Removing Trauma from the Body

Emotional Resolution is about balancing your feelings by addressing the emotions that are embedded in our bodies, replaying when triggered by similar situations, enlarging the scope of the current circumstances and keeping us in a seemingly endless cycle of drama and pain.

Neuroscientist and trauma researcher, Bessel van der Kolk, MD has spent his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences. He has some very interesting things to say about how trauma affects our bodies and compensating behaviors.

“The trauma caused by childhood neglect, sexual or domestic abuse and war wreaks havoc in our bodies” — Bessel van der Kolk in The Body Keeps the Score

He says that we commonly think that trauma is a story about the past, but in fact, trauma makes changes to our brain, so that the person sees and experiences the world differently than other human beings. Research shows that “it is almost impossible to become a drug addict/alcoholic without having a prior history of childhood trauma.” Addiction is the result of these people desperately trying to manage unbearable physical sensations.

Peter Levine, PhD has also spent a career working with trauma. He developed a body-awareness approach to healing trauma called Somatic Experiencing (SE). SE focuses on the physiological responses that occur when someone experiences or remembers an overwhelming or traumatic event, in his or her body, rather than only through the thoughts or emotions connected to it. His method is to allow and encourage the body’s sensations, trapped by the trauma, to discharge using a number of “resources” to ground the person in the present moment, that reinforce the client’s inherent capacity to self-regulate.

“The bodies of traumatized people portray “snapshots” of their unsuccessful attempts to defend themselves in the face of threat and injury. Trauma is a highly activated incomplete biological response to threat, frozen in time… Traumatized people are not suffering from a disease in the normal sense of the word- they have become stuck in an aroused state. It is difficult, if not impossible, to function normally under these circumstances.” — Peter A. Levine


I find it affirming, and corroborating, that these two world renowned and respected experts in the field of trauma research both agree that unprocessed emotions are trapped in the body. And that the best path to recovery is by working to release the frozen emotions from the body.

Connecting Trauma and Chronic Pain

In my own work, I’ve found that my clients who are struggling with the repercussions of trauma have issue on two fronts: Emotional and Physical. Often times they are in traditional therapy of some kind, but find it hard to make headway because of chronic body pain.

Traumatic emotions are buried in the body and resurface as pain and named disorders when left unresolved over long periods of time.

Bowen Technique is a system of gentle bodywork, that brings equilibrium to fascia (connective tissue) tension in the body. It is very relaxing and stimulates the body’s nervous systems to re-balance, prompting a healing response on structural and energetic levels Short answer: it feels really good and takes the pain away.

When pain is first and foremost in a person’s mind, it is very difficult to work on anything else, even if “anything else” is critical to relieving emotional pain, which is also critical to recovery. I’ve found that applying Bowen to chronic pain is a necessary first step. When the body calms down, after a session or two of Bowen, clients find their traditional therapy much more productive. They can remember, focus and do the work with out the distracting onslaught of pain.

Adding an Emotional Resolution (EmRes) session before Bowen is a powerful advantage. Emotional Resolution is a simple method of releasing buried emotions, regardless of the circumstances around their internment. The client recalls an emotional situation of note, and the practitioner guides them thru a protocol of physical sensory awareness which releases the triggered emotion that is buried in the body. Immediately afterwards the clients receives a Bowen session to help the body finish processing the emotion release and do the primary work of balancing the fascia to release and ignite a healing response.

The combination of Emotional Resolution and Bowen is amazing. There is a synergy and reciprocity between the two disciplines that coordinate responses between physical and emotional bodies. They literally talk the language of the limbic system that is holding the emotions, the body memories, in stasis and provides portals for their discharge and release.

Emotion work and Body work, individually, can be an asset to any recovery process. But together in the same session, they have produced headway and breakthroughs in my clients. These cases reinforce my enthusiasm and desire to champion this work. It’s so important to those of us that need it.

Are you ready to release your buried trauma and chronic body pain?

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Video with Bessel van der Kolk

Youtube with Peter Levine

Reiki Really Works!

My first Reiki experience was purely by accident. I wanted to feel better and a friend recommended this woman that does this stuff…”it was great”.  So I booked an appointment and went to her.  That one session was amazing.  I didn’t find out what she did until after the session was over and the Reiki part was really only about 20 minutes long. I was in love with the work and ended up taking it on as a new career.

