One of the first post qualifying courses I did was with Howard Plummer from Cardiff. His amazing work with children and his Fascia Bowen technique was transformative in the way I now work with people. On top of his “Sedately, Mary sedately” his recommendation of Duane Juhan’s wonderful book of how touch heals helped form the principles of my working holistically “with” someone, not trying to “fix” the person or the condition. I thought I would share this quote with you.
“It is not the bodyworker who is ‘fixing’ the client. The bodyworker is not attacking a localised problem with specialised tool, confident of achieving certain results.
Instead, she is carefully generating a flow of sensory information to the mind of the client, information that is not being generated by the client’s own limited repertoire of movements – new information that the mind can use to fill in the gaps and missing links in its appraisal of the body’s tissues and physiological processes…
The bodyworker is not an interventionist; she is a facilitator, a diplomatic intermediary between a physiological processes that have lost track of one another’s proper functions and goals, between a mind that has forgotten .
Touch ( administered through Bowen & Emmett moves) is not like pharmaceuticals or scalpels. They are like flashlights in a darkened room.
The medicine administered is self awareness. And for many of our painful conditions, this is the aid that is most urgently needed.”
— Deane Juhan in his book, Job’s Body.