I had a client in for TiPi followed by a bodywork session. She had been in previously for just bodywork (Bowen) and was intrigued by my description of TiPi.
So we did the TiPi session and afterwards she said, ” Most of my physical sensation were in places were I have ongoing pain or other issues.”
Her sensations didn’t “start out” on her physical issues but at the end, they were the “last ones” to appear and resolve.
Then I had another client that had a similar experience… Previous session was Energywork (Reiki, etc) and this session was Tipi + Bowen for body pain we had discussed before.
As the TiPi session wound down, his physical sensations were in the areas of his physical dysfunction.
These sessions confirm, again, the link between the emotional/mental and physical layers of our being. I believe the TiPi session is taking off the Emotional/Mental congestion off the body, so that the physical issues can be addressed and released.
Announcing a Scoliosis Case Study opportunity for YOU
Starting in November 2017, I’ll be conducting a case study for clients with Scoliosis using the Bowen Technique. Clients will to commit to at least a 6 week program of Bowen sessions once a week. Their initial condition and progress will be documented as part of the study.
Tom Bowen, late of Geelong, Australia, developed a specific protocol to help Scoliosis. He held a free clinic twice a month on Saturday mornings for children with disabilities. This is likely where he developed his Thoracic procedure, that runs energy from the neck down to blocks in the spine, then radiating throughout the chest cavity.
His Scoliosis protocol is a six week course that starts with a balancing session. Balancing is the main goal of every first Bowen session as it resets and resolves many fascia issues that present as the first layer that needs to be addressed. The second through fifth weeks consists of Thoracic procedures, alternating left, right, left, right, each successive week. The thoracic procedure is done “alone on the day” with no other work done, which lets the body have singular focus on this work. The sixth week is another balancing session. The six weeks is followed by one month of rest. Then if necessary, the six week protocol is started again, until the spine has corrected.
It would be awesome if I could now link you to a scientific study(s) that proves any of this! but alas, Bowen is new-ish and not highly funded. There is however anecdotal accounts of success with spine straightening at one end of the spectrum and great pain relief where the spine has not fully aligned.
To that end, I’ve wanting to prove (or disprove) the effects of the throacic procedure by starting with documented case studies. I’m looking for scoliosis clients that would like to try this procedure. Age is not a factor.
IF YOU HAVE SCOLIOSIS, please contact me!
The following link is one of those anecdotal stories I’d like to fully document in the case study.
It seems that I can’t see it or hear it often enough: Fascia is amazing. It holds us together. It is our body’s silent communication system, more rapid than nerves. It transports fluid between muscle, organ and circulatory tissues, keeping them supple. It collects fluid around damaged tissue like a bandage. Think of healthy fascia as a series of fine net stockings or cobwebs that surrounds every fiber, bundle of fibers, groups of bundled fibers, tissue groups, organs, separating body compartments in large sheets or diaphragms, supporting and holding everything in it’s place. It’s everywhere. It’s pervasive.
Fascia can be physically damaged by injury or as a byproduct of some medical procedures, just like any other tissue. Fascia also reacts to our emotions by contracting over the trauma that is energetically held in the body like a bandage.
“Damaged” fascia is not the fluid flexible net of fibers that functions fully. Injured fascia is tense, jumbled and convoluted, like a fisherman’s net that has gotten balled up and tangled. Over time these areas, will become tightened, knotted and kinked, stiffening into armor like hardness.
In this compromised condition, fascia can not transport fluid nor relay messages as is normally found. The tissue is it supports become dry and brittle and incommunicado from the rest of the body.
Injured fascia can cause severe, disabling, chronic muscle pain. It affect not only the tissue that is armored, but all muscles and tissues that have to work differently because of this restriction.
When there is a restriction in one area of the body, there will be compensation on the other side of the body in a diagonal direction. That “overworked” area will cause another area, diagonally across the body to compensate.
Pretty soon there is a zigzag of stressed body areas. So often what hurts is not the originating point of the problem. Neck injuries can become hip and leg issues and vice versa. Ankle issues can show up in the shoulders. So what needs help the most? Where it hurts now or the original injury?
Bowen to the rescue!
Bowen works with fascia as it’s target. When skin, muscles and tendons are moved, the fascia they are connected to moves. If gently and methodically done, the fascia will again separate into it’s beautiful web-like structures. The armor will soften, the tissues are hydrated and the information highway is connected again.
On the other hand, tissue and it’s associate fascia is moved quickly, hard and fast–it resists and stays in it’s armored state. Remember the corn-starch and water experiment? If you handle it with too much force, it resembles a solid brick. But if you handle it slowly, it feels more like sand or liquid. The same is true of fascia–the slower and gentler the better.
In my opinion, almost all all chronic pain announces an underlying fascia issue. The longer the pain has been in place, the more compensating patterns have been erected. And the more hardened armor, locking it into place will be present.
A series of Bowen session will unwind these patterns. By gently manipulating fasical sheets through their connections to other tissues, the elasticity is returned. Relaxed fascia loosens it’s grip on muscles, organs and other tissue allowing the communication and fluids to flow at more appropriate levels. Oh, what a relief!