Back then-10 years ago, when I offered people a Reiki session or told them was a Reiki Master, literally no one knew what that was.  So I was left to explain about a metaphysical process–passing life energy thru my hands, when received would feel really good, like a heating-pad, and that energy would help them heal. All I could tell them was anecdotal stories about experiences of my clients and my friends clients successes.  “Just try it, you’ll love it”.  It was a bit of a stretch for many people.

Starting a few years ago, there was enough Reiki-awareness, in general, that when I told people, “I’m a Reiki Master”, almost everyone has heard the word “Reiki”. They may not know what it means exactly, but they’ve heard the word. It wasn’t just a strange combo of consonants and vowels. It had some context. It made my explaining job easier, because people are more receptive to hearing about the semi-familiar.

And in the background, there have been researchers trying to prove or disprove the effectiveness of Reiki.  Does it really help healing, when measured scientifically, double-blind studies and all that stuff. Or are the anecdotes of my clients just one-off successes?

They are validating the Reiki table experience: It does feel good, it does help, it should be part of standard practices of healing. 

Articles such as this one are being published in respected journals. This article reviewed the results of a collection of clinical studies on Reiki.

Reiki Is Better Than Placebo and Has Broad Potential as a Complementary Health Therapy

Placebo? They measured getting Reiki [Reiki from a Reiki attuned practitioner] versus getting fake or sham-Reiki [an actor that mimicked the hand positions and procedures of a real Reiki session]. The sham-Reiki served as the placebo, the sugar pill, that will have a neutral effect.

What did they measure?

  1. Physiological responses to Reiki
  2. Use of Reiki as a complementary therapy for a chronic condition
  3. Use of Reiki as a treatment for a chronic condition
  4. Use of Reiki as a complementary therapy for an acute condition

I’ll let you read the article for detail information and jump to the results 🙂

What did they find?  Reiki can be effective in

  • “Activating the parasympathetic nervous system, as measured by reduced heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and increased heart rate variability”
  • “Reducing pain, anxiety, and depression, and for improving self-esteem and quality of life”

‘These effects are due to higher parasympathetic nervous system activity, mediated via the vagus nerve”.

” Reiki has the potential to provide valuable support for a broad range of chronic health conditions”

“Reiki should be regarded as a complementary therapy that can be implemented alongside all other medical and therapeutic techniques.

Further research is recommended to help optimize the application of Reiki for specific health conditions and to examine the benefits arising from provision of multiple Reiki sessions over an extended period of time.”

Lovely! Yes, this is what most of us in the Reiki community have been saying for years.

  • It’s a wonderful (and powerful) complement to any treatment or medical protocol that a person may be under.
  • There are no-contraindications–everyone can benefit from Reiki.
  • Reiki can happen anywhere, literally anywhere, home, hospital, clinic, barn, etc
  • it feels like the best massage you’ve every gotten without all the rubbing 🙂

Don’t hesitate to try Reiki and add it to your current wellness regime, especially if your challenge is tackling pain, illness or disease.

Also I’m sending out a big thanks to all those Reiki Researchers who are proving it’s validity! 🙂

Are You Ready for Reiki’s Help?

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Releasing Wounds of Scars

The effect of scars on the body can not be overestimated. It doesn’t matter whether the scars came from an accident, war, conflict, personal attacks or other traumas or due to a necessary and required surgical intervention or elective procedure. The results of scars never just go away.

The scar itself is a miracle of our body’s repair system. It is the remnant of a living tissue bandage that plugged a hole in our skin, preventing further fluid loss and maintaining a hygienic seal over the area while transitioning from scab to scar.

The fact that there is a visible scar means that the damage was not just superficial wound. It is the result of deeper tissue damage, sometimes thru all layers of the skin, sometimes involving the underlying soft tissues, muscles and organs.

Collagen, laid down as part of the repair process, resulted in a thickened fibrous mass. Thick scar tissue can impede proper circulation of blood, congests lymph flow and can impact range of motion. Severed nerve tissue, in the immediate and surrounding areas, can result in a kind of dysthesia–unpleasant, abnormal sense of touch that runs from numbness to pain. A fibrous and non-elastic scar can have a bio-mechanical dragging and pulling effect on all neighboring physiological systems particularly the fascial membrane covering muscles, bones, organs and glands.

