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What does Bowen Therapy do?
Bowen brings about profound and often remarkable results by penetrating to a deep cellular level, incorporating your body’s unique ability to heal itself. Working on your fascia (which is a connective tissue throughout the body); it releases any restrictions, enabling freer movement, improving flexibility and posture.
Bowen moves ‘educate’ the body’s muscles, tendons and ligaments and helps them return to a balanced, preferred position, improving your functionality. Bowen Therapy may very well be one of the single most important complementary therapies to facilitate healing of the whole body.
How Bowen Therapy works
Bowen is a non-manipulative, non-invasive holistic treatment and soft tissue remedial therapy. The work consists of a series of rolling movements or moves over muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves using a varying touch, retrieving cellular memory of your body’s preferred balanced way of being. By combining moves, both in placement and in sequence, we address your body as a whole, or target a specific problem.
Bowen moves stimulate proprioceptors and lead to corrections in muscles, tendons, nerves and posture. It helps restore your parasympathetic nervous system which creates homeostasis at the cellular level, improving circulation and lymphatic drainage, reducing inflammation and aids in the assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins. It reduces stress reactions and improves recovery responses.
The Benefits gained from receiving Bowen Therapy
The principal benefit of Bowen Therapy is the often rapid and long term or permanent remission from pain, reduced stress, greater mobility and improved physical and emotional quality and enjoyment of life. Additional benefits can include increased energy, improvement in your immune system, re-balancing of your body, improved circulation, lymphatic drainage and detoxification. Further and important benefits of Bowen Therapy are that it has few contraindications and continues to 'work' on your body for up to 5 days following treatment. It is very gentle, relaxing and non-invasive involving no manipulation, and is therefore ideal for everyone from newborns right through to the aged, at any level of fragility. You no longer have to restrict yourself to live/work within your pain limitations.
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How do we determine what is needed?
Visually we check stance and posture of your whole body, as this is an accurate method of defining your muscle restrictions – as changes often show up in the way you sit, stand and walk. It can sometimes demonstrate that an underlying problem can be some distance from the presenting complaint – ‘referred’ pain. We may carry out ‘range of movement’ assessments, to determine what and where limitations are experienced. This tells us which of your muscles are affected.
We ask YOU what your immediate problem areas are, about your discomfort levels, how and when they occur, sleeping patterns, etc. What may have happened to cause your current discomfort? This can highlight important information about which muscles, tendons, ligaments are involved. What other treatments you may have tried and what benefits you may have gained? Also, we gather details from your health history, dietary intake, etc. This tells us about your lifestyle choices and helps us to determine treatment specific to your needs. Our questions are simple and easy to answer, plus we listen to what you have to say.
Can I claim on my health fund?
Can I go back to work/gym afterwards?
How many treatments will I need?
I have inflammation, can you still treat me?
A big resounding YES! Bowen Therapy often helps reduce inflammation and if injured, the quicker you receive Bowen Therapy, the better. It enables the body to return to its ‘normal balanced and preferred position’ quicker and better than if the injury is left to ‘settle down’. Settling down, often involves the body learning to hold itself in a restricted manner which seems to cause less discomfort. However, this more often than not creates long term issues of incorrect posture, i.e. holding one shoulder higher than the other
I've had this a long time, can you help?
Do I need to stop my medications?
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Initial consultation for Bowen:
Allow 1 hour. Your case history is taken, followed by assessments relevant to your issue. A treatment takes around 30-45 minutes with the work performed on skin or through light clothing. One treatment often provides immediate relief and sometimes can completely fix the problem. As a minimum it will initiate your body to respond, like a wake-up call, providing improved ease of movement, suppleness and relaxation.
Initial Consult Fee $80
(Note: no additional fee applies for an initial consult)
3-4 treatments at weekly intervals are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief from even long-standing pain, though more are sometimes required. (Further treatments may range from 20 mins to 50 mins). We ask that before your next visit, you consider how you responded to your treatment and any changes you have noticed so you can share that with us at your next appointment. This enables our treatment to stay responsive to your progress.
Consult Fee $80
When your initial concerns are fully addressed, maintenance treatments every 4-6 weeks are extremely beneficial to ensure your body stays balanced and avoids a return of undue tension and posture problems.
Our clinic times are as follows:
2:00 pm until 6:00 pm - being the last appointment
2:00 pm until 6:00 pm - being the last appointment
2:00 pm until 6:00 pm - being the last appointment
Saturdays and morning appointments
By appointment (special only)
Emergency treatment is available most days as required.
PH: 8269 1624 PROSPECT
Note: If you attend with an immediate injury, then specific treatment for your injury will be provided ~ as Bowen is excellent for reduction of inflammation and encourages the body to return to its preferred balanced (pre-injury) state.
Hormonal & Fertility Treatments
Hormonal treatments are indicated if women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (pms), dysmenorrhoea (cramps), menorrhagia (flooding), endometriosis and irregular periods. Men, who have prostate problems that include, frequent urination, abdominal heaviness, residual urine, voiding volume, prostate volume and peak flow. The first signs are night urination and difficult urination.
Bowen treatments play a major role in overcoming many of these symptoms by releasing tension and stimulating specific nerves and organs, balance is created where previously there was imbalance. The therapy is very straightforward, is completely non-invasive and effective. For women, several treatments are recommended that are dictated by their menstrual cycle and usually occur at 14 day intervals, for approximately 3 full cycles. Therefore, often 5-6 treatments will achieve remarkable results. For men, often one or sometimes two treatments will get noticeable results, with a maintenance treatment for prostate health every 2-3 months recommended.
