THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE

The Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique is a soft tissue therapy developed in Australia in the 1980’s by an Osteopath named Thomas Ambrose Bowen. Today the technique is practiced in over thirty countries and taught in more than twenty.

The four basic tenets of Osteopathy may be summarized as follows:

1-The human body functions as an integrated, interrelated whole unit.

2-Structure and function share a reciprocal relationship.

3-There exists in the human body an innate capacity for self-regulation and healing.

4-Therapeutic intervention is based upon an understanding of these three points.

Structure and Function

In his book A Textbook of Bowen Technique Mr. Graham Pennington, Australian Bowen therapist, Naturopathic physician, and Acupuncture physician writes:

From the perspective of a Bowen therapist, we are particularly interested in recognizing the interrelationships that exist between the nervous system, muscle tension and the skeletal system, and how the interplay of these factors can create or compromise the structural integrity of the spine and its related structures. The following points illustrate this complexity:

-The tension within a muscle or tendon is produced by the nerve which supplies it. The nervous system is ultimately responsible for the tension of the muscles and tendons.

-The muscles and tendons exert force upon the bones and joints and thus abnormal tensions in the body may lead to joint dysfunction.

-Joint dysfunction at the spinal level (vertebral subluxation) may result in changes in the way the nervous system operates. The resulting nerve dysfunction may generate abnormal tensions in the muscles and tendons…and so the cycle continues.

-On the one hand, the structural integrity of the spine may be disturbed by the presence of a vertebral subluxation, but, on the other hand, dysfunction of the related tissues can result in the development of a vertebral subluxation.

The relationship between function and structure is particularly important to the Bowen therapist, who seeks to identify and correct dysfunction within the various systems of the body. Observation of symmetry forms the basis on which the therapist can develop  specific therapeutic interventions and target them to resolve any abnormal tissue tensions. Correctly applied, these interventions restore function and associated symmetry.1

Fascia

Fascia is currently being widely researched as it is now evident that it plays a key role in the structure and function of the body.  French surgeon Jean-Claude  Guimbertear’ s ground breaking discovery that fascia, due to its piezoelectric nature, governs thousands of processes throughout the body- a true engineering system. ‘Strolling under the skin’ 2, a documentary made by Dr. Guimbertears and his colleagues, visually depicts the tremendous array of processes that occur in the human tissue simply due to the pressure of the scalpel. Blood vessels disappear and others appear, fluid exchange occurs- all due to the piezoelectric nature of the fascia.

The Bowen Technique relies heavily on this fascial system.  Piezoelectricity is defined as the electric polarization in a substance resulting from the application of mechanical stress.  The fascia consists mainly of collagen and elastin- both peizoelectric materials.   For bodyworkers this translates to the application of pressure applied to the fascia creates an electrical impulse that is sent to the brain.  The brain in response sends a host of chemical messengers back to the origin of the electrical impulse with the result being the restoration of homeostasis. During a Bowen session the client is visually and tactally assessed.  Functional asymmetry is determined followed by treatment.  At the end of the session a reassessment is performed to determine that functional symmetry has been restored.  Structure and function have been restored.  Pharmaceutical and surgical intervention is no longer required.

The work of Tom Myers , author of the book Anatomy Trains3, maps out the main fascial lines in the body teaching us the important connections throughout the body.  In recent years due to several important discoveries it has become evident that the meridian system may in fact run through these fascial lines.  This work is evolving our knowledge of how the human body is put together and how it truly functions on an anatomical, mechanical, chemical and energetic level.

As Mr. Myers quotes in his book, “the close relationship between acupuncture and  similar meridians and the anatomical basics of these continuities is inescapable.”   Significant overlap between fascial lines and energetic continuities of the various meridians are obvious. Additionally, Mr. Myers states that Dr. Helene Langevin and others have shown that connective tissue winds around the end of the acupuncture needle when it is rotated in place, creating detectable mechanical tissue effects.  3Drawing these fields of study together we find a “unified field” theory appears and we begin to understand the intricacies of the body’s self-regulation with proper mechanical stimulation.

