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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

 

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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.

International Bowen Therapy Week: 13th – 19th April

It’s that time of year again! 13th -19th April sees the second International Bowen Therapy Week take place. Coincidentally this is also the week Tom Bowen, creator of Bowen Therapy, would have celebrated his birthday! It’s an incredibly joyful week for the Bowen Therapy Professional Association and we want you to help us celebrate!

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So what is the purpose of International Bowen Therapy Week? Well, the main aim is to promote an awareness and understanding of Bowen Therapy. We want to encourage recognition and celebration of the revolutionary Bowen Technique and the brains behind it. We want you to get involved in the numerous events happening all over the UK!

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Here at the BTPA, we are incredibly eager to get the UK as involved as possible, in the awareness week and with the BTPA! The UK awareness event lands on Tom Bowen’s birthday, April 18th – this day will see BTPA practitioners participating in individual events, all in aid of Bowen Therapy and in celebration of Tom. Therapists from other organisations are also welcome to join in!

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Tom dedicated a lot of his time to Bowen; working endlessly to develop and improve the Bowen Technique. His beloved daughters said he often practiced for 5 hours a day at the clinic, following this up by 4 hours of house calls, and he even spent his Saturday mornings selflessly treating disabled children for no fee. What an amazing man! If anybody is worth of a celebratory week, it’s definitely Tom Bowen.

Even celebrities are extremely thankful of Bowen’s work:

“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!” – James Ellison (current British Superbike Racer, one time British Champion, two times European Champion and one time World Champion.)

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“It (Bowen) has helped keep my body together despite the continual bashing it takes,” he explains: “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.” – Bear Grylls (ITV’s Mission Survive and Channel 4’s The Island)

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Kylie Minogue is also rumoured to be a fan of Bowen, and both Sam Taylor-Wood and Elle Macpherson were rumoured to be avid Bowen fans during their pregnancies. It’s time to get on board!

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Be sure to keep an eye out on our website and social media for further information about specific events!

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We hope you’ll join us and help to spread the word!

International Bowen Week: 13th – 19th April. 

For more information on Bowen Therapy and the BTPA visit the website here. 

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Happy Australia Day to all! As you may or may not know, Bowen Therapy has very strong links with the country down under.

Tom Bowen, born in Brunswick, Australia, started practicing an unnamed technique to treat the injuries and ailments of local sportsmen, friends and family. After finding that his therapy was successfully assisting with the recovery of his clients, Tom Bowen opened his first clinic in the 1960’s and continued to develop and practice his therapy. During the 70’s it was reported that Tom Bowen was treating over 13,000 people a year!

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It unfortunately wasn’t until Tom Bowen passed away that this iconic finger, thumb rolling technique was titled “Bowen Therapy”. Bowen’s legacy continues, not only in Australia but worldwide. The Bowen Therapy Professional Association has over 100 certified Bowen Practitioners in the UK alone. Tom Bowen Polaroid

Bowen Therapy still has its roots in the homeland of Australia however! Final year students studying Osteopathy at degree level in Australia are being taught how to practice Bowen Therapy as part of their course.

BTPA recognises Tom Bowen, his work and celebrates Bowen’s roots in Australia every year with International Bowen Therapy Week (13th – 19th April 2015) in conjunction with Tom Bowen’s birthday.

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.

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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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If you would like to find out more about which health and wellbeing concerns Bowen Therapy can help with click here. To locate a BTPA approved therapist near you click here.

Don’t Let Your Image Get You Down. Be Body Confident!

Body confidence is a lot more than having the odd bad hair day. Don’t get us wrong, bad hair days are traumatic in their own right but there is a deeper issue affecting almost 10 million women in the UK.

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Research coinciding with the launch of Body Confidence Week has shown that almost 10 million women in the UK are depressed because of their body image; that’s a huge 35.1% of the female population (according to the 2011 consensus stats).

The stats are truly shocking; 1 in 4 women have found that their body image has held them back from having a relationship. Again, a quarter of women surveyed believe that their body image anxiety has stopped them going for a job that they wanted! Finally, over 10 million women have admitted the reason they don’t exercise is because of their image.

Recently Buzzfeed.com published an interesting article based on the perception of beauty. Journalist, Esther Honig sent Photoshop freelancers around the globe an unedited image of herself and requested the editors to simply ‘make her beautiful’. The images that came back really emphasise that beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Each country sent back a different image, providing a multitude of perceptions of what “beautiful” looks like.

