Bowen Technique By Karen
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|Posted on 19 April, 2014 at 10:40||comments (0)|
ADHD & BowenWork
The mother of a 13 year old boy brought her son to see me for a Bowenwork session. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and bottling up his anxiety over school often led to destructive outbursts at home.
He was apprehensive about receiving Bowenwork because he doesn't really like being touched.
When they arrived I did my best to make him feel welcome, comfortable and help put his concerns at ease. I explained to him what he could expect during the session;
He would be fully dressed during the session and start out lying face down on the massage table. I would perform 'rolling moves' over muscles, tendons and ligaments on specific areas of his body. After a couple of these moves I would leave the room for a couple of minutes allowing his body to start responding to the work we are doing. Bowenwork works with the autonomic nervous system putting your body in a deep relaxed state so that your body can then begin to heal; physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically.
I told him that when I am done with the back of his body I will then have him roll over so that I can continue the session on the front of his body. When I have completed all the 'moves' for this particular session I will then let him rest for about 10 minutes allowing his body to process the
work....I sometimes refer to it as giving them time to 'cook' :)
Every body is different and can therefore respond differently. Some folks are ready to sit up after 10 minutes....others need a little more time to process. This young man had a lot going on and needed extra time. I actually tried waking him after 10 minutes but he was still in a very deep
relaxed state so I gave him another 5 minutes. He was still not ready so I gave him more time. His mother said that she never has trouble waking him up, in fact, he usually woke up on his own every morning. He did finally wake up a little more than 20 minutes after the end of the session....with a little help from me saying his name and gently shaking him :)
Two days later his mother told me that, that night he opened up to her like he had never done before. She had tears of joy in her eyes as he told her things she had long wondered about but could never get him to talk about along with things she knew absolutely nothing about.
I am so thrilled to hear feedback like that! Knowing that Bowenwork not only helped the young teen, but the ripple effects are extensive. He feels calmer and happier which results in his younger brother feeling more comfortable at home. Mom is now more relaxed and happy and we all know that when Mom is happy, everyone is happy :)
|Posted on 19 April, 2014 at 10:35||comments (0)|
Bowen Therapy is Holistic, Non-Invasive and Effective
Friday, April 17, 2009 by: Cathy Sherman
(NaturalNews) The therapist touches and lightly squeezes the migraine patient in a few places and then leaves the room for two minutes. He repeats this procedure for the entire 45-minute appointment. After several weeks of such sessions, the patient reports that the migraines have diminished in frequency. How could anything so simple do so much?
This technique, which isn't quite chiropractic, not quite massage, and not quite acupuncture, was introduced to the energy healing scene in the 1950's by Australian Tom Bowen. Though untrained, he had learned from watching trainers and therapists. Sensing vibrations and tension in muscles and other soft tissues, he figured out what to manipulate to help the sufferer. Bowen saw thousands of patients a year and claimed an 88% success rate.
Following his death in 1982, his work was documented and introduced to the rest of the world by two of his six apprentices, Oswald and Elaine Rentsch, who established a training school in Australia.
Now we can find Bowen practitioners and teachers throughout the world. Though gentle, this amazing therapy has helped thousands of people, from infants to the elderly, where more conventional procedures have failed.
Based on the energy fields of the body, this non-invasive therapy seeks to restore balance to the body through utilization of nature's own built-in healing processes. It does this mostly through the nervous and bio-energetic systems. Those simple appearing but expert touches by the therapist send neurological impulses to the brain, which responds by messaging the muscles to relax, resulting in a decrease in pain.
At the same time, electrical impulses are also sent to the nervous system; these stimulate the body to remember normal movement in the joints, muscles and tendons. As a result, muscle spasms decrease as blood and lymph circulation is increased, and muscles return to their length before becoming contracted. The increase in blood flow brings more oxygen and nutrients to the injured area, thus speeding up its healing.
