Dry January: Just the Beginning of 2014

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Following on from our blog on festive time blues and that groggy feeling, Dry January is the perfect way to combat those New Year blues. Completing Dry January is a great way to start the year and why stop there? Bowen therapy could be the next new experience of your year.

What is Dry January?

A campaign led by national charity Alcohol Concern. The aim of Dry January is to stay off the booze while you ‘lose weight, feel better, save money and make a difference’. The money raised will help Alcohol Concern to increase awareness of the problem of alcohol misuse.

Some benefits of receiving Bowen therapy include more energy and a generally better outlook on life, similar to that of Dry January. By treating the whole body with gentle rolling movements, Bowen therapy helps to realign your body back to homeostasis. Sessions range from 30-60 minutes with problems usually being resolved in 1-3 sessions, while long standing problems may require longer.

Be it muscle problems, insomnia or lethargy, Bowen therapy can help a list of body ailments. One Bowen patient suffering from aches, pains and lack of sleep said “I heartily recommend the Bowen Technique to anyone who wants to remember how it feels to wake up refreshed; looking forward to the new day knowing you can deal with whatever it may bring.” This sounds like a refreshing way to start 2014.

We are now nearing the end of January and according to the Dry January website 17239 people are taking part in the campaign. Well done if you are 1/17239th of that amazing number. Now onto the next venture – Bowen therapy. If Bowen therapy sounds of interest to you visit our website here to find out more about how we can help you http://bowentherapy.org.uk/.

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Bowen therapists are located all across the UK, for more information and to find the nearest therapist for you click here http://www.bowen-therapy.co/Bowen/btpa-find-therapist.asp. For even more information call 0844 561 7173, or send an email to ask@BowenTherapy.org.uk.

A Bowen New Year

The Christmas festivities have officially ceased for another year and we all know the post-Christmas groggy, overindulged feeling all too well. Every year the same phrases are always uttered, “this is my year”, “New Year, new me” and “this is the year for change” to name just a few. Why not put these sayings into practice this year rather than falling back into old habits. Bowen could be just the breath of fresh air that you need.

Bowen is the gentle, non-invasive therapy that set the scene for the body to heal body ailments and pains. This New Year should be one where you actually make the change and leave those aches and pains behind. Bowen therapy can be used to help many symptoms that you may be dealing with, both physical and emotional.

Using rolling movements through light clothing, Bowen therapy releases stress at a deep level stimulating the body to address the problems and attempt to restore a normal balance as much as possible. One Bowen patient prior to receiving Bowen treatment was off work due to bad depression, feeling so ill that she couldn’t leave bed until about 3 in the afternoon. Before her third treatment two weeks later she is now waking up at 6am and is said to be “buzzing about”.

This is just one example of how Bowen works and can help to become a new you in the New Year. Try something new, make this your year and the year for change and see how Bowen therapy can help you.

Have a very Happy New Year from the BTPA.

For more information on how Bowen can relieve your pains and to find the nearest therapist, click here Bowen Therapy. For even more information call 0844 561 7173, or send an email to  ask@BowenTherapy.org.uk

Cholesterol Awareness Week

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October 14th-20th is National Cholesterol week, to promote self awareness about cholesterol, as recent studies have shown that 3 in 5 people in Britain suffer from cholesterol related diseases.

What is it?

Cholesterol is a fatty, yet vital substance we have in each and every one of our cells and is made in our liver. Some foods that we eat contain cholesterol, and too much of them can cause serious heart problems.

Cholesterol is made of two types of ‘lipoproteins’; low density lipoproteins (LDL) and high density lipoproteins (HDL).

LDLs carry cholesterol from the liver to the cells, if there is too much cholesterol to carry and hold in the cells, it builds up along the arteries. Excess cholesterol and blockages in the arteries cause the heart to work harder to pump blood to the rest of the body and brain, which could cause heart problems such as coronary heart disease, hence why LDLs are knows as ‘bad’ cholesterol.

HDLs carry cholesterol from the cells back to the liver, where it can be broken down and released as a waste product from the body, which is why it is known as ‘good’ cholesterol.

Our bodies need more HDLs than LDLs, yet some foods increase the level of LDLs inside us.

How does it affect me?

Individuals with high cholesterol have a higher risk of serious health problems such as atherosclerosis; the narrowing of the arteries, of having a heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular diseases. In the UK, coronary heart disease is the biggest killer, not cancer.

As there are no initial symptoms of having high cholesterol it is hard to know whether you have it, unless you are made aware of it. Blood tests can measure the amount of good and bad cholesterol is in your body. Anyone is at risk and if you need another reason to have a cautionary blood test then here’s a few;

– If you’re over the age of 40

– If you are overweight

– If you’ve been diagnosed with any heart related problems

– If you are diabetic

– If you have a high blood pressure

– If you have an underactive thyroid

– If there is any family history of cardiovascular diseases

– If any close family relatives have a cholesterol related disease

 

Causes of high cholesterol include eating, smoking, drinking and staying on your sofa. Dammit.