And really one of the biggest problems is that we are unaware of these issues. After the largest portions of pain and trauma of the site have passed  and it is mostly healed, our concerns go elsewhere and we become unaware of the disability that remains stuck in our bodies by having and untreated scar. All scars represent:

  • the emotion that was present when the injury took place. Even elective surgeries and planned c-sections have embedded emotions related to the need for them — self-worth, anger, anxiety, shock, guilt, etc.
  • bio-mechanical restriction of the fascia where the scar prevent free-gliding of muscles and nerves. Interconnected fascial lines and synergistic and antagonistic muscles groups all rely of easy movement and elasticity of tissue within and adjacent to them.
  • bio-energetic impact of scars is most noticeable when the scars cross body mid-lines and the body meridians as used in acupuncture. When scars are released in these areas and the flow of Qi/Chi is re-established, client often report that they feel more energized after the scar work was performed.

The treatment of scar tissue is a vital element in restoring maximum function of our musculoskeletal and myofascial systems. Pain in these systems are reduced and range of motion increases.

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Tom Bowen’s Birthday-April 18

The week before Tom’s birthday is traditionally International Bowen Week, so that we may remember and celebrate his work.

As a bodyworker and healer, I’ve found that it’s often the simple techniques that have the most reach, the largest effect on the body.  Frequently we try to over complicate what is really simple.

Most of my new Bowen therapy clients come to my office after trying literally every other option they can find.  Bowen is not widely known in my area, so it takes a determined searcher to find me sometimes.  By the time they reach me, their issues are chronic and complicated by years of compensation patterns.  I find this a delightful challenge that Bowen can certainly meet.

Bowen works with the fascia, our connective tissue, to re-tone and re-tension the whole body, from muscles and organs to bones and hormones. Fluids carrying nutrients and waste, in and out of our deepest recesses, are facilitated by fascia and disturbances to these pathways may also be addressed by Bowen’s gentle moves.

Bowen is a series of short stubby strokes or Moves, as specific locations on the body, executed in predetermined “sets” or procedures as prerequisites to future procedures in the session, with short Waits between the procedures. AKA: I do a couple moves in a couple places, leave the room for 2 or more minutes, come back, do a couple more moves in a couple places and leave the room for 2 minutes, etc. The Bowen Moves give instruction to the fascia, to examine itself, it’s tension and alignment, both near the move and in any fascially related tissue, which can range from head to toe or deep into the body. The Wait is required by the fascia–it needs time, 90-sec to 2-min, to react. So it’s gentle, slow work that accommodates the natural form and timing that the body needs to process information is a whole and complete way.

Sessions are generally an hour long, sometimes shorter or longer, depending on the work. The first session is generally about balancing the whole body and getting all the fascia to soften. Hardened fascia, called “armoring” is generally present in chronic cases and our goal of flexible, elastic fascia will bring on much needed relief to the body.

“While experts still aren’t quite sure how or why it works, research into Bowen therapy by the University of Lancaster found that 70% of volunteers with a frozen shoulder gained full mobility after undertaking a series of Bowen therapy sessions. 100% of participants reported better mobility with daily activities and overall lower levels of pain.”

Bowen is known to

  • Reduce neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Decrease stress and fatigue
  • Help with repetitive strain injuries, digestive issues and reproductive issues
  • Decrease headaches including migraine intensity and frequency
  • Reduce bed wetting and assist with bladder problems
  • Regain mobility from frozen shoulder or assist with knee, hip or mobility issues
  • Assist healing athletic and sports injuries

There are a few things you should know before you trying Bowen.

  1. There’s literally NO contraindications. Bowen is for everyone: kids, infants, adults, in hospital, in hospice… everyone.
  2. To create a personalized treatment plan, you will be asked about your medical history.
  3. Bowen works alone. The body can only process a given amount of information at a time.  Too much information–like touching a person from head to toe– may cause a brief respite, but within days all the instructions are tossed out.  Bowen gives discrete instruction to the body and then we stop for 5 days and let that information work its way through the body. No further treatment by anyone for 5 days–no Bowen, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, etc.
  4. Drinking water is critical. Because the fluid pathways are affected, we drink lots of water, to keep everything flushed through and out of the body as much as possible.
  5. Processing the information can result in short periods of tension in muscles, over the next five days.  This is normal, although not a universal experience. If it happens, it usually only last 20 minutes or so.
  6. Most people with chronic cases will require 3-5 sessions to see huge improvement. Sometimes, mobility and strength are increased right way. Each client and case is different.  We generally say to plan for 3-5 sessions and then are happy when its effects are seen much sooner 🙂
  7.  Light exercise in the five days following Bowen, like gentle walking or yoga, can increase success of the treatment. This physical activity can help reeducate the muscles and other soft tissue as they find new life in their reconditioned fascia environment.

