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Bowen Technique By Karen

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Are you unknowingly prolonging your injury?

Posted on 25 July, 2014 at 17:26 Comments comments (0)
Are you unknowingly prolonging your injury?

“You owe it to yourself to take responsibility for your health”

The best of treatments can be undermined with bad postural, movement and dietary habits.  In chronic re-occurring conditions please examine all your daily activities.  Many people have bad habits they are unaware of which exacerbate their condition. Listed are a few of the more common problems along with some basic health tips.

  • Sitting with wallet in back pocket
    (Pelvic imbalance, which side bends the spine and leads to chronic pain)
  • Crossing legs over knee in seated position
    (Pelvic imbalance which side bends the spine and leads to chronic pain)
  • Bad computer, work station, or TV position (Head on an angle &/or not at eye level)
  • Rounding back while at desk/ lounge
  • Cracking own spine regularly
  • Phone held up by shoulder (Use a head set or hands-free)
  • Heavy bag over one shoulder
    (Take out unnecessary items and change to an “over the opposite shoulder” bag)
  • Sleeping on stomach (Head turned to side puts uneven strain on the neck)
  • Sleeping in a draft or with air-conditioner blowing on neck
  • Falsely believing symptom free is symptom eradication (It takes time for an injury to return to full strength. This is why 3 to 6 treatments may be required and monthly top ups)
  • Not resting long enough or not working around an injury (Repair takes time)
  • Watching TV in bed (Head is in an over flexed position)
  • Falling asleep seated on sofa watching TV or reading (Head flops into flexion)
  • Head in prolonged extension in bowl at hair salon
  • Meditation (If you let your head flop while in a seated position)
  • Wet hair in air-conditioner or going out in the cold(Can cause scalp muscles to contract)
  • High heel shoes (Shortens calf muscles and puts strain on hip flexors)
  • Wearing a heel lift in your shoe for a short leg when it often is caused by muscle imbalance (Causes long term pain in many areas of the body – check with your therapist)
  • Shoes that have limited flexibility up & down restrict the foots natural “toe to heel “movement (They need to bend, our feet are not like planks of wood)
  • Shoes that are too narrow
    (Our feet are designed to spread for support & shock absorption)
  • Tight underwear and clothing (Cutting of Lymph, nerve and blood flow)
  • Not keeping reasonably fit and supple
  • Bad eating habits (healthy fuel and not excessive intake)
  • Not drinking enough water every day
  • Not having a regular “Maintenance Treatment” monthly or at least 4 times a year
  • Putting up with pain for so long that you accept it. It will usually become worse! 
  • Analyse everything you do on a regular basis. Work, Hobbies, Sport, Exercise, stress levels and relaxation. 
  • Look for bad ergonomics. 

Your News: The Bowen is a technique like no other

Posted on 24 May, 2014 at 13:29 Comments comments (0)
Your News: The Bowen is a technique like no other
by Louise Dunthorne

The Bowen Technique is a form of body work unlike any other where the therapist is not in constant contact with the body, this is normal and an important part of the treatment.

Imagine, lying face down on a treatment couch where gentle rolling movements are being applied to different parts of the body; warmth or a tingling sensation is often felt over the area just worked. The therapist leaves the room for a few minutes (the breaks). A deep sense of relaxation is felt. The therapist returns and applies more of the moves and disappears again. This pattern continues, turn on to your back and the treatment resumes in a similar style. Often clients may feel like drifting off to sleep this is 
OK.

‘The breaks’ are fundamental: a dialogue has started between the brain and the body’s systems so the body can heal itself, Bowen therapists work on the fascia, the connective tissue that wraps around muscles, which they believe can become twisted and cause pain – often somewhere else as the body compensates for the original injury.

Most clients visit their Bowen therapist for muscular-skeletal problems: such as, frozen shoulder, back pain or sporting injuries. It is also beneficial for asthma, arthritis and migraine sufferers, to name a few. It is recommend to try Bowen for almost anything.

Sometimes a client will visit their Bowen Therapist about a particular problem to find that a different ailment has disappeared. Bowen therapists are finding that the body priorities what it wants to heal first. An example of this is when seeing a gentleman with a bad back who failed to mention he had suffered with eczema all his life and suddenly realised after a week his eczema had disappeared. Now how many people would say that was just a coincidence, what would you think?

Have at least 3 sessions to allow your body to hold the changes taking place. Most clients will visit their therapist once a week for two or three weeks then like to have a ‘top up’ between four to eight weeks some manage to go longer between a treatment.

After a first treatment most clients will get up and say. ‘Oh is that it! or, that was really weird but extremely relaxing’!

Children respond very well to Bowen they only need to have a short treatment it can help with poor sleep patterns, growing pains, baby colic, eczema and all sorts of child related problems. Children’s Bowen Clinics are popping up all over the country and many therapists will treat children at a reduced rate.

Depending on the tensions the body is holding, changes take time, don’t expect instant relief, have patience the treatment will continue to work for about a week after a session and the changes can be subtle.

There are now a thousand practitioners in Britain, and it has a diverse fan base, including celebrities such as Elle Macpherson, footballer Dwight Yorke and adventurer Bear Grylles.

