Beat your New Year’s Resolutions

Year in and year out we make lists upon lists upon lists of the many things we’ll either give up, cut down on, or refrain from and every year we’ve crossed out everything we’ve written on the lists in a matter of days. Not this year though, no, 2016 will be your year to grab your New Year’s resolutions by the horns and be sitting here proudly at the end of the year with a big smile on your face knowing you’ve conquered the New Year’s bogeyman.

We all know that the resolutions we make aren’t always the easiest to complete, and that’s why we at the Bowen Therapy Professional Association – BTPA for short – provide you with the very best qualified Bowen Technique therapists to guide you through your journey to completing those lists you’ve been writing for all these years.

 

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The Bowen Technique is a simple yet effective drug-free, non-invasive remedial technique that is administered by one of our many trained professional therapists. The technique itself applies a finger and thumb rolling movement to your muscle ligaments, tendons and fascia, allowing yourboddy to release stress from a very deep, intimate level therefore encouraging your body to repair, heal, and grow naturally.

No matter what your resolution is, Bowen can work wonders for you. Whether you’re looking to quit that smoking habit you’ve picked up, or cut down on all the stress that’s been sneaking your way, or to simply get yourself into shape for the summer – we all want that summer body, don’t we? – Bowen Therapy can help you through the tough times and stand there smiling with you at the end of the year.

If you’re interested in beating your New Year’s resolutions with the help of Bowen, please visit http://www.bowen-therapy.org.uk or call 0844 561 7173.

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Shining a light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Today is Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Day. People are increasingly becoming aware of the disorder but many are lacking the knowledge of how to prevent it from affecting their body with such intensity.  Bowen Therapy could assist with relaxing the body of deep stress and relieving the individual of the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly referred to as SAD is a form of depression that has a seasonal pattern, which is thought to be linked to lack of sunlight within the winter months. It is estimated that SAD affects around 2 million people in the UK, mainly between the ages of 18 – 30 years old.

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Reduced exposure to sunlight can dramatically affect some of the brain’s chemical levels and hormones causing the symptoms of depression. The lack of sunlight is thought to affect the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that affects sleep and is produced by a small gland in your brain called the pineal gland. When it’s dark, the pineal gland produces melatonin to make you feel sleepy. In the winter, due to the lack of daylight, some people produce an increased amount of melatonin, therefore causing them to suffer from the symptoms of SAD such as fatigue and low energy levels.

The production of serotonin within the body is thought to be decreased during the winter months as a result of the lack of sunlight. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, which is a chemical substance with the function to transmit messages between nerve cells. If there is less sunlight to produce serotonin, messages may not be transmitted between cells effectively, causing the feeling of depression within the individual.

Another way sunlight can affect the body and cause symptoms of SAD is by confusing your body’s internal clock. Your Circadian Rhythm (medical term for body clock) relies on the consistency of daylight to regulate various biological functions such as mood, attitude, appetite and energy levels. If the level of daylight changes, your body may react by creating symptoms of SAD, such as low energy, lack of appetite and depression.

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Although there is no medical treatment to resolve SAD, there are methods of prevention enabling you to cope with the disorder better.

Bowen Therapy is found by many to reduce the symptoms of depression, and SAD is no different to treat. Bowen Therapy is a holistic remedy, meaning the well being of the whole body is considered when the body is undergoing the treatment. As SAD is a disorder which is thought to be caused by multiple problems linked to the lack of sunlight, Bowen Therapy is an ideal approach as the Bowen technique used by therapists aims to release stress from deep inside the body, encouraging the body to restore its natural hormonal and physiological balance and reduce the symptoms of SAD and depression.

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If you think that you might suffer from SAD, visit your GP and consult a Bowen Therapist. Click here to locate your nearest Bowen Therapy practitioner.

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

Get counting those sheep, don’t lose a week’s sleep

We all know that sleep is important for our health, mind and body, and without it, we eventually become more irritable, tired and lack concentration.

Yet despite knowing all of this, many of us are guilty of not getting the recommended eight hours a night. It seems that we, as a society, sometimes forget just how vital having a good night’s sleep is for the body, and how it is just as important as breathing, drinking and eating.

There have been many case studies showing us how important sleep is and, in a new discovery led by sleep expert Professor Derk-Jan Dijk from the University of Surrey, scientists have found that just one week of poor sleep can disrupt hundreds of genes, thus increasing the risk of potential life-threatening illnesses linked to stress, obesity and diabetes, to name a few.


