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.
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.
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.
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…
Headaches. There are so many “kinds”. WebMD says there are 150 diagnostic headache categories. The cause of headache can range from a “bump on the head”, to emotional, illness, hormone imbalances, inflammation, medication, chemical, stress, fluid levels, activity levels, allergies, and the list goes on and on. When you have a headache, it’s sometimes hard to ignore. It’s difficult to think or concentrate, even soft noises seem too loud, and slight irritations become a huge pain in the what-i-sit-on.
If the cause of the headache is known, then it’s much easier to address. This is usually the case with acute pain–the source and result are closely linked by time and the detective work to a solution is clear.
But what about when pain is chronic and/or unresolved?
Bowen Therapy can address headache and migraine intensity, duration and frequency.
Bowen Therapy, also know as Bowenwork in the US, uses a series of gentle moves on structural tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments) to affect the fascia and nerves. Treatment at pivotal locations in the body, neck and head relax the internal mechanisms that propogate headache and migraine, reducing and shutting down the stress and myalgia.
The first Bowen session is generally about assessment and bringing the body to a sort-of “ground-state” of balance on which to build further work, including treatment of the loudest issue that is presenting at session time. It is important to commit to at least three Bowen therapy sessions, a week apart, to give the body and brain time to work any adjustments and corrections in the body structure and function. Each additional session further informs the body’s intelligence to identify any imbalance or misalignment that is locked in as chronic pattern(s). This work will process through the body over the course of 5 days, correcting and adjusting itself back to it’s “healthy” state, or as close as possible. After three sessions is a good point to review the overall progress. The total amount of time for treatment and recovery depends on personal history and healing tempo.
At this point most people have heard about Reiki, even if they don’t have a clue what it is, what it does or how it feels. Most of the stuff you find “out there” is anecdotal and elusively described. I ran across this description which is pretty concise, if a little understated–meaning the depth of each paragraph can be explored in volumes–but that would defeat the concise part 🙂
Anyway, take a read to get the 50,000 view of whats going on when a Reiki Practitioner puts there hands on you.
This is a great description of how we are made and clue to how healing can be conducted.
I work with all my client’s energy systems in every session. Bowen sessions focus on the physical-myofascial interface to the fluid and piso-electric systems of the body. Intuitive and dowsing sessions focus on the subtle energy of sub-conscious and super-conscious bodies. Reiki and Energy work sessions focus on the bio-energy of the auric bodies and their chakras. From the “focus level”, the results will ripple though the rest of the body levels-physical, emotional, mental, spiritual.
It’s all parts of the same metaphysical/physical system that makes up our body and experience here. Each method is a just different way to get in touch with the physical pain, spiritual cramp, emotional cramp or life-path derailment. When you affect one level, all levels are affected as well–presenting opportunities to grow and expand our experience by releasing the old patterns and obstacles.
The work continues to happen over the course of the next five days. Typically the second and third day are the biggest “adjustment” days, then it settles down.
It’s a wonderfully natural and holistic way to heal what is causing your dis-ease.
Even if you don’t have sciatic pain yourself, chances are you know someone that does. Sciatica can manifest as mild to severe pain, burning, tingling etc from the hip down through the foot. It develops when a nerve or nerves traveling from the lower lumbar and sacral spine get pinched, rubbed or otherwise compromised on its way to the tissue it’s servicing. On the journey, it must weave a path through and around bones and muscles. If the path gets too small whether from the variation in human structure, injury or pregnancy, these nerves have to problem telling us they are in trouble.
The good news is that many of these issues can be addressed with Bowen Technique. Most Sciatic pain originates in the hip area. The hips have lots of big strong muscles trying to keep us upright and balanced, whether we are sitting, standing or bending over. Any stress to one side of the lower body can setup a pattern of imbalance in the work load, in order to maintain our “upright posture”. Over-worked muscles on one side, can lead to continuously tight muscle on that side. The other side then has over-stretched (too loose) muscle on the other side. This then ends up twisting the pelvic bones and legs, contributing to irregular paths for nerves and vessels, twisted again. [Chubby Checker would not be pleased :)] We end up in pain and discomfort. Commonly with shooting lightening down the legs, we are aching for relief.
Bowen to the rescue. By addressing the fascial sheathes of the hips, buttocks and legs, Bowen Moves help the muscles relax, re-balance and the nerves are freer to normally along their paths. Targeting paths of the sciatic nerves, the gentle procedures reinstate flexibility and adjust the tone of surrounding tissue.
There is relief in your future with Bowen Technique!
Many of my friends and clients with Fibromyalgia have shared with me how frustrating their disease. Their frustration comes when they reach out for help and feel like they get nothing or get treated like they are crazy-making it up. And it is confusing stuff– how can you feel bad all over and nothing is “broken”.
But there is work in the scientific community that is explaining how that happens. From my understanding is boils down to too many nerves all in crisis–sending signals that something is wrong. I’m sure that’s a gross oversimplification 🙂 but it’s a model I can work with.