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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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.

Tis The Season To Be Careful

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With Christmas looming ever closer, ice rinks are popping up in every city and town. Whilst ice-skating is a delightful Winter activity, it can be highly dangerous. ‘Tis the Season to not only be jolly, but also to be careful!

Some of the common injuries ice-skating can cause are lower back strain, stress fractures, slipped vertebra, herniated disk, damaged knee caps, pulled muscles, twist ankles and lets not forget the bruised bum!

Sometimes injuries are unpredictable and can’t be avoided at any cost – but most of them can be. In order to help, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do in order to keep safe on the ice:

– Stretch: Do your stretches before you even put on your skates. Lacing up skates with tight muscles can lead to pain in your lower back, hamstrings and quadriceps.

– Be aware: Check that there are no chips or gouges in the ice that could lead to injury.

– Don’t show off: Keep the fancy twirls to the professionals. Unless you’ve been trained to do tricks on the ice, then it’s best to avoid them at all costs. One wrong move could leave you seriously injured.

– Know when to stop: If you’ve injured yourself by falling, it’s best to call it a day on the skating. “Pushing through the pain” may cause your injury to get significantly worse.

However, in the unfortunate event that you do hurt yourself this Season, Bowen can help! Bowen Therapy can help to sooth aching muscles and many other sporting injuries you may encounter.

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The drug free technique uses light touches at specific points of the body, through light clothing or directly onto skin. 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.

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.

If you would like to try Bowen, find a qualified Bowen practitioner near to you by visiting http://www.bowen-therapy.co/ calling 0844 561 7173.

Bowen Therapy: A Way to Tackle Sports Injuries

Did you catch the Arsenal vs Aston Villa match tonight? Whoever you support; the BTPA is here to support your injuries and get you back into action!

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Do you suffer from any of the following sports injuries? If so Bowen Therapy may be able to help you!

  • Groin pull
  • Hamstring strain
  • Shin splint
  • Knee problems
  • Tennis elbow
  • Pelvic pain
  • Ankle sprain

What is the Bowen Technique?

The Bowen Technique is an alternative; drug free treatment used to relieve the symptoms of a variety of health problems and wellbeing concerns.

The core technique of the Bowen Therapy involves the therapist using their fingers and thumb to create a gentle rolling movement over muscle ligaments, tendons and fascias.

By stimulating the muscles, the Bowen Technique encourages the body to restore itself back to its physiological equilibrium, meaning the body will heal itself naturally as a result of the treatment and the source of pain should be relieved.

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How is Bowen Therapy received by the client?

Bowen Therapy is generally pleasant to receive, with a session lasting between 30 – 60 minutes depending on the age of the client and the nature of their symptoms. Bowen Therapy requires a break of 5 – 10 days between sessions to allow the muscles to process the subtle changes made within the session and to adapt accordingly.

Who is the BTPA

Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA) is the largest non profit making professional organisation of Bowen Therapists. BTPA committee members are all practicing Bowen Therapists who understand and appreciate the needs and concerns of the members. BTPA provides standards of professional excellence and a code of practice for the protection and benefit of the public and its members.

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For more information on Bowen Therapy, visit the Bowen Therapy Professional Association website here. To find a BTPA certified therapist click here.

World Champion Motorbike Racer James Ellison Claims Bowen Therapy Has Changed His Life

James Ellison holds the titles for current British Superbike Racer, one time British Champion, two times European Champion and one time World Champion.

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As an avid user of Bowen Therapy, James Ellison has submitted an inspiring testimonial explaining how he relies on the Bowen Technique to stay sharp for his career and claims how it has been a life changing experience for him.

James Ellison was introduced to Bowen Therapy in his local gym in his hometown of Kendal in Cumbria. At the age of 34 and after several motorcycle accidents (some at over 180 MPH), James admits regrets about not trying Bowen Therapy sooner!

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As a professional motorcycle racer James’ body goes through an extreme amount of stress on the race track as well as working on his fitness in the gym for hours at a time in preparation for upcoming races.

On one particular occasion, James was training at the gym when he found himself suffering from severe lower back pain due to a trapped nerve that had flared up.

Noticing James’ distress, the gym owner offered James some assistance to relieve the pain. It was at this point when James was introduced to Bowen Therapy as the gym owner was actually a qualified Bowen Therapist and began to practice Bowen Therapy on him. After the first Bowen Therapy session, James could not believe how good he felt! Not just in that specific lower back area, but all his “niggling pains seemed to have subsided considerably” as a result of Bowen Therapy.

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James was extremely pleased with the result of his first Bowen Therapy session and continued receiving Bowen Therapy thereafter. As explained in his testimonial, James has had numerous physiotherapy treatments including deep tissue, Pressure Point, Acupuncture and a lot of painkillers; none of which seem to have any immediate relief or long term benefits.

A final note from James’ excellent testimonial on Bowen Therapy:

“I have never felt so good and will continue to recommend it to anyone looking for pain relief or even just wanting to improve their quality of life. We need to all spread the word, this technique really is life changing!”