Location of the touches and squeezes is critical; most are done at the origin, insertion, or belly of the muscle. If done near a joint, the joint and ligaments are also affected. Many Bowen moves are done along the spine, over the rows of muscles running parallel to and along the spinal column. Therapy in this area often results in referred reactions elsewhere in the body, healing areas unrelated to the patient's main complaint.
Another kind of touch is done on tendons, to relax them. Several locations the therapist touches are also acupuncture points or on acupuncture meridians, locations which are known to stimulate and balance energy in the body.
The touches and squeezes themselves are done by the therapist's thumbs and fingers in a rolling motion on the muscles. Between these sequenced touches, the therapist often leaves the room for a minimum of two minutes. This at-rest time allows the impulses to reach body areas and for the adjustments to take place.
Bowen therapy can be done in such a way as to bring the brain to a deep meditative Alpha state, wherein the Para-sympathetic Nervous System takes over. In this condition, referred to as the automatic repair mode, more healing can take place.
Other Bowen moves can improve posture and bring organs back into a more natural position, allowing them to work better. All this is done without the use of any drugs, making Bowen a totally holistic healing modality. Also, it is done through the clothing, so only the shoes need be removed.
In regard to testing, the Bowen Technique has been researched with a varied list of conditions. An example is one study done on migraine sufferers. For this study, in 2001 - 2002, 39 patients participated, 31 of which reported significant improvement after six weeks of treatment. These patients had been suffering from migraines from ten to thirty-plus years.
Other conditions shown to improve with Bowen include: back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, bunions, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, frozen shoulder, groin tension or pain, hammer toes, hamstring pain/tightness, jaw pain/misalignment, knee, sacro-iliac and neck pain, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, scoliosis, shin splints, sternal pain, sprung ribs, tennis elbow, ADD/ADHD, restless leg syndrome and colic in infants.
Patients have seen improvement from Bowen with gynecological issues, blood pressure normalization, hiatus hernia, reflux indigestion, constipation and diarrhea. It has been used successfully in rehabilitation after stroke, for sport injuries such as sprained ankles and tennis elbow, some cardiovascular problems, sleep improvement and for respiratory problems such as asthma.
Many of these conditions have been studied, so there is the research to back up the success of the therapy.
Not uncommonly, following a Bowen treatment one experiences a cleansing reaction. This has in some cases resulted in a flu-like condition as toxins are released. There can also be an emotional release, manifested in a deep sense of relaxation or irritability. A third reaction is structural, as balance is achieved by different areas of the body. It is recommended that at least eight glasses of water be consumed following the treatments and in the following days to help flush out toxins and pain.
Dr. Michael Austin, a Bowen Practitioner/Chiropractor in Tucson, Arizona, described another unexpected result from Bowen treatment: recruitment pattern elimination. Such patterns, which develop after an injury, result from the natural tendency of our bodies to remember - to be patterned - by repetition of a particular movement. He gives the example of a person who limps after a leg injury. This limp can be remembered as an altered gait pattern, so the person continues to limp even after the injury heals.
According to Dr. Austin, "Altered gait patterns can create imbalance in the body as well as pain. It would take many months, sometimes years, of physical therapy to restore normal gait patterns and relearn walking, if at all possible. But even physical therapy will not eliminate the neurologic pathways that remember the limp. Bowen therapy appears to somehow eliminate or reduce the influence of the neurons that remember the limp. This is a remarkable process that is not seen in any other therapy."
Dr. Austin, a Bowen Teaching Assistant, travels internationally to spread the teaching of Bowen Therapy. He shares many of the remarkable results from his practice. A few of them are described below.
A woman with over ten-years of low back pain had tried allopathic treatment, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and physical therapy. Her reported pain scale was eight out of ten. Initial Bowen treatment included the basic relaxation moves with hamstring, sacrum, neck, and knee procedures. One week later, the patient reported no back pain. She related that she went to a baseball game with her grandson the day after her initial treatment and didn't realize that she had no back pain until she arrived home!
