I’m a retired professional civil engineer with a B.Sc. (Queens) and M.A.Sc. (Waterloo). For fourteen years I suffered from chronic back pain due to a misaligned pelvis that caused scoliosis. In my teens I fell a lot when downhill skiing, but a slip and fall on ice in my 40s was the last straw. An X-ray identified the problem, but years of conventional treatment could not restore pelvic alignment.
A few months before I retired from the Canadian federal government in 2012, a friend convinced me to try Bowen Therapy. The immediate relief from muscle pain was so impressive that I dropped other therapies and studied to become a Certified Bowenwork Practitioner (CBP) through the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia.
No One Touched My Head – a Case-Series Study
At a conference for the brain-injured, I was deeply affected by attendees who had exhausted all that the medical system could offer. They were living highly medicated lives of quiet desperation and chronic pain. Could Bowen Therapy help them?
In 2016 I recruited six adults with long term post-concussion syndrome to take part in a case-series research study. I discovered that all six had skeletal alignment issues. That is, their spines were rotated in torsion, or they had scoliosis due to a pelvis knocked out of alignment in a fall, and/or they had a functional leg length discrepancy. These issues had not resolved despite extensive bodywork therapies such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage, etc.
Overall, results were impressive. Participant B, at 31, was the youngest. Her pelvic alignment issue resolved with only eight sessions of Bowen Therapy, and she had over a 70 percent reduction in her SCAT3 symptoms. The other participants experienced less but still significant reductions in their post-concussion symptoms, two to four years after their concussions.
Thanks to the study, I realized I needed skills in assessment and other techniques in order to improve therapeutic outcomes for long term skeletal alignment and muscle issues. I proceeded to take advanced training available to Bowen Therapy practitioners, and to learn about treatment for brain injuries. See the list of advanced workshops below.
I learned to assess and align the spine, pelvis, jaw, and sphenoid bone.
I learned about Spinal Concussion Syndrome, wherein severe symptoms attributed to brain injury may actually stem from neck muscle tension and nerve impingement.
I learned to lightly and quickly release hypertonic neck muscles and muscle tension compressing skull bones.
I learned about the effects of scar tissue on functionality and how to release fascia restrictions.
I studied hormone balancing to help with mood and anger issues related to pituitary gland dysfunction, and developed an interest in helping couples conceive (Bowen for Fertility).
Most of all, I learned and continue to learn from clients who allow me to share their healing journey.
Certified Bowenwork Practitioner since 2013
Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia www.bowtech.com
Canadian Bowenwork/Bowtech Group www.cbbg.ca
International Association of Healthcare Practitioners www.iahp.com
Concussion Advisory Group, U of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Brain and Mind Research Institute
Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia Modules 1-12 (SP2)
Postural Assessment – Sean Wolf
Chronic Conditions – Alexia Monroe
Tensegrity Medicine I & II – Northwest School of Structural Therapy www.kellyclancy.com
Art of Bowen – Alastair McLoughlin www.theartofbowen.co.uk
Importance of Symmetry – Graham Pennington www.bowenseminars.com.au
Hormonal Release the Bowen Way – Ron Phelan www.hormonalreleasethebowenway.com
Innovations in Concussion Recovery, Learn it Live webinar (Dec 10, 2017) – Jenna Howe https://www.learnitlive.com/class/11528/Bowen-Therapy-Innovations-in-Concussion-Recovery
COLLEGE OF APPLIED MYOSKELETAL THERAPY (AMT)
Workshops - John Garfield, instructor:
Pelvis & Lumbar Spine
Clinical Assessment/Anatomy of Palpation – Frank DiMaio
The Olab TMD Foundation Course, Modules 1 & 2 – Ron Phelan www.the-olab.com
CranioSacral CS1 – Upledger Institute International www.upledger.com
First Aid/Level C CPR/AED – St. John Ambulance recertification Sept 2018