Link to original article:
http://www.bournelocal.co.uk/news/health/health-news/your-news-the-bowen-is-a-technique-like-no-other-1-5907499

Brain Mapping and the Bowen Technique

Posted on 24 May, 2014 at 13:11 Comments comments (1)

Brain Mapping and the Bowen Technique
by Alexia Monroe , Bowenwork Instructor

I became inspired to explore brain mapping and its connection to the Bowen Technique through V.S. Ramachandran’s book, Phantoms in the Brain. Dr. Ramachandran explores the fascinating research into different centers of the brain responsible for our “body image”.

The research began in the 1940′s, during brain surgery performed by Dr. Wilder Penfield. Brain surgery is often done on fully conscious patients, because the brain contains no pain receptors. Patients would spontaneously tell Penfield what they felt or remembered when different centers were touched, and he noticed there was a consistency to these patterns. He formalized his experiments, and throughout the 40′s and 50′s, he produced the first “brain maps” detailing sensations, emotions and memory in each area of the brain.

It is now understood that these brain maps are universal. Every square centimeter of skin surface has a corresponding nerve locus in the brain, and there are networks of maps throughout the brain’s lobes. There are 30 maps for vision, alone. Interestingly, the maps do not reflect the proportions or order of the body’s form. For example, the areas in the brain corresponding to our hands and face are huge in comparison to other areas of our bodies. And in terms of order, the receptors for the foot are located directly next to those for the pelvis, not the leg ( a reason beyond the obvious for Bowen’s direction to address the pelvis for foot problems?). Receptors for the hand are located directly next to those for the face, not the arm.

Ramachandran did groundbreaking research into amputees’ phantom limb pain, and through his experiments, developed more “maps’. He found there was a detailed, sensory replication of a man’s missing left hand on both his left face and shoulder. That is, when he stroked tiny areas of skin on the face, the man would report, “that is my left index finger”, “that is my left thumb”, until a missing picture of the hand could be drawn. The stroking of the skin located another replica of the hand on the man’s shoulder. The research indicates that, in an absence of stimulation from the amputated limb, the brain sent new neurons into adjoining areas, thus overlapping receptor sites.

Apparently we are born with a fully functioning holographic pattern of our bodies, which is the blueprint that directed our formation as an embryo. Over the course of our lives, our sensory input, including injury and trauma, is etched over that blueprint, creating new pathways in the brain. When the brain directs a body part to move, but it does not respond, as in the case of an amputation or an injury, “a kind of ‘learned paralysis’ is stamped into the brain’s circuitry”. Could it be that Bowen movements, which stimulate the brain through the body’s internal nervous system (the proprioceptors), effect the ‘resetting’ we speak of by actually reawakening the brain’s original, holographic blueprint?

Sensory information follows a path from the sense organs to the limbic system, which is our emotional system. The information is passed to the thalamus and hypothalamus, which distributes information to the autonomic nervous system (including blood pressure), the pituitary (controlling the hormonal system), and the parietal lobes (where the “body image” is stored). Bowen’s minimum two minutes’ wait between moves allows the sensory information to be processed and allow these systems to respond. Neuroscience supports the reasoning behind longer waits if the area has been traumatized or limited, in a “learned paralysis”, for a longer period of time.

Ramachandran’s experiments on body image showed that our brain’s “body image” is highly flexible, operating on an assumption of possibilities. As Ramachandran says, “Your own body is a phantom, one that your brain has temporarily constructed purely for convenience”. It can be convinced that the stroking of one’s own hand, hidden from view, in synchrony with a table surface within one’s view, can only mean that the table is part of one’s body. If the table is suddenly whacked after this “melding of body image” has occurred, a galvanic skin response monitor would register trauma in the brain far greater than usual.

Evidently human beings routinely extend our “body image” into our surroundings, to encompass our cars, our homes, and our loved ones. The study of immune system disorders reveals a common history of car accidents or other physical emotional trauma, either recent or long-term, before the onset of symptoms. No wonder our immune systems break down after a car accident, or a burglary, or a loved one’s trauma– to our brains, it is an attack on our own bodies!

This understanding of body image can be useful to a positive effect as well. It offers support to the Bowen Therapy’s ability to heal through surrogates, or to aid healing of an individual by working on the entire family group. One of the most mysterious reports of Ramachandran’s was on epilepsy. Evidently epileptics whose seizures center in the limbic system commonly exhibit an unusual profound, personal feeling for God. During the seizures, the “feel they are gazing directly into God’s eyes”. Among those whose epilepsy centers in the temporal lobes, many report feeling spiritually “awakened”, and that this feeling remains with them even between seizures.

Dr. Ramachandran writes, “Many a patient has told me of ‘a divine light that illuminates all things’. No one knows why this happens, but it’s as though the repeated electrical bursts inside the patient’s brain permanently ‘facilitate’ certain pathways or may open new channels.” He asks, “Could it be that human beings have actually evolved specialized neural circuitry for the sole purpose of mediating religious experience?” He goes on to explore possible Darwinian reasons why we may have evolved the circuitry, as he observes that organisms only have traits if they serve evolutionary reasons. He notes that they may lie dormant, but be reawakened when needed.

