Stress Relief – its something we all seem to strive for in our too busy and overwhelming world.
The first sets of Bowen moves in each Bowen session is always dedicated to calming the body, getting the mind in the room, on to the table and out of it’s maze of intertwining circuits of desire and obligation.
The body can only heal itself when the parasympathetic nervous system is acting (rest and digest). The defense, recovery and repair system will do amazing things, but only if we are relaxed enough for all the body parts accept that they don’t have to be on alert or scared. The nutrients we eat can work to our fullest advantage when we are at calm and at rest.
Bowen can also be useful for emotional release. We hold emotions in our fascia when we don’t know what else to do with them in the moment. Held emotions will tighten the fascia into “armoring” which can result in the hardening of the soft tissues leading to micro-adhesions and pain. The Bowen moves releases the tenseness and allows the emotion to resurface, be acknowledged and released.
That’s why I found this Bowen article charming (link below), in that it equates Bowen to vitamins….and he’s right. Bowen can be the vital part of your bodywork program that relaxes and resets your body to that it can heal.
When my clients come off the table at the end of a Bowen session, the least amount of praise I sometimes get is, “I feel so relaxed”. and that my friends is a great complement.
Why do we have pain and weakness in one part of the body and not another? When you fall or trip, is it always on that one side? do you always seem to land on that one knee? tweak that same ankle? OR when working with your hands and arms, does that one elbow see to take the brunt of the work? is it the wrist that seems to complain first? OR does your lower back seem to give out before anything else?
This is your body trying to send you a message about the underlying emotional – mental issues that are unresolved.
When we have any kind of unresolved trauma or drama in our lives, the memory and energy of that fight-or-flight-or-freeze stress remains, stuck in our tissue. If we don’t do any physical or personal emotional work to release that stress, it will slowly grow with time by accumulating additional instances. At some point the “pool of stress” will effect the surrounding tissues with enough impact that pain, dis-function and maybe dis-ease will result. Unresolved it will get louder and louder and until it gets your notice–enough for you to pay attention to it.
Here is the pattern of any chronic issues: it started with a small annoyance, was ignored, it got more frequent, was ignored, it got larger (louder), was maybe superficially treated–but really just ignored, etc…until finally it seems all of a sudden, there is this big issue. and we wonder where it came from. hmmm….?
So here it is. It hurts. What to do?
There are lots a charts and graphics around (like the link below) that can point you in the general direction.
Shoulders = carrying a burden that is too heavy, given to you by your family, the world (right side) or your self(left side). what and why are you carrying it? what happens if you put part if it down or ask for help? remember that it takes a village?
Hips = support in your life, financial(right side) or emotional(left side). what kind of support do you need? must it come from others? or can you support and love yourself? who is not capable of supporting you?
Heart = love and connection. where are you disconnected from yourself, your family (given or chosen), community, your maker? how are you experiencing shame, loss, lack, anger? who can make you feel loved? how do you connect with yourself and others? what blocks are in the way?
the list goes on….
The trick is to do this emotional work ALONG WITH the physical together. Doing this work from two arenas, emotional and physical, you will create a spreading spiritual effect. The results are greater; swifter strides towards releasing the agony.
In my clinic, we do this with work with good results. Reiki, Quantum Touch or general Energy work for the physical side and talking though bubbled up sub-conscious images that the theta state brings for the emotional side.
This is exactly the kind of work that represents the first energy work session I ever had and kept me coming back for more. It eventually lead to me learning and taking it on as a profession.
It’s great stuff. and body pain tells you where to start the path.
Just as a follow up to my last post about Reiki in hospitals.
Reiki sessions are becoming an essential part of cancer treatment. It helps relaxation, anxiety and worry which improves mood, sleep, reduces pain, isolation and loneliness. Reiki re-establishes and re-enforces the clients connection to their Higher Self — a spiritual, not religious effect — that allows a grounded and centered calmness and peace that is key to healing and becoming whole again.
Reiki can be a wonderful addition to any hospital/medical facility visit or stay: before, during or after. Whether for simple procedures, complicated surgeries or facing long-term, multi-session treatments, people that are undergoing any medical procedure are under stress and nervous about the what is happening to them and generally experience some tissue trauma as a consequence of the procedure.
So how can Reiki help achieve the best results?
