The treatments we offer are natural, non-drug based and non-invasive applications.
Foremost amongst the treatments on offer is The Bowen Technique. I have over 18 years of clinical experience using this amazing soft tissue manipulative technique that is revolutionising physical therapy around the world! After taking every level of Advanced Bowen training available I have also developed my own procedures and moves not known to other Bowen therapists. This makes your treatment truly unique and special.
Often Bowen Therapy is the key to unlocking chronic or long-term problems as well as helping the acute injury.
A short history...
Bowen Therapy or The Bowen Technique was developed by Tom Bowen (Thomas Ambrose Bowen 1916 -1982) in Geelong, Australia in the 1950's and 60's. By the mid 1970's Mr Bowen was running probably the busiest one-man clinic in Australia performing some 13,000 treatments a year (based on a 6 month period). This was verified in the Webb Report - a report into complementary therapies in Australia.
In 1974 a chance meeting with therapist Oswald Rentsch proved to be a turning point - both for Rentsch and for Mr Bowen's work. Mr Bowen had no notes or charts - he simply worked from intuition and experience, continually developing and refining his own technique.
Oswald Rentsch (Ossie to his friends) studied with Mr Bowen for two and a half years and recorded what he observed in Bowen's clinic. I am proud to have learned The Bowen Technique directly from Ossie over a period of many years.
Although Mr Bowen never explained how his technique worked we have now started to analyse and assess what happens to the human body during a Bowen treatment session. We're just scratching the surface in unravelling Mr Bowen's fascinating work but here are some explainations...
The brain constantly monitors the state of our health and our environment and makes adaptive changes second-by-second to accommodate those changes.
But when we experience pain the brain no longer receives useful information about our body tissues and systems. Instead it just receives pain signals. Bowen helps to clear those pain signals by stimulating the release or neuropeptides that alter and clear the pain signal pathway and allows the brain to once more 'hear' and respond to the problem.
Nerve receptors in muscles respond to the stretch effect produced by a Bowen move. The resting state of the tissue changes as nerve impulses are re-set. The stimulus received by the nerve changes the pain/spasm loop to one of relaxation.
Bowen moves performed around joints directly affect the joint capsule and ligament that are innervated with proprioceptors. The proproiceptors also respond to Bowen move stimulus and changes in posture and joint mobility result.
Other nerve endings (pacini and ruffini endings) are also reset by Advanced type Bowen procedures that use pressure as well as stretch to the tissue.
Bowen moves are performed at the level of the superficial fascia. Release of jammed fascia occurs and it is not uncommon to see adhesions, scar tissue, posture and mobility all improve - not with force - but by gentle release moves. Fascia spans huge areas in the body and interlaces like a spider's web throughout the body system network. This is why Bowen moves might be performed remote from the area of pain or restriction.
Viscerosomatic spinal reflexes are affected - particularly with the Bowen work around the para-spinal tissue.
Bowen moves also work on the energy pathways of the body - the meridian system of Chinese medicine and the Chakras and Nadis of Ayervedic medicine. Energy in and around the human body is a scientific fact! From the mid 1970's sciencists measured and recorded the human energy field - or electro-magentic field. The largest electromagnetic field emmanates from the heart. Latest technology informs us, using a SQUID (Semi-Conducting Quantum Interference Device) magnetometer that the human energy field emerges up to 15 feet around the body.
The lymphatic system is strongly affected by Bowen Therapy and there are a series of specific moves that assist in mobilisation of lymph fluid - very useful for swelling and congestion of the limbs, neck, breasts etc.. With less congestion and oedema in the body a detoxifying effect is often experienced subsequent to a Bowen session.
Bowen helps to re-establish a more balanced and harmonious state. The vibrational model of the body helps us understand this. Like a finely tuned violin, only slight adjustment is needed for optimum performance. Through the interconnection of body/mind, remodulation of the energy field and resetting of the Autonomic Nervous System (from a sympathetic to a parasympathetic dominant state) harmony is quickly re-established.
Why so gentle? Many types of body work use a lot of pressure to the tissues.
Bowen is different!
If you press the keys on your computer much harder does it make the computer work better, or faster? If you press a light switch harder does the light come on brighter or more quickly? Of course not. Excessive pressure has nothing to do with the body's ability to respond and in fact can be counter-productive. The body goes into a 'defence mode' if it senses it is being threatened by force.
Nerve tissue responds to very gentle touch.Just blow on your hand. Did you feel it? Of course you did! That's because our nervous system relays information to the brain - in this instance the message says "I just felt this sensation on my hand." With Bowen the message is "Set to default". In otherwords - restore this area back to my 'factory settings' - back to normal, balance, harmony.
Why are there pauses of several minutes during a treatment session? There is a very simple answer. To allow the body time to process and respond to the moves (or information) it just received before we move onto the next set of instructions or moves. Performing too much work on the body just overloads the system - like opening too many applications on your computer! Too much information just slows the whole process down and it may even crash. Too much signal ('information' or Bowen work) and the body doesn't respond because too much was asked of it in the treatment session.
ENART devices were originally part of a secret project from one of Russia's leading radio-engineering institutes for the Russian Space Programme. They were desigend to give cosmonauts medical treatment in space as drug based medicines would contaminate the water supply in their spacecraft.
ENART - Energo - Neuro - Adaptive - Response - Therapy:
This technology is based on energy exchange between the human body and the device (Energo). Nerve fibers (neurons) are means for this energy interchange (Neuro). As a result, the body adapts to the specific environmental conditions (Adaptive)
as the devices sends messages through skin receptors to inform skin receptors which inform the CNS of specific environmental conditions (Receptor). The result of this process in the correction of imbalances and the establishment of healing processes (Therapy).
This develops the multilevel reflex and neurohumoral response from the body and allows for quick self-healing.
The human organism is an ultra stable, self-organizing system, which regulates its stable state on its own, keeping fluctuations of its organs’ functioning within the proper limits. The CNS (Central Nervous System) regulates these self-organizing mechanisms.
There are more than 3 million pain points on the whole surface of the skin. All these points are connected with the CNS via nervous system conductive tracts.
When the ENART device is placed on a particular skin area, its pulse goes via conductive tracts of nervous system, if they are permeable for the pulse, and arrives to the CNS and respective organ. Due to biologic feedback the pulse from the organ returns to CNS with information about its state and to respective area of skin, and from there – to the device.
In the device the returning pulse is compared with the previous pulse. Then a new pulse is formed and sent to the nervous system again in accordance with bio-feedback principle.
Each signal from the device helps regulate the body's functions and is controlled in the body through the biofeedback loop. No two consecutive signals are ever the same. This allows treatment to be truly dynamic, adjusting for the state of the body from moment to moment and as the person's condition changes and improves.
More information about ENART here