I found myself thinking, “So we are hardwired for God?” We have all seen how Bowen can align all aspects of physical health. Many of us have noticed in our clients and ourselves a mental, emotional and spiritual re-balancing, too. Neuroscience is an area of study in its infancy, compared to many. And my understanding of it is very elemental. Yet what I have learned indicates to me that Bowen Therapy truly may “turn on the Light in the brain”.

Link to original article:
http://bowenworkstherapy.com/resources-bowenwork-therapy-in-flagstaff-arizona/articles/321-2/

My sceptical visit to a Bowen practitioner

Posted on 24 May, 2014 at 12:43 Comments comments (0)
My sceptical visit to a Bowen practitioner
By Carolyn Jarman


I had tried doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists (each helping in some small way), but my back problems increased to the point of desperation. If I forward even slightly from the perpendicular, I fell flat on my face as my back gave way.

Progressing to back spasms (every couple of days) made me cry out in pain before I collapsed on the floor yet again. My husband had to put my shoes and socks on for me and often help me to dress. I couldn’t sit in a car for more than 30 minutes without a walk to ease the pain and stiffness. 

Despite this I was moderately active at home for short periods between 9am and 3pm, once I loosened up after the many and varied stretches I did. During the night I changed position every hour and ran through my stretches again (sending my husband to another bed). The three mattresses I trialled made no difference to my comfort and by 5am I rose – to lie down was no longer bearable.

My lady doctor eventually referred me to a GP who practised Bowen (I would not have the suggested spinal operation – I saw too many failures of this procedure in my own family). She had recent positive feedback from other Bowen patients but admitted to not knowing much about it herself. The initial cost of $30 (2004) a session squeezed my otherwise tight budget.

As I waited my turn at the clinic, I watched faces enter in agony and smiling faces leave – my hopes soared. Photos of the slender, elderly doctor competing in marathons lined the walls in the waiting room of the remodelled timber house. Some patients sat in the morning sun on the patio with a peaceful view of the native garden.

“Mrs Jarman?” The doctor shook my hand and in a quiet, smiling voice introduced himself. I watched his eyes follow the last patient leave. “I am still awed by the difference in their strides”, he said. I sat in his office, while he listened to my problems, wrote notes, and then explained the Bowen modality to me. He led me to one of the treatment rooms, which held only a divan bed, a chair and a reverse cycle air conditioner. Left to undress in bra and undies, I laid on my stomach on the bed with a quilt covering me. 

Doctor returned, rubbed his cold hands for my benefit and began some very gentle, unique massage type movements down my spine for only a few minutes before leaving me to rest. A note was made on a memo pad attached to the door. He closed the door and went to another patient.
I thought, “That can’t do anything. He must be a quack”. 

I then felt a warmth run up my spine and I almost nodded off before he entered again and worked on my neck and legs, each time for just a few minutes, allowing a 10 minute rest between treatments. About 40 minutes later, I dressed and left with the doctor’s warnings not to use any heat treatment or hot showers; no massaging or rubbing (as one does to any sore spots); no sitting still for more than 50 minutes and to make an appointment for the following week.

Sitting in the passenger seat of the car as my husband drove off, I looked back, out of habit, to see if the traffic was clear. My head turned further than ever before. I didn’t realise I had any neck problems previously, but this was a new range of vision!

On arriving home I got out to open the farm gate. Grinning from ear to ear, I did a jig and told hubby, “I feel like dancing”. Unbelievably, the sun had set before I stopped working at weeding and clearing dead banana plants – carrying the long trunk pieces to the mulch pile (well, the doctor did say there were no restrictions on exercise)! I slept well and continued my new life throughout that week.

On my second visit I gave thanks to my new super hero doctor. He treated me but said I would not need any further sessions. I didn’t feel nearly as good but put it down to the cold weather. A week later, quite sore again, I made another appointment.

The Doctor apologised for my discomfort and questioned me further, finally realising that I had used my electric blanket. Apparently, any heat negates the treatment in the first 10 days. “Heat switches it off”, he said. “We don’t fully understand how Bowen works, but it does work.”

Yes it does, I was 90% better for 6 months. A problem in my groin sent me back for one session but the doctor told me he was not always successful for that area but gave it a try. That made him human to me – he, or Bowen, could not fix everything but it was worth a try. The groin did improve and released in time. I only had one other overhaul of my entire body 12 months later and now (2007) I am 100% fit and healthy. I walk 4.5km daily, plus work around the farm including filing the feet of my five miniature ponies.

An equine Bowen practitioner works on an injured pony of mine now, with great success. So it is not mind over matter or quackery, as many crippled horses also recover to lead useful lives. I recommend Bowen to everyone.
 
By Carolyn Jarman

Link to original article:
http://livingnow.com.au/articles/health-and-healing/my-sceptical-visit-to-a-bowen-practitioner

A day in the life of James Ellison BSB (British Super Bikes) Rider

Posted on 24 May, 2014 at 12:23 Comments comments (0)

A day in the life of James Ellison BSB (British Super Bikes) Rider

A day in the life of…
So now that things have settled down a little I thought id write a blog to let everyone know what I’ve been up to recently.  The first round at Brands Hatch Easter weekend was certainly one I will remember for many reasons, one of them being it was the first time id had a double podium since 2010, we had somewhat of an up and down season last year so to bag a double podium at my first meeting with a new team and a new bike gave me a heap of confidence, especially considering I got the first podium from 16th on the grid and with an injury sustained in qualifying that later turned out to be a cracked pelvis with internal muscle bleeding and bruising! 