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Foods to avoid if you suffer from heart related diseases;

Saturated fats are mainly found animal products such as; lard, sausages, bacon, fatty beef, chicken skin and other red meats.

High fat dairy products; cream, butter, cheese and whole milk (so basically all the good stuff)

Cakes, pies, pastries, crisps and chocolate (more yummy stuff)

Trans fats are produced when vegetable and animal fats are made into solid fat, which make them ‘hydrogenated fat’ such as cooking margarine and elements of fast food. These fats raise LDLs and lower HDLs.

Sugar causes the build up of plaque in arteries which directed increase your risk of having a heart attack. Simple sugars are in all those naughty but nice treats we like to indulge in, but the weight gain raises the cholesterol.

Foods high in cholesterol as a waxy substance in the finer things in life such as egg yolks, prawns, shellfish and caviar, but they have little effect on levels of cholesterol unless you already have high cholesterol.

Even though basically most foods have been named in the naughty list, it’s important to remember that they are all ‘allowed’ in moderation.

Foods you CAN eat:

Monosaturated fats, so fats with only one element such as; olive, rapeseed, peanut, walnut, avocado, almonds and brazil nuts which all contain essential oils for the body.

Polysaturated fats; soya, sunflower oil and sesame oils

Omega-3 fatty acids; found in dark and oily fish like sardines, herrings, tuna, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and crab, all which help lower the production of bad cholesterol

Fibre; found in all the truly good foods; fruit and vegetables, wholegrain cereals, bread, wholemeal products and pulses.

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SUPERFOODS

Garlic: reduce the risk of blood clots

Citrus fruits: vitamin C and Limonine which reduces LDLs

Turmeric: has curcuminoid have a strong effect against LDLs.

Also be aware of..

 

  • Smoking excessively (or at all); as it has a chemical called ‘acrolein’ which leads to the narrowing of arteries.
  • A glass of red wine is good for your heart, but the whole bottle isn’t. If you have a cholesterol related health issue then the best intake is 1-2 units a day. Excessive drinking also leads to weight gain, putting a strain on your heart.
  • A family history of heart related diseases; genetics are a strong contributing factor to those who have high cholesterol. Even if you eat healthily, if there a hereditary link of high cholesterol it can still affect you.
  • If you already suffer from diabetes and or high blood pressure. Too much strain on your heart can contribute to the risk of coronary heart diseases.
  • Excess stress levels, emotional and physical stress can have an affect on your heart’s activity and blood pressure.
  • And last the amount of exercise you do. It is common sense the more active you are; the more you can stop the build up of bad cholesterol in your important arteries. Brisk walks to work when you’re running late to work counts as exercise, just try and do it at least 3 times a week.

 For information on Bowen therapy, and to see how we can help, call 0844 561 7173, or send an email to ask@BowenTherapy.org.uk. Alternatively, you can visit the website here.

Can’t stomach your IBS anymore? Try Bowen…

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month, a disturbance in the gut that affects approximately 1 in 5 people.

 

IBS is a common digestive condition that can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. The cause is unknown; however stress, certain foods and hormones are said to play a part in the development of the condition.

 

People with the healthiest of diets can develop IBS; 1 in 3 sufferers are women.

 

 

As the cause of the condition is relatively unknown, some treatments may not be effective. Bowen Therapy is one alternative treatment that can help IBS and other digestive conditions.

Bowen is a drug-free, non-invasive complementary therapy. 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 used and 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 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.

 

 

 

One Bowen clients said: “I initially saw Jen (Bowen practitioner) when my doctor said I had IBS and it couldn’t be treated.

 

After 3 sessions I had no symptoms and IBS has never returned.

 

That was 11 years ago and I visit Jen whenever I have a condition that needs treating. Jen’s work goes beyond the treatment that any doctor can give me.”

 

Another said: “Bowen is a truly amazing treatment, I cannot praise it enough!

It cured me of an illness that hospital consultants only scratched their heads at. I still use Bowen to keep me in check. Love it.”

 

Read more testimonials from people that have used Bowen for digestive problems here.

 

If you suffer from back pain and are interested in how Bowen Therapy can help you, visit the website visit www.bowentherapy.org.ukto find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.

 

Eating Disorder Case Study

February is a month dedicated to offering information and support for eating disorders, in order to improve understanding of a destructive problem.

Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, are defined as psychological disorders characterised by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. Although more common in females, it is thought that 10-15% of people with eating disorders are male.

