A healing crisis is when an individual that is going through some kind of therapy – be it physical or emotional comes a point where is a certain level of discomfort or pain that is associated with the healing process. As you peel back layers, new issues become exposed and it can be nerve wracking! In most cases, it goes away and you move on to the next layer. And not every healing process is painful, and not every layer will be met with a ‘healing crisis’.
Chronic pain and injury is built over time and creates layers of ‘stuff’ that needs to cleared and moved through. I am not saying it’s easy, because it can be painful. It can make you want to quit the process. It can create anger and frustration.
So what do you do?
Take a step back and take a deep breath. Honor where your body is at in this process and have an honest discussion with your practitioner. Sometime we just need a little time and some compassion before we can move to the next phase of healing.
All the best in your healing journey,
What is Bowen Therapy?
The Bowen Technique is a form of soft tissue manipulation created by Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982) of Geelong, Victoria in Australia. Each treatment consists of sets of soft tissue manipulations on muscle, nerves and tendons, interspersed by short pauses that allow the body to integrate the effects.
Bowen Therapy’s gentle resetting of the physical body encourages the brain to integrate itself according to its own blueprint. As a practitioner we provide an environment in which the body can initiate this healing process. The Bowen Therapy ‘moves’ stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and the proprioceptors, sending off information through the central nervous system to the brain.
The spindle cells and Golgi tendon bodies reset the muscle’s resting tension level. The surrounding fascia becomes more fluid, allowing greater movement of blood and lymph through the tissue enhancing nutrition to, and waste removal from, the site.
With the release of toxins and old patterning, the moves begin to accomplish holistic balance almost immediately. Since Bowen addresses the body as a whole, rather than just the symptoms it embraces the physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each individual that receives Bowen.
Bowen Therapy is a complimentary modality which means that it will enhance and complement, not interfere with other forms of medical intervention and therapeutics.
How does Bowen Therapy work?
There are many trains of thought on how Bowen Therapy works. As mentioned above, Bowen assists in rebalancing the parasympathetic nervous system and works with the muscle tension and lymphatic drainage. Let’s have a look at some other ways to describe how Bowen Therapy works.
Stretch Reflex – Many of the ‘moves’ applied to the body (gentle soft tissue manipulation) are done on the muscle belly or at the origin or insertion of the muscle. This is where receptors are located to communicate to the nervous system what is happening in the muscle (tension, length, stretch). During the move the nervous system is stimulated and encourages change in the pain feedback loop.
Fascia – Fascia is connective tissue found all through the body. It wraps around muscles, connects muscle to bone and skin and runs in many continuous lines throughout the body. Every Bowen ‘move’ essentially affecting not only the muscle but the fascia itself. Fascia is critical in postural alignment and structural integrity. Bowen releases stiff, twisted and contracted fascia to increase mobility and function.
Trigger Points and Acupuncture Meridians – Bowen moves overlap many acupuncture/acupressure meridians and trigger points, bringing about immediate change in acupuncture pulses in response to Bowen moves.
Viscero-somatic Spinal Reflexes – Many of the Bowen moves are done adjacent to the spine over the erector spinae muscles. Because Bowen ‘moves’ directly stimulate the nerves through the skin and muscles there is a reflexive response which affects the internal organs associated with spinal segments.
Joint Proprioception – Bowen moves done around a joint affects the joint capsule, ligaments and tendons which are filled with proprioceptors. Communication with the nervous system through the proprioceptors encourages joint normalization and function.
How many sessions will I need?
It really depends on the individual and what is going for them in particular; however, many conditions are effectively managed within 3-4 sessions. Acute injuries are often dealt with immediately and only need attention to the area injured while chronic injuries and illness can make for a longer treatment plan. A treatment on its own is very relaxing and therefore many people enjoy Bowen as they would getting a regular massage even if they don’t have any particular issue at hand that needs to be dealt with. Please be advised that 3-4 sessions is an average. There are many variables in the healing process which I advise you discuss with your Bowen Therapist. Keep in mind,if you have had chronic untreated back pain for 25 years, it’s safe to say that your healing process may take longer than 4 weeks (Bowen sessions are placed 1 week apart).
I am so happy to announce that I will be joining the Synergy Wellness Team in Victoria! I will be personal training and providing Bowen therapy along with a Groove class. As well, I will be joining Sage and Stone and offering Groove and Zumba classes. What a whirlwind this move has been, but I am so happy to be here. The city is beautiful and the people are amazing.
In the coming months I will be offering Concussion Therapy, Cancer Rehabilitation programs, dance fitness and Yoga/yogatherapy.
I have been absent for the past couple of months as some might have noticed:) I completed my degree in Psychology and decided to move to British Columbia! Victoria to be more precise, and am currently enrolled in the Yogatherapy program at Pacific Rim College. Lots of new programs coming to Rejeneration in the new year! I apologize for not having the website updated but it’s a work in progress and I appreciate your patience.
Please feel free to email me any direct questions or comments that I can then re-post.
Taken directly from their website…
“The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary organization founded in 2003 for health professionals committed to the study and application of complementary therapies and botanicals for cancer patients.”
As a Cancer Exercise Specialist, Complimentary Care Provider and Mobile Cancer Rehabilitation Services Provider, I value the detailed and dedicated work the SIO does to help educate cancer patients worldwide about how they can use complimentary care alongside chemotherapy and other cancer fighting regimes. For 5000 years, natural medicine has worked to prevent illness. Once a serious condition such as cancer is diagnosed, modern and aggressive treatment such as chemotherapy is the only course that has proven results, however, there is still a place for complimentary and natural medicine as a part of the overall treatment for the cancer patient.
Let’s put it into perspective. If something as relatively simple as your oral health can require multidisciplinary care and more than one doctor, why is it difficult to believe that cancer care requires more than one discipline? When faced with an illness such as cancer, and an aggressive treatment course with many ill side effects, such as chemotherapy, your immune system and your psychological well being can benefit from multidisciplinary care.
Worldwide, complimentary care is being used to help treat cancer patients, and with very positive results. Learn more about it by following this link.
Breast cancer survivors who exercise regularly between 5-8 hours per week have a 50% decreased chance of a recurrence of breast cancer. They also comment on the fact that heart attack patients in North America are given exercise regimes to follow as part of their recovery plan, but not cancer patients.
As a Cancer Exercise Specialist, I work hard to change the lack of good information available to Canadian cancer patients and survivors. I aim to bring valid, documented information, research from across the world on how exercise, nutrition and complimentary care are all important parts of not only cancer treatment, but cancer recovery plans as well. It goes without saying that exercise, nutrition and complimentary care are also excellent prevention tools.
Learn more about the promising results of this enormous European study which included over 50,000 breast cancer survivors for over 30 year by following the link below.