Myself and Stalker gave Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki their first BSB podiums (both in the first race) so that was something else it will be remembered for.

Going into the second round at Oulton Park I wasn’t so sure that we would be able to maintain the the fantastic start to the year as my injury became really painful in the days following Brands Hatch, I continued in the gym as normal and managed just one hour testing at Oulton Park the week before the race before I finally gave into it and took some medical advice. 

Friday after the test I met with Circuit doctor (Dr Martin) and he along with Heike Romer managed to get me booked in for an MRI scan in liverpool the evening of the Oulton test. 

Once I found out what was wrong and they docs said pretty much to rest up before the race the following weekend I hit the road for a looong drive down to Plymouth where I had a Appearance Day at GT Motorcycles for new sponsors McAMS, it was a great day and I got to spend it with big Bro Dean who I rarely get to hang out with so really enjoyed it, plus I was getting the rest from training that I needed.

That evening I drove to Leicester for a bit of home cooked food, then it was another early start down to Aylesbury for he On Yer Bike Appearance Day for Kawasaki UK. It was another good turnout and I even got to hang out with TT Legend Ian Hutchinson…..and buy his lunch (you owe me Hutchy). 

I enjoy the Appearance Days because at a race weekend we can seem a bit aloof to the fans as we really don’t have time to just stop for a chat while we are at the races with having so many responsibilities and most of the time our minds are preoccupied, so its nice to give something back to the fans and answer any questions they may have or just sit and bullshit with them.

So after that it was a race (driving at the speed limit of course) to get back to the house in time to watch MotoGP and see the family, I managed to get there with 15mins spare after being let off early from the dealers and got to watch it with Sarah and my little Boy who seems to only sit still when bikes are on (he’s 5 and a half months old so slightly worrying, but great all the same)
The next 5 days leading up to Oulton Park was spent in the Hyperbaric Chamber in Heysham in the mornings followed by the gym and some BowenTechnique treatment all aided to help speed up the recovery of my injuries. For those who haven't tried or even heard of Bowen Technique (Bowtech) you should check it out at www.pridehealthandfitness.com , I have been using it for years and its nothing short of magic!

So as you can imagine rocking up to Oulton Park I wasn’t brimming with confidence as I didn’t know how everything would hold up, but to my surprise I felt great on the bike I just couldn’t move around as much as I would have liked in the twisty stuff as my leg was still weak. After the first session I went to see the CJ Riders Fund Physio’s at the medical centre and they worked on getting my mobility and strength back over the weekend also giving me strengthening and stability exercises that i did every morning and night until the race.

We came away with another two 3rd place podiums and although we dropped 1 point behind Brookes to 3rd in the Championship I will take that after the way I felt just one week before. We also had a few issues over the weekend with bike set up in the faster corners like Cascades, Island and Druids where I seemed to lose out to both Shakey and Brookes but we have since pinpointed the problem and that will be number one priority at the next race in June.

As many of you know already my wife Sarah is from Texas and whenever we have a break in the season (usually middle and end) we like to go back to the states to see the USA side of our family so we are over here now catching up with everyone for a few weeks. It’s great for me as I have a motocross bike, mountain bike and gym membership over here so I can carry on training as I would if I was back in the UK (the only difference is that its about 30 degrees hotter over here!) My leg is nearly back to full strength now and with plenty of time to get back up to full fitness before Snetterton I’m confident that we will be straight back out at the sharp end fighting for more podiums.

Thank you all for taking time out to read this, I'll check in again next week!
Ride safe and keep smiling, J.

Link to original article:
http://jamesellison.co.uk/riders-diary/a-day-in-the-life-of

Back Pain?

Posted on 24 May, 2014 at 10:41 Comments comments (0)
Have back pain?  So many people experience it, yet most don’t know why or what to do about it. 

This handy infographic breaks it down..

http://tv.greenmedinfo.com/everything-need-know-back-pain-infographic/#sthash.x07OGssj.dpuf


Dad thanks NHS after being able to walk

Posted on 24 May, 2014 at 10:37 Comments comments (0)

Worcester News
Thursday 30th January 2014


Dad thanks NHS after being able to walk

A DAD with acute and agonising sciatica may be able to return to work and can now walk without a stick thanks to complementary therapy while he waited for a cure on the NHS.

Justin Willis, aged 42, of Beauchamp Road, Malvern, was in such pain he felt he was being ‘stabbed’ and collapsed up to four times a week, sometimes in front of his distressed daughter, Tyler, now aged six.

Mr Willis has been signed off work at Foster Care Co-operative in Malvern his GP since last October but now, thanks to the two Malvern-based therapists, feels the worst may be behind him. ditching his stick a month ago. He has an appointment with his GP on Thursday and hopes his doctor will be able to give the green light for a phased return to work.