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Take a look at the article here.

Our impression of beauty is essentially based on the images we are exposed to through the media we consume. The media is saturated with edited images of women and men, primarily through advertising.  Adverts and media are the key factors which influence our own perceptions of what “beauty” looks like.

However, it needs to stressed that depression from suffering from image anxiety not only affects women, men also suffer the same problem, if anything it’s harder for men to cope with. There is such a stigma that exists surrounding men talking openly about their image concerns. Men are expected to have a lean, muscular body whilst women are accepted and praised for being curvy.male-model-medium-198x300

It is presumed that men don’t feel the same anxiety as women do about their body. For example; ‘Moobs’, ‘beer belly’ and ‘receding hairline’ are all comments that are thrown around without any question of offence to the individual. It should be noted that men’s appearances in the media are as aspirational as the women’s appearances; therefore it’s completely understandable that men will feel the same image anxiety and depression as women do!

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The Be Real Campaign is national movement set up to unite individuals, schools, businesses and public bodies who are campaigning to change attitudes and behaviours towards body image and put health, well-being and confidence first!

Body image anxiety clearly affects individuals physically and mentally; stopping individuals from living a happy life and achieving all they could. The areas of focus within the Be Real Campaign are; real education, real health and real diversity.

The Be Real Campaign “wants to ensure children and young people are educated about body confidence from an early age, to promote healthy living and well-being over weight loss and appearance, and to encourage the media, business and advertisers to recognise diversity and positively reflect what we really look like.”

If you feel can relate to this article and feel depressed about your body image, Bowen Therapy can help you cope with your anxiety and depression.

Bowen Therapy is an ideal holistic remedy to help with mild depression, stress and anxiety. The whole body is considered when undergoing treatment and the technique used by Bowen therapists aims to release stress from deep inside the body, encouraging the body to restore its natural hormonal and physiological balance. This may in turn help reduce some of the symptoms of depression.

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Bowen Therapy, also known as the Bowen Technique, works by applying rolling movements with finger and thumbs at precise points on the body. It is performed on muscles, ligaments and soft tissue using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that person. No hard manipulation or force is needed or used. Bowen Therapy is not forcing the body to change, but asking the body to recognise the treatment and make the make the improvements accordingly.

People normally 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 your depression, you may require more.

To locate a Bowen Therapist near you, click here.

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.

Celebrating Tom Bowen: the Man and His Work

Tom Bowen PolaroidThere’s not long left until International Bowen Therapy Week commences running from 12th-18th April. The BTPA invite you to join in with celebrating all things Bowen at events happening across the UK. As well as promoting an awareness and understanding of Bowen Therapy, the week also aims to encourage the deserved recognition for the late Tom Bowen.

Tom Bowen imageTom Bowen was the creator of Bowen Therapy. He was a humble and hard-working man, willing to offer his services to disabled children for free. To support a cause that was clearly close to Tom Bowen’s heart, the BTPA wish to donate to the Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund as part of the celebrations for the week. The trust fund supports children with disabilities who receive Bowen Therapy, by providing them with equipment where social services cannot assist. Parents report that following Bowen Therapy their children have better posture, balance, co-ordination with enhanced motor control and behaviour.

bowen_24_Edit (1)International Bowen Therapy Week coincides with Tom Bowen’s birthday on the 16th April and the celebrations move towards the build up to what would have been his 100th birthday in 2016. During the week of 12th-18th April, the BTPA will be coordinating events across the UK, which they want the community to get involved with. These will include taster therapy sessions with the opportunity for clients to donate a small fee to the Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund. Practitioners can also choose to donate a percentage of their earnings fromthe week.

The BTPA strives for professional standards and for the protection and benefit of the public and its members, so are eager to boost the profile of Bowen in the form of an awareness week. The Bowen Technique isa drug-free, non-invasive remedial therapy, administered by a trained Bowen practitioner with gentle, rolling movements. The aim of the treatment is to release stress at a deep level, stimulating the body to make the required changes and, as far as possible, restore the body back to homoeostasis (physiological equilibrium).

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We hope that you join us 12th- 16th April for International Bowen Week. Keep a look out for updates on our website and social media. There are many ways that you can keep up to date with what is going on during International Bowen Therapy Week in your area.

Take a look at our website, where we will be posting all the events happening to celebrate the international week. Also, follow our Twitter account @BowenBTPA and our Facebook page for instant updates on what our practitioners are getting up to.

 

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