Bowen Therapy is known for its healing qualities and for releasing stress via its calming effect on the Autonomic Nervous System. It is a natural, drug free, non-invasive complementary therapy. Its quick and effective treatment can help improve problems relating to sleep deprivation such as stress.


Many people that suffer from insomnia resort to taking sleep-inducing tablets and medicines.


However, rather than ‘making’ the body change, Bowen Therapy ‘asks’ the body to recognise the ailment, like insomnia, and make the changes it requires.


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 and initiate the healing process.

You can read testimonials from insomnia sufferers who have had some wonderful results from Bowen here.


If you suffer from sleep deprivations, or know somebody that does, see if Bowen could help you. Find a qualified Bowen practitioner near to you by visiting the Bowen websiteor call 0844 561 7173.

Tired of fatigue or fibromyalgia? Try Bowen…

We are at the end of Fibromyalgia Awareness Week; a disorder of which awareness seems to be low.

Many people may know the symptoms of Fibromyalgia but may not have heard of the condition.

Fibromyalgia is a widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder for which the cause is still unknown. Fibromyalgia means pain in the fibrous tissues in the body.

Most patients with fibromyalgia say that they ache all over and are tired a lot of the time. Their muscles may feel like they have been pulled or overworked and can sometimes twitch and at other times they burn. More women than men are afflicted with fibromyalgia, but it shows up in people of all ages.

The Bowen Technique is a natural, drug-free, non-invasive, complementary therapy that can help with fibromyalgia, chronic pain and fatigue.

Rather than ‘making’ the body change, Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise the ailment and make the changes it requires.

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 and initiate the healing process.

One client who used Bowen for Fibromyalgia said: “I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2008, after suffering for 2 years with chronic pain and fatigue.

“I had been for massages, which hurt so much afterwards and only really helped for about a week before the pain returned.

“One day I went for a massage and the masseur told me about something called Bowen.

“On my first appointment, I was asked about my health and the list of problems was long… I sounded like a helpless case!

“I didn’t know what to expect, but my first treatment was so relaxing. I was a little unsure how effective it would be as it was so gentle.

“At first I was having treatments every week, then every two, then less frequently, I now go about 6 weeks between treatments.

“After the first few weeks I was amazed that my levels of pain had dropped by about 50%, at first I thought it was maybe a coincidence, and maybe I was just going through a good spell, but almost 10 months later, I swear by it.

“I have taken leaflets to my doctor’s surgery for them to recommend it to other sufferers, and tell everyone how amazing it is.”

Read testimonials from people who have used Bowen for help with Fibromyalgia, fatigue or chronic pain here

If you have arthritis, or are caring for somebody who has, and are interested in how Bowen Therapy can help you visit the website to find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.

Have you inherited the insomnia gene?

Doctors have identified a new group of people born without the ‘comfort’ genes needed for easy sleep.

This means they are immune to the feeling of warmth and relaxation which sends an average person off to sleep within 15 minutes.


Their genes are designed instead to maintain a state of mental alertness.


This makes normal, prolonged sleep impossible so they sleep fitfully, in only short bursts.


Even then, their lack of ‘comfort’ genes may mean they struggle to get comfortable, fussing about the bedding or finding their sleeping position.


There are other so-called insomnia genes — some cause repeated periods of wakefulness in the small hours of the night or at the slightest disturbance, or drive an affected person to leap out of bed raring to start the day at 4am, but leave them exhausted by 4pm.


Until recently, insomnia was considered a purely psychological complaint triggered by stress, grief, or sleep disruption as a result of shift work or jet lag.


But doctors are now unravelling the genetic explanation of why at least one-third of us have intermittent or constant sleep problems.


The Bowen Technique is a natural, drug-free, non-invasive, complementary therapy that can help stress and sleeping problems.



Rather than ‘making’ the body change, Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise the ailment and make the changes it requires.



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 and initiate the healing process.



Bowen is known for its soothing qualities for physical complaints; however it is an extremely relaxing experience that can have many emotional benefits too.



One client 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.



I am now feeling much better, fitter and younger than pre-treatment. Thank you for revitalising me!”



Read more testimonials from people who used Bowen for insomnia and grief here

If you suffer with sleep problems and are interested in how Bowen Therapy can help you visit the website to find a Bowen therapist near you or call 0844 561 7173.