Try Bowen! You wont regret it!

As a first-adopter, I’m happy to spread the news, to explain again and again what Bowen is and how it can help. I’m grateful to Tom for being the person to bring this special combination of move, location, sequencing and tempo to bodywork.

Happy Birthday, Tom! 

Shift out of Emotional Upset

Emotions

We all have them. Emotions are a physical sensation that our mind labels as anger, contempt, fear, disgust, happiness, sadness or surprise, or some combination of these.

When we experience heightened emotions, it can feel like they will never end. Usually, the emotional event resolves naturally. Moments or days later, we remember the incident–the story– but it’s not emotionally charged.

However, in some circumstances, this natural ability may be blocked. Each remembering of that past emotional event, or newly triggered similar situation, throw us back into the same emotional storm again.

EmRes – to Resolve Difficult Emotions
When we experience a upsetting emotions, unresolved emotions from similar situations in the past will resurface instantaneously. The past clouds our understanding of what is happening now, and filters our abilities to function and respond effectively to the present.

EmRes uses consciously re-experienced sensations to allow the emotional blocks to be integrated and resolved – permanently. How cool is that!?!

With EmRes, the emotional patterns are deactivated, without mental interference. By giving attention to these physical sensations and how they shift, a natural and permanent regulation takes place. A critical benefit of this technique is the ability to resolve long-standing traumas and emotional patterns without emotionally re-activating the client.

EmRes sessions rarely need to exceed 30 minutes to obtain a complete and permanent resolution.

The idea is to have emotions, to feel love, happiness and sometimes anger, fear or surprise as appropriate…But without the debris of past experiences clouding the current situation. (again, how wonderful to let go of the past)


EmRes at Shining Light Energy Works

EmRes = Emotional Resolution
As a stand-alone session, come in for a 30 minute (or less) EmRes session to regulate an emotion. Decide which emotional difficulty you’d like to resolve (one per session) and a general idea about what kind of situation triggers this emotional event.

EmRes + Energywork (Reiki) or
EmRes + Bowen
An EmRes session followed by a Energy or relaxing Bowen session is a great combo to alleviate an emotional difficulty and tackle the emotional component of the pain/stress in your body and spirit. These sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes.

Book an appointment to relieve your pain and stress at Shining Light Energy Works
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Pains in the body–what do they mean?

trappedEmotionsWhy 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.

http://www.thelifeisamazing.com/20-sources-pain-body-directly-linked-each-specific-emotional-states/

Reiki to support cancer treatment

Just as a follow up to my last post about Reiki in hospitals.Reiki improves cancer treatment effectiveness

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.

 

Bowen called out as Remedy for Fibromyalgia pain

I don’t know David Wolfe, but I follow his page/blog.  He commonly touches on topics interest that are thoughtful, compassionate and informative. Fibromyalgia3 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.

http://www.davidwolfe.com/10-remedies-fibromyalgia-pain/

Who do you call when you slip and fall?

Have you ever felt that the secondary pain caused by an injury is often times worse to deal with than the injury itself? weaveLarge

When you fall and hit your head, why does the back and shoulder ache?  If you sprain an ankle, what does that have to do with the shoulder? And what does the crash and bumps of a car wreck have to do with a whole body ache?

We understand the goose-egg on the noggin. But what is with the soreness and stiffness around the shoulders, ribs, hips or knees — areas far removed from the site of acute trauma?

What’s happening in the body?
When an injury happens, first there is pain at the site and then swelling starts as the body’s first aid team arrives for triage, delivering blood, lymph and nutrients. Many times there are secondary twists and strains on the body as it was pushed in unaccustomed ways during the fall or crash.  We may have strained in resistance to minimize or prevent any further injury, tensing muscles and freezing emotional energy. The body also responds to the emergency by sending many messages and stress hormones coursing through the body.  It wants to make sure that we can flee from the danger if need be.

