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.