Mr Willis has received help free-of-charge from Tim Willcocks, a Malvern-based practitioner of Bowen Therapy, who had read of Mr Willis’s ordeal in your Worcester Newsand sister paper the Malvern Gazette. Meanwhile, he was spotted by Julie Spriggs of Julie’s Complementary Therapies in Morrison’s in Malvern and she also offered to help him free-of-charge on the spot, using Reiki.

Mr Willis said: “There has been an improvement. I am certainly a lot better though I’m not out of the woods. I have seen the two therapists and the pain has definitely dissipated.  

"I’m taking painkillers as well. I really appreciate what they have done.”

He is expecting another nerve root block injection on the NHS but said he had yet to be given a date for an appointment. He hopes the injection will stop the pain completely.

He said: “I’m hoping to go back to work next week (at a foster care agency in Malvern). There are a lot of people who dismiss the alternative stuff but I have done it and found it to be extremely relaxing.

"While waiting for the NHS there are other routes that people can try. Some people say it’s a load of poppycock but it has certainly helped me. You’re just waiting endlessly on the NHS.”

Mr Willis said the feedback from the NHS was that his condition was not life-threatening but said he had felt like he was ‘at the bottom of the pile’. He said: “It does completely mess your life up.”

Mr Willis’s ordeal began in October 2012 with a prolapsed disc in his lower back which may have been caused by him lifting a guitar amplifier.

Since then he has been under the care of the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He has had MRI scans and has had acupuncture, a pain-numbing nerve root block injection and painkillers.

Mr Willcocks said when he first saw Mr Willis it was ‘even painful for him to draw breath’ but believes Bowen treatments have played a large part in his recovery. 

Mrs Finch said: “He seems like a different person now.”

Link  to original article:
http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/10974959.Dad_thanks_NHS_after_being_able_to_walk/?ref=var_0


Hands on Healing - How does it work?

Posted on 19 April, 2014 at 11:23 Comments comments (0)
How does Reiki and other methods of hands-on healing work?


People around the world have been using Reiki and other hands-on healing methods to assist individuals in improving their health and state of well-being for centuries. 

As humans and technology have evolved, we began to take a more medical approach to health and wellness (at least in the western world); therefore, Reiki and other alternative methods of healing have been perceived as unrealistic or “mystical”.  

We are now at the point in our human evolution where we are uncovering the science behind formerly “mystical” approaches.  Much the same as once thinking the stars in the sky were all Gods or the world was flat, we now have the technology to look beyond the mysticism and see the reality of what is before us.

Reiki practitioners often describe how their healing modality works as bringing Source energy (God energy, Love energy, Chi, etc.) in through their crown chakra (top of the head), down through their heart chakra, into their arms (extensions of the heart chakra), out their hands and into the body & energetic field of their client — healing, balancing and cleansing them.  

While this explanation is certainly valid, it is difficult for people who need a more scientific or logical explanation of how Reiki works to accept this explanation.

To view this from a logical standpoint we need to understand the electromagnetic field, the myofascial system, chakras, and biophotons.  Once these are understood separately we can put them together to understand the science behind holistic energy healing.

The Electromagnetic FieldTo grasp the basic concepts of energy healing understand first that everything is made up of electromagnetic energy, or simply put, energy.  

All energy vibrates at different frequencies that correspond to sound, light and color. The Eastern explanation of energy refers to this energy as ‘Chi’ (pronounced Chee), the vital life force energy of the Universe, present within every living thing, whereby the Western explanation of energy within the body typically refrains from explaining whatenergy is but instead states that we need energy within our bodies to sustain life and that energy cannot be destroyed or eliminated from our being. 

Western medical science is now beginning to take a serious look at ancient Far Eastern traditions that focus on Chi, the life force energy which flows through the body pathways – known as meridians and chakras – of all living forms, in order to maintain health and wellness, energetically, mentally, physically, and emotionally. 

This life-force energy, or Chi, moves within, from and around our bodies through what is known as an electromagnetic field (see picture above). An electromagnetic field (also known as EMF or EM field) is a physical field produced by electrically charged objects. Humans, animals, plants, cell phones, even planet Earth has an EMF and this Chi flows from all parts in the Universe, in and throughout this EMF continually. 

The Institute of HeartMath is currently conducting enlightening research on the EMF and their findings on how the EMF affects and is affected by our emotions and thoughts, or intention.  It is this field that energetic healers work within to bring about clearing, balancing and healing of the body.

The Myofascial SystemThe Myofascial System, which makes up 60% of your body, consists of fascial tissue (fascia). In the photo to the right you can see that fascial tissue is actually made up of tiny microtubules of callogen, similar to fiber optics, which are hollow and fluid-filled and carry information about proprioception as well as carrying your consciousness throughout your body.

This tissue is a white or clear connective tissue that supports, envelops, and connects our organs, bones, muscles, and tissue together.  The fascia provides a sliding and gliding environment for muscles, suspends organs in their proper place, transmits movement from muscles to bones, and provides a supportive and movable wrapping for nerves and blood vessels as they pass through and between muscles. 

If you ever dissected an animal in your high school biology class, you would have cut through this white, skin-like tissue to get to whatever organ, muscle or bone you were trying to find.

