The countdown is over!

The Rio Olympic Games has finally arrived with the opening ceremony kicking off the games to a spectacular start. The UK along with the rest of the world watched what can only be described as a work of art during the early hours of this morning.hqdefault

The London 2012 Olympic Games was a huge success with athletes going for gold and bringing compassion to their desired sport. With the Olympics running for just over two weeks, Rio is set to pull out all the stops and take every nation by storm.

However with every sport being as competitive as it is, it puts the athlete at risk in terms of injury. An awkward dive, trip or a fall on the gymnastic bar can cost not only the athletes career but also their country.

While the London 2012 Olympics saw a lot of highs it also saw a lot of lows.

Germany’s Mathias Steiner was struck by his falling weight after he dropped it during the man’s +105 kg Group A snatch weightlifting competition. He suffered muscle and ligament injuries which meant he was unable to complete his crouch position.Olympics+Day+11+Weightlifting+FYRvMO_0MMsl

China’s Liu Xiang knocked over the first hurdle during the 110m hurdles rupturing his Achilles tendon.

Some of us may remember the horrific scenes of Sayaka Sato from Japan screaming in agony after falling to the ground and twisting her ankle during her round-of-16 women’s singles badminton match against Tine Baun from Denmark.

While all of these athletes and more had the courage to try and finish their sport some fell short due to the seriousness of their injury.

Months on end after the Olympics athletes spend recovering with much needed rest and physiotherapy. However, on top of regular physiotherapy, Olympians (and aspiring Olympians) could benefit from Bowen Therapy.

The Bowen Technique works to heal niggling problems, pains or injuries in an extremely gentle but effective way.

Bowen is a natural, drug-free, non-invasive, complementary therapy that ‘asks’ the body to recognise the ailment and make the changes it requires as opposed to ‘forcing’ the body change.

During the 30-60 minute treatment, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling, movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual.

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No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used.

Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process.

One client said after experiencing constant hamstring strain: “I no longer have the constant ache and I feel that, after one more Bowen session, I will have almost full resolution.

If you have a sports injury and are interested in how Bowen Therapy can help, please visit http://www.bowentherapy.org.uk to find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.

 

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Mental health and depression is an ongoing issue within the UK with 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year. Not only are adults being greatly impacted by mental health, but 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5-16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder, with nearly 80,000 children and young people suffering from severe depression.

The Samaritans was founded by a vicar called Chad Varah in London, 1953, to offer support and guidance to those who needed it after originally setting out as a ‘999 for suicidal,’ where he described himself as ‘a man willing to listen, with a base and an emergency telephone.’ stream_img

The initial structure behind Samaritans was that volunteers would sit with their callers while waiting for their appointments, offering the caller someone to talk to. It was then made immediate that the customer opened up to their volunteers knowing that someone was there to listen while offering non judgemental support. With the company growing, the service has now expanded from phone calls to one to one meetings, and has now 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. As the Samaritans go from strength to strength, Chad’s guiding principles of confidential, non-judgemental support is still carried on; paying more attention on the Samaritans awareness day this month (24th July 2016).

‘Sometimes hearing a supportive voice can give you that little bit of strength to keep going.’

Like CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, the Samaritans can also offer great positive emotional support and release. However, in some cases where this doesn’t work, to cope with depression, most sufferers are advised to take antidepressants to stabilise the chemical imbalances in the brain which are causing the symptoms of depression. Yet the original cause of why the chemicals become imbalanced is not known. That’s why we advise to treat your symptoms of depression with an additional therapy such as Bowen Therapy to relieve the deeper stress that has triggered the chemical imbalances.

Bowen Therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free, holistic therapy that consists of a Bowen practitioner making small rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at specific focus points on the body. Bowen Therapy encourages the body to recognise the problem itself, rather than “forcing” it to change.bowen

Most people find that Bowen Therapy is a gentle and relaxing experience. The sessions generally last around 30 – 60 minutes. Only 1 – 3 sessions may be necessary to see and feel a result, however, depending on the severity and extent of a person’s depression can require more. While Bowen does not necessarily fix specific problems it helps the body to reach a more harmonious state.