Before the procedure
Hopefully, the clients have researched and are fully informed, but that may still only calm down some of the trepidation. Reiki before the procedure, calms the mind and balances the body and energy field. Pulling the body out of “fight or flight” allows the parasympathetic nervous system to lower and stabilize heart rate, increase activity in abdominal and pelvic organs and tissue and re-balance gland activity. This is the optimum state for commencing any allopathic procedures.
During the procedure
Dr Oz and Pamela Miles are known for their work in introducing Reiki during open-heart surgery. Unless the medical practitioner is Reiki-enlightened, like Dr Oz, it’s unlikely that a Reiki Practitioner will be able to work hands-on during any procedures. But, any Level 2 Reiki Practitioner or Reiki Master can send the energy with out touching. This is the brilliant quantum physics effect of this kind of energy work; they don’t even have to be in the same building or city. The session work can be arranged before hand.
Receiving Reiki during allopathic procedures, helps with shock, bleeding, side-effects of anesthesia, excessive body response to the tissue trauma.
And don’t forget to send Reiki to everyone involved: doctors, nurses, medical technicians and staff. Boosting their vibration, calming their minds and emotions and balancing their bodies will keep them present with the task in front of them, reducing errors and miscalculations. They will be calmer and more focused. Who doesn’t want happier people working on them?
After the procedure
Once the procedure is complete, the job of the client’s body is to heal. This is where Reiki excels. Reiki is energy work that triggers the body’s innate ability to heal itself by soothing the shock and activating our friend, the parasympathetic nervous system. Studies have shown that Reiki client require less pain medication and improve faster. They experience improved heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. Reiki clients are able to get moving and on their feet sooner, which helps prevent post-procedure complications. They recover bowel function faster, which means they often can go home sooner.
I’ve worked with clients as they navigate through surgeries and procedure, medical and dental.
Most medical professionals are aware of Reiki, whether they have experienced or observed it first hand or not. In my experience, they are always accommodating and friendly if treated with respect. They want what is best for their patients. It is up to the client to arrange access for the Reiki Practitioner. A discussion with the medical care team, and possibly the facility, is an easy, but necessary step to clear any obstacles to an on-site session.
Reiki speeds the natural course of healing. As Pamela Miles says “There is nothing magical about Reiki practice, but after surgery, it can sure seem magical.”
I don’t know David Wolfe, but I follow his page/blog. He commonly touches on topics interest that are thoughtful, compassionate and informative. So I was delighted to read his blog today and see him call out Bowen for the chronic pain relief associated with Fibromyalgia.
This is very exciting to see Bowen mentioned and recommended by those outside the Bowen community. It really is a wonder technique that works wonders on all sorts of acute and chronic issues.
Give it a try! It is one of the best natural healing techniques to use.
I read this great article about Reiki and Cancer treatment and I have to agree…It’s remarkable.
I work with clients in all stages of their cancer journey. Some have worked thru it to be “survivors” in remission and a couple have given up the fight and passed on, returning Home. It was and is my honor and privilege to work with them all.
I truly feel that in all cases, Reiki is a great asset in their treatment plan. If you have cancer, Reiki sessions will help
Relax the mind and body as you maneuver through test results and decisions about treatment,
Instill calmness. When out of fight-or-flight, the parasympathetic rest-and-digest systems turn on, facilitating healing and repair.
Treatments and medications are more effective when you are calm and relaxed. This is especially true of pain meds, so fewer and lower doses may be necessary. It will also reduce side-effects of chemo and radiation.
Connect you spiritually to choices that deeply resonate with you, helping sift through options and make decisions that are yours to make.
Reiki is portable, it can be done anywhere. I have worked with clients in my office, in hospitals, in recovery facilities and in their homes.
Reiki is accepted, it is welcomed every where. While there may be some curiosity from staff, once I’ve explained who I am and what I’m doing, I’ve been acknowledged and left to complete my sessions with clients in hospitals and facilities.
So if you have cancer in your body or another chronic issue, please do yourself the favor of getting some Reiki. You won’t regret it!
You’re laying in bed, just about to drop into sleep, and there’s the itch or twitch that startles you back from slumber. or the knee jerks that make you feel like a puppet with someone else pulling the strings. Some legs get wild enough to force sleeping in a bed separate from their years-long partner. Whether on the sofa or in bed there seems to be no escaping the legs that want to move.
I’ve helped clients with Restless Leg Syndrome. I’ve done it using Energy and Bowen, individually and both in separate sessions.
