See HRT and you think of Hormone Replacement Therapy, right? Introducing HRTBW - Hormone Release The Bowen Way! It's a non-invasive, drug-free method of treating menopause, period pain, endometriosis and other symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
With lots of Bowen training already booked into my schedule for this year, when I saw that my friend at Inverell was hosting Ron Phelan's HRTBW course in March 2018 it was too good an opportunity to miss and I knew I had to squeeze it in to the calendar and stretch the budget to get there. I was not disappointed.
I came back to Dubbo with new skills with which to support those people in my community who are silently putting up with the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. I am now confident in offering treatment for the following conditions:
The work is intense and involved. To be effective the body needs to be fairly well balanced, so generally a couple of Bowen treatments are required to establish this. Weekly treatments are required until symptoms have gone and settled. As the instructor said, "Treatment is like rolling a tyre up a hill. If you stop too early it will roll back down the hill. But if you continue until you make sure it is over the hill it will never go backwards." He led us to expect that good results are generally not achieved within 3-4 treatments, but how long it takes is difficult to predict because ... every body is different.
I myself had endured years of the symptoms of oestrogen deficiency (I now know this) which regularly had me housebound for days on end. It interfered with my ability to work and hold down a job, fulfilling family commitments and attending social engagements. My recovery involved radically changing my diet which took a number of years, a lot of willpower and attracted a lot of criticism. Whilst I wouldn't change what I've done, if I knew then what I do now, HRTBW would have supported my body through the process and life would not have been so distressing.
Clients that I have been able to assist so far with what I learned in this course:
If you are looking for a natural, drug-free and non-invasive method of dealing with any of these problems, please consider coming and having a talk with me to explore whether you might be interested in some Hormone Release The Bowen Way. To get started straight away please call me on 0427 143 743, or make an appointment just to chat free of charge.
Cheers for now,
Treating people with chronic conditions such as arthritis, autoimmune diseases, GORD, diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue etc. is really rewarding. Whilst Bowen does not cure the condition, it does support the body in such a way that the person is able to resume some normality in their life. Many of these clients get regular Bowen treatments fortnightly or monthly because they may experience less pain, they may be able to sleep better, they may feel less anxious, they may have a little more energy, and they may have an increased feeling of wellbeing, all of which contribute to their symptoms not being so overwhelming.
These are the clients who often ask "What else can I be doing to support my body to feel better?" and have inspired me to do some extensive reading. I have noticed a common thread amongst the effective suggestions that I have come across, which can be summarised by the SHINE Protocol. SHINE was developed by a White House physician in the time of the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies, and is an acronym for five factors that are imperative to maintain optimal long term health.
Sleep - To maintain optimal health your body needs 7.5 hours effective sleep at the right time to be able to do it's "housekeeping". If it doesn't get to do its housekeeping properly then things simply don't work right. The systems of your body that are responsible for this work the best during the hours of 9pm and 7am, and it is virtually impossible for them to do this effectively between the hours of 11pm and 5am. Whilst I have dear family and friends who pride themselves on being able to live on 5 hours sleep, they are not doing their bodies any favours. By the way, getting less than 7.5 hours effective sleep a night is a recognised contributing factor to developing Alzheimer's.
Hormones - Hormone deficiencies can contribute to many chronic conditions. Hormones control our body's homeostasis (blood pressure, temperature, pH levels, hydration, blood sugar and gas concentrations), growth and development, reproduction, recovery from injury and trauma, metabolism and lots more. Hormones are involved in the functioning of every system in our body, and if their levels aren't correct our health declines. Hormonal imbalances are often missed by blood tests.
Immunity/Infection - Underlying viral, bacterial, yeast and mould infections contribute to disease and chronic illness. The trick is identifying their presence, and once again these are often missed by blood tests. Bacteria, yeast and mould can be controlled medically or using alternative therapies. We are told that viral infections require rest and there is no cure. Once you have contracted a virus you will always have it in your system. They are opportunistic, and when you are run down they will take the opportunity to get stronger and affect you. The thing is that the chronic symptoms of viruses are often very different to the acute symptoms. These viruses can wear out your body and affect your systems, allowing chronic illness to develop. Viruses may be controlled by some alternative therapies.
Nutrition - To maintain optimal health a diet with minimal acid forming inflammatory foods should be adopted. But that is just part of the story. We must also look towards our gut health to ensure that the healthy foods we eat are being digested properly and the resulting nutrients are absorbed into our bodies so that the cells can be nourished. The integrity of the small intestine wall and the gut flora population are very important in the nutrition story.
Exercise - We are designed to move with our whole bodies, so that when, for example, we walk, our whole spine moves fluidly and the organs and structures in our torso get a good massage to keep them healthy. Our liver, kidneys, gall bladder, spleen, digestive system, bowels, bladder and other structures rely on this functional movement to be able to work optimally. For most of us our hips and/or shoulders do not move correctly when we walk which indicates that our spines are locked up somewhere and our internal organs are not getting the massage and stimulation they require. Once moving functionally, it is important to exercise at an appropriate level of duration and intensity. Too much for too long, too soon, may find the body under too much stress and undoing all your good work.
