How Bowen & Emmett has helped – real people real problems

JR, Edinburgh on Painful Knees

Bowen therapy was recommended to me by a good friend who has worked as a senior physiotherapist in the NHS for many years. The following day I found Mary via internet search and she immediately offered me a next day appointment. It would be fair to say I was desperate. Having been bounced around the NHS for three years with acute knee pain ( following a bunion operation ) I had reached the end of my tether. Not only was I in pain but I was also taking quite toxic arthritis medicine which was impacting quite negatively on my wellbeing.

One week after seeing Mary and experiencing my first treatment I came off my medicine. I began to feel brighter and less tired. Pain levels reduced and 5 treatments later I’m able to enjoy for the first time in 3 years quality time with my grandchild. I feel like I’ve got my life back. I’m no longer locked in the house frightened to go out in case I get stuck somewhere unable to get back. It’s been a revelation. I can’t thank Mary enough and am only sorry I didn’t know about Bowen therapy 3 years ago.

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SB,  Edinburgh on Shoulder Problems  “I’ve been to various physio clinics and deep tissue massages etc over the past number of years, for various aches and pains, but still the problems persist. So when I met Mary Macfarlane from Bowen in Lothian at a business networking event, and heard her speak about her Bowen and Emmet technique, as well as hearing from others who had been to see her previously with great results, it sounded like something I needed to try. Now after several sessions, I feel I can honestly give feedback.  In short, I knew that my shoulder problem in particular was connected to other trigger points around the body, but nothing else has seemed to address everything at once. I think this is why Bowen and Emmett  as a physical therapies are something that’s quite amazing. In my mind, they are holistic therapies – in the sense that they do treat the whole body – and Mary’s mindful approach also encourages a sense of deep relaxation. Although a very gentle, light touch intervention I come away from each session feeling like my aching muscles have been deeply massaged, which is a result in itself. However, not only that, my head feels clear too, and the sense of balance and energy I feel after each session is fantastic. I knew going into it that you can’t expect miraculous immediate changes, and a body that’s spent years doing one thing can’t suddenly change it’s ways. But in just a few sessions, approaching my particular problem on a layer by layer basis, Mary has helped me turn a corner and I can really see and feel the progress now and it feels great! I can see why many clients want to build it in to part of their regular personal care routine and I will be doing the same. My sincere thanks to Mary for her caring, non-judgemental approach, her skill in detecting exactly what needs to be worked on, and for getting results!”

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GH, Edinburgh  on Stress Relief    Having consulted Mary Macfarlane originally for Sinus problems, which she helped with greatly, I arrived at a further appointment feeling very stressed.  Work, family and life had been head on over an eight week period.  I was truly a different person when I left Mary.  I felt as if something had shifted within me, and in its place was a wave of tranquility.  This feeling stayed with me and I truly felt a weight had been lifted.  I can thoroughly recommend Bowen for Stress Relief.

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KG, Scottish Borders I suffered with pain in my head, jaw and shoulder for 15 plus years. I grind my teeth in my sleep so firstly went to my dentist about the pain. I was given a soft splint to wear at night but this did not help. I was referred to a dental specialist who diagnosed me with TMJ. I was then given a hard splint to wear at night but this did not help either! I was taking so many pain killers but they did not touch the pain at all. The pain got worse when I was stressed and when I had a lot going on in my life. I had decided that this was something I was just going to have to put up with for the rest of my life until I got in contact with Mary. I was very sceptical about alternative therapies but decided to give the Bowen technique a go as I had tried everything else. Mary and her magic hands have done wonders!!! I am so surprised that so little touch can do so much!! It took 2-3 sessions before I noticed a difference but I now believe in Bowen! I have been through a very stressful few months in my life and have not had a bit of pain! Not even a headache!! I feel very relaxed after a session and it has also helped me get a good nights sleep!So pleased with the results and cannot recommend Mary highly enough!!
It does seem expensive but I don’t mind paying for something that actually works. It saves the many days off work that I used to have to take off.
Thank you Mary!”