Dr. Austin treated a 72-year-old female with a history of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and bilateral knee and hip replacements. Her reported pain scale was nine out of ten. Previous treatment included allopathic treatment, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and physical therapy. Initial Bowen treatment included the basic relaxation moves plus other procedures. Upon completion of the Bowen session, the patient reported that she had no pain.
A man with bilateral knee pain from a partially torn meniscus in both knees had been told to have surgery by his orthopedic surgeon. The patient was told that though Bowen treatment would not mend the torn tissue, it might relieve the pain. At a one-week follow-up, the patient indicated his pain level was down to two from an initial eight out of ten. An OTC homeopathic remedy was recommended with a repeat of the previous Bowen session. A week later, the pain level was zero out of ten.
Another patient, a woman with a history of bilateral shoulder pain and tendonitis, had tried allopathic care and physical therapy. Initial Bowen treatment included basic relaxation moves and other upper body procedures. At her first follow-up, the pain was reduced and the previous week's Bowen procedures were repeated. Dr. Austin added half an organic lemon to each glass of water to alkalize her body's chemistry. One week later, full range of motion was restored and the shoulder pain was gone.
Another woman patient with a history of Rheumatoid Arthritis was treated once a week for four weeks. She was still pain-free two and a half years later. Dr. Austin reports that other autoimmune issues, such as lupus, have also been successfully treated by using Bowen, while other lupus patients reported a lessening of pain, rather than complete relief.
Dr. Austin also reports that many of his patients are referred to him by a local pain center. When the pain center's treatment has not helped the patients, they are sent to Dr. Austin and do receive the needed relief from many different sources of pain. This is another proof that Bowen Therapy succeeds where other treatments have failed.
Bowen Therapy is an exceptional treatment modality that offers an excellent holistic source of pain relief and accelerated healing from many disorders.
Austin, Dr. Michael, "Bowen Therapy".
Ariff, Nikke, "The Bowen Technique; National Migraine Research Program". October 2001 to April 2002.
McCusker, Robert M., "A Brief Anatomical and Physiological Explanation for the Medical Profession".
Cathy Sherman is a freelance writer with a major interest in natural health and in encouraging others to take responsibility for their health.
|Posted on 19 April, 2014 at 10:28||comments (7)|
Herniated Discs and Bowen Therapy
A herniated, slipped or bulging disc is when an intervertibral disc is constantly compressed which causes the nucleus (the soft centre) to bulge, or possibly rupture the tough fibrous outer layer like the outside of a tyre.
This prolapse may push on the spinal cord or on the nerve roots, causing intense sharp pain in and around the lower back. The majority of disc herniations occur in the lumbar region (lower back), because that part of the vertebral column bears much of the weight of the body, and it is also the region which does the most bending and flexing.
What is the cause of a slipped disc?
The term ‘slipped disc’ does not really describe the condition accurately as the disc does not actually slip out of place, but bulges out towards the spinal cord. This puts pressure on the spinal nerves causing acute pain in and around the lower back.
If the roots of the sciatic nerve are compressed the pain can radiate down the posterior thigh, through the calf, and occasionally into the foot. This condition is called Sciatica.
Hard physical labour can increase the likelihood of a herniated disc, excessive strain or pressure on the spine can also cause a herniated disc.
They are also seen following trauma such as an injury from a fall or a car accident. On occasion they seem to just happen without any obvious cause.
Bowen therapy and the treatment of a Herniated disc
Herniated discs respond well to Bowen treatment. This particular type of therapy seems to have a much more immediate response than other treatments such as chiropractic or physiotherapy as the pressure around the herniated disc is decreased immediately. The specific Bowen moves relieve the tension in and around the herniated area.
Utilising special procedures in a Bowen treatment as well as the Basic Relaxation Moves, most clients get a degree of immediate relief from a herniated disc after the first session.
Many clients only require a few treatments to fully treat the herniated disc. This depends, of course, on the severity of the condition. Intervertebral discs are the 23 narrow spongy shock absorbers which fit between the 24 separate bones of your spine. Without the discs these bones would grate and crunch every time you moved.