Bowen helps neurological issues by loosening fascia which restores tissue hydration and unrestricted communication with the limbic system. Moist tissue can respond to our activity demands, recover from those exertions and rest when “in waiting”.
Fascia also holds our body memory or muscle memory- the patterns or reactions that we carry out without conscious thought. It also hold the somatic memory of injuries and trauma that we have incurred. Balanced fascia is more fully in communication with our limbic system which houses the emotional-mental portions of the injuries and traumas. The feedback between the fascial and limbic systems integrate the physical and emotional-mental responses to new and chronic injuries. This will make healing responses more appropriate, releasing cascading inflammation, edema and chronic muscle spasms.
Energy sessions help rest the spirit and can reveal the spiritual reason for the physical manifestation. Our work on this plane is activated by our family and friends when we are young, usually by age 7 through misunderstanding and trauma. If we don’t respond by facing and resolving the issue, it will be presented to us time and again, louder and more painful each time, until it gets our full and complete attention. 🙂 Each of us have a unique and varied life course. Energy work can help “lift the lid” on those unresolved reactions that we buried in our bodies and memories. As adults we have more control over ourselves and our environments and have better tools to help remove these bundles of pain and sorrow. Our itches and twitches are our sub-conscious trying to tell us something.
Either way, getting some relief from the itch, pain and twitch in yours will help you get needed rest and feeling better!
I talk a lot about how fascia is important. It’s where the knotted patterns of our life and life style lay encased in living tissue. The impact and remnants of physical injury is in the fascia. Emotions are felt and trauma lies buried in our fascia. Our energy bodies are attached to our physical bodies via our fascia. Right after we are a bunch of cells, the first organized tissue is fascia and all other tissue is formed as slips of tissue off the fascia. It surrounds, holds, support and shields every structure in our bodies. It communicates information faster than our nerves–much faster. And it provides transportation for fluids, to keep itself and every thing under it’s supervision hydrated and strong.
What’s not to like about fascia?
I ran across this article some time ago, like July 2010 and found it again in a saved folder.
Which is interesting, since I’m coming to believe that all the energy work I perform with my clients is really just fascia work. Meaning, when I project energy from my hands or through intention, my target is the connection between the physical body aka fascia to the etheric body, the first level of our energy body. As physical beings, sometimes we don’t “feel it” until it actually becomes physical. When the fascia relaxes, the mind can let go and the spirit is relieved. Which make perfect sense. With energy work, I’m coming from the spiritual to the physical. I just didn’t have a clear idea of where that interface took place. It works something like this:
opening the energy field, activating the physical connection to fascia with Reiki, crystals, essential oils and sound, stimulating information about locked patterns from the sub-conscious, voicing – bringing into the conscious-physical level – the mental or emotional injury, releasing it from the body, restoring light-ness and peace to the aura and physical body.
With Bowen Technique, bodywork that targets fascia using acupressure point access, it works in the opposite direction. In a Bowen session there can be lots of prerequisite moves and procedures, but the sequence that results in the “final” pain release also usually triggers emotional and trauma related discharges. Usually the originating injury happened years ago and the chronic tension pattern had later erupted into pain from a more recent and relatively benign over-stretch or twist. It’s this old impairment that is let go. With Bowen, it works like this:
stretching muscles & tendons, dragging fascia along for the ride, releasing chronic physical patterns & pain, discharging suppressed emotions and trauma, relieving the heaviness of life burdens from the body.
So I’m observing this wonderful synergy in practice: Energy work and Bowen.
Same work from two different direction. I see it more clearly and more in-depth with each client.
The fascia is the bridge between…a truly wonderful thing.
Working with animals is a miraculous thing. they live in the moment and have no preconceived ideas and no judgement. it makes working on them super easy, because they just accept the healing and go 🙂
Dusty was healed of traumatic paralysis with Bowen Therapy.
This work and video is by a Bowen Therapy colleges, Danny and Christine Ellerton in Bagshot, Australia. They work using the same Bowen techniques I use, only in this case it was applied to a paralyzed dog, Dusty.
Check out the video. It’s AMAZING
Dusty had a traumatic injury 8/3/16 and presented to Ellerton Bowen Therapy 11/3/16 totally incapable of walking or moving
He could only lay on his right side and was hand fed and given water by placing water at his head.
He had no ability to relieving himself and as such urinating and defecating where he lay.
Only visible signs of movement were a twitching of the Left Hind Leg and raising his head…