Fascia also conducts your energy; you might consider it an energy highway.  When we send energy from our body to another body it is moving through and from the fascia.  This fascia also creates our chakras or energy centers within the body. These energy centers are where the fascial tissue actually congregates in horizontal bands (see diagram to the left) creating a concentration of energetic vibration and internal power.

The videos below will assist in understanding more about the myofascial system and its role in energy conduction…

Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of research that has been done on living fascia but in recent years new technology and instruments have allowed scientists, researchers, and doctors to see the fascia up close in a living organism while performing its normal functions.

BiophotonsBy understanding your electromagnetic field and fascia, you can now see how this life-force energy moves throughout and around your body, both physically and energetically.  However, to fully understand energetic healing we must add the variable of biophotons and their role in this fascinating process.All living organisms emit a constant current of biophotons, which are elementary particles of light coming from a biological being. Pictured to the left are biophotons in a drop of water. These particles are emitted and direct instantaneous signals to multiple locations at once, from one part of the body to another, and to the outside world. They are stored in the DNA and their function is cellular communication.  Physicists actually call these light particles the “communicators” in the body because they use your intention to direct other particles to rearrange into either a healthy or non-healthy pattern.  In biology every cell in your body has over 100,000 biochemical reactions per second, all of which must be carefully timed and sequenced with each other. Research has provided evidence that this cellular dance is not random, but rather controlled by these biophotons.  

To further explain, science is showing us that biophotons are in control of virtually every biochemical reaction that occurs in your body through our thoughts, emotions, and intention, including supporting your body’s ability to heal, releasing old patterns or forming new supportive ones.A direct intention manifests itself as an electric and magnetic energy producing an ordered change of photons. 

Our intentions operate as highly coherent frequencies capable of changing the molecular structure of matter.In short, it is the biophotons that allow for our patterns to form and break, allow our emotions to hold a negative charge or balance into a positive experience, and allow our body to be in a state of health or dis-ease.

Taking this explanation of biophotons one step further, we’re going to look at images of biophotons in a drop of water (below). 

In February 2006, using a Somatoscope, which is a darkfield microscope with a magnification of 30,000x, researchers were able to observe the inside structure of biophotons for the very first time. 

What was discovered when focusing on a single biophoton was that in the center of this spark of light a six-pointed star was contained within a hexagonal geometric shape, as is seen appearing in photo 4.  

By photo 6 you can see a Merkaba form in the middle with a hexagon around the edge and by photo 9 you can see the Flower of Life form.  

If you connect Sacred Geometry with healing, you may come to the conclusion that at the center of the flower of life is our consciousness, the consciousness directs the photons, the photons direct our patterns and positive or negative state of being, which means – we completely control our own state of being.  We are not a victim to anyone or anything, we hold all the cards and only we can heal ourselves.

For more information on Sacred Geometry, watch this great little video from our friends at Spirit Science!

Putting it all togetherReiki works when biophotons are brought in from source energy, through the fascia, into the heart and then into the hands of a practitioner or ones’ own hands.  

When a practitioner and a client have a shared intention or when the self has a clear intention on what is wanted the biophotons travel through the fascia of the client or self, moving into the DNA and communicate with other biophotons within the body to allow healing, clearing, balancing, etc.  

In other words the biophotons are directed to restructure the chemical reactions and molecular makeup of the body for health and wellness to occur.

Conducting a healing session anyone can heal and everyone has the power to change the course of their physical, mental and emotional well-being.  

The following is an explanation of one method of conducting a healing session on others, but can easily be applied to the self.  Methods vary from practitioner to practitioner and each method has value and worth.  

If you are not finding success with your own self-healing, seek a local energy healer who can guide you through your release.

To begin, take a few deep breaths with your client to help engage the Vagus nerve which triggers a signal within your nervous system to slow down the heart rate, lower blood pressure, and decrease cortisol, the stress hormone. Then guide them into their heart center (chakra) asking them to connect their heart to yours so that a partnership is formed while conducting the healing process.  

Remind the person you are working on that the practitioner is a conduit to move the energy and set the space for healing to occur—the true healer is the self.

Once hearts are connected begin by placing your hands on your client –go where you feel called to go, listening to your intuition or when releasing old emotion, place one hand on the heart and one on the solar plexus.  Set an intention for the energy and ask to bring in the right energy for the client’s highest and greatest good. 

By setting that intention you bring in the correct arrangement of photons into your crown chakra, down through your heart, out your arms, and through your hands.  

What leaves your hands are biophotons that are in perfect arrangement for the client’s healing and balance. Once these particles of light enter your client’s body, they communicate with the client’s own biophotons to assist in rearranging molecules into a healthy pattern. 

Continue to set these intentions together as you work on various parts of the body or on particular emotional releases, moving this energy through the fascia.  

By doing this rearranging of molecules, energy blockages and old emotions can be released, leaving the client in a healthier, balanced state. There are particular techniques and symbols that are taught in Reiki classes and can increase frequency and direction for the healing sessions; seek a local Reiki instructor for further training to assist either yourself or others.

Conclusion
Although it is typically very difficult for many to accept changes in the way we view the world and the advances we are making that assist us in understanding it, we know that we have much to learn and our growth is not nearly complete. As a society, the more open we are to looking beyond what has been and open up to what we are currently learning, the more progress we will make as an evolving species.