Bowen Therapy can help you through the tough times and stand there smiling with you at the end of the year.

Bowen Therapy and Samaritans both value similar morals of recognising the problem rather than hiding away from it. Bowen Therapy is incredibly beneficial for emotional relaxation along with anxiety and stress release.

If you or somebody you know suffers with depression and is interested in how Bowen Therapy can help you, please visit http://www.bowentherapy.org.uk to find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.

Also check out http://www.samaritans.org for their service and how they can help you. #Samaritans

 

Is back pain holding you back?

According to a recent report carried out by The British Pain Society there are ten million chronic pain sufferers in Britain alone which affect not only their social life but interferes with their working life. Back pain costs the UK billions of pounds in health bills, loss of earnings and lost productivity. However many people in the UK who are unable to work due to back pain are not covered by this or by allowances. Instead these sufferers are reliant on their partner or early retirement.

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Following a recent survey British businesses lose an estimated 4.9 million days from employee absence due to work related back pain. The North East suffers than most, with 2 people every hundred having to cope with the condition. As a result, each affected employee takes 19 days of work which in turn puts the business at stake.

GPs tend to refer patients to chiropractors, physiotherapists, acupuncturists and in some cases suggest surgery. In recent studies carried out by the NHS there has been a significant increase in teenagers suffering with back pain. This age group costs the NHS nearly £4billion per year alone working out at an average of £8,000 per teenager. Despite this the number of back pain sufferers is still prominent with treatment showing no guarantee of success. Bowen Therapy is an alternative therapy which has slowly but surely been sweeping the nation over the last 20 years.

The Bowen Technique is a natural, drug-free non-invasive complementary therapy which was invented in Australia and introduced to the UK in the 1990’s. Bowen Therapy has a particularly strong record of success in the treatment of back pain. A national study, carried out by The Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA), showed that 95 per cent of back pain sufferers experienced either complete relief or a marked improvement, after a series of no more than three Bowen treatments.

It prides itself on being able to trigger the body’s own healing systems. Rather than ‘making’ the body change, Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise and make the changes it requires. With primarily fingers and thumbs, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual. No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used. Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process.

Bowen is generally pleasant to receive, each session lasting 30 – 60 minutes, depending on the age of the client and the nature of their condition. Many clients become so relaxed they fall asleep during the treatment.

Short-term (acute) injury may be resolved in one to three Bowen treatments, while long-standing (chronic) conditions may require longer. A gap of five to ten days is recommended between Bowen sessions; so that the body can process the subtle information it has been given. Once the healing process is underway, the treatment would have taken the relief off your back meaning you can carry out activities in and outside of the workplace which you had on hold. As well as back pain Bowen Therapy also may help with a host of other health issues such as: frozen shoulders, sports injuries, whiplash, migraine, hay fever, asthma, IBS, fertility matters to name but a few.

Bear Grylls explains “Bowen Therapy has helped keep my body together despite the continual bashing it takes. It’s a vital support in putting right a whole range of new aches and pains, making sure that old injuries don’t cause me problems, and helping me fight stress and fatigue.”

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As with many other alternative therapies the success of a treatment mainly depends on visiting a legitimate, well trained practitioner, who is a member of BTPA (The Bowen Therapy Professional Association). BTPA is the largest UK professional association for qualified Bowen Therapists. Members of this association are qualified in Anatomy & Physiology and First Aid. They are also fully insured, abide by a strict code of conduct and ethics and are committed to a programme of continuing professional development.