LF, Scottish BordersI had heard about the Bowen technique and decided to visit Mary – so glad that I did! The difference in a torn knee ligament was like night and day after just one visit! “

IW, Edinburgh “Mary introduced me to Bowen some time ago and I admit I took my time to go along for an appointment. I wish I had gone sooner! I have 2 comparatively minor medical conditions which can be a nuisance and I was interested to see if Bowen could assist. I went with an open mind and trusted Mary implicitly – I also saw that she was intuitive and felt entirely comfortable with the treatments. The results were almost instantaneous and I have noticed a marked difference in my energy levels and sleep patterns I feel the Bowen is still working within my body and that the process is ongoing.   Certainly I highly recommend that you give it a go and I am sure that you, like I, will be amazed with the results”

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JM, Edinburgh, “Since suffering a fracture in my pelvis which created muscular damage I went through over 40 sessions of physiotherapy and various scans to rectify the problem. The chronic pain was constant and I was keen to find relief not through medication. I met with Mary and was immediately struck by her understanding of pain and its effect on lifestyle and well being. Mary was able to offer me considerable relief from pain and I was able to walk away from sessions pain free. Mary was always understanding and I found Bowen deeply relaxing and therapeutic.”

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HM, Gorebridge“Mary is a fantastic Bowen Technique Therapist and is very knowledgeable with regards to anatomy and general health. Mary is very passionate about the Bowen Technique and is more than happy to answer any questions you may have. She is most definitely someone who cares about your well being & your recovery.”

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SH, Edinburgh, had been hit by a car and suffered four broken bones. She’d recovered well enough but still had a few niggles. “I wanted to get the niggles ironed out before my body adjusted to them and they became set. I didn’t want to be carrying the effects of my injuries in 10 years time when I knew I could get it sorted now.”

After her first session S felt more comfortable in her body. A week after her second, she reported feeling more energised and confident. After her third session, she realised that her limp had gone, “I am delighted to report that my limp has gone and my sense of well-being is huge. I’m completely hooked.  Mary’s Bowen treatment is now a must have for me. It has reduced aches and pains, from the accident and from general life, it picks me up when I’m down and both centres and energises me. I cannot recommend Mary highly enough.”

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GH, Edinburgh “Well I feel a different person this morning.  I could feel it yesterday afternoon.  Hard to explain but I feel straight?   I guess the fall really did affect me far more than I realised.  My legs feel different so I think the knees must have taken a much harder knock, although only slightly bruised.  I also feel as if my back has been ironed out! The catarrh is so much better.  Still feeling my ears cracking at times and I slept so well.”

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GS, Scottish Borders “After three Bowen sessions from Mary, I notice a general sense of well-being as well as specific outcomes: My sinuses are clear, my spine feels freed up and there is some improvement in my little finger. This had been numb for months after injuring a nerve in my elbow, and all my GP could offer was surgery if and when the problem got worse. I am very glad to feel some improvement at last, and I am now hopeful that the problem can get better altogether with perhaps one or two more sessions. Many thanks Mary!”

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CT, Scottish Borders, had been off work for weeks with a trapped nerve resulting in excruciating constant pain resulting in being unable to drive, lift anything, work of any kind or socialise. “Since treatment I have been able to do everything I could do before it started. I felt better after every treatment session and the condition is now resolved.

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NP, Edinburgh, “I had heard of the Bowen Technique and when I met Mary I decided to give it a try for my leg and hip pain. The treatment is very relaxing and non-invasive and Mary was very professional throughout. She is obviously very passionate and knowledgeable about the treatment, and most importantly I was very impressed with the results. In just three sessions my symptoms virtually resolved and 2 months on are still good.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mary.”