When the menstrual cycle is correctly functioning (and we treat both partners as it is essential to ensure his system is functioning correctly too - healthy eggs and healthy little swimmers! ;) it provides a positive benefit towards better fertility for the couple. In order to treat fertility, a complete program over several months is required, coupled with additional diet mineral therapy and possible naturopathic support.
I've had Bowen Therapy before, mostly for relaxation and general wellbeing. I decided in May 2013 to try Brilliant Living Solutions due to its location. This Bowen treatment seemed to be more beneficial compared to previous treatment.
My partner and I had been trying to start a family and not knowing if this would take a long time Susan suggested that Hormonal Bowen treatment might help (with ovulation, etc,). Within 3 months I was pregnant and my baby is now due anytime soon (in late May)!!
I also discussed my anxiety, sleeping problems and fluid retention with Susan, who explained the benefits of mineral therapy with me that would not only benefit me, but the health of my baby. I decided to give it a go as I’m always striving to eliminate my anxiety.
After taking the minerals for about 3-4 weeks I noticed subtle changes: going straight to sleep; better sleep; feeling good at work; thinking less of work and less of unnecessary things; no stomach cramps from food and a less puffy looking face. My anxiety seems to be a thing of the past.
I continued mineral therapy and specific ‘Pregnancy Bowen’ throughout my pregnancy and felt very fit and healthy with no back pain or swelling and sleeping really well. I did include lots of exercise and drinking plenty of water during this treatment. I would highly recommend Bowen Therapy whilst pregnant.
Neck, Shoulder, Back, Feet - BOWEN
I consulted Susan after my GP suggested I try Bowen. As a result of a fall I experienced pain in my neck, shoulders, back and feet. I also had Plantar Fasciitis with heel and under-foot pain. After receiving a few treatments the pains disappeared and I was able to walk more freely again.
I fully appreciated the gentleness and non-invasive nature of Bowen Therapy.
Back Pain, Spasms, Rib Pain - BOWEN
I have lived with chronic pain for more than 10 years. The pain was worst at night, limiting my ability to sleep. I have tried the medical profession, who investigated for “nasties”, and finding nothing just gave me drugs to help deaden the pain and knock me out. I tried physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture, Pilates, Tai Chi, swimming and gym. Some of these things reduced the problem for a short time, but then it came back. Some helped me cope; but still gradually it was getting worse. I was unable to sleep on my back, or on my left side at all, and could manage half an hour on my right side and a little longer on my stomach. I was getting spasms when I walked, and gradually my function was deteriorating and the future was looking pretty grim.
I hadn't tried Bowen Therapy or Tissue salts. Susan did a thorough assessment and started me on tissue salts. Nothing dramatic, so we decided to try the Bowen as well, as the body was so locked in bad patterns and dysfunctional muscle spasms, that it needed more help to release itself. I had 9 treatments over 5 months. Each session Susan would listen intently and attempt to understand every little ache and pain I described. She would try moves that she thought would help, and if she didn't know she went to no end of trouble to try and find out what might be causing the pain and strategies to work on it. Gradually over the weeks the muscles relaxed and the body began to right itself. Like pealing the layers of an onion, she worked through each issue as it presented and released the muscles and thereby the pain. I was able to sleep on my left side again for the first time in 5 years. I have even managed to sleep for 8 hours in one go, although not consistently. I no longer take the non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or the heavy duty pain medication the Dr had prescribed. My posture has improved and I can walk without spasms. I am not totally pain free, but my quality of life is so much improved I am eternally grateful, as it is only these things that have managed to sustain an improvement for more than a few weeks. PD
Note: The combination of Bowen & Minerals complemented each other superbly as this client was mineral deficient as well as having developed negative muscle 'patterning'. Minerals are subtle in their biochemistry on the body, synergistically supporting the Bowen treatments.
I went to Susan complaining of headaches which I would have for a week during menstruation. My periods would last 7 days, were heavy, offensive and contained clots. I was also diagnosed as anaemic (due to the heavy bleeds). Susan decided to try hormone treatment for me and after three months the amount I was losing was reduced by half, with no clots. The colour had improved, it was no longer offensive and my headaches were reduced and sometimes none at all. When I checked with my doctor I was no longer anaemic (so therefore did not require the recommended hysterectomy). 10 months later my periods remain unchanged and headaches are minimal.
Thank you Susan
General Wellbeing & Oedema
I came to Susan in February 2008. I am in my 70s and have to use a walking frame due to circulation and muscle deterioration problems. At my first visit I was unable to walk very far due to massive fluid retention throughout my body, but especially in my legs and arms. The weight of the fluid made it impossible to raise my arms above shoulder height and it was very difficult to walk. Turning over in bed was also extremely difficult.
After the very first treatment, I was able to raise my arms fully above my head. I was so amazed I burst into tears as I had not been able to do that for many years. It felt so wonderful. I was also able to stand straight and walk more easily.
Later Susan treated me for fluid retention and it wasn’t long before I had to literally purchase new clothes as the old clothes were now so loose they were falling off me. I lost so much ‘weight’ with the fluid, that walking is much easier; turning over in bed is done with virtual ease. Even my doctor was amazed at the changes in me since I’ve been receiving Bowen on a regular basis.
Due to my condition (previous operation damaged lymph nodes) I will always retain fluid, but with the help of Bowen, and thanks to their suggestions for exercise, better diet and added nutritional support, I have my life back on track and see possibilities for continued improvement more than I ever thought possible, before I came to Susan and Steve’s clinic.