For further information on Bowen Therapy, registered BTPA members in your area, how to become a BTPA member and/or testimonials visit www.bowen-therapy.co or call 0844 561 7173

 

 

Hello spring, Goodbye Hayfever.

head-diagram-for-aromaThe sun is shining, the grass is growing, our days are lasting longer, and the heat is rising. It’s time to say goodbye to Winter and welcome in Spring and Summer as we blossom with the flowers. However where there’s sun and heat, there’s sniffles and itchy eyes. That’s right, as we welcome the warmer realms of the British calendar, we must also welcome our old friend Hayfever.

Hay fever – an allergy that occurs when your body creates antibodies in response to certain triggers, including grass pollen – effects around 18 million people in the UK alone. That’s a whopping 28% of the UK’s population. With one in four of us suffering from it, that’s a lot of us walking around sneezing all over the place with our eyes watering everywhere and our noses all stuffy and uncomfortable.

The spring-starting summer-spoiling allergy is caused by the inflammation of the sinuses due to an allergic reaction to pollen, in which your immune system believes it has come into contact with a harmful agent, causing it to overreact and produce immunoglobulins which release the chemicals that irritate your nose, throat and eyes.

Whilst you can pick up a range of drugs, antihistamines, and nasal sprays from almost anywhere these days, they can often leave you with nasty nose bleeds and a serious case of drowsiness that puts you off your pace for days on end. You can’t run around with Hay fever all spring and summer though so what else can you do? Enter Bowen Therapy. sneeze__1508457a

The Bowen Technique is a natural, drug-free, non-invasive, complementary therapy that can also help treat the seasonal allergy without the dreaded drowsy side-effects, leaving not only your sinuses feeling calmer, but your body too.

During the 30-60 minute treatment, the Bowen practitioner makes small rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for you. The therapy acts as lymphatic drainage which helps with the breathing and sensory difficulties associated with hay fever.

If you want to avoid the pain and suffering caused by Hay fever and skip the side-effects, get in touch today by visiting http://www.bowen-therapy.co/Bowen/btpa-find-therapist.asp or call 0844 561 7173

 

National Pet Month

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If any of the above apply to you, April is the month for you as its National Pet Month in the UK. Running all the way from the 1st April to the 2nd May. The month now in its 27th year offers you the chance to join in with a nation of animal lovers to celebrate the wonderful impact they have on our lives. This year’s focus is on raising awareness of and building responsible pet ownership, reminding us of just how important it is to provide exceptional levels of care for our pets.

As well as ensuring your pet is sociable and well trained, provided with a nutritious and well balanced diet, protected against disease, and regularly cleaned up after and wormed, you must always groom your pet regularly. horses 2.png

Whilst pampering your pet in the confines of your home is always a royal treat for your furry friend, you can always take it a step further and really spoil them with our very own Bowen Therapy. Yes, that’s right, the drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on remedial therapy isn’t just for the humans of your family – it’s for your pets too!

The simple therapy involves the practitioner making small rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for animals.

Between each set of moves, your pet can rest for a few minutes allowing them to soak up the days pampering bit by bit, letting them absorb and initiate any healing processes Bowen may bring.bowen dog

Working wonders with the likes of Dogs and Horses, the treatment not only aids any muscular or seasonal problems, but leaves our beloved pets as calm and relaxed as they’ve ever been, leaving them with an extra spring in their step.

If you’re looking to spoil your pets, yourself, or both of you, find out if there’s a qualified Bowen practitioner near you.

 

by visiting http://www.bowen-therapy.co/Bowen/btpa-find-therapist.asp

or call 0844 561 7173

 

How Can Bowen Therapy Help Pregnancy/Fertility?

Many people associate Bowen Therapy with sports injuries and mental health, but did you know that Bowen Therapy can actually be incredibly beneficial to pregnant women and women struggling to conceive.

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To many pregnancy is a beautiful time period in their life, but many women also suffer immensely during their pregnancy. Over time the body and well-being can decline, be it morning sickness, tiredness or physical pain.