Sources
Written by: Charlie Wedel & Kelly Schwegel

To see original article, videos and pictures go to;

http://healcenters.com/how-does-reiki-and-other-methods-of-hands-on-healing-work-from-a-scientific-standpoint/

Maternity & Newborn Care & Bowen

Posted on 19 April, 2014 at 11:14 Comments comments (2)
Maternal & Newborn care 
Sandra Gustafson

The Bowenwork offers unique and exciting possibilities in optimising the outcome of both mother and baby in the preconception, prenatal, labour and delivery and post partum situations. This article by Sandra Gustafson highlights how and why this technique is so successful. 

History of Bowenwork 
Tom Bowen was born in 1916 in the state of Victoria, Australia. Tom did not receive any specific education in healing arts. Higher education was a luxury item for most families in those days, picking up the pieces after the 2 world wars. Tom developed his own understanding of how the body reacts to disturbances and what facilitated its healing, he also had a very strong sensitivity for tissue tension patterns in the body, and how to reset them 
He never named his work “Bowenwork” - that was acquired posthumously. He called himself a “Manipulative Therapist” because he was not recognised by any of the bodywork/chiropractic associations of his time. However this did not deter clients from seeking his help. 

In 1973, a national survey was done in Australia to determine how many people sought therapy outside the conventional medical systems, and Tom 
Bowen’s clinic was recorded as having 13,000 clients per year, an average of 60 people per working day. 

Tom was married and had 2 daughters and a son, but none of his family learned the work, or were involved in his practice. In 1974 he met Oswald Rentsch, and Osteopath from a nearby town. Ossie expressed his interest in learning from Tom, and he was invited to attend the clinic in Geelong. 

Up until this time, all the work that Tom Bowen did was intuitively derived; he did not have any notes or documents to explain it. It was Ossie Rentsch who followed Tom around and documented his moves. Tom Bowen did not have the academic vernacular to explain his work, and many times he did not know the anatomical names of muscles, so Ossie spent two years interpreting and documenting what we now know as The Bowenwork. 

Ossie and his wife Elaine spent a great deal of time with Tom Bowen understanding and perfecting the technique, and then rearranged their own massage clinic to do Bowenwork exclusively. 

A little about me… 
I am a Registered Nurse who trained and specialised in Intensive Care Nursing in South Africa and then travelled overseas. On my journeys I encountered many forms of traditional medicine that caused me to question the standard medical paradigm in which I had been trained, and my career turned 180 degrees. I became far more interested in traditional, culturally based medicine that had sustained people for centuries before our current systems were developed and I decided to investigate their validity and efficacy, and found myself undertaking another 4 years of study, to become a Naturopathic Practitioner. 

I felt more empowered as a practitioner in the field of preventative and natural health care, and ran my own naturopathic clinic in Cairns, next to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I still nursed on a very part-time basis in order to keep my skills up, and keep in touch with the Conventional System! 

So just what is this technique? 
Bowenwork has often been touted as “the most exciting form of bodywork that is revolutionising health care modalities around the world!” Quite a profound statement, but I have come to see it integrated into all sorts of health care arenas (allopathic and traditional healing facilities) and believe it to be so. 

In short, Bowenwork is a soft tissue relaxation technique that restores the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It is performed by doing short gentle moves over specific points on muscles and tendons, in a specific order, and then followed by mandatory delays to allow the body to process the information it is receiving. It is used to relieve stress, acute and chronic pain, inflammation, and conditions of congestion, headaches and respiratory difficulties, postural problems and many other health complaints. The results are usually long lasting, and often only require 2-3 
treatments to be effective. 

Due to its relative infancy in the health care arena, there is little documented research on the work, but credible inroads are being made as practitioners take the work into a variety of therapeutic practices. Most of what I share with you today will be anecdotal, based on Tom Bowen’s achievements, my experiences as a natural birth support person, using Bowenwork in my office as well as in attending births at home and in hospital settings. 

I shall also include reports sent to me by a group of midwives using the 
Technique in a maternity hospital setting in Lancaster, England. 

Starting with pre-conception, the work is effective for regulating menstrual cycles and enhancing fertility (in both men and women). It has been said that many a time a child was called “one of Tom Bowen’s children” because up until being treated by him, a couple had been unable to conceive! 

Pregnancy 
In the first trimester, Bowenwork has been useful in managing nausea of morning sickness, fatigue and emotional fluctuations and helping the body adapt to its new state of pregnancy. 

As the pregnancy progresses, it has been very helpful in relieving lower back pain, sciatica, hiccoughs, respiratory problems, even asthma and gastric discomfort such as heartburn and reflux, often eliminating the need for medications that may adversely affect the foetus. 

I have also used it in helping to arrest preterm labour by effecting relaxation of the pelvis, and often causing the foetus to shift away from the pelvic inlet and reduce the pressure on the cervix. 

In the third trimester, I found it became even more valuable to the mother as the pelvic discomfort increased. A pregnant woman can be worked on as often as she needs relief, and can be lying down on her side or seated. Tom Bowen never charged pregnant ladies with sciatica, he had an open door policy where they could just come in as needed, four small moves around the sacrum, within 5 minutes and their pain was relieved. 

