Ok, bear with me while i get used to blogging.
The first thing I would like is to introduce myself, or rather, what it is that I do.
Mostly I work with peoples bodies, to get rid of pain and dysfunction. I do this with two methods, one is called The Bowen Technique and takes its name from its inventor Thomas Ambrose Bowen (b.1916-d. 1982). Thomas Bowen was born with a gift, an unusual sensibility in his hands, and a passion for helping others. He left school at 15 and apprenticed as a carpenter, but his gift and his passion led him to work more and more as a manual therapist, until he was verified by the Australian Government to be seeing over 1000 patients a month (!), with 90% or so needing only 2 or 3 visits.
So perhaps we can say that Thomas Bowen was
the most effective healer of modern times
Bowen himself was a man of few words, he called his technique a “Gift from God” and that he simply “unblocked energy”.
He allowed only 6 people to study him as he worked, and one of them , Osteopath Oswald Rentsch, fulfilled a pledge he made during Bowen’s life time and founded the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia in 1986, to teach and popularise Tom Bowen’s life and work.
What is it?
Bowen involves small “moves” at specific places on the body, gentle , little rolling moves usually with the thumbs, almost nothing. It also involves the practitioner leaving the client alone for frequent pauses of up to 5 minutes, allowing the body to absorb and adjust to the “moves” (almost nothing becoming even less!)
So it really is quite minimalist, and just to make sure you don’t forget, the basic motto of the Bowen Practitioner is “Less is more”.
Tom Bowen’s gift allowed him to percieve that if you do little moves in special places, and wait, great things can happen.
How does it work?
Somehow, the Bowen technique stimulates a dormant healing intelligence in the body, which helps balance the ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) and activate processes of repair and healing, even to long term injury.
So, it goes to the Command Centre. This means that we can also say that
Bowen is a truly holistic modality
It does not treat the symptom, but the Client, and it is the Client who heals him or her Self.
Which means it can
Treat many conditions
from musculo-skeletal disorders to psychological or emotional problems, to post operative care, pre-and post natal care, infertility,etc, and also to complement Allopathic medicine, to mitigate the effects of chemo or radio therapy, or simply to offset the effects of general wear and tear.
But that is not all, Bowen is also
very simple and easy to learn
which means it has huge potential as a truly democratic and affordable health care modality. The amount of time and money and brain power necessary to train as an Osteopath, Physiotherapist or Chiropractitioner, never mind a Medical Doctor, mean that most people in the world, will have little access to their services. Bowen on the other hand , can be learnt in a relatively brief period, cheaply and easily, that to me , makes it easily
“The single most important hands on healing technique in medicine“
– Jo Anne Whittaker , MD
So, thats a bit about Bowen, in my next blog i will talk about the Yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya.