundamentals of EFT as used by the OHC team.
EFT applicationsEmma Johnson builds on the introduction series to introduce specific application of EFT. Sessions include the full EFT recipe, emergency short cuts, the personal peace procedure, constricted breathing technique, EFT choices protocol and how to work with beliefs.
Recovery storiesAlex Howard interviews a range of former OHC patients about their journey of recovery from CFS, ME and Fibromyalgia. Guests talk candidly about what has helped them, what hasn’t and their core lessons from being ill. Whilst each path to recovery is unique, there are also central themes that join them, and Alex helps the viewer identify what these might be using the map of The Optimum Health Clinic.
+ over 100 additional audio interviews with experts and those recovered from ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia
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What evidence is there for Secrets to Recovery?
In 2014 a peer reviewed research study was published on Secrets to Recovery in Psychology Research and Behavior Management, independently conducted by the Chronic Illness Research Team at University of East London.
Despite only having an eight-week follow up due to time constraints, the study found improvements in sleeping difficulties and perceived control. It has been found in previous research that perceived control impacts functional ability and psychological adjustment in those with ME/CFS over time.
A landmark study on the OHC’s approach ME/CFS was also published in the British Medical Journal Open in 2012 and found statistically significant improvement in all treatment groups at three months. The OHC is currently conducting a randomised controlled trial on its approach in the UK with University of Surrey.
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