Gowri Motha. author of ‘The Gentle Birth Method’ is an advocate for Bowen Therapy – she prescribes her many celebrity clients Bowen for physical cases of back pain, nausea, pubic and pelvic pain, mastitis, temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) problems and also emotionally, for mothers who are anxious and tense.

With regard to fertility, Bowen has been known to help with Pelvic tilt. Pelvic tilt is a condition that can cause problems with the positioning of the foetus. Bowen Therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free, holistic therapy that consists of a Bowen practitioner making small rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at specific focus points on the body. Bowen Therapy encourages the body to recognise the problem itself, rather than “forcing” it to change. This type of gentle procedure can encourage the baby’s head to engage.

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Here is a testimonial from a Bowen client who suffered from fertility problems and had experienced a miscarriage: “After 5 years of fertility treatment at Coventry Hospital and 1 miscarriage I decided to give Bowen a go. My body took to it straight away. I became a bit more relaxed and after a few sessions I became pregnant. I carried on with the treatment through my pregnancy. Caroline (Lison) found that my pelvis was out of line which she had to put right a few times. Bowen is an amazing experience and I would recommend it to any lady with fertility problems. Thank you so much Caroline.

If you or somebody you know is pregnant or struggling with their fertility, it might be time to see how  Bowen Therapy can help you. Please visit http://www.bowen-therapy.co to find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.

Rough period?

We’ve all been there: the tender breasts, the oily skin, the infamous excruciating cramps. We all know that when it hits that time of the month, the pain isn’t pretty. If you’re period becomes heavy though, and you find yourself suffering with pain in your tummy or lower back, pain during intercourse, and bleeding between periods as well as constant exhaustion and discomfort when going to the toilet, it’s possible you may be suffering from Endometriosis.

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Endometriosis is a common condition affecting over two million woman aged between 25 and 40 in the UK where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb is found outside the womb. Whilst there is no true theory, it is widely accepted that Endometriosis occurs when the womb lining doesn’t properly leave the body during a period and instead embeds itself on the organs of the pelvis.

Endometriosis Awareness Week took place earlier this month between the 3rd and 8th of March, and whilst there is no cure for Endometriosis, we here at the Bowen Therapy Professional Association believe in helping you power through the pain it causes with our famous Bowen Technique.

Bowen Therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on remedial therapy which can be administered through light clothing whilst sitting, standing, or lying down. Bowen releases stress at incredibly deep levels, creating calming effects on the Autonomic Nervous System, allowing the body to heal itself. Bowen doesn’t attempt to force your body to change but asks your body to recognise and make the changes necessary to bring you back to homeostasis (physiological equilibrium).

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Endometriosis isn’t just a physical condition, it can be emotionally draining too which is why Bowen Therapy can go one better than the painkillers they can prescribe for your pain. Bowen relieves not only your physical pain but works on calming your body and clearing your mind.

The BTPA is a non-profit professional association that strives to provide standards of excellence and a code of practice for the protection and benefit of both the public and our members.

If you’re suffering from Endometriosis – or know someone who is – contact us today by visiting http://bowentherapy.org.uk or calling 0844 561 7173.

International Bowen Therapy Week

International Bowen Therapy Week takes place each year from April 12-18; this year International Bowen Therapy Week also coincides with what would have been Tom Bowen’s 100th birthday!

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The ideology behind International Bowen Therapy Week is to promote awareness and a further understanding of Bowen Therapy. Suitable for all ages; from babies through to Grandparents – Bowen Therapy is taught and practised internationally.

The awareness day will span across the United Kingdom – seeing BTPA practitioners host their own individual events to raise awareness of the cause and their organisation. Each year the BTPA opens their arms to other organisations in hopes that they will join them in celebrating Tom Bowen’s legacy and work.

It’s an exciting time for the BTPA – keep your eyes peeled in the upcoming weeks to learn exactly what events will be occurring.

