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.

Research into Bowen – Stroke

There is little published research in the mainstream biomedical literature about the efficacy of Bowen therapy. However I have found this:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21359262

In summary, while this report is an early assessment of the impact of Bowen therapy in chronic stroke, the improvement gained suggests further investigation is appropriate.

LOVETT BROTHER RELATIONSHIP OF THE SPINE

LOVETT BROTHER RELATIONSHIP

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.  https://boweninlothian.co.uk/contact-me/

lovatt brother relationship

Diagram and content courtesy of John Garfield