  

Eating Disorder Awareness Week ironically falls during London Fashion Week, which always sparks the size zero debate

Recently, there has been a disturbing growing trend among teenage girls longing for a ‘thigh gap’. Many young girls are obsessed with achieving thighs that don’t touch at the top of their legs, like presenter Alexa Chung and model Cara Delevingne.

One girl has set up a Twitter page dedicated to Cara Delevingne’s ‘thigh gap’.

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This trend of worshipping ‘thinspirations’ can lead to an even more worrying psychological problem like an eating disorder.

There is one case in which Bowen has helped a woman who had been suffering with an eating disorder for nearly 30 years.

‘Mrs K’ said: “I have been having Bowen Therapy now for about 18 months after a chance meeting in the local health shop.


“At the time I was searching for remedies in a very depressed state and finding it difficult to establish which one of my ailments was causing me the most distress at that time! I had been having very painful periods, lots of migraine type headaches and IBS.

“I felt in my own mind that the root of all my problems lie in my emotional state.”

Although Bowen is known for its physical benefits, it is mentally relaxing and very effective for any stress management and frustration.

She said: “I was very stressed and at the times when I seemed to have little stress in my life, I would soon find something!

“I had suffered from an Eating Disorder from the age of 14 and, at 43, despite recently having effective counselling for the first time, still felt that there were areas where I was ‘stuck’ emotionally.”

The Bowen Technique is a natural, drug-free, non-invasive, complementary therapy that can be a gentle yet effective release of pain.

Rather than ‘making’ the body change, Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise the ailment and make the changes it requires. It works ‘with’ the body as opposed to working ‘against’ it.

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.

 

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.

Mrs K continued: “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 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.”

Read the rest of Mrs K’s testimonial here.

If you are interested in how Bowen Therapy can help with physical or mental stress visit the website to find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.

Try Bowen to help you stomach IBS and other digestive problems

Yesterday was ‘Apple Day’, and as the saying goes ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’.

 
However, even the healthiest of people can be prone to digestive problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Acid Reflux.
 
IBS is a common digestive condition that can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. The cause is unknown; however stress, certain foods and hormones are said to play a part in the development of the condition.


As the cause of the condition is relatively unknown, some treatments may not be effective. Bowen Therapy is one alternative treatment that can help IBS and other digestive conditions.


Bowen is a drug-free, non-invasive complementary therapy. 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 used and 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 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.


One Bowen clients said: “I initially saw Jen (Bowen practitioner) when my doctor said I had IBS and it couldn’t be treated.


After 3 sessions I had no symptoms and IBS has never returned.


That was 11 years ago and I visit Jen whenever I have a condition that needs treating. Jen’s work goes beyond the treatment that any doctor can give me.”


Another said: “Bowen is a truly amazing treatment, I cannot praise it enough!


It cured me of an illness that hospital consultants only scratched their heads at. I still use Bowen to keep me in check. Love it.”


Read more testimonials from people that have used Bowen for digestive problems here.


If you suffer from back pain and are interested in how Bowen Therapy can help you, visit the websiteto find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.

 

Bowen: Eating disorder case study

Lady Gaga has posted pictures of herself on her blog following media criticism of her weight gain. With these photos, she revealed to her fans that she has suffered with anorexia and bulimia since she was 15.

Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, are defined as psychological disorders characterised by abnormal or disturbed eating habits. Although more common in females, it is thought that 10-15% of people with eating disorders are male.
There is one case in which Bowen has helped a person who had been suffering with an eating disorder for nearly 30 years.
‘Mrs K’ said: “I have been having Bowen Therapy now for about 18 months after a chance meeting in the local health shop.
At the time I was searching for remedies in a very depressed state and finding it difficult to establish which one of my ailments was causing me the most distress at that time! I had been having very painful periods, lots of migraine type headaches and IBS.

I felt in my own mind that the root of all my problems lie in my emotional state.”
Although Bowen is known for its physical benefits, it is mentally relaxing and very effective for any stress management and frustration.
She said: I was very stressed and at the times when I seemed to have little stress in my life, I would soon find something!

I had suffered from an Eating Disorder from the age of 14 and, at 43, despite recently having effective counselling for the first time, still felt that there were areas where I was ‘stuck’ emotionally.”
The Bowen Technique is a natural, drug-free, non-invasive, complementary therapy that can be a gentle yet effective release of pain.

Rather than ‘making’ the body change, Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise the ailment and make the changes it requires. It works ‘with’ the body as opposed to working ‘against’ it.
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.

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.
Mrs K continued: “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 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.”

 
Read the rest of Mrs K’s testimonial here

 

If you are interested in how Bowen Therapy can help with physical or mental stress visit the website to find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.