Le Magnétiseur

Bear has been suffering more and more with pain in his legs recently. The only tablets that give any relief are anti-inflammatories which are forbidden because he already has some kidney damage.

Our GP says he should take six  100omg paracetamol tablets a day but there doesn’t seem much point if they don’t help the pain.

Philippe at La Fontaine suggested we went to see a Magnétiseur. He had seen one in Deauville and it had done him good. Unfortunately he didn’t know any local practitioners but Arlette knew a customer who might be able to help and, sure enough, a couple of days later she rang me with details of someone nearby who was a magnétiseur.

I made an appointment and we went this morning at 10 o’clock.

Bruno is in the throes of moving from a modern house in a beautiful village south west of Charleville to a tiny hamlet further away so the rooms were pretty bare apart from some chairs and ‘medical bed’.

He made us feel at ease immediately but explained that curing arthritis would be impossible. He couldn’t even promise that he could relieve the pain but he would do his best. Then he sat down opposite Bear and tried to persuade him to relax. He used a kind of small pendulum and checked his chakras one by one. Then he asked him to lie on the bed and continued the treatment by passing his hands over Bear’s body from his head to his toes,  pausing at each chakra and sometimes making gestures as though he were throwing something away.

This might seem crazy but Bear said he could feel his hands moving over him even though he never touched him and both he and the Magnétiseur had their eyes shut. He described a sensation like bubbles moving and bursting and at the end of the session he said that although the pain was still there it didn’t hurt in the same way.

Bruno apologised for not being able to offer us a drink but said Bear should have a large glass of water as soon as he got home. He might feel a bit dopey for a day or two but this was normal. He said that if Bear felt the treatment was beneficial he would need another couple of sessions. If, on the other hand, he felt it hadn’t worked then maybe he’d like to try another Magnétiseur as they all have their own methods.

I asked him how he had become a Magnétiseur and he explained that he only started a couple of years a go and felt it was an ‘obligation’ – I suppose he meant a kind of calling. Training is free if you have the ‘gift’ and ongoing in that you spend time with more experienced practitioners every so often to learn from them.

He said that he didn’t look what he was doing because his hands were guided. He asked if I believed in God and when I replied  ‘not the God of religion’ he went on to say he was guided by a ‘higher power’ –  whatever you believe in.

It was also interesting when he said that sometimes he is ‘not allowed’ to alleviate suffering because it is part of the lesson to be learned by the person concerned and if he took away the pain the lesson would not be effective.

When I reached for the chequebook he asked if we had cash.

“How much is it?” I asked.

“You give me what you think.” was the reply.

We had no idea of a suitable amount so Bear asked him to make a suggestion.

“Would 20 euros be alright?” he asked.

So that’s what Bear gave him and it seems to be well worth it.

14 Responses to “Le Magnétiseur”

  1. guyana gyal Says:

    How’s Bear feeling today?

    That’s an interesting thing to say, that he’s not allowed to take away the suffering because it’s a part of the lesson that the person must learn. I hope that anyone who’s suffering and can’t have his or her pain removed learn the lesson so s/he can be healed!

    I finally convinced my mother, via a friend of mine, to take cod liver oil everyday. She’s felt so good since that she now tells every single person about cod liver oil.

  2. sablonneuse Says:

    Yes, G-G, I know several people who take cod liver oil for their joints. Unfortunately Bear refuses to swallow it because it’s ‘fishy’.
    He still feels ‘different’ and it still hurts but is much more bearable. At the moment he’s definitely thinking of going back for another session.
    Like you, I find it difficult to get my head round the idea that we have several (or maybe many) lives in order to develop spiritually but this is the kind of thing I’ve been talking about with Rosemary so I’m trying to understand a bit better.

  3. tillylil Says:

    what about trying a veggie omega 3 equivalent for joints?
    not sure if Hemp oil has lots of omega 3 in

    • sablonneuse Says:

      Hello Tillylil, lovely to hear from you again. How are you?
      Bear has tried most supplements for joints without success but so far, he hasn’t had omega 3 per se. It’s worth a go.
      All the same, he’s impressed with the difference in his legs, even if the pain hasn’t gone completely and definitely wants another session.
      It’s odd that he won’t tell his family exactly what kind of treatment he had!

  4. Pat Says:

    I once went on a yoga course – residential and towards the end the teacher spent an afternoon walking up and down our spines and doing the throwing away – all the bad stuff we believed. Afterwards we all felt tired but totally relaxed and euphoric but the teacher was completely drained and went straight to bed. She had taken all our stress and although did the throwing away inevitably some lingered with her.
    Call me barmy but it’s true.

    • sablonneuse Says:

      It does sound strange, Pat, but I don’t think you’re barmy – especially after our experience with the magnetiseur.

  5. antiphonsgarden Says:

    As someone able tp perceive such things probably through my family background, I have always laugh about the expensive courses who pretend that they provide rare wisdom about something who appears natural to me.
    Here the most goes to some rebouteux, no wonder considering the prescription politic of many doctors who disgrace natural remedies for the profit of the pharmaceutics industry( beware of the side effects!).
    I have by chance a doctor who is wise enough to not have such an attitude.
    Has bear tried to regain more awareness how he moves or stays?
    His breathing patterns, his flexibility?

  6. sablonneuse Says:

    Our medecin traitant does not believe in alternative therapies so it will be interesting to see what she says (if we tell her) next time we go.
    I most certainly agree with you about the profits of pharmaceutical companies and the side effects of drugs and we do our best to avoid then whenever possible.

  7. Solal Says:

    Amazing story. Thank you for sharing… May I ask the name of the magnetiseur? Do you think he can work by distance or does he have to be physically in front of the patient. I would be very interested in working with him.
    Thank you in advance for yor help,

  8. Susie Vereker Says:

    How interesting. I hope the effect lasted. It sounded relaxing and I believe relaxation helps some with pain.

  9. Jordan Says:

    20euros is a very reasonable price!! almost a gift!!
    A appointment w a “magnetiseur” is normally about 50-60euros

  10. canisfamiliaris Says:

    What an interesting story, Sandy. I think that alternative treatments can be effective but part of that is thinking that it can make a difference. Its a state of mind.

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