Bach Flower remedies: How they can support and enhance Bowen therapy

Bach Flower remedies: How they can support and enhance Bowen therapy

by Jacky Stevens BSc (hons) Cert ECBS MBTPA BFRP

Jacky Stevens

As a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner I see on a daily basis the marvels of using these simple remedies for health, especially when using them alongside Bowen therapy. The impact of our emotions on our general state of health cannot be underestimated and this wonderful healing system based on the essences of natural flowers and trees is a gift to us all that constantly fascinates me.

Dr Edward Bach was a  qualified bacteriologist and pathologist undertaking original research into vaccines and working in private practice in Harley Street. After working on wards receiving soldiers returning injured from France in 1917, he suffered a bout of severe illness himself from which the prognosis was very poor. He became convinced he need to advance his work as far as he could in the time he had left and after his own experience realised he had a sense of purpose about his own life and that he aspired to a more holistic approach to medicine. He took up a post offered to him at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. He adapted the vaccines he had been working on to produce a series of seven homeopathic nosodes. Although this discovery brought him some notoriety in homeopathic circles, he wanted to find remedies that would be purer and less reliant on the products of disease and to this end began collecting plants, particularly flowers. By 1930, he became so enthused by the direction this work was taking him that he gave up his Harley Street practice and was to devote the rest of his life to developing a new system of medicine that he was sure was to be found in nature. Following his own intuition as a natural healer, over many years of trial and error and after much personal suffering and sacrifice, he completed his life’s work in 1934. He passed away at only 50 years old in 1936, leaving a legacy of a simple system of natural medicine now used all over the world.

Dr Bach understood that the true cause of illness and disease in human beings lies in the personality, in the mental and emotional way that we see ourselves and how we interact with the world around us. The Bach Flower Remedies work on an emotional level, helping to balance negative emotions, empowering us to find the inner strength to get through difficult times and to stay positive. In practising the Bach system of healing we don’t label people with an illness; we are not treating any specific disease, we are treating the patient as a whole.

“It is the patient to be treated and not the disease”
Dr Edward Bach

This holistic approach is also true when practicing Bowen therapy, it is not the disease that is as important to the Bowen practitioner, it is the person as a whole. The Bach remedies are similar to Bowen in that they are a way of helping body and mind to heal itself, a way of getting back balance naturally. Bowen therapy with a personal mix of Bach remedy to suit the individual coming for therapy can be a very effective approach as the two healing therapies work very well together.

Rosa canina, Wild Rose.

Rosa canina, Wild Rose. One of the Bach remedies

Dr Bach’s 38 Bach Flower Remedies provide us with a lovely, simple and easy to use set of tools to help with the healing process. A Bach flower registered practitioner can help any individual explore how they are feeling to find a combination of remedies to help the healing process, but Dr Bach designed the system to be simple so that with minimal guidance anybody can learn to use it for themselves.

If you’d like to find out more, just contact Jacky via email, jacky@wellbeans.co.uk, or via her website www.wellbeans.co.uk

 

 

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How Bowen Can Help Different Professions

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It’s very common that a visit to a Bowen therapist is due to a problem caused by work. Whether it’s physical pain from a manual handling role or a mental drain from a high-stress position – Bowen is ready to help relieve ailments caused.

Hairdressers: Many hairdressers are known to suffer with elbow and shoulder pain from trimming hair all day. Not only that but they also are incredibly prone to back pain due to standing on their feet all day. Time to rest those feet and arms and relax with some Bowen.

Teachers: It’s no secret that being a teacher can be one of the most stressful job roles. So if you spend five days a week in the classroom, perhaps it’s time to treat yourself to some stress revealing Bowen. Bowen can even help to aid Repetitive Stress Injury from writing on the whiteboard.

Policemen: Plantar fasciitis is a common affliction for cops on the beat; plantar fasciitis is a disorder resulting in pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. A treatment of Bowen can help the body to recognise the problem and work towards fixing it.

Nurses: Much like policemen, nurses are also prone to developing plantar fasciitis due to running about the wards all day. Our nurses work very hard and rarely get to rest their feet. Treat a nurse you know to some well deserved Bowen therapy today!

Office: It’s easy to disregard office jobs as a source of physical injury however despite being one of the less physical jobs on this list – many office workers rely on Bowen to help aid their discomfort. Slouching over your desk gives you bad posture which in turn can cause back strain and shoulder pain. Staring at a computer screen all day can also cause headaches which could be eased with Bowen.

On the late shift: Though it’s less than ideal, many of us work the late shift – meaning we could be getting home and going to bed at 7am. It can be difficult and frustrating trying  to sleep whilst the rest of the world is just getting started can be very difficult and frustrating. Bowen is renound for being able to help ease symptoms of fatigue and insomnia.

Do any of the job roles above relate to you? Or do any of those struggles sound like ones you may be having? Perhaps it’s time to try Bowen. If you are interested in how Bowen Therapy can help you, visit http://www.bowentherapy.org.uk/ or call 07713 552 858

What Is The Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund?

Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund

The Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund (TBLTF) was formed to support children with disabilities. The TBLTF offers help to children who have received Bowen Therapy treatment and provides gifts of electrical and mechanical equipment to enhance their quality of life.

This charity was set up in 2010 as the UK branch of the original fund based in Geelong, Australia, formed in 2003 by co-trustees Ron Phelan (member of the Bowen Therapists’ Federation of Australia) and Chris Reed (president of the Bowen Association of Australia).

Tom Bowen, the originator of the various forms of Bowen Therapy taught today, found the time he spent helping children with disabilities extremely rewarding and the TBLTF was initiated to continue this important work.

Here are some examples of the help the TBLTF has been able to give:

  • A little boy named Joshua was awarded £900 for an iPad and an iPad holder. This is really helpful for Josh when he sits in his wheelchair. Joshua has Cerebral Palsy and epilepsy and needs 24 hour care 7 days a week. Josh has been receiving Bowen for just over a year, he has grown rapidly and requires increasing amounts of sensory stimulation to calm him if distressed.
  • TBLTF UK made a substantial contribution to Hannah and Sufyaan towards powered wheelchairs. They both have muscular dystrophy (SEPN-1). The need for powered wheelchairs to support their mobility is essential and with the help of sponsorship from various other charities, as well as TBLTF UK, this was made possible.
  • One of the recipients of the awards in 2014 was a little boy called Jayden, who has Hypoxic Brain Injury through near drowning. Jayden has no voluntary movement in his limbs, he can’t speak or reliably swallow and it is not known whether he can hear or see. Jayden attends a school for children with profound learning difficulties where he appears to enjoy going and receives lots of stimulation (light, colour, sound). He also has regular Bowen treatments.

We are looking for support from practitioners, student practitioners and clients – anyone who has benefited from The Bowen Technique. The Trust would appreciate input and support, especially to identify children who would benefit from a gift. We are appealing to anyone independently running a Bowen children’s clinic, all practitioners across the country and their clients. If you would like to be involved with the TBLTF UK or to make a donation, please contact us find the details at our website: www.tbltf.org.uk

Claire Harrison – Chair of TBLTF


To find a Bowen Therapist near you visit www.bowentherapy.org.uk or email ask@bowentherapy.org.uk

Let’s Talk 24:7

Mental health and depression is an ongoing issue within the UK with 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year. Not only are adults being greatly impacted by mental health, but 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5-16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder, with nearly 80,000 children and young people suffering from severe depression.

The Samaritans was founded by a vicar called Chad Varah in London, 1953, to offer support and guidance to those who needed it after originally setting out as a ‘999 for suicidal,’ where he described himself as ‘a man willing to listen, with a base and an emergency telephone.’ stream_img

The initial structure behind Samaritans was that volunteers would sit with their callers while waiting for their appointments, offering the caller someone to talk to. It was then made immediate that the customer opened up to their volunteers knowing that someone was there to listen while offering non judgemental support. With the company growing, the service has now expanded from phone calls to one to one meetings, and has now 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. As the Samaritans go from strength to strength, Chad’s guiding principles of confidential, non-judgemental support is still carried on; paying more attention on the Samaritans awareness day this month (24th July 2016).

‘Sometimes hearing a supportive voice can give you that little bit of strength to keep going.’

Like CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, the Samaritans can also offer great positive emotional support and release. However, in some cases where this doesn’t work, to cope with depression, most sufferers are advised to take antidepressants to stabilise the chemical imbalances in the brain which are causing the symptoms of depression. Yet the original cause of why the chemicals become imbalanced is not known. That’s why we advise to treat your symptoms of depression with an additional therapy such as Bowen Therapy to relieve the deeper stress that has triggered the chemical imbalances.

Bowen Therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free, holistic therapy that consists of a Bowen practitioner making small rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at specific focus points on the body. Bowen Therapy encourages the body to recognise the problem itself, rather than “forcing” it to change.bowen

Most people find that Bowen Therapy is a gentle and relaxing experience. The sessions generally last around 30 – 60 minutes. Only 1 – 3 sessions may be necessary to see and feel a result, however, depending on the severity and extent of a person’s depression can require more. While Bowen does not necessarily fix specific problems it helps the body to reach a more harmonious state.

Bowen Therapy can help you through the tough times and stand there smiling with you at the end of the year.

Bowen Therapy and Samaritans both value similar morals of recognising the problem rather than hiding away from it. Bowen Therapy is incredibly beneficial for emotional relaxation along with anxiety and stress release.

If you or somebody you know suffers with depression and is interested in how Bowen Therapy can help you, please visit http://www.bowentherapy.org.uk to find a Bowen therapist near you or email ask@bowentherapy.org.uk

Also check out http://www.samaritans.org for their service and how they can help you. #Samaritans