It’s been about a year since my last post and it’s fair to say things are very different. In October 2017 I passed my final assessment to become a qualified Bowen Therapist. It’s fair to say the whole assessment weekend was exhausting, I was nearly 37 weeks pregnant and struggled with everything from remembering my revision, to concentrating, to staying awake, and generally feeling prepared. Luckily on the two occasions I had to pull it out bag I managed it.
The staff and other students were amazingly patient with me, and it was great to catch up with everyone I started the course with back in 2016. At 39 weeks pregnant my certification came through the door.
With that out the way I was given less than a week before my next life changing event and cause to celebrate. On November 5 Gwendolyn Ann arrived.
Needless to say she takes up a lot of my time and starting to be a mum at the same time as starting a business definitely has its challenges.
Despite this I’m currently managing a clinic from Home once a week and a mobile day once a fortnight.
One of the things that has surprised me about my work so far is how many different conditions Bowen has been able to assist with, quite often some of this has been in addition to what the client wanted targeting.
I have already seen Bowen benefit these conditions/problems:
- Elbow pain and pins and needles linked to manual labour
- Back pain
- Sports injuries repair and maintenance Knee ligament damage, tight hamstrings, ankle ligament strain
- Pregnancy back pain
- Baby colic
Nearly all clients have also reported a feeling of better general well-being and improved sleep.
Focus On …
May is stroke awareness month.
The term ‘stroke’ is used to describe an acute disturbance of brain function due to an abnormality of blood supply. About 75% of acute stroke cases occur in people aged 65 years or more. About 35% of stroke victims will die within the first three weeks.
The majority of stroke survivors will suffer a permanent disability in the form of a paralysed arm (right or left according to the location of the infarction) and will be unable to walk normally. While the incidence of recovery of full limb functionality is minimal, Bowen Therapy can be applied beneficially to the stroke patient.
Physical incapacitation is the consequence of failure of that part of the nervous system controlling movement. With stimulation, the body has the capacity to forge new nerve system links to restore, in part, some control over physical movement. Although the fundamental damage is to the brain, experience has shown that Bowen moves to other parts of the body have contributed to improvements to physical mobility.
During my short time as a Bowen Therapist I have treated 2 clients in recovery following a stroke.
Bowen is a gentle therapy and has not only been able to on some occasions assist alongside physiotherapy in recovering some degree of movement where stroke related paralysis has happened, but is also an excellent therapy to help those affected by a stroke regain some confidence in their own abilities and get their general well being back on track.
Bowen can be administered with the client either laid down or in a chair. As Bowen is carried out through light clothing there is also no need for the client to undress.
Follow the links to read case studies on the subject of Bowen and stroke recovery.