Used clinically for decades by many body workers including Bowen Therapists,  Chiropractors & Osteopaths,  I was fortunate enough to attend workshops in the last few years with some wonderful Australian expert teachers and learn the theory of the Lovatt Brothers and more ways to bring changes to the body. The main theory is that if there is dysfunction at one end of the spine, it will reciprocate with problems at the other end, as per the diagram.
In the most simplest of explanations when there is a rotation in L5 there will always be a rotation in C1, its ‘Lovett Partner’, even in the absence of symptoms of pain or lack of function at C1. With all the listings they can work both ways. For example, a  dysfunction at L5 can cause a C1 dysfunction and a C1 dysfunction can cause an L5 dysfunction. When one is out of neutral so will its partner. Often it is necessary to address the Lovett Partner as well to get a lasting or even successful correction. Remembering that the joint above and below at the dysfuction is also likely to be affected you can see the cascade of musculoskeletal problems that can arise. This is why treating TMJ and sacrum/coccyx together in some people is so important.  Anything that disrupts the mechanics of the sacrum and the coccyx can create adverse mechanical tension in the central nervous system leading to all sorts of musculoskeletal, neurological, visceral and hormonal problems that seem very confusing and hard to figure out.  Early treatment before a problem becomes chronic is paramount. Always consult your doctor for medical assessment and diagnosis.

lovatt brother relationship

Diagram and content courtesy of John Garfield

Emmett&Bowen Techniques-Tools for Pain Management

Gentle touch big change

Hippocrates held the belief that the body must be treated as a whole and not just a series of parts. A belief  I hold dear when treating those in pain.  I treat the whole person using  Emmett or Bowen working with people who are often at the end of their patience, having tried everything. Symptoms such as headaches, knee, back or neck pain, frozen shoulder, bladder problems can all respond very quickly to treatment.

Earlier this year I received my certification as an Advanced Emmett Practitioner to EP2 level, bringing a whole new perspective in using the EMMETT Technique for effective pain management.

What affects on the body does Emmett have? While using Emmett moves  I have felt muscles relax, pelvis shift, seen posture change,  limb mobility increase. All wonderful effects of Emmett. The knock on effect is increased energy as the body is better balanced and moving easier. Ultimately the more balanced the body is the more autonomic functions like circulation and breathing improve and a sense of wellbeing is restored.

Gentle touch big change
Easy muscle management with Emmett Technique

“Overwhelming feedback from Bowen Therapists is that the Emmett Technique has transformed their practice; in particular the speed with which they can bring changes to clients, dramatically improving client outcomes. The Emmett Technique is applied with either light touch at 2 holding points simultaneously or a one directional moves over specific locations on the body which affects . Emmett & Bowen Techniques can correct body alignment problems quickly, with minimal client pain and therapist effort. It isn’t physiotherapy or massage. Advanced practitioners are trained in assessment skills and how to tailor treatments precisely to their clients’ individual needs”.

I now use both Emmett & Bowen Techniques while working in clinics, depending on the clients need at that time, to greater and often quicker affect.  As always, long term problems need more sessions, like peeling an onion, to come back to the source of feeling well. Three or four sessions usually brings relief and repair.

Watch these videos of Ross Emmett demonstrating posture and function changes. Seeing is believing





Dem Bones, Dem Bones

Skeleton dancing

Many people know the song, Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones!

You know the one:

“The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone’s connected to the heel bone…”

So what’s my point?

Everything is connected and there are no spaces in between.

This might seem rather elementary but think about it for a moment.

Your body has a line of connective tissue that runs from the bottom of your feet all the way up the back of your legs and body to your scalp, called the superficial back line. If part of that line is damaged, cut or malformed for any reason, then your body could start to compensate.

Why am I telling you this?

Many people suffer from the following foot problems as a result of that compensation.
(Image courtesy of Anatomy in Motion)

Illustration of foot problems, from Anatomy in Motion

Possible remedies include soaking in Epsom salts and doing exercises such as the following:

  • Hold onto the door handles of an open door for balance and squat – slowly. The aim is to stretch that back line. Stand up again, slowly. Do this a few times every day.
  • While holding onto those door handles for balance, roll your weight back and forward, to get a rocking motion, from heel to toe.
  • While sitting, roll your foot over a cricket ball, rolling pin or similar. This should help strengthen and lengthen the muscle and connective tissue.

Of course another (very relaxing) remedy is to come for a few Bowen sessions with me at Bowen in Lothian. Call me now on 07989 133215 to see how we can get dem bones back to walkin’ around.