I have had great success in relieving the discomforts of increased pelvic pressure resulting in varicose veins, haemorrhoids, cramping or aching in the feet, legs or groin, constipation and bladder irritations. 

As far as the developing babies go, I have had reports that the babies’ activities settled down into a more resonant rhythm with the Mum’s and appeared to relax as the sessions were in progress. 

One of the most important effects that have been achieved with the work is in optimising foetal positioning prior to birth. I used to work with an independant midwife who did mainly homebirths, and she would send her clients to me before 36 weeks, especially if the foetal lie was transverse or there was a breech presentation. 

Rick Minnery, one of the Lancaster midwives in England with whom I have 
collaborated, sent this anecdote to me on the subject: 

“A colleague (midwife) asked me if Bowen might help to turn her baby round (she was carrying her baby breech at 35+ weeks) and was anxious to avoid possible caesarean birth or run the risk of a vaginal breech delivery. I gave her one treatment session with the pelvic procedure, and she phoned two days later to say the baby had flipped over, into a cephalic (head) normal presentation. She was delighted – I was gobsmacked!” 

Occasionally the midwives at the local hospital where I worked in Australia would call me and ask me to come in when a woman presented in labour with a posterior presentation. By helping to relax her pelvis it would facilitate the baby rotating to the anterior position, thus preventing the awkwardness of a back labour. 

How does it work in facilitating labour? 
Bowenwork performed on a woman in labour, helps the process by relaxing the pelvic muscles and ligaments, allowing the baby’s head to enter deeper into the birth canal and stimulate effective labour. 

During labour, Bowenwork is particularly helpful in managing the pain associated with the increased pelvic pressure. As a birth support person, I spent most of my time doing moves around the lower back and sacrum and upper anterior thighs to relieve the discomfort and encourage the birth of the baby. Once the second stage was reached and the cervix was fully effaced and dilated, there is a specific move that can be done around the coccyx to stimulate more efficient uterine contractions. 

All Bowenwork moves can be repeated as often as required during the birthing process. 

In the third stage of labour, the coccyx move can be used in facilitating the delivery of the placenta. Once it has been expelled, coccyx move or the perineal move will help to stimulate uterine involution and help relieve perineal pain. 

In the early stages of extra uterine life of the baby, Bowenwork can be lifesaving in helping the infant to expectorate any fluid or mucous it may have inhaled. Again, I shall quote a couple of experiences from Rick Minnery:

“The anecdotes with newborns are simply endless - I got the reputation on the post-natal ward of being the midwife who settled the babies with a special “cuddle” (you know what I mean). The colic procedure had given me god-like status amongst some new mums!” 

“Two special instances come to mind. First was a 10 minute old baby whom I’d delivered, suddenly became cyanosed – I was sure it had aspirated some mucous. 

The colic moves were performed and a few short seconds later the baby produced a huge “blob” of mucous and straight away, pinked up again – I was astounded but couldn’t really relate what had happened either to colleagues or the parents. It was a special private moment for the Bowenwork and me. 

As was the second occasion with a newborn, when I was performing a routine examination of a newborn at 5-10 minutes after birth. The baby was crying lustily and appeared somehow “angry”. 

It had been a long difficult labour and the baby had not been in the ideal position to deliver easily (occipito-posterior). On observing the baby’s jawline – it was very apparent that the jaw was out of position which I’m sure was contributing to the baby’s look of anger. 

Without any great expectation of a speedy response, I performed the TMJ (temporo-mandibular-joint) moves, and before my eyes, over the space of 1-2 minutes the baby’s jaw re-aligned itself, much to my astonishment and the baby’s – who looked up at me with a look as if to say “what the heck did you to do to me?” 

What about the Mum and baby after the birth?
In post partum, the work can be applied to promote healing after caesarean or for perineal wounds and pain relief. I try and work with a mother as soon as possible after delivery, to help reset the pelvis to its natural state and promote ambulating. 

There are specific moves that can be used to promote lactation and involution of the uterus, too. 

Another story from England: “I’ve lost count of the number of times that lactation problems have responded to the breast procedure. It works well to sort out either under or over production. 

I cite the example of my colleague Jean Ogden (midwife and Bowen Therapist) who attended a friend and client who was a mother of a 7 month old and wished to continue breastfeeding, but feared she would have to give up due to insufficient lactation. One breast procedure and in Jean’s words – “next day she could’ve opened up a dairy!” 

I have had many baby Bowenwork experiences, particularly to do with feeding difficulties, reflux and colic, successfully addressed by doing tiny little moves on the baby. I have even used them on infants who were incubated and ventilated inintensive care, to help them cope with the stressful situation, and facilitate weaning off the ventilator. 

The possibilities of using this amazing technique are endless and very exciting. It is the most wonderful tool I have as a practitioner. It is completely safe, is not known to have any undesired side effects, and can be used in nearly every health condition to improve the quality of people’s lives. And best of all, once you have it in your hands you will be able to apply it in all sorts of places and situations from birth to expiration! 

by Sandra Gustafson BSN, RN 
Senior Instructor of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia 



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