Meridian Theory

Graham Pennington’s evolution of the Bowen Technique resulted in his most recent class titled “Targeting Primary Dysfunction” in which he introduces meridian theory  into the technique.  As an acupuncture physician he understands how deeply connected these bodies of work are.  As he states “meanwhile East and West continue to collide…”   Many scholars now believe the meridians of Chinese medicine are actually ‘pathways’ through the fascia.  In his book, A Textbook of The Bowen Technique,  Mr. Pennington declares that fascia serves to provide structures which transmit mechanical tensions, whether generated by muscular activities or external forces through the body.   Andrew  Taylor Still “Philosophy  of Osteopathy” (1899)….”all… nerves go to and terminate in that great system, the fascia.”  Osteopathic theory holds that, in a state of health, fluids  flow freely from one fascial compartment to the next states Mr. Pennington.  As a result of traumatic injury the fascia may twist, constrict, and compress.  The exchange of fluids through the fascial medium becomes compromised.  Osteopathic treatments (as in the Bowen Technique) attempt to unravel these fascial strains to re-establish fluid continuity throughout the body.

By its action (the fascia) we live and by its failure we…die” Andrew Taylor Still, founder of Osteopathy

The Bowen Technique

Many Bowen therapists follow a standardized approach to treatment. Today however, the technique has evolved because of some brilliant therapists such as Mr. Pennington. Mr. Pennington teaches these advanced techniques worldwide and has a handful of students who also teach his work. The first vast difference between the original Bowen method and today’s technique used by Mr. Pennington and his students is the visual assessment which allows for a more intelligent approach and effective outcomes. Fascial strains occur in the body and result in asymmetrical patterns. These asymmetries can be seen visually as leg length discrepancy. Leg length discrepancies are a key aspect of this visual assessment. As we now know the fascia dictates the stresses and strains put on the various tissues. These stresses and strains result in functional asymmetry throughout the body. Mr. Pennington’s technique uses this information to determine where in the body the restrictions are so that they can be targeted and released using the Bowen “move.” The Bowen “move” is unique in its simplicity and complexity. It is a very simple move across muscles and tendons yet the complexity comes with palpation skills which develop over time with intention and practice. This tactile recognition skill is the second difference between the original technique and that used by Mr. Pennington and students. Tactile recognition is the ability to delineate between various conditions of the tissue being palpated. The condition of the tissue determines the speed and depth of the Bowen move that is required. Tissue that has become hardened or stuck requires more time and depth than tissue that is soft and pliable. Differences in temperature of the tissue also lend information. The quality of the move determines the quality of the electrical signal sent to the brain and Central Nervous System. Every “move” is an assessment. Continual assessment during the treatment is a must to determine the course of treatment. Being able to put the pieces of the puzzle together along the way during treatment is what allows the therapist to determine the appropriate approach to treatment and to achieve desired results. Applying these skills to the practice exponentially increases the success of the therapy.  Once identified, the asymmetry can quite simply be remedied using The Bowen Technique. Important fascial connections are addressed in a hierarchal order and the body is systematically brought back into balance, aka symmetry.

“We seek to find the site at which we can deliver a targeted intervention that will activate and benefit the nervous system and illicit a profound healing response from the body.” –Graham Pennington

The pathology (examples: disc herniations, torn meniscus, tennis elbow, plantar fascitis, migraine, back pain, knee pain) results from compressions in the fascial system clamping down on nerves creating pain, dysfunction and deterioration. Restoring symmetry using The Bowen Technique balances the tensional forces in the various planes of fascia and releases the compression on various nerves eliminating pain. The result visually is leg length symmetry validating the therapists success in restoring symmetry to the body. The number of treatments required to remedy a chronic or acute situation vary but often a handful of treatments is all that is necessary to remedy the condition. This is another remarkable trait of The Bowen Technique. Once a client comes in for treatment (once per week typically) with no pathology and visual assessment shows symmetry is still in tact, the condition is remedied. The pathology no longer resides in the body and the condition no longer exists. There is no need for further treatment. This distinguishes The Bowen Technique from virtually all other therapies. Most therapies in practice today provide only temporary relief treating symptoms but never accomplishing healing. With The Bowen Technique a true remedy is accomplished. Maintenance appointments are encouraged to keep the body in alignment.

