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.

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.

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.

Missing Out On Brisk Autumn Walks?

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To most people, the idea of a brisk Autumn walk is delightful. The air that holds a pleasant bite, the burnt hues of the falling leaves, conkers falling on the ground and happy dogs and children running through leaf piles.

A brisk Autumn walk is good for you, but what happens if walking can cause you more damage than good?

For most, walking is an inexpensive and enjoyable form of exercise that can be taken alone or in a group as part of a social activity. Often extensive walking and prior injuries can lead to pain in muscles and complications within the foot and ankle bones. These problems can ultimately be minor, but they can really be detrimental to your health and diminish your desire to take a walk.

If the idea of going for a walk can feel overwhelming or daunting, perhaps you should consider Bowen Therapy. Bowen Therapy is an alternative technique that is designed to revolutionise the way people seek treatments for a range of exercise based injuries. The non-invasive technique sees a specially trained therapist gently move their thumbs and fingers over muscles, ligaments and tendons in a rolling motion. These motions are done at the specific point of the body that needs the help depending on the individuals condition. Unlike a regular massage, Bowen Therapy adopts a different approach by ‘asking’ the body to change, rather than using physical force to ‘make’ the body recover.

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The gentle pressure that Bowen uses eases walking injuries and can improve future walking ability after the first few sessions. Bowen Therapy is largely favoured amongst walkers because the majority of us walk each and every day – meaning that we don’t have the time to stay off our feet for the recovery time many surgical procedures would require.

To learn more about how Bowen therapy can help, or to find a Bowen therapist near you, http://www.bowen-therapy.co or call 0844 561 7173.

Can Bowen Help Aid Mental Health Disorders?

Every day millions of people are living with depression, bipolar, anxiety, eating disorders and more. This week sees the arrival of ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ bringing a spotlight onto the various mental health disorders humankind are burdened with.

Although this week may seek to raise awareness, it provides little comfort to those whose battles are persistently ongoing. They have to cope with their illness each and every day; sometimes with little optimism of it getting better. The knowledge that many mental health disorders are lifelong illnesses can make those who have them hesitant to talk about it, and consequently those who don’t have them are uninformed.

Mental Health Awareness Week is an important reminder to the public that there is still a strong negative stigma towards those who do have mental health illnesses. Although slowly we as a nation are becoming more open-minded and tolerant, there is still a long way to go.

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Did you know Bowen Therapy can actually help to ease symptoms of many mental health disorders?

Bowen Therapy is a technique that sees gentle and precise soft tissue manipulation, performed by subtle rolling manoeuvres of the fingers and thumbs. Instead of forcing the body to change, Bowen aims to guide the body into making these changes itself. Bowen does not try to fix specific health problems, but rather to help the body reach a more harmonious state in which it can better cure itself. Short-term benefits are said to include a sense of relaxation. Longer-term effects may include better overall well-being or improvements in disease states.

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Here is a testimonial example of how Bowen could help you if you suffer with depression:
“A 30 year old lady is off work due to bad depression. She can barely get out of bed and is not eating properly. Before the first treatment she has stiff shoulders, bad headaches, depression which is getting worse. She is taking anti-depressants and feels so ill she can’t get out of bed till about 3 in the afternoon. Before the third treatment two weeks later she is now waking up at 6am, up and making coffee and buzzing about. The depression gradually cleared over several months. She started walking every day, and taking Omega 3 oil. It is interesting to note that this lady had been told when she was 13 that she would probably never be able to have children due to damage to her ovaries. She had been married and had not conceived. Several months after the Bowen treatment she started to ovulate for the first time in her life and was shocked to find out she was pregnant! A year later she is pregnant again.”

Here is a testimonial example of how Bowen could help you if you suffer with an eating disorder:
“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.”

Here at the BTPA, we understand how much of a burden a mental health disorder can feel like. We want to reassure you that having a mental health disorder can happen to any of us and it is not something to be ashamed of.

To learn more about how Bowen therapy can help with mental health disorders, or to find a Bowen therapist near you, http://www.bowen-therapy.co or call 0844 561 7173.