So, it turns out that when we fall or experience other physical ordeals, it’s like experiencing our own little natural disaster, our own hurricane. Suddenly we’re not in control and our safety and grounded-ness is gone. Some natural force like momentum and gravity is interacting with a solid object like a car, sports equipment and curbs in a spiral of confusion and conflicting objectives with our soft body in the middle of disaster. It shocks our body, our mind and our psyche.

An over-reaction response or not letting go of the fight-or-flight reaction and the resulting chronic pain seems to be more common as we pass into adulthood and the stress of our modern life rides along in our physical systems. We develop patterns of stress in the body that are held beyond their usefulness.  If nothing is done to relieve these patterns, they spread through the body resulting in the chronic aches and pains that are relentless.

So what do we do?  Nothing replaces stitches and a cast if it’s needed.  And this blog post is not suggesting that medical assistance is not the first appropriate response.  But once those steps are taken care of…what do we do?

Get some Bowenwork!

Bowenwork is a soft touch therapy that affects the nervous, musculoskeletal and fascial systems. Bowenwork engages the body as a whole by gently stimulating its systems to rebalance.  The mind-body produces an integrated response which improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, resets tension in fascia and muscles and relaxes the stress feelings.

In fact, the body message of the very first Bowenwork moves are “The emergency is over, Help is on the way“.

How does Bowenwork work?

A Bowenwork “Move” is a very gentle rolling motion with the fingertips and thumbs over specific muscles and other soft tissue.  The Move stimulates proprioceptors in the soft tissue. Proprioceptors are sensory receptors which send information to the brain about how we hold ourselves in space–in our gravity field.  The brain then sends messages back into the body to initiate an unwinding. The tension levels in the soft tissue are rebalanced and reset.  As a result, the body can initiate healing more efficiently.

Bowenwork sessions

Bowenwork sessions last from 20 minutes to 1 hour.  Bowenwork sessions have several unique features

  1. Waits between Moves. After a series of Bowenwork moves, the practitioner will leave the room for a “wait” of usually 2 minutes.  Waits allow an uninterrupted conversation between the body and brain to integrate any changes without distraction.
  2. Less is more. The brain can only handle a certain amount of information effectively.  If too much information is given through the body, the brain will try to process it all. But after a short time, only a small portion of the “corrections” are retained and the body will regress almost back where it started. In Bowenwork, only a prudent amount of work is done in each session.  The first session is all about balancing the body. Successive sessions work on what has not yet been resolved.
  3. Flexible client positioning. Bowenwork is commonly performed on a massage table.  Starting face-down for a series of Moves, then face-up for more Moves. Depending on the injury or condition, some seated or standing Moves may be required.  But Bowenwork can also meet the client to their ability: in a wheelchair or hospital bed. The practitioner can work with the client in any situation or environment.
  4. Works on skin or through thin clothes. Bowenwork Moves are best performed on bare skin. If skin is not possible, contra-indicated due to medical devices or taboo due to modesty or social reasons, working through very thin clothes or off-the-body is also very effective.
  5. Bowenwork plays alone. Physical and energetic changes can continue to work in the body for 5 days after a Bowenwork session. So, in the theme of “less is more”, clients are asked not to participate in any other energy work, acupuncture, chiropractic or massage for 5 days after a Bowenwork session. This is not to reduce the value of those practices, but to give the brain time to process the information given during the Bowenwork therapy.

Who can benefit?

Bowenwork is gentle on the body, effective and appropriate for anyone to receive. People of all ages and conditions respond to Bowenwork according to what their bodies need, including infants to the elderly and elite athletes to people with chronic conditions.

What conditions does Bowenwork address?

Bowenwork is extremely effective in helping with a variety of acute and chronic ailments. Bowenwork Practitioners have been successful in assisting or addressing problems relating to these and other conditions:

Abdominal pain Frozen Shoulder Neuromas
Ankle pain Gall Bladder Pain Parkinson’s
Angina Golfer’s Elbow Pelvic Tilt
ALS Greif Planter fasciitis
Back pain Groin Pain Pre and Post-surgical recovery
Bed wetting Hammer Toes Pregnancy issues
Bell’s Palsy Hay fever Prostate
Breast Lumps Headaches PTSD
Bunions Heel Pain Reproductive Issue
Bursitis Hernia Sacral pain
Calf Pain Hiatal Hernia Sciatica
Carpal Tunnel High Shoulder Scoliosis
Cellulitis Ileocecal Issues Shin pain
Chest Pains Incontinence Sciatica
Cluster Headaches Infertility (M&F) Scoliosis
Coccyx Pain Influenza Shin splints
Colic Jaw & TMJ Sinus pain
Constipation Kidney issues Seizures
Diaphragm pain Knee problems Rib/sternal pain
Digestive Issues Leg cramps Tendonitis
Deafness Liver issues Tennis elbow
Dyslexia Lymphedema Thoracic outlet
Ear problems Meniere’s disease Trigeminal Neuralgia
Edema Migraines Vomiting
Emphysema

 

When is a session recommended?

