Bowen works in remarkable ways, and sometimes clients get more than they bargained for, in such a good way. Apart from a reduction in pain or symptoms, some people sleep better, some are able to deal with things easier, some develop different food choices. One of my early clients had a significant improvement in her mental health.
Not long after I opened my clinic in 2012 I treated a lady for lower back and hip pain. These issues resolved totally after two treatments, however she kept coming back every week for about two and a half years. She was a very quiet and reserved lady, and didn't talk a lot and didn't give very much away. I feel uncomfortable treating people if I don't think they require it, and I often queried her about why she kept coming every week and tried to suggest maybe monthly or quarterly treatments would suffice to maintain her pain free status. She would simply say that she liked the relaxation and it was her weekly treat for herself.
So I treated her just about every week for two and a half years, and one day she announced that this would be her last appointment as she was moving to be closer to family in Melbourne. Then she told me something remarkable.
About five years prior to starting the Bowen treatments a close family member had died, and since then she had been very depressed, even suicidal. Just before I met her she would have suicidal thoughts daily. She was on antidepressants and had worked for a long time with various psychologists and counsellors, all of which seemed to have made very little difference.
During her very first Bowen treatment she thought that I wasn't doing very much and nothing would happen (that's pretty typical), but the next day was the first day she hadn't had a suicidal thought for a very long time. She thought about it long and hard and decided the only thing she could put it down to was the Bowen Therapy, so she promised herself that she would have a weekly treatment. Over time her suicidal thoughts gradually reduced in frequency and her depression improved.
The improvement was very gradual, but at some point she decided that she was no longer suicidal, and later she talked to her doctor about not taking her antidepressants, and just recently she had realised that she was no longer depressed. That was when she decided that she could move out of the family home and start a new life in a new city with the people she loved that were alive.
She hadn't told me because she thought I would think she was mad attributing the recovery of her mental health to Bowen, but now she wanted me to know what a difference she thought I had made for her with Bowen Therapy.
Cheers for now,
Hi, I'm Prue Duffy, a Bowen Therapist and Equine Muscle Release Therapist in regional NSW, Australia. I've been doing Bowen since 2007, and opened a practice in Dubbo in 2012. The results some of my clients get through Bowen is truly amazing.