When Grylls Met Obama

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When you’re the president of the United States of America, all work and no play must make your life a very dull painting waiting to be coloured in with excitement. For Barack Obama, it was the idea of trekking through the remote vista of Dillingham in Alaska living off of half-eaten Salmon which was once the property of a bear with world-renowned adventured Bear Grylls.

Whilst this two-day trip that was filmed for the upcoming and long-awaited second season of Running Wild With Bear Grylls sounds like the break from reality President Obama needed, it must have been the headache from hell for the team handling the paperwork – fancy doing a risk assessment for the president of the United States of America’s trek through beautiful Alaskan vistas?

The trip may be the chance for President Obama to reveal the haunting sites of melting ice caps, crumbling permafrost, and villages facing the unfortunate threat of rising sea levels in his continuous bid to expose the issues climate change is creating on a daily basis.

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However, for Bear Grylls, it’s a chance to add to his legacy by breaking in the President to the rough and tough world of survival. It has even been reported that several aspects of the trip suggested by Grylls were rejected by the secret service immediately.

Whatever happened on that trip, one thing is for sure – Bear Grylls prepared for his exhibition with the president by undergoing a regular session of Bowen Therapy – a drug-free, non-invasive remedial technique that involves the therapist creating a rolling movement with their finger and thumb and is provided by the Bowen Therapy Professional Association.

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Bear Grylls regularly uses Bowen before and after every adventure he undertakes, claiming that Bowen has helped to keep his body together despite the continual bashing he causes it to go through. Furthermore he believes it’s a vital support in putting right a whole range of new aches and pains, as well as making sure that old injuries don’t come back to haunt him and to reduce growing levels of stress and fatigue.

If you’re looking to follow Bear Grylls footsteps and go off on adventures, please contact the BTPA by calling 0844 561 7173 or visiting www.bowen-therapy.co

Migraine Awareness Week

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It’s almost time for Migraine Awareness Week; running from September 6-12. We’ve all suffered the agony that is migraine pain, and if you’re one of the lucky few who hasn’t- you’ve likely watched a loved one experience an excruciating migraine.

The migraine is a neurological condition that affects over eight million people in the UK; making it more prevalent than asthma, diabetes and epilepsy combined.

One of the top 20 causes of disability is the migraine, the World Health Organisation even recognises it as one of the most impacting lifetime conditions. So why don’t we take them more seriously?

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It seems that there is a lack of understanding of what a migraine actually is. Well, a migraine headache is the result of blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from the nerve fibres that are coiled around these blood vessels. During a headache, a specific artery located outside of the skull and just under the skin of the temple (temporal artery) enlarges. This causes a release of chemicals that cause inflammation, pain, and further enlargement of the artery- ultimately creating a migraine headache.

If you’re a migraine sufferer or know somebody that is; the Bowen Technique has had great results in aiding migraine pain.

Bowen is a natural, non-invasive and drug free therapy that ‘asks’ the body to change rather than forcing it too. Typically a treatment takes 30-60 minutes and sees the Bowen practitioner making 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, and between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes. This allows it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process.

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One Bowen client said: “Bowen has helped to reduce the frequency of my migraine headaches. I understand the trigger for the headaches and Bowen has helped me to adjust my lifestyle accordingly (preventive measures).”

If you are 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.

Does working all-day cause muscle fatigue?

For a lot of us in the working world, our days consist of working endlessly long shifts standing up on our feet with miniscule breaks. Whilst you would normally say that it’d get easier and you’ll be less tired after a few more weeks of getting used to serving the public all day, there’s now research to prove that the tiredness you feel every night is more than just your usual tiredness.

A study completed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has revealed that long-term muscle fatigue – the decline in a muscles ability to generate force – is directly caused by continuously lengthy periods of time standing at work – with the fatigue being worse the less time you spend sitting down before, during, and after shifts.

With muscle fatigue comes Asthenia –a sense of weariness and exhaustion when using a particular muscle. Asthenia, which is also known as muscle tiredness doesn’t make the muscle genuinely weaker, but it requires a considerable more amount of effort to manage.

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With contracted hours increasing, and the risk of fatigue going with it, there is no time better than the present to begin preparing yourself for the possibility of the pain it brings. With muscle fatigue and Asthenia becoming a side effect of all your hard work, you should look to reward yourself with a relaxing session of Bowen Therapy – a drug free remedial technique that was recently discovered to be more effective than drugs for muscle pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia – provided by the Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA).