Notes

1. Graham Pennington, A Textbook of the Bowen Technique, 2012, A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Bowen Therapy. Www.bowenseminars.com

2. Dr. Jean-Claude Guimbertears, “Strolling under the skin”, 2015 , www.youtube.com.

3. Thomas W. Myers, Anatomy Trains, 2014, Myofascial Meridians & Movement Therapists.www.myersmyofascialmeridians.com

 

About Penny:

As an engineer, educator and bodyworker for thirty seven years Penny Michaels brings a unique combination of science, technology, and bodywork skills for an intelligent conversation on the state of bodywork. She teaches nationally as an NCBTMB Approved Provider for Continuing Education to massage therapists through The Cortiva Institute. She holds private practice in Vero Beach, Florida. Visit her website at www. pennymichaels.com to read more of her articles and email her.

Case Study #4

A sixty year old woman presented with severe low back pain and ankle pain. She had strained her back lifting a kayak. Using visual assessment techniques her left leg appeared short (due to the hips being pulled unevenly through soft tissues strains) and the test for cervical involvement showed positive. Palpation of the cervical and jaw area revealed adhesions in the right TMJ which were released using The Bowen Technique. Further palpation of the spine revealed a dislodged coccyx (to the left)- this was released and the client was left to rest for a few minutes. Reassessment showed the legs even and a negative test for any further cervical involvement.

The client returned a week later stating that she had had so much pain the day after treatment that she went to the Emergency room and was given pain medication. During the second session again the coccyx deviated to the left and there was a positive test for sacroiliac joint dysfunction. These issues were addressed using The Bowen Technique and the client was instructed to return in a week.

On the third session the client stated that she had been feeling much better and was able to resume most of her normal activities. The client presented with the same deviations in the right jaw and left coccyx. Appropriate techniques were used to release these restrictions along with secondary protocols for the pelvis and ankles.

During the fourth and final session the client stated no pain during the week and a return to normal activities. She presented with complete tonal symmetry therefore a standard basic protocol was used and the client was released.

I used this case study because the client had such a rough time after the first treatment. This happens on occasion as the body is shifting, attempting to rebalance and release all of the soft tissue restrictions. In traditional Chinese medicine this is referred to as a healing crisis. It happens with about 20% of clients and is typically short-lived, a couple hours to a day. We consider a healing crisis a positive thing as we are being shown that the body is self-regulating.

Distance Healing

 

To most of us the idea of being able to heal or be healed by someone who is not physically touching us is strange. It is difficult for us to wrap our heads around the idea as we are physical bodies. We only identify with being physical flesh and bone. Consider for a moment, though, that energy moves through our physical body. Movement of energy through our body is what allows us to digest food or run a marathon or heal from an illness. Even if we are taking medication for an illness that medication as it runs through our body is exchanging energy with what is already there inside.

Our energy also extends beyond our physical body. Have you ever felt somebody behind you in the line at the grocery store before you ever saw them? This is evidence that you feel them energetically. An energy field exists around each of us and if we are in close enough proximity to another person we can feel them.

Many practices and traditions exist for manipulating energy through intention. Prayer is one that everyone knows and is comfortable with. Reiki, Shamanic practices, therapeutic touch, quantum touch are a few others. Mass meditation has shown to be a powerful tool and no one is touching anyone. Intention is incredibly powerful. If you intend to get well, for instance, your chances of getting well are much better than if you stayed in a fearful state.