Intervertebral discs have very little in the way of nerve supply and contain no blood. They are made up largely of water. The inside is filled with something kind of like toothpaste. As your disc begins to lose water it is like letting air out of a radial tire; the sides begin to bulge. As you get older the amount of fluid in your discs will diminish slightly, – hence why drinking water is very important in maintaining spinal health.
Sue Hamilton – Instructor
|Posted on 21 March, 2014 at 6:08||comments (0)|
BOWEN – What’s It All About?
Being quite an active person over the years I have suffered various injuries and general aches and pains. Due to an accident I had in my teenage years I have been prevented from doing high impact sports such as running as it causes severe knee pain. I have found Pilates invaluable for realigning my body, strengthening the muscles around my joints and generally helping me to avoid lower back and knee pain.
In the past I have tried osteopathy, reiki, sports massage and even visited a chiropractor to treat minor sports injuries mainly in my neck and shoulders.
Nearly everyone I have seen have come up with similar conclusions, due to the trauma I suffered from my accident my body has mis-aligned in the pelvis causing other parts of the body to over-compensate. This has led to, amongst other things, my left foot turning inwards and my right shoulder becoming slumped.
Now don’t worry, these are all subtle differences, I don’t go around looking like Quasimodo but this imbalance and over-compensating is generally what leads to aches and pains in all of us.
Up until recently I had never heard of Bowen but it has been cited in the media as a miracle cure for treating not only recent but underlying and long-term health problems. After a friend suggested I tried Bowen I started to do a little research and this is what I came up with…
The Bowen Technique is becoming recognised as one of the most effective complementary therapies. Developed in the 1950’s by an Australian chiropractor Tom Bowen, this remarkably powerful technique encourages the body’s realignment from within. Bowen addresses the body as a whole and aims to get to the root of a problem.
This all sounded great – particularly the part about treating the body as a whole, so when I found the Bowen Way just up the road in Stoke Newington I had to give it a try.
My practitioner Marty Fabianova, who is not only a specialist at treating sports injuries but is making it her goal to help women to get balanced and attuned in their body and mind, suggested three sessions to cover my catalogue or ‘symptoms’. She described Bowen to me like this
Prior to my first session, I filled out a brief questionnaire covering my health history, how I felt in terms of pain (1-10) and where I felt it using a diagram.
As it was quite difficult for me to get to the clinic during working hours, Marty arranged to come and treat me at home. At my first appointment, Marty made me feel totally at ease and thoroughly explained how the treatment works and sensations I may feel.
After looking at my posture and making answering a few questions about how I was feeling that day we began the treatment. I lay on the bed face down and Marty performed a series of light moves on one part of my body before leaving the room to let my body listen to what it had been told and start to change. Her hands felt like they grew hot as they made the moves which gave a feeling of energy passing between us. When I was left alone, I experienced a tingling sensation running up and down my legs – not unlike how your muscles start to twitch after doing exercise.
Marty repeated this a few times on different parts of my body each time leaving the room to allow my brain to ‘talk’ to my body and let the healing process begin. Once the session was over Marty asked how I felt and explained the treatment would continue to work over the next few days and weeks. We arranged an appointment for 7 days later to continue the treatment.
Over the next few days I felt like subtle changes were beginning in my body but most significantly my mind, I felt more open, more positive and energised.
At my next appointment Marty made an assessment of the changes which had been going on in my physical and mental state. And looked back at the previous week’s pain levels to see if any had gone up, down, or remained the same. At week 2 all the areas I had felt pain in the week before had reduced, some significantly. We continued with the treatment and this time it felt like Marty had gone into greater depth and we had a stronger connection. In the periods of rest when Marty left the room, I felt the sensations were stronger, sometimes I felt an intense tingling up and down my legs, radiating around my knees.