Mindfulness is an addition made in many of the documents I have read. Encouragement is given to seek a mindful activity such as meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi or Qi Gong, as well as a manual therapy which promotes relaxation such as massage, acupuncture or Shiatsu.
Functional medicine practitioners treat the body holistically, providing advise to their clients about these five factors that are important to optimal health.
Bowen Therapy also provides support to the body in all five areas:
Seeking total health for a longer and happier life is difficult in this day and age, but there are therapists and practitioners out there who can support you in staying well. If you would like to know more about the SHINE protocol and people who may be able to support your quest for health in the Orana Region please call me on 0427 143 743.
Bowen Therapy - it just works. So why not give it a try first?
In The Beginning
One day, more than half a century ago, a big sister was minding her baby sister. She was helping her mother, who was caring for the family of five children. Unfortunately, somehow, the big sister dropped the baby on her head, and was too scared to tell her mother. The baby cried and cried that day, trying to let everyone know that she was hurt, but everyone was very short tempered with her. Nobody listened to her until that night when her mother was trying to settle her to sleep. Lovingly and patiently stroking her baby's hair, the mother noticed that the baby's head was oozing. Off to the hospital, and it turns out the poor little baby had a fractured skull.
Life Goes On
Plagued with headaches, neck pain and tightness, and episodes of lower back pain, the little baby grew up as all babies do. She learnt to deal with the pain because if she hadn't she would have missed out on life. With hormonal issues after she had children, the doctors suggested a hysterectomy. That started another wave of headaches and pain which was worse than before. Life was becoming very difficult for this lady, but now with three children herself, she carried on.
It is amazing what the body can deal with, and can cope with. Once her children had left home and she had time to care for herself she tried massage and chiropractic, mindfulness and meditation, and all this contributed to managing her symptoms, but less than adequately. Finally she tried Bowen Therapy and had a great result. No longer living with and constantly managing headaches and painful back and joints every day, she embraced grandparenthood and retirement enthusiastically.
One day she was pulling a trolley with something heavy on it and the handle came off the trolley. She flew backwards, landing on her tail bone and the back of her head. In the process she put out her hand to save herself from the fall, as you do, and she broke her wrist. In the hospital she was telling everyone who might listen that her lower back was alarmingly sore, but all they concentrated on was fixing her wrist. Later she would tell the doctors at fracture clinic, and her own GP, but they wouldn't act upon what they heard. The wrist was the thing that was broken, and that's what they focussed on.
Some months after her wrist had healed she developed severe knee pain, the lower back pain escalated, she experienced continual intense burning in both her feet, was unable to walk easily and was not sleeping well because she was so uncomfortable. Feeling certain it had something to do with her back, which was still sore, she went to her GP who referred her to a physiotherapist.
The physiotherapist patiently heard what she had to say. Then he treated her knee. For a couple of months. It slowly got better and she stopped going, but as it got worse again she did not go back to him for further treatment.
She then went to her chiropractor. He patiently heard what she had to say. Then he treated her knee. For a couple of months. It made a slight difference but a few days after every treatment it went back to how it was before. It didn't work.
All the while her lower back and knee was still sore, her neck was still tight and her feet were still burning. One morning she had a bright idea. She decided to try Bowen Therapy again - after all, it had helped her before.
The Bowen Treatment
I listened intently as she told me about her pain and discomfort, and asked many questions. In the end she was encouraged to tell me everything that was unusual about her body, and I made copious notes and asked even more questions! This process took a whole hour, but finally we were both ready to begin the treatment.
With a good understanding of her history, I recognised that if I wasn't very careful she would go into a healing crisis for a couple of days after the treatment. My options were to either do very little, very gently, and proceed very slowly over the coming weeks, or try to address the primary dysfunction that was causing all this pain and discomfort and see if I could make a significant difference to her in a shorter period. I chose the latter, and found issues in her right jaw, a muscle at the base of the right side of her neck, her coccyx and sacrum.
As I worked, I noticed symmetry returning to her hips and shoulder blades as well as the scoliosis correcting in her thoracic spine, even though I had not treated those areas. Thirty minutes in I asked her to get up from the table and take a walk around. No pain in her lower back, no pain in her knee, no burning in her feet, perfect range of movement in her neck with no tightness and walking evenly with ease.
Needless to say she was astounded and delighted. I made sure that she knew that I thought her body would be going through some changes over the next week getting used to this new way of being, so to expect some unusual feelings but that it would be nothing like the "hit by a truck" feeling of a healing crisis. I also emphasised that I expected that she would require further treatments to stabilise what I had done. After all, I believed that the problem had been with her since she was dropped as a baby, such a long time ago.
As I explained how I thought everything had impacted her body and her life, she agreed. She went on to say herself that it would be very interesting to see if some of her oestrogen deficient symptoms resolve, bowel movement patterns normalise and tendency to develop urinary tract infections and thrush decreases in the short term.
Every part of the body is intimately connected with every other part of the body, no matter whether they are side by side or at opposite ends, and I am so lucky that I can treat people in such an holistic way.
Bowen Therapy - it just works. So why not give it a try first? Give me a call on 0427143743 to book an appointment, or for more information visit my website, www.bowentherapydubbo.com.au.
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.