In quantum physics space and time don’t mean much. In studying the quantum field it becomes quite clear that things aren’t as they appear in the physical 3rd dimension. Physicists have determined and shown experimentally that two particles can exist in two different locations at the same time. How crazy is that? Without going too deep down the rabbit hole, you can see that everything is energy.

Energy can be manipulated through thought alone. Anyone can do this. Those of us who have studied distance healing have extra tools and practices to help us with distance healing. We practice and practice and it becomes natural and normal. Our successes speak for themselves.

We all need healing on some level and these days no one is touching anyone. Perhaps the time is ripe to open our minds to the idea of distant healing.

Give me a call, I would be happy to help.

Much Love,

Penny

 

An Emotional Salve

Human Beings. We are flesh, blood, and bone.We are emotions and physical strength. We have abilities and desires. At the center of us though is our breath. The breath is ever present. And a good anchor for us in our physical bodies. We (at least in this country) rarely if ever pay any attention to that- we are too inclined to be busy, to move our bodies to think and do stuff.

These days, given the current world situation, we are more apt to begin contemplating more internally simply because we are forced to slow down. Slowing down our external activities forces us to be more introspective. And this is uncomfortable for most of us. Perhaps it is time to change that. Little by little when we decide to allow this slow down, this introspection, we begin to become more familiar with ourselves. We never realized before that we have been operating generally on autopilot. We never realized that inquiry into who we really are was never a “thing”. Now it is.  So who are we really? What are we all about? Is there more to us than our jobs, our family responsibilities, our activity? OH YES. And is there something we can do for ourselves to help us navigate these turbulent waters more effectively, soundly, and peacefully? a resounding YES!

Now don’t get scared this is going to go off in some woo-woo direction. This is about being in conscious contact with our bodies, and what makes our bodies run so magnificently (or not). And how to make our bodies and our mind more efficient and effective when we are under stress. And we are ALL under stress right now.

What if under all this stress we decided to try something new to help relieve the intensity of what we feel all around us today? Committing to 10-15 minutes per day- first thing in the morning, and perhaps when the anxiety starts amping up? It’s super simple, but you have to DO it. My recommendation is to sit down and just consciously breathe. Sit, get still, no distractions, silence, and stillness, and focus on the breath. Not so easy to begin with because the mind goes ballistic. Don’t care about that. When you realize the mind has gone ballistic, take a breath (no judgment) and bring your attention back to the breath- over and over and over again. I am not asking you to make this a marathon. Start with 10 minutes. If you make it 2 minutes on the first day- awesome! Try for 3 minutes tomorrow. Commit to doing it every day, say for a month- and see what happens. See how your mood stabilizes. See how little things don’t ruffle your feathers or ruin your day. Notice how your activities become more relaxed, more accomplished. Realize that you feel better.

What happens next? This becomes habit, this becomes something you look forward to, this becomes something you do every day before you even think of leaving the house!

And guess what? It’s called MEDITATION

Meditation is the single most important tool for living a happy, stable, effective life. Now more than ever, we need this tool!

Please feel free to contact me with questions or if you need help with this- more to come!

~Peace~

Penny

Stressbuster #2- Nature’s Cure

Here is something to think about. Nature is a stress buster. Remember when you were a kid spending all that time in nature? Remember feeling sooo happy and alive and worry-free? There is something to that. More than you realized as a kid. Being in nature is like taking a happy pill with only one side effect- feeling better. Add it to your list of anti-anxiety tools you use to bring down the angst. Make it a habit to realize the full benefit of spending time in nature.

