Bowenwork: A Unique Approach to Healing and Pain Relief

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Massage Topics, Questions Clients Ask, Wellness Ideas | 2 comments

BowenworkI first heard of Bowenwork from a friend who lives with multiple sclerosis. She raved about it’s gentle ability to make real change in her pain levels. And now I’m excited to offer a new type of healing work for you!  

This week’s blog is a guest post by my Bodyworks colleague, Lorelei Nissly, LMT who is a certified Bowenwork practitioner. Look for our ad in the Lancaster-Berks Natural Awakenings print magazine, including a special offer for 50% off your second Bowenwork session.

Bowenwork is a unique and exciting approach to healing and pain relief. A gentle, soft tissue relaxation technique, Bowenwork is an unusual form of bodywork because the moves are performed, without oil, in specific locations on the body, followed by pauses of several minutes, to allow the body to integrate the effects of the work.

You are thinking, “But what can it do for me?” Bowenwork can be beneficial in a wide range of situations. It can assist in recovery from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending upon each individual’s capacity to heal. Also, many clients report that Bowenwork is the most relaxing bodywork they have ever experienced.

Some of the conditions that often respond favorably to Bowenwork are:

  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Neck and shoulder problems
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
  • Sports injury and most traumatic injuries
  • Migraines and other types of headaches
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot problems
  • Anxiety, shock and grief
  • Digestive and bowel problems
  • Earache and TMJ problems
  • Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
  • Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
  • Respiratory problems and hay fever

So that’s an impressive list. Now, how does it work? A Bowenwork practitioner acknowledges the body’s innate intelligence and intrinsic ability to heal itself. Light pressure stimulation to muscles, tendons and fascia, as well as gentle rolling actions over the tissues, send nerve reflex signals, triggering responses not only at the site of the moves, but throughout the whole body. The inputs are received by the body on many levels. More specifically, Bowenwork resets dysfunctional tissue tension patterns in muscles, tendons, fascia and joints. This results in changes in the stretch-length of muscle fibers and joint realignment, via spinal reflexes and the central nervous system.

The concept of minimal touch is central to Bowenwork. Often only a few sets of “moves”, along with several pauses for the work to integrate, will produce noticeable benefits. Heart and breathing rates have been observed to slow down as Bowenwork signals the central nervous system, encouraging the resetting of abnormal tension patterns and postural imbalances, restoring optimal organ function, detoxification and elimination of waste products and improved lymph drainage, oxygenation and blood circulation to tissues.

The Bowen practitioner facilitates a deep internal process within the client’s body, which creates a state of relaxation. This can occur rapidly or over a number of days after the session depending on severity, chronicity and the body’s individual ability to heal.

Well then, what’s it like to receive this work? Sessions of Bowenwork differ from massage in their application technique. While massage is generally a hands-on method with the therapist applying oil or lotion and being in constant touch with the client, Bowenwork uses no oil and combines minimal light moves, often over clothing, interspersed with hands-off periods to allow the client’s body to relax and respond. The practitioner usually leaves the room during these periods.

Bowenwork is best performed as a stand alone procedure, not incorporated with any other bodywork. This keeps the subtle work clear from other influences, input and over-stimulation to allow client and practitioner to assess true progress. We start by scheduling two sessions, one week apart to set the basic foundation of the work. A week after the second appointment, we know more about how your body is responding. At that point, client and practitioner decide together how to proceed.

Because this technique is so effective, it has been widely embraced by a broad spectrum of health professionals who are impressed by the diversity of problems it can address. Bowenwork is now supported throughout the world by the Bowenwork Academy and a large faculty of dedicated, accredited instructors.

The name “Bowenwork” honors Tom Bowen who pioneered and perfected the work from 1950 until his passing in 1982. Mr. Bowen was extremely busy in his Geelong, Australia clinic, performing about 13,000 treatments a year on the clients who traveled to him and benefited from his gifts. Toward the end of his life, he entrusted a very few people with documenting his techniques and teaching the work to others.

Bowenwork is being taught and practiced all over the world. Now that I am trained to do this highly effective work, I can offer it right here in our local community. I invite you to make your appointments with me at Bodyworks Integrative Health soon so that we can see how your body can be “Better with Bowen.” Look for our ad in the Lancaster-Berks New Awakenings print magazine, including a special offer of 50% off your second Bowenwork session.