Over the next week I noticed my posture changing, where before my right shoulder would slump causing pain in my neck during the weights section of Frame METHOD, I could see in the mirror they looked more even and I felt no pain. I really felt on great form throughout the following week and was looking forward to my last session. Unfortunately towards the end of the week I fell, injuring both my knees and causing pain and difficulty walking, cycling or even bending, it made it impossible to kneel down and made sleeping very uncomfortable. I emailed Marty and explained what had happened and she suggested in the next session we focussed on the areas of most recent injury.
In our next session, although I had a fresh injury, Marty thought she felt an improvement in the tension throughout my body. The next session continued as before and again I felt a strong tingling sensation of energy rushing through me. At the end of the session Marty and I chatted about how the treatment had gone and the benefit of Bowen for both long term chronic injury and more recent acute pain.
In the next week I recovered fairly quickly and began to feel my energy levels improving. Now, a month on, I am completely healed and I have really noticed a change. Not only has my posture improved and my pain levels decreased but I really feel energised and positive. We are all aware of the ‘placebo’ effect but Bowen is a way, not of tricking your mind but of accessing those neurological pathways which are so often blocked by modern life.
If you attend Yoga classes at Frame you will know that we are holistic beings and the power of the mind is so powerful, it can help overcome pain and push your body to achieve phenomenal goals. One of my favourite pieces of ‘Frame advice’ is…
…and it works! Proving the body gives up well before the mind and once you can control your mind, you can control your body. The beauty of Bowen is that all the hard work is done for you, you just need to allow it to happen.
I’m so thankful to Marty for introducing me to the Bowen Way.
Link to article; http://blog.moveyourframe.com/around-town/bowen
|Posted on 21 March, 2014 at 6:02||comments (0)|
Really interesting article about posture and the way we sit.
By Bonnie Berkowitz and Patterson Clark,Washington Post
We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe;
|Posted on 18 March, 2014 at 8:04||comments (0)|
Bowen Technique & Parkinsons Disease
|Posted on 18 March, 2014 at 7:58||comments (5)|
Bowen in ‘Neighbours’
Bowen recently got a mention in the Australian soap ‘Neighbours’ when a character says "I’ve got to get to my Bowen Therapy appointment”.
You can watch it by going to;
Or by Googling episode 6823 and fast forward to 15min 50s.
Great news for Bowen!
|Posted on 28 April, 2013 at 8:07||comments (7)|
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THE HISTORY OF BOWEN
The founder of the Bowen Technique, Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982) was born in Brunswick, Australia. He started by treating the injuries, aches and pains of local sportsmen, friends and family and colleagues in Geelong.
He had a particular interest in back pain and in the 1960s, he opened his own clinic and developed the therapy.During the 1970s, the Webb Report (Australian Government Report into Complementary Therapies) found that Tom Bowen was treating 13,000 people a year. The Bowen technique is now being taught to final year university students of Osteopathy in Australia.
WHAT IS BOWEN?
Bowen Therapy is an alternative complementary therapy which has over the last 20 years become the treatment of choice for people worldwide. The Bowen technique is a drugfree, non-invasive, hands-on remedial therapy which can be administered through light clothing, with the client sitting, standing or lying. Releasing stress at a very deep level, it then stimulates the body to realign, addressing imbalances in functions and chemical composition and, restoring physiological equilibrium.
It prides itself on being able to trigger the body’s own healing systems. Bowen can help with a wide range of conditions, physical and emotional, and is suitable for all ages, from new-born babies to the elderly and infirm.
HOW THE TREATMENT WORKS
With primarily fingers and thumbs, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual. No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used.
Rather than ‘making’ the body change, Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise and make the changes it requires. Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process.
Each session lasts between 30-60 minutes, depending on the age of the client and the nature of their condition. Many clients become so relaxed they fall asleep during the treatment.
Short-term (acute) injury may be resolved in one to three Bowen treatments, while longstanding (chronic) conditions may require longer. A gap of five to ten days is recommended between Bowen sessions, so that the body can process the subtle information it has been given. It is advised that clients do not have other hands-on therapies while receiving Bowen, as this can confuse the body’s response and inhibit the healing process.