There is a lot of talk about energy. Here I am talking about our energy meaning the Spiritual part of us- the prana, the qi- and the energy of the Earth. It may sound fluffy but it’s REAL. We are energetic beings. More so than the physical part of us, the body. And we all know the Earth has an energetic field. Trees have an energetic field. The ground has an energetic field. The air has an energetic field. Energy is at the root of our living and breathing. And there are an infinite number of frequencies to this energy that pervades everyone and everything. Lower, denser frequencies create stress and dis-ease. Higher, lighter frequencies promote health and well being.

Think about how you feel on a crowded freeway versus how you feel in a forest. Just the thought of being on a crowded freeway creates chemical changes in the brain and you can FEEL the stress and you are not even on the freeway! Same thing with being in a forest- just the thought of it for a few moments is actually relaxing. Just stare at this picture for a few moments.  It’s relaxing, isn’t it?

~Give yourself the gift of being in nature everyday!~

Empaths & Highly Sensitive People- A Curse or a Gift?

  • The definition of am empath is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

  • The definition of a highly sensitive person is someone who experiences acute physical, mental, or emotional responses to stimuli.

Are you finding that these labels fit you even though you don’t necessarily like labels? What does it all mean and why is it important to understand? First, let me give you the reason why you are opening this blog- because you apparently became uncomfortable enough to start looking into why you feel this way or what to do about it. How can you get more comfortable in your skin? In your life?

People end up on blogs like this because they hurt. They don’t feel they fit in. When other people seem to be so comfortable with life as it is, it makes us wonder why we can’t. We find it so damn hard to be like the crowd. To feel satisfied or even capable of having conversations about things we don’t care about. Or to be complacent with spending our lives playing tennis. There has got to be more, right?

What fills you up? What makes you feel comfortable? Who makes you feel okay being you?

Really. Spend a few minutes with these questions. Probably you have the answers right away- if you pay attention to the voice in your head. My guess is some of the answers might go like this: nature, quiet time, people who think about deeper subjects- subjects that challenge us to find out who we are and why we are here and what is it that makes us truly content.

I will use myself as an example. I have lived 60 years so yes, that makes me an expert. Let’s start with sensitivity. I am more keenly aware of my sensitivity now more than ever. As a child, I was told I was different. My mother made me take naps when other kids didn’t. As I grew up more and more people would tell me “you’re so sensitive”! I had no idea what they were talking about. I thought it was normal to feel like a back-handed compliment was life-threatening. Or that an argument between my parents meant certain annihilation. And my brothers rolling around on the floor fighting over which one would make me do their chores? Slayed.

Now, at 60, I get it. This is not going to go away. Ever. So I have learned to be kind to myself. To at least know that that fan has to be turned off or I will get nowhere in meditation. I know I must spend every minute I can in nature. I have not turned on regular television in probably 15 years. And I don’t even try to deal with crowds. Highly sensitive person aka HSP.. yep, I am that. And guess what else? Highly sensitive people are usuallly empathic as well.

Dr. Judith Orloff, a pioneer in the field, describes empaths as those who absorb the world’s joys and stresses like “emotional sponges.”

Do you feel people’s pain as if it is your own? Does it physically affect you? Do you feel uplifted when you see a couple that are obviously so in love? Is anger- even from a stranger make you cringe? That is empathy, raw and potent.

Empaths feel so deeply, Empaths eventually realize that other people don’t feel this way. We do not understand why they don’t – is something missing in them or is something “off” with us? The answer is neither. There is nothing missing in them and nothing wrong with us. We are all human beings having our own personal experience. That being said, it is sometimes excruciatingly hard to be in our own skin! We are a minority. We have extreme emotions. We cannot help it. So is it a curse or a gift?

It feels like both. Being highly sensitive is tough. Tough on the nervous system, tough on the adrenals glands and tough to deal with. On the other hand, we feel joy like nobody else! Oh my gosh, a bunny hopping across my path on my morning walk can transcend anything else that is going on in my life. Most people would not even notice or if they did, they would think “huh, a bunny.” And dismiss that experience at once and go on with their day.

Simultaneously, being super sensitive to energy, emotions, and environment is both rewarding and debilitating. Positive vibes bring you up easily, just as easily as negative vibes bring you down. It is the quintessential roller coaster of a HSP/empath- for life. Why am I this way? What is the point? What does one do?

At this stage in life, I believe the point is to live, to feel alive, to feel. Society has become so numb, so disconnected. I would ask anyone who is not like us- what emotions did you feel today? My guess the answer would start with raised eyebrows, and a “what do you mean”? Numb. Moving through space and time not feeling a thing other the frustration at traffic or a difficult colleague. Is that living? Really? I think not.

Yes it’s hard, but it is so worth it. I feel we are more connected and more alive. I believe those that are not connected to their emotions are not able to feel the juiciness of life. The rapture of the song birds, the immense pleasure of the connection between you and the person holding your hand, the outrageous color of that shade of purple of that flower, how sweet silence can be. That is the point.

What does one do to navigate life with these qualities being your very essence? First, learn about the power of the breath, the benefit of slowing down, the attributes of learning to be alone. Tune in. Go inside, allow yourself to feel the present energy. Spend quiet time in nature, Stop along your walk and feel what it feels like being where you are right now. You will soon realize being who you are, labels and all, is a GIFT.

Revel in being you!

Natural Healing

I’m branching Out!  I realized that I have so much more to offer so I am going to start blogging about everything I Love and have knowledge of and experience in- many forms of Natural Healing.  If you happen to read something that resonates with you and you would like to know more, drop me a line and  I will be more than happy to respond with a personal message and a blog on the topic.

Some of the things I will be writing about:

  • The benefits of spending time in Nature
  • Health & wellness (huge topic)
  • Food & supplements vs. pharmaceuticals
  • Meditation/ Qi gong/Reiki
  • Being extra sensitive and how to deal with it
  • Self-Love vs. Selfish
  • The Power of the Breath
  • Human vs Being
  • All things Energy
  • Our Human Body is just a small part of who we are
  • Presence
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Being Spiritual (It’s okay)
  • Physical health and cleansing
  • Empaths & Narcissists

More to come!

Peace & Love,
Penny

2020 Stress Buster!

Feeling stressed? Who isn’t? Allow me to show you another way. It doesn’t cost anything. and is easier than you think. It does takes consistency and a little self-love (ie patience)- that’s all!

It’s meditation- now don’t let that scare you- it’s super easy, doesn’t take much time, costs nothing and the benefits are life-changing! In no time (a week or so), you will feel less stressed, your thinking will become clearer, and the situations that have had your blood pressure off the chart will not be a blip on the radar. Meditation starts feeling so good to you that you will be inspired to jump start your day with these minutes of self care

.Scientifically proven benefits are:

  • Reduces Stress. Stress reduction is o

  • Controls Anxiety. Less stress translates to less anxiety. …

  • Promotes Emotional Health. …

Stress leads to the inability to relax, lowered cognitive abilities, and an inability to handle life situations. The National Institute of Health states that over time, continued strain on your body from stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, including mental disorders such as depression or anxiety.

Often people turn to medications, alcohol, or drugs to relieve the symptoms of stress, and in doing so create added problems. Here is another way. And it takes minutes every day. That’s the most important part- practicing every single day. Consistency is the key to success. You see, over time meditating creates new neural networks and coherency in the brain. The brain realizes the help to come from this consistent practice and begins to want that time of reset and reboot to once again experience the coherency which results in peace of mind

Thousands of types of meditation exist but let’s keep it simple. Find a comfortable, quiet spot, one where you will not be disturbed (this may require getting up 10 minute before everyone else in the household) and get comfy. The thing to do is focus your intention to feel good today and start listening to your breath. Set a timer for 10 minutes and breathe. At the beginning your mind will go bananas! that’s OK- when you realize your mind is anywhere but on your breath, do not chastise yourself, bring your attention back to your breath. Again and again and again. (Trust me this will become less of an effort every single day) .In no time at all you will have to admit your days have less angst and you are more even-keeled emotionally. Here’s to your peace of mind!