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CO, Scottish Borders, “Mary, thank you so much for treating me for the pain around my broken leg, and the sharp pains I was experiencing in my head. I am delighted to tell you the sharp pains in the head have gone completely, and the leg – although it was not good for a few days – is now practically pain free. Ain’t Bowen great! Who would have thought that something so gentle could produce such powerful results? It makes a huge difference to be walking without pain, so thank you very much indeed.”

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AR, Edinburgh, “Mary explained what Bowen Therapy could do for RSI, which I have had in my right wrist, forearm and elbow for 20 years, I volunteered to take part in a National study and went to Mary for 4 treatments. Apart from the occasional twinge after carrying heavy cases or too much texting I have been pain free. So, many thanks to Mary for her very professional, caring treatment – she will tell you I often have trouble getting up from her treatment couch as I am so relaxed!

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DA, Midlothian, “I had been diagnosed with a prolapsed disc, this was causing me a great deal of pain and a severe lack of movement. My spine was twisted and I had a severe tilt to the right hand side. If I am honest Bowen was probably the last option before surgery. Mary had done what she does, which is very gentle, so I am lying thinking there is not much happening. Afterwards I was extremely tired but at the same time feeling good. After the second session I started to see an improvement in my mobility and the straightness of my spine. I had six sessions of Bowen and I am back to normal. Without Bowen therapy I would have been left in a dark place of pain. I have my life back and its all down to Bowen therapy.

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MD, Rosyth, I was in constant pain from shoulder, hip and thigh as a result of a motorcycle injury. Pain made every day living difficult but life is much easier now. From going from a pain level of 8/10 constantly to a zero pain level and forgetting about the body parts which had been painful is the major benefit of treatment. From the first treatment I could feel things relaxing, felt more refreshed and mentally less stressed as day to day work and home life became easier with the major drop in pain levels.”

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PC, Edinburgh, “Interested to experience a ‘gentle hands on treatment’ for migraine, lower back and shoulder pain, I came for Bowen treatment with an open mind and knowing that I had nothing to lose.  Little did I know how much I was to gain from these visits to Mary, all of my niggling and at times debilitating ailments began to steadily improve and a few months on from the treatment are still improving.  Mary has a wonderful gentle presence and healing hands, her knowledge and skills within the Bowen technique ensured a relaxing and therapeutic visit for treatment.  Well worth it and highly recommended!!!”

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S, Gorebridge, “I was experiencing terrible pain in my hip which was seriously limiting my movement. One Bowen treatment from Mary instantly removed the pain completely. It was quite amazing.”

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Mrs S, Rosyth, came for 5 Bowen sessions because she was experiencing incredible pain from her hip.   “Thanks to you I am now pain free.

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P, Edinburgh, came for 5 sessions of Bowen because she was experiencing several migraines every week. No migraines in the last 10 days… It feels like a real gift.”

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F, Edinburgh, “A keen mountaineer, I had been bemoaning to my friend about a chronic shoulder injury that  restricted my arm movement considerably. As it happened my friend had personal experience of Bowen and recommended that I give it a try. l was attracted by the drug-free and non-invasive aspects of the treatment,  also by the assurance that if there were no indications of improvement in my condition after three sessions, there would be no further attempts at treatment. It seemed improbable to me that the simple movements and tweaks would have any impact on my much-abused upper arm.

How wrong I was! There were clear suggestions of improvement after just one session and by the time I’d had my third session it was obvious that something remarkable was happening; I had much greater mobility and was largely pain-free.  A couple more treatments and a few minutes of “home-work”, simple repetitive twists and stretches each day, I was able to resume my climbing activities.  I would recommend Bowen to anyone. It genuinely is one of those mysterious therapies that somehow simply work. More generally, it is an intensely relaxing and gentle form of treatment; one is encouraged to drink plenty of water to aid the flushing-out of bodily toxins that are liberated by the practitioner’s touches, a few more trips to the loo than normal doesn’t seem too arduous a side-effect to have to deal with!”

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