  • Immediately incurring an injury. Getting Bowenwork ON-THE-DAY of the injury is the best option. On the day of the injury, the body will still be in a shock of sorts — tense with the potential over-response from unusual movement, twisting and resistance to more injury.  The compensatory holding pattern is setup, but not set.  “Sleeping on it” will set the holding pattern of stress into the body more firmly.  Getting Bowenwork ON-THE-DAY, will relax the holding patterns so that chronic pain will not set in. Leave only the actual acute injury for the body to repair, healing will proceed more rapidly as a result. Often dramatic relief is reported when addressing recent injuries.
  • Before and after surgery or dental work can reduce complications. Bowenwork improves blood and lymph flow, reduces anxiety and relaxes the body so it is prepared for surgery or dental work. Afterwards, Bowenwork has speeded recovery by calming the body, reducing the trauma and focusing repair and rehabilitation.
  • Get relief for any pain or discomfort on the physical, chemical, emotional, mental and energetic levels. Bowenwork doesn’t claim to cure anything.  But the list of conditions that can be improved is long and amazing.  Chronic problems that have lingered for years may respond more slowly as the body works to change a familiar unhealthy pattern to a new healthy one.  And sometimes the change is accelerated.  Each body knows its best pace to address the underlying issues of a long-term issue.

Where can I find a Bowenwork practitioner?

It’s important to get an accredited practitioner that was taught and practices “the original Bowen Technique”.  In the US they will be listed on the American Bowen Academy website www.americanbowen.academy/find-a-practitioner.

Or worldwide use The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia (BTAA) website  www.bowtech.com

The late Australian Tom Bowen developed this technique. “Bowtech” is an Australian company founded by Tom Bowen’s student Ossie Rentsch, who has brought this work to the world.  In coming to the US, the name “Bowenwork” was used due to trademark restrictions.  They are the same organization.

Be sure to look for “the original Bowen Technique” practitioner to ensure quality of service and care.

10% of our brain energy

One of my favorite quotes about energy and how we use it is by Nobel Prize winner Roger SperryEnergyHead

“Better than 90 percent of the energy output of the brain is used in relating the physical body in its gravitational field. The more mechanically distorted a person is, the less energy available for thinking, metabolism and healing.”
Roger Sperry, PhD.,
Medical Nobel Prize winner for brain research, 1981

I find this number-90%” astonishing! That means that only 10% of the brain is left for thinking, metabolism and healing in the perfect healthy specimen. If any part of the body is compromised or injured, it will chip away at that 10%.

I think of the times when I’ve injured myself beyond the band-aide. When it had to be wrapped, soaked, stitched or immobilized for a period of time. Just the effort of dealing with any ongoing pain definitely compromised my ability to function with any efficiency, not to mention having to do things differently because some limb, joint or section of skin needed to handled differently or couldn’t be used in the same way. I’ve had to rethink the simplest tasks. Things take 10 time longer. I wasn’t thinking about my job, my relationships, my goals and dreams–I was absorbed with thinking about how to take a shower with a cast.

But those injuries are relatively short lived. What about those people that are acutely or chronically ill? Take my example above and multiply the effect.

Where is that 10% now? That 10%, left to handle all the thinking, metabolism, and healing, is now greatly reduced.

I had a teacher that taught me to look for BGOs which stands for “blinding glimpse of the obvious” . This was a BGO for me. Of course! What I observed in my friends and family that are/were largely compromised in some way reflected this very concept:

We only have 10% of our brain power left for everything beyond keeping upright in Earth’s gravity.

It has given me a renewed compassion for anyone that is physically compromised. It doesn’t matter how they got there: genetic, poor choices, ignorance, lack of options or self-inflicted.

They are just doing the best they can with what they have, right now.