I look forward to helping you with this amazing technique, to reduce your pain and increase your function, energy and ease.

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A Major WOW!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Here’s another fantastic testimonial from a 2012 client … I hope you find it inspiring as you make your resolutions and 2013 wellness goals!

“After receiving negative blood work, I consulted with Barbara to find solutions to lose weight, reduce my cholesterol intake and triglycerides. After 9 months of coaching, I lost 40 pounds to reach my goal weight of 195 lbs., reduced my cholesterol by 20 points, and halved my triglycerides — a major WOW!

It is my hope with continued coaching — and I’m sure there won’t be any issues — that the weight is off for good. My weight loss and other positive health changes were the result of Barbara suggesting healthier choices in my eating habits and not by a “quick weight loss scheme.”

For this, I’m grateful.”

– Cris G, Lancaster, PA

Ready to get started feeling less pain and more energy? The best way to determine what program is right for you is scheduling a FREE 45-minute initial health and wellness consultation. Simply call or email me today to get started!

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My New Year’s Message

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Happy New Year to all of you!

This morning, the first day of 2013, I received a wonderful message from a health coaching client. Now THIS is the way a health coach wants to start a new year!

“Happy 2013! Today I weighed 298 down 40 lbs from 2 years ago today! My blood pressure medicine was cut in half. Goal is to lose more weight, exercise more and get off my meds completely. THANK YOU for all you taught me! I am eating greens and things I never ate before. Took slow steps to get where I am but it is working. Happy Happy New Year!”

Everyone has goals and today is the day we all talk about them. No matter how slow or fast your journey towards your goals progresses, it’s a wonderful thing to move forward. What are your goals and how do you plan to make them reality in 2013?

Ready to get started feeling less pain and more energy?!?? The best way to determine what program is right for you is scheduling a FREE 45-minute initial health and wellness consultation. Simply call or email me today to get started!

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Let’s Do This!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Amazing testimonial from my dear friend and client Mike Ridgeway!

Let’s Do This!

Four years ago I made the best decision of my life. It wasn’t about a job, it wasn’t about a relationship, and it wasn’t about Dream Ride Projects, but that decision would have a profound impact on all three areas of my life.

My body had been ravaged by injuries sustained by three consecutive accidents while bicycling. These were not “career-ending” injuries, but nagging injuries that left scar tissue to linger and cause me chronic pain and the inability to enjoy my passion for bicycling and life in general.

Barbara Searles, my massage therapist and now a dear friend and respected colleague asked me to try a new therapy she had learned called Myofascial Release.

Mike and I getting ready for a RAAM training ride in 2008

It’s now been four short years since that fateful day I said to Barb, “Let’s do this.” Four years of faith and persistence, four years of healing, both physical and emotional healing from those injuries and even some additional past injuries.

Myofascial Release has done exactly what Barb promised me it would. It has helped my body get back to “healing itself,” making itself right again, and helped given me back my passion for life and my commitment to my community. It’s actually been a short four years, really, in the big scheme of life, A Blip.

But here it is, I’m Back! I’m back doing the things that energize me and support my life’s purpose. And everyone will benefit from that, I promise! Thank You Barb Searles, for your dedication for your craft, and to your clients, like me who do place a little bit of our faith in your commitment to help us heal ourselves, when we chose to make that decision.

This year I’m back on the road to accomplish one of my life’s passionate pursuits, a third Race Across America (RAAM) finish. I’m dedicating my training for RAAM 2013 to Barb Searles, who helped pull me back from an abyss. My therapist, my colleague, and my Friend.

“LET’S DO THIS BARB!”

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” … She helped me to … focus on my food and lifestyle choices …”

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Testimonials | 0 comments

I just received a terrific testimonial from a client, and wanted to share with you all. I am so honored to help people reach their health and wellness goals!

“I recently worked with Barbara to learn more about nutrition and digestion. The biggest thing she helped with was slowing down my life so that I can take the time to focus on my food and lifestyle choices.

I spend my career helping other people, so having a health coach allowed me to put aside regular times to talk about and take care of my body.

I also really appreciated all of the resources Barbara shared with me. The information and referrals are helping now and will do so in the future too.”

– Kara B., Lancaster

If you’d like to read other testimonials from my clients, please visit the Testimonial category. And if you think this type of health coaching would help you, I offer a complimentary initial consultation. Let’s talk!

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