Shining A Light

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.

Bowen & Emmett Techniques – How effective are they?

Bowen & Emmett Techniques –  How effective are they?

That’s the question I was asked at a recent business networking event. That made me think!

Being asked the question made me realise – I know they work, I know they are effective and many people who have had Bowen or Emmett know they are effective and will tell you so. And some people will tell you they have not changed as a result of treatment. YET  I was unable to say “YES”,  what I do IS effective. I’m still in practice after 5 years because they are effective and people come back to see me for regular sessions.

So that got me thinking. How can I tell someone how effective the Bowen & Emmett Techniques are before they have tried it?  Well the short answer is I can’t.  I can say “I believe they are effective”.      I can say “I believe I can help you change”.  I can say “Go ask so & so because they have had it or google it”. There are also various studies I can direct you to. You can watch the video at the end of this blog.

I want to use an example to illustrate something. If you go to the doctor with an infection and she gives you antibiotics, how effective would you expect them to be? VERY, you would hope. However, there is no guarantee that the antibiotics you are prescribed will get rid of the particular infection you have. The number of pills per day, how you take them and the number of days you have been prescribed them for are all factors in your treatment.  The key here is the right tool for the job. If it’s the wrong antibiotic for the type of infection you have, then treatment will not be effective.  You have a responsibility and it is expected  you to take the pills regularly, to not forget to take your pills on time, take them for the duration of the full course and prevent re-infection too. Of course you have to be willing to take the pills in the first place!

So there you have it.    Change in you happens when you participate, are willing to change and choose the right  treatment.  YES Bowen & Emmett are effective, if you are willing to work with me, we can bring about changes, particularly over a course of treatment of several sessions.  AND there may even be a few surprises along the way.

3minute video TMJ change    Thanks for your visit.