Holly's Story

My daughter was 7 years old when she first met her Sunflower Practitioner, the Sunflower man as Holly would later call him. Little did I know then what a profound difference that man was going to make to my daughter.

Holly had been having terrible communication problems at school. She was always getting into trouble with her teachers for bad behaviour and the other children found her behaviour very strange. As a result, Holly did not have many friends. I can honestly say that at that time, school was a disaster. Holly seemed to live her life in chronic anxiety – she was permanently uptight, confused and way behind in her school work. Unable to understand why Holly was so stressed and confused all the time, we took her to the doctor, who referred us to our local hospital where Holly was formally diagnosed as having ADD. We were told that the only treatment was a drug called Ritalin. When I asked if there were any alternatives to this drug, I was told that this was the only option.

I left the hospital in despair. There was no way that I wanted to drug my daughter but I didn’t know what alternatives there were. Determined to find some other way of helping Holly, I started to research alternative treatments and discovered the Sunflower Programme. When I contacted the Sunflower Trust, I felt that their programme was the kind of support I was looking for. What made things even better was the fact that the Trust was able to provide me with bursary funding to cover the cost of the treatment. So, after the feeling of desperation when told that drugs were the only solution for Holly, I was now feeling hopeful that there was actually an alternative that would help her in a natural way. Little did I know just how powerful that natural approach would be.


We had our first two appointments and Holly seemed quite happy to go to the clinic. I was certainly intrigued at what he was doing. I can’t say I understood all of the programme but whatever it was seemed to be having a good effect on her. Then, on the third appointment, something happened that will live with Holly and me for the rest of our lives. In the middle of the session, the practitioner started to give Holly a head massage. I think he explained that he was gently using acupressure to free blockages for Holly. As I watched, I saw before my very eyes Holly’s face and body change as her stress and tension started to disappear. It is very hard to describe exactly what I witnessed at that moment; I can only say that Holly’s face looked as though she would like to float out of the consultation room! When we left the clinic, Holly said, “Mummy, I feel wonderful.”

After that incredible appointment, there was no looking back for Holly. Not only did I notice changes in her behaviour but so did her school. In her next English test at school, Holly managed to jump a massive two levels in her reading band for no apparent reason. Her teachers were amazed.

Her handwriting improved dramatically as well, quite spontaneously, and teachers reported that she was able to concentrate, communicate and absorb information far better than she had done before.

Now Holly has completely caught up at school and is a relaxed and happy child with a very positive outlook on life. I put this dramatic change down to our Sunflower man and the amazing Sunflower Programme. Through the experience of this programme, both Holly and I have learned that real health starts from within. That is something that Holly has had the privilege of learning at a very early age and will stay with her for the rest of her life. Holly says, “Thank you Mr. Sunflower Man!”

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