So as you are beginning your day anchor yourself in the truth. Know that all is well”

Dr. Reverend Michael B. Beckwith

An emotional salve- Lesson #1

An Emotional Salve- Lesson#1

Human Beings. We are flesh, blood, and bone.  We are emotions and physical strength.  We have abilities and desires.  At the very center of us though is our Breath.  The Breath is ever present.  And it is a good anchor for us in our physical bodies.  We (at least in this country) rarely if ever pay any attention to that- we are too inclined to just be busy, to move our bodies  to think, and to accomplish stuff.

These days, given the current world situation, we are more apt to begin contemplating more internally simply because we are forced to slow down.  Slowing down our external activities forces us to be more introspective.  And this is uncomfortable for most of us.  Perhaps it is time to change that. Little by little when we decide to allow this slow down, this introspection, we begin to become more familiar with ourselves.  We never realized before that we have been operating mostly on autopilot.  We never realized that inquiry into who we really are was never a “thing”. Now it is.  So who are we really?  What are we all about?  Is there more to us than our jobs, our family responsibilities, our activity? OH YES.  And is there something we can do for ourselves to help us navigate these turbulent waters more effectively, soundly, and peacefully? a resounding YES!

Now don’t get scared this is going to go off in some woo-woo direction.  This is about being in conscious contact with our bodies, and what makes our bodies run so magnificently (or not).  And how to make our bodies and our mind more efficient and effective when we are under stress.  And we are ALL under stress right now.

So, what if under all this stress we decided to try something new to help relieve the intensity of what we feel all around us today?  Just committing to a few minutes per day- first thing in the morning, and perhaps when the anxiety starts amping up?  It’s super simple, but you have to DO it.  My recommendation is to sit down and just consciously breathe.  Sit, get still, no distractions, silence, and stillness, and focus on the breath.  Not so easy to begin with because the mind goes ballistic.  Don’t care about that.  When you realize the mind has gone ballistic, take a breath (no judgement) and bring your attention back to the breath- over and over and over again.  I am not asking you to make this a marathon.  Start with 10 minutes.  If you make it 2 minutes on the first day- awesome! Try for 3 minutes tomorrow.  Just commit to doing it every day, say for a month- and see what happens.  See how your mood stabilizes.  See how little things don’t ruffle your feathers or ruin your day.  See how your activities become more relaxed, more accomplished.  Realize that you just feel better.

What happens next? This becomes habit, this becomes something you look forward to, this becomes something you do everyday before you even think of leaving the house!

And guess what? It’s called MEDITATION

And it is the single most important tool for living a happy, stable, effective life.  Now more than ever, we need this tool!

Please feel free to contact me with questions or if you need assistance with this- more to come!

~Peace~

Penny

 

 

Case Study #3

Client came in after 6 months wearing an orthopedic boot due to fracture of right foot.  The chief complaint was low back, hip and left knee pain.  Visual assessment revealed asymmetry in leg length with the left hip contracted making the appearance of a short left leg.  Palpation showed restrictions in the right jaw.  Following release of the jaw reassessment showed the coccyx deviated to the left.  Once the coccyx was released, additional protocols for the ankles, knees, and pelvic was employed.

The client returned one week later reporting everything felt good.  Another release of the jaw and coccyx was performed along with the ankle procedure.

On the third visit the client presented with tonal symmetry and no discomfort so treatment was terminated.

NOTE:  Often after being required to wear an orthopedic boot the Bowen Technique is required to get the hips in balance (as the boot creates a “longer” leg).  The hips remaining in imbalance creates torque and uneven load on the knees and if left untreated this dysfunction creates deterioration in the knees and pelvic structure.

 

Bowen Therapy for Complete Healing!