Bowen therapy is a drug-free, non-invasive, form of holistic therapy that helps the body to heal itself; it does this by asking the body to recognise the problem and make the necessary changes to bring back the bodies physiological equilibrium. Suitable for both physical injuries and emotional stress; Bowen can help to relax the recipient. Relaxation is crucial in easing both pain and anxiety; leading to an overall better quality of life.

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Please visit http://www.bowen-therapy.co/ or call 0844 561 7173 to learn more about Bowen Therapy and how it can help you.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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Every day, hundreds of thousands of people are dealing with an eating disorder. This week it’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week; a week in which various charities seek to raise awareness of the various forms of eating disorders and just how debilitating these mental health conditions can be on women, men and children alike.

A few common eating disorders are as follows:
Anorexia Nervosa:
 An emotional disorder characterised by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.

Bulimia: A disorder characterised by frequent episodes of grossly excessive food intake followed by self-induced vomiting to avert weight gain.

Muscle dysmorphic disorder: A disorder that primarily affects men. Characterised by infatuation  with achieving a muscular physique, resulting in excessive physical training and obsession with special diets and supplements.

Emotional Overeating: Characterized by consuming large amount of food (regardless of hunger) in response to feeling negative emotions.

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The BTPA know just how harmful an eating disorder can be. It harms you physically and emotionally, and it also hurts those close to you. At worst, an eating disorder can even result in death. Bowen therapy is incredibly beneficial for emotional relaxation and stress release – this can help with eating disorders also.

Bowen Therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free, holistic therapy that consists of a Bowen practitioner making small rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at specific focus points on the body. Bowen Therapy encourages the body to recognise the problem itself, rather than “forcing” it to change.

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A Bowen patient who suffered with an eating disorder gave the following testimonial: “Bowen, although a physical therapy has helped me more in an emotional way, to cope with my Eating Disorder. I am learning to see life as more of a series of challenges rather than problems, and I try to applaud myself for trying something even if it doesn’t work out, rather than feeling a constant failure. I am happier to ask for help if I need it rather than feeling that that is another admission of failure and most of all, I can love and respect myself. I no longer have an Eating Disorder dominating my life. Yes – it is still there ‘waiting in the wings’ but I am in control of it. It is safe to be ME without hiding behind it. It is safe to slowly let it out of my life and to allow myself to be happy and live a fulfilling life with fun, laughter and enjoyment.”


If you or somebody you know suffers with an eating disorder and is interested in how Bowen Therapy can help you, please visit http://www.bowen-therapy.co to find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.

Kick back into gear this New Year

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As we find ourselves approaching the half-way mark of January, it’s beginning to become clearer and clearer that it’s time to kick ourselves back into gear

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Each and every year over the Christmas festivities we eat a little too much Turkey, drink a little too much, and sleep all too much too. It’s quite likely you’re not quite feeling yourself when you’re getting out of bed right now.

That’s where the Bowen Technique comes in! The Bowen Technique is a simple yet effective technique that applies pressure in all the right places, causing the body to react and kick-start thatmuch-needed healing process. The technique is administered by a qualified therapist using their thumbs and fingers to make rolling type movements over and around the body.

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The Bowen Technique is provided by the Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA) which is a non-for-profit organisation run by qualified Bowen Therapists providing both professional knowledge and up-to-date information surrounding the highly acclaimed Bowen Technique.

With a client list that features the world-renowned, adventure-seeking survival expert Bear Grylls and Australian pop queen Kylie Minoque, you know you’re in the right hands for building your body back into shape and ready to take on the New Year.

Whether you’re climbing mountains or pushing papers, spinning machines or twiddling pens, Bowen Therapy can give your body the boost it needs to say goodbye to that leftover back pain, returning signs of stress, unwelcome headaches, the ails of arthritis and asthma, and much, much more.

If you are interested in fighting the post-Christmas blues and bringing your body back to life this year with Bowen, please visit please visit http://www.bowen-therapy.co/ or call 0844 561 7173.