Bowen for Four Legged Friends

Bowen isn't just for humans, it is spreading into the equine world as well. And why wouldn't it help the whole body naturally rebalance, repair and heal itself, regardless of whether the body has two or four legs?

As it is with humans, when one area of our fascia (connective tissue) is compromised or injured, it can have lasting effects in an area far from the original injury site. And it can be lethal for horses. So how does a left hind quarters injury get treated by releasing the right shoulder?  Through the study of meridians, we have found that by releasing the bad memory habits of the brain through Bowen, injuries in all areas of the body heal faster. 

By using Bowen on the TMJ of a horse it causes a minute disturbance, or a rebooting of the brain, where adhesions and scar tissue soften and the natural healing process begins. A previously contracted muscle moves, resets while the mind and body figure out together what needs to happen next. Bowen breaks the cycle of protection that is trapped in the brain and nudges it into a healing mode. 'True healing occurs at all levels: physical, chemical and emotional. The pain that an injured horse feels is not just physical; it is also emotional. We know that there is an emotion in every cell of the equine’s body, thanks to neuroscientists Dr. Candace Pert and Dr. Mona Lisa Schultz, whose research has proven how the mind and body are connected.' ( 

The Mind/Body, or rather the Body/Mind connection, is what my work is all about. We are having a Healing Accelerator Workshop on December 3rd, at Cedar Lake Farms in Ontario.  Cheryl Gibson from Equi-Bow Canada is our host and will be demonstrating Bowen on horses! It's exciting! Come check it out! 

Part 3 – My Practice & Bowen Therapy

Explaining Bowen Therapy to patients isn’t always easy. How do you explain the astounding results one can achieve with such a gentle treatment?
Brynn Bicknell has found that a patients receptivity to Bowen changes with age. When she has treated young athletes that range in age from 14-17 years old, she finds that they are more interested in the results than understanding how the therapy works.

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Part 2 – Learning Bowen Therapy

The first thing that Brynn Bicknell noticed about her very first Bowen treatment was that she didn’t realize how much pain and tension she was actually in!

Brynn knew she needed to learn more about Bowen Therapy after seeing some incredible results of the therapy on the players of a Junior B Hockey Team in Victoria, so she sought out treatment from the team’s Bowen Therapist.

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Understanding Pain Requires Understanding the Mind-Body Connection

Consider the experience of pain: researchers cannot link the lesion/trauma to the degree of perceived pain in a reliable way. Though we may be able to understand some of the neuronal modulations and pathways, we can only surmise the degree of sensitivity felt, and there is a big gap when it comes to “lesional proof.”

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Why Listening To Your Body Is The First Step To Healing

Pain to me is when my brain and intuition are not inline. I call my intuition my soul spot, and when I am not listening to it I get anxiety and pain everywhere. When you are not listening to your body, it becomes painful and everything goes wrong. I can’t just use my brain to think, if I did I wouldn't be able to heal. Instead, if I connect my brain to my emotions then everything is in harmony.

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Patients are not a collection of body parts

Assessment is crucial; it determines the Plan. This is the place and time that we evaluate and make sense of the entire symptomatology. My practice has uniquely positioned me to study and extend understanding of the various aspects that come into play in assessing the patient’s symptoms. The tendency to classify and match diseases with “appropriate” drugs is very limited; the patient’s symptomatology may not always fit neatly within existing categories. Real conditions might not be treated at all or only managed by diminishing or inhibiting symptoms.


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Avoiding the Misuses of Objectivity in Healthcare

summarizing how patients deal with their symptomatology, principally their objectives and objections.  Solutions, or “prescriptions,” don’t mean anything without a context; thus it is essential to get to the fundamental objectives a patient has and their general objections and misconceptions regarding their health. Patients with a broader definition of health look for treatment and care reflective of their personal attitude towards health.

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The Subjective in the SOAP: What We Know about Symptoms

In health, the framework is the point of reference, based on conscious and unconscious extrapolations of possible etiologies and presumed outcomes. It is in the subjective experience of disease, and the underlying assumptions, not the objective findings, in which true assessment and prescription are found. Until those presumptions are clearly expressed and acknowledged by both patient and doctor, there is little support for healing.


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Healthcare Has to be Personal to Work

 pre-med training, four-year full time study in naturopathic medicine, and seven years of post-graduate training in homeopathic medicine and Bowen therapy, it turned out that none of these paths – in allopathy, naturopathy, homeopathy, physical therapies, or psychological approaches – offered me a clear solution. No stand-alone therapy was complete without my full presence and engagement with it. I had to overcome all my objections and look at my belief system, investigate the operating presumptions before I could “surrender” into any approach at all.

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My Experience of “Disease” as a Personal Journey

Today, I am at peace with my health. I have “found myself” on this journey. I am free of scoliosis, tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, and cancer, and I am living a life full of happiness and gratitude. I have realized that healing is about living life with consciousness and presence. Since 1992 I’ve helped thousands of patients and trained hundreds of students to achieve optimum health and to engage fully in their lives. In the series of posts to come, I’ll share those insights with you.

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Embrace The New Change In Healthcare

In my book, What Patients Don’t Say, If Doctors Don’t Listen, I discussed how the day-to-day challenges of our practices can wear down the initial inspiration to heal for many healthcare professionals. It doesn’t need to be that way, though. There is a new paradigm, which can make all the difference, if we’re willing to embrace it.

This is a movement of consciousness about the health of the planet, and our individual health. It empowers people to take a more active role in their health, rather than “blindly” following the advice of their doctor or health practitioner. As in parenting, the phrase “because I said so” is falling on deaf ears. For the “old” approach to work, a whole infrastructure is required. There must be dire consequences and disciplinary action for anyone who fails to heed the pronouncements of the authorities. Our world is changing fast.

New research in quantum physics, the development of the field of psychoneuroimmunology, and the Baby Boomers’ grasp on anti-aging are just some of the forces driving the human potential for change to a whole new level.

Evidence of this expanding awareness and interest in the importance of taking a proactive approach to individual health is found in the many integrative medical centers which are becoming the norm in Europe, in pharmaceutical companies’ new emphasis on “natural” products, and in the myriad complementary and alternative treatments that are emerging daily.

I invite all of you to embrace, rather than resist, this change and to play your role within this evolution. In the following series of blog posts I’ll explore precisely how you can do just that: by listening and by being heard.