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"In bio-mechanical approaches to health it is regarded that structure governs function, however the Podo-Rhacidian Mobilisation Therapy regards emotions to be the underlying cause of structural instability."

Anthony Mossop

The Jodie Kidd Story

Published: 15/03/2012 14:43:01
Source: The Express - Life

FOR A MOMENT, every Inch of Jodie Kidd's 6ft plus frame droops. Her head hangs between her hunched shoulders, even the long blonde hair seems lank and her mouth turns down disconsolately. "That's what I was like when I was depressed." she explains earnestly.

Then she straightens up, pushing her shoulders back and towering gloriously over the rest of us "And this is how I am now -  sunny and smiley – so I can stand up straight and proud!" She roars with laughter, her smile stretching from ear to ear.

Looking at Jodie, it's hard to believe that until recently, this chilled out 20-year-old was, by her own admission, heading for a nervous breakdown. "I was digging myself into a very deep hole, which was spiritual as well as physical," she says. Jodie had become skeletally thin and some journalists chose to label her anorexic and speculated about heroin addiction. "I just got really down about the whole thing. I've never been anorexic and I've certainly never been a drug addict. I found being away from my home, my family, my animals and the sea hard enough when I took up modeling but his whole media slur just brought me down until I didn't really know how to pick myself up."


The catalyst for her recovery was her long-time boyfriend, music producer Joel Chinn who, like Jodie, comes from Jersey.

"He has been one of the best friends that I've ever had, One day he said my behavior just couldn't go on and that I clearly had something wrong with me. I was always down, I have very little energy, I was constantly getting colds and infections and I was generally bad tempered and miserable."

Although she went on working, she regularly had panic attacks before shows. Joel suggested Jodie go to see Diana Mossop, and alternative practitioner with a clinic in Jersey and an old schoolfriend of his mother, who had cured her of various ailments with the help of flower remedies.

Jodie was open-minded and had already tried a range of complementary therapies in an effort to climb out of the dark hole she was in "They all worked for a little while but after two weeks or so I was back the same as before," Joel virtually  had to drag her to Diana's door, "But thank God he did," she says. "Before my first visit, Diana arranged for a sample of my spit and hair to be sent over to her in Jersey for her to analyse. When I met her she very quickly told me that many of my problems were due to me having the glandular fever virus. This was something my mother had brought up with doctors but they had told us it wasn't what I was suffering from and refused to do blood tests. The first thing I did after seeing Diana was to get a blood test and I did have the virus,"

On that first visit, Diana talked to Jodie about her life Jodie explains: "There were things that I knew deep down had disturbed me but on the surface I had brushed aside.

"She told me that as a child I had suffered from a feeling of rejection and isolation. This was related to being sent to boarding school as a little girl while my parents traveled or were in Barbados. I always thought I was OK about this – I had my horses back in Britain – but deep down I know I was hurt by a feeling of abandonment"

Diana prescribed flower remedies to help Jodie find her way through the difficulties. "The effects of the formulas started to be noticeable after about two weeks.

"Most of all, I started being less anxious. I used to suffer terrible anxiety fits, especially about never knowing where I would be going on a job the next week." After she started the remedies, Jodie began to feel a lot more relaxed about her hectic lifestyle. "I became more secure and less bothered about what other people thought of me. For the first time, I actually began to enjoy my own company and when you've been petrified for so long about being alone, I can't tell you what a relief and a comfort that was."

Diana also scrutinised Jodie's diet. "As a model you're never fed properly. I'm naturally very thin and ideally I'd prefer to be slightly bigger but it's just not the way I'm built. In the modelling world, it's very uncool to have lots of food about. So I would turn up at 8am at some shoot or other after a long flight and be offered either a diet Coke or champagne. If there was any food, it was fat-free nibbles." Diana identified vitamin and mineral deficiencies due to Jodie not eating properly and also to her dislike of vegetables.

As well as treating Jodie's mind, the flower formulas helped to rebalance her body. "After a few weeks, I felt like I had woken up from a long sleep — I was totally revitalised and I started to change my diet to complement the effect."

Today, Jodie consults Diana Mossop about three times a year. The rest of the time she treats herself from a box containing the full range of 20 remedies made up as tiny white pills. She is so convinced that the formulas, called phytobiophysics, have "totally changed" her life that her beaming face is on a poster advertising them. It's an extraordinary testament to her faith in what appears to be one of the least scientific and most New Age of complementary therapies.

Diana Mossop started investigating these remedies nearly 20 years ago when her elder son Anthony, then three years old, became very weak and sickly and doctors could find no cause. She had been interested in alternative therapies for more than a decade. Herbs and nutritional supplements had helped her recover from malaria and she tried Anthony on the same. But it wasn't until she discovered flower remedies through reading a book by Dr Edward Bach, one of the pioneers, that Anthony started to recover from what she sees as a form of post-viral fatigue.

Diana experimented with indigenous wild flowers of Jersey, using a traditional method of floating the flowers in bowls of water and leaving them to infuse in the sunshine. Anthony recovered and Diana developed her interest into what she calls. "This philosophy of healing". The concept starts from the basis that everything in the universe is interconnected by the same life force, or energy. Like practitioners of Oriental medicines. Diana believes that illness results from blocks which stop the energy-flowing Many Western scientists now accept the principles of, say, acupuncture which is based on removing blocks along energy lines or meridians in the body

Diana says that the colours of the flowers correspond with those of the seven chakras, which according to Oriental health systems are the energy centres lined up from the crown of our heads to the base of our spine. She claims that each flower essence has its own very specific vibrational frequency to harmonise imbalances our bodies and minds.

Although many alternative practitioners explain what they do through "vibrational frequencies", it is explanation which even open-minded scientists somewhat sceptical about, though not necessarily cause they disbelieve it.

"These things seem to work and they're harmless. But we simply don't know enough to say that it's because of vibrational frequencies — there are huge in our understanding." says biochemist Dr Linda Fellows, an internationally respected authority herbal medicine

The fact is that if there are these vibrations haven't figured out what they are." says biophysicist Dr Luca Turin from the University of London. But he adds: "I'm a great believer in the unknown. To say that what we don't know isn't there is ridiculous.

For Jodie and Joel, as for the thousands who have benefited from phytobiophysics (and from other flower formulas), explaining how it works is irrelevant. There are now about 200 practitioners in England, Ireland, Mexico, Israel and Malaysia and, as Joel says: " People may be skeptical but when they try it and get a really positive feeling of energy, they change their minds."


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