WHO BENEFITS FROM BOWEN?
This remarkable technique can be quick and effective in helping people that suffer from the following ailments:
• Muscular and skeletal problems in neck, shoulder, hip, knees, ankle and back, including sciatica
• Frozen shoulder, tennis and golf elbow, R.S.I. (Repetitive Strain Injury) and carpal tunnel
• Whiplash and sports injuries
• Problems with posture and body alignment
• Migraine and recurring headaches
• Bell’s Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and the difficulties suffered by stroke victims
• Respiratory, bronchial and related conditions such as hay fever and asthma
• Digestive problems such as IBS
• Hormonal, pregnancy and fertility problems
• Stress management, ME, fatigue and sleep problems.
The BTPA (Bowen Therapist Professional Association) the principal registering body for Bowen practitioners have carried out a number of studies over the years on the effectiveness of Bowen Therapy.
A study into the effects of Bowen Technique on Knee Pain and Ankle Pain was conducted between June and August 2009. 110 clients received treatments, of which 69 per cent reported a partial recovery and 19 per cent reported a full recovery.
The cause of ankle joint pain is often associated with an imbalance in the muscle tensions around the leg or foot. Bowen Therapy is thought to provide a trigger that the body uses to reset muscle spindle length, reducing the tightness within the muscles and tendons, and easing compression on surrounding tissues, such as blood vessels and nerves. Pain relief occurs as the body’s natural healing mechanisms are stimulated.
BTPA also carried out research on migraines over a six week period; each participant received three Bowen treatments. The participants had all been suffering Migraines for at least ten years, some for over 30. The results were very positive; of the 39 participants in the programme, 31 volunteers reported an improvement in their migraine condition.
Bowen can provide fast and effective pain relief and in some cases permanent correction that can last up to two years.
A study into the effect of Bowen Therapy on shoulder or neck pain was conducted in the summer of 2008. 271 clients new to Bowen were treated and of these 86% showed a full or partial recovery after only 3 treatments.
Shoulder and neck pain can be particularly debilitating especially where there is restriction as in adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder. It can also be linked to emotional problems and where the client is experiencing particularly stressful situations. Shoulder and neck pain can be linked to RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) and carpal tunnel problems which are conditions that can respond well to Bowen Therapy.
Another study into the effects of Bowen Therapy on Back Pain was conducted in June 2007. The outcome was on the whole very satisfying, not to mention revealing, with almost 90% of treatments given resulting in either a complete or partial recovery.
By triggering a re-balancing of the muscles around the lumbar and pelvic areas, Bowen Therapy may help to stabilize a weak area, reduce compression around the nerve roots or improve circulation to the spinal discs, muscles and joints. Bowen therapy helps to reduce pain and also improve range of movement throughout the body.
To find a Bowen Therapist in your area, visit bowendirectory.com
WHERE TO GO FOR BOWEN?
To undergone Bowen therapy from accredited, trained Bowen practitioner it is best to search for a member of the Bowen Therapy Professional Association. BTPAapproved establishments, have certificates in Anatomy and Physiology and First Aid, have professional insurance and have undertaken continuing professional development (CPD).
BTPA has a ‘find a therapist’ list available to people seeking a qualified practitioner on their website www.bowen-therpay.co
|Posted on 20 January, 2013 at 9:16||comments (11)|
EXTREME PAIN IN SHOULDER & ARM
girl, aged 17 4 treatments
S.’s GP diagnosed a suspected trapped nerve. An area around her right scapula was raised, appearing to be in spasm. After the first treatment, she experienced extreme pain. However, within 2 days that had subsided.
After the second treatment she reported no apparent pain or problem but just a slight stiffness. After the third treatment the stiffness had gone and pain free state was holding.
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For further details about the Bowen Technique please contact Karen on 01954 260 982 / 07714 995 299 or email [email protected]