March 14, 2017
It’s been a busy few weeks to say the least, mainly due to paperwork both at work and as part of my Bowen course. To say I dislike paperwork is an understatement. There’s times where I question why on earth I plumped for a job in education as it seems that ‘teaching’ is a code word for filling in as many forms, planning sheets, assessment grids, etc as possible. As part of my Bowen course I am required to submit case studies, to be fair it’s the bit of the course I was dreading, hours of paperwork to see whether I can effectively note take.
Did it take hours? Yes, was it enjoyable? No, was it useful? Surprisingly yes! Being able to say to a client still dubious about the effectiveness of treatment, ‘3 weeks ago you had disturbed sleep for most of the week, this week you’ve had disturbed sleep once’, or seeing someone light up at the improvement when you ask them to squat and compare the depth to the previous week, being able to show a body map to a client that shows an improvement in levels of discomfort. For the 1st time in a long time I feel I’m filling in meaningful paperwork.
The most common and noticeable improvements from case study treatment so far has been in lower back pain, shoulder and neck pain, and sleep patterns.
So is my note taking effective? Ultimately that’s for my tutor to decide, but probably not as good as it could be. Having completed the case studies it is now evident how useful and important it is to be specific in these notes, unfortunately it took the finished product to prove this to me. The good news is I get another crack at it! Back on a practical module next weekend and then I’ll need to get working on another 10 case studies. The good news is that quite a few of my 1st case studies want to continue their bowen sessions so at least I know that the treatment side is going ok, now comes the challenge of fitting it all in!!