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How Bowen Therapy works

The Bowen Technique is a finger thumb rolling movement which applied to specific points of the body. The gentle movements are rolled over muscles ligaments, tendons and fascias. Bowen Therapy is a drug free, non invasive holistic treatment which stimulates the body to realign and restore its physiological equilibrium.

By targeting specific points of the body, the Bowen Technique can release deep stress and tension which results in the relief of pain. Bowen Therapy sessions last between 30 – 60 minutes and you are required to have a number of sessions in order for body to respond and react to the therapy.

Who can benefit from Bowen Therapy?

Bowen Therapy is suitable for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly. The Bowen Technique is a gentle movement that is generally relaxing to receive. No force or muscle manipulation is used; the Bowen Technique is simply asking the body to recognise these movements and change accordingly. The client’s comfort is always the Bowen Therapists main concern; therefore the client can receive Bowen Therapy whilst wearing light clothing, whilst sitting, standing or lying down.

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For more information on Bowen Therapy, visit the Bowen Therapy Professional Association website here. To find a BTPA certified therapist click here.

The ramblings of a rambler: How to stay safe whilst walking

Make the most of the good weather and the glorious British countryside; get your walking boots on and head on out to the great outdoors.

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Rambling is an activity enjoyed by many across the country, keeping thousands of people active and healthy everyday.  However, it is important to take care of your body when you are a rambler. It’s common to suffer from ankle or foot problems due to the uneven terrain or poor walking boots that neglect to support your ankle adequately. Rambling also puts pressure on other parts of the body that are not used to such exertion; these could be your knees, leg muscles, even shoulders from carrying a rucksack for a prolonged amount of time.

As a rambler, you need to recognise and treat these problems in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and positive well being. A number of clients who are regular walkers have looked to Bowen for treatment on sprained ankles, knee pain and stiffness, ligament aches and back pain.

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One client sought Bowen Therapy after having tried a number of medical professions for assistance for their heel pain that had been tormenting for 6 months. After consulting a doctor, podiatrist and even trying acupuncture, the client was not getting any relief. After being successfully treated by Bowen Therapy the client is now pain free and has returned to their hobby, rambling. To find out more about how Bowen Therapy can help such injuries, visit the testimonials page here.

Of course not everybody suffers from injuries however, it is important to take precautions when hiking to maintain a healthy well being. Here are some tips to keep safe whilst walking:

  • Invest in a good pair of walking boots. The boots should ideally support your whole foot including your ankle to prevent any injuries when walking.
  • Stretch before you commence on a long walk, this should prepare your muscles for the exercise and prevent muscle aches.
  • Wear thick walking socks to avoid blistering of the skin. Waterproof socks can also be bought for wet weather walking.
  • Leg cramps are a common problem when rambling due to fatigue. To avoid suffering from leg cramps, keep hydrated and maintain your blood sugar levels with high sugar foods such as bananas or apples.
  • Use an appropriate walking rucksack with shoulder and back support straps. This will prevent back ache and relieve your shoulders of the pressure of carrying extra weight when walking.

If you’re thinking about rambling in the near future, or looking for another location to try; the White Cliffs Walking Festival takes place from the 21st August 2014 to the 27th August 2014. The trail is organised by The White Cliff Ramblers and will take you through the idyllic white cliffs of Dover and surrounding countryside. For more information on this event click here. For more general information on walking, visit the Ramblers Association website, here.

 

 

Sochi 2014 Winter Games

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Today is the long awaited opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia. We still remember the Olympic fever of summer 2012 of the London games and we can feel the GB fever resurfacing.

An inspiring Olympic story is of British ice dancer Nick Buckland, who is competing in these games, but suffered from heart problems and had heart surgery just 4 months ago. This is an inspiring but worrying reminder of the frights that come along with the fun of sport. Bowen therapy cannot treat heart problems, but there are a number of sporting injuries that Bowen can help to aid.

The BTPA is the only establishment working independently for both its members and the end clients undergoing Bowen therapy. Bowen therapy can be of assistance for many cases of sporting injuries, by releasing stress at a deep level Bowen sets the scene for the body to heal itself. Treatment is drug-free and non-invasive, administered through gentle rolling movements to stimulate the body to re-align, address imbalances and, as far as possible, restore the body to homeostasis.

Sporting injuries can be caused by a number of factors including accidents, not warming up properly, or pushing yourself too hard, amongst other things. One Bowen patient suffered from a constant ache on his left hamstring following a strain or tear from 15 months prior. He says that after 2 Bowen sessions “I no longer have the constant ache and I feel that, after one more Bowen session, I will have almost full resolution”. If this sounds familiar or if you think that Bowen can be of help to you, visit our website here (link to: http://www.bowentherapy.org.uk/).

 

For more information on how Bowen can relieve your sporting injuries and pains and to find the nearest therapist, click here Bowen Therapy (link to: http://www.bowentherapy.org.uk/Bowen/btpa-find-therapist.asp). For even more information call 0844 561 7173, or send an email to ask@BowenTherapy.org.uk