Bowen therapy’s holistic approach to wellness
Submitted to The Union
The holistic approach to health care considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions in the quest for optimal health and wellness. This approach focuses on fixing the cause of the condition, not just trying to alleviate symptoms.
Holistic health practitioners believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. Any imbalance whether physical, emotional or spiritual can affect health negatively. So the key to health and wellness is gaining the proper balance in our lives.
What exactly is wellness anyway? As defined by the World Health Organization, wellness is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of our choices and making decisions that in turn lead us to living more fulfilling lives. Wellness involves the choices we make and our priorities that determine our lifestyles. It involves being aware of the mind/body connection, and having the ability to express emotions, and to find a balanced pace to live within in such a fast paced world and the ability to establish positive, realistic, hopeful and healthy thought patterns.
Holistic health care is also based on the beliefs that all people have innate healing abilities and that they have more power than they may realize regarding their own health and well-being.
Having choices means that we have a variety of options for which to live by and select those that seem to be in our best interest and wellbeing.
You must ask yourself this most important question: “Does my lifestyle support my healing response?”
If not what is my responsibility in all of this? How can I support my healing response?
You must look at all aspects of your life and environment and begin to focus on them individually. All of these factors are equally important to your physical and emotional wellbeing. Nutrition, activity levels, sleep patterns, environmental factors (negative/positive) and emotional trigger patterns all play important roles in our quest for our bodies to be in a complete state of Homeostasis which refers to any process that living things use to actively maintain fairly stable steady conditions.
Bowen therapy facilitates a whole body process and resets the bodies dysfunctional tension patters and stimulates its innate ability to heal. Bowenwork is a light touch therapy of the muscles, tendons and fascia (connective tissue) that balances tension patterns and utilizes small precise inputs to the fascia, tendons and nerve bundles over very specific points stimulating the body’s own healing abilities.
Bowenwork not only affects the musculoskeletal framework but, also the internal organs, soft tissue and nerves resulting in enhanced function of the entire workings of the body. Improved circulation, lymphatic drainage, increased range of motion from old and new injuries, relief from auto immune conditions are just a few of the benefits noted from Bowen sessions.
Just some of the conditions helped by Bowen Therapy are:
— Back pain and sciatica
— Digestive and bowel problems including IBS
— Earache, ear infections and migraines
— Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
— Knee, ankle and foot problems
— Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
— Neck/shoulder problems including frozen shoulder
— Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
— Respiratory problems and hay fever
— RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
— Sports and accident injuries
— and more
Andi Yablon-Krause is a Certified Bowen Therapist and has a practice in Nevada City along with Katie Carter Wellness and Move! Fitness @133 Argall Wy. inside of The California Organics parking lot.
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