Bowen Therapy involves the therapist using their fingers and thumbs to create a gentle rolling movement over muscle ligaments and tendons.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.

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Relaxing treatments such as the BTPA provided Bowen Therapy could be the best solution for those of us spending all day as slaves to the grind to either avoid or relieve muscle fatigue and its subsequent side effects like Asthenia.

If you’d like to inquire about a treatment please contact the BTPA by calling 0844 561 7173

Are Alternative Therapies Better Than Drugs For Fibromyalgia Sufferers?

Are you suffering from widespread muscle pain? Tiredness? Sleep disturbance and deprivation? It’s possible that you could be suffering from fibromyalgia – a chronic condition that causes considerable widespread pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. The condition is becoming increasingly more common with one in every twenty-five Britons suffering from it.

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For those of you beginning to worry, fear not for the experts have found that alternative therapies offer longer-lasting and more effective relief from fibromyalgia than conventional treatments such as narcotic drugs which do nothing to reduce pain signals from the brain. Dr Daniel Clauw – a professor at the University of Michigan – claims that the drugs can actually worsen the condition whilst alternative non-drug therapies are becoming exceedingly more effective in relieving sufferers of the condition.

If you’re suffering from fibromyalgia or similar conditions and struggling to find a therapy that suits you, why not try the Bowen Technique, provided by the Bowen Therapy Professional Association – an association that provides standards of professional excellence and a code of practice for the protection and benefit of the public and its members.

Bowen Therapy is a drug-free remedial technique that involves the therapist using their fingers and thumbs to create a gentle rolling movement over muscle ligaments and tendons.

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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.

If you’re suffering from fibromyalgia or know of someone that is and could be in need of Bowen Therapy please contact the BTPA by calling 0844 561 7173

Clearing out the Medicine Cabinet for 2015

Firstly, Happy New Year from us at the BTPA! For most, January is the start of a health kick as part of their new year’s resolutions. With a general focus on a better wellbeing; dieting, quitting smoking and drinking less alcohol are some of the more popular New Year’s resolutions the UK strives for.

As part of your New Year’s detox, it might be beneficial for you to consider what prescribed medicines you consume day to day and see if you can convert to a healthier, alternative remedy or therapy.

A report conducted by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has found that nearly 50% of the adult population are taking prescription drugs to combat a range of illnesses and health issues. More than a fifth of men and nearly a quarter of women are taking at least three prescriptions. Obviously there are illnesses which are recommended to be treated with prescribed medicines but there are also health problems which can be treated with alternative, therapies and natural remedial techniques.

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Pain relief and antidepressants were amongst the most prescribed medicines. 1 in 10 women are reported to be taking antidepressants, double the amount compared to men. Certain types of pain can be relieved and mental health issues can be aided through the use of alternative and remedial therapies.

Bowen Therapy is an example of a complementary remedial technique which can be used to relieve a variety of health problems and wellbeing concerns. Bowen Therapy is a drug free, holistic remedy meaning the whole body is considered through the therapy and the whole body is responsive to the technique.

The Bowen Technique applies a finger, thumb rolling movement to the client’s muscle ligaments, tendons and fascias, allowing the body to release stress from a very deep level, therefore encouraging the body to repair and heal naturally.

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Due to the relief of deep stress and tension on the body through muscle stimulation, Bowen Therapy is an ideal holistic remedy to relieve pain. Specific areas of the body can be targeted such as the lower back or shoulder pain however; you may find that Bowen Therapy also relieves pain from other areas across the body.

Those who suffer from mental health problems may find that Bowen Therapy can help relieve them of the symptoms of their conditions. The Bowen Technique 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 mild depression, anxiety and stress.

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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. This treatment requires a break of 5 – 10 days between sessions to allow the muscles to process the subtle changes and to adapt to therapy. Bowen therapy is suitable for all ages.

To find out more about which heath problems and wellbeing concerns Bowen Therapy can help with, visit the BTPA testimonials page here. To locate a Bowen Therapist near you click here.