From around January 2016 I had been wondering what to do when I reached retirement age. I’d been working with computers since 1973, and started considering retirement options. I am a reasonably competent photographer, but I couldn’t see that being something I could do other than as a hobby, besides there are a lot of photographers out there, so competition would be fierce.
As a result of a few injuries my wife and I came across a couple of holistic therapies that helped sort the problems out. I was first introduced to something called Emmett Technique which is an amazingly gentle, safe and simple to apply muscle release therapy. I was impressed, and intrigued as to how doing so little could be so effective.
We were then made aware of the Bowen Technique which can also be described as an amazingly gentle, safe and simple to apply therapy.
After the first Bowen treatment, we both came away with the same thought – how can something so gentle, be so effective. It didn’t seem like the therapist did much at all, and kept leaving the room as well, however it was very effective.
After a number of Bowen treatments we were intrigued enough to both sign up for the first Bowen Therapy class with the College Of Bowen Studies. My goodness, what an eye opener. There is so much more to it than just gentle prodding.
Knowing where to apply the pressure, how to apply the pressure, and what muscles that are affected are all taught, along with descriptions of many previous cases that have been treated by the extremely knowledgeable and experienced teachers. All delivered with passion, humour, and much patience as we all fumbled through the first moves.
After the first course my wife decided it wasn’t for her, as the training would have been too much along with her other commitments. As well as the actual Bowen training there is a requirement to have a qualification in Anatomy and Physiology, and also First Aider training.
On the other hand, I have enjoyed the learning experience very much, despite the intensity of the training, and managed to qualify in June 2017. The other bonus is that the therapy really does help people with all sorts of issues, even straight after the first training course.
In July 2018 I attended my first course, and in October 2018 Module 3, in the Emmett Technique which is a unique form of body therapy, involving the application of light finger pressure at specific points. It is based on the belief that light touch can trigger a relaxation response in the soft tissue, and the therapist may help relieve tensions resulting in feelings of improved comfort within the body.
I am constantly surprised by the positive results that are reported back to me as a result of the treatment received.
I am a full member of the Bowen Therapists Professional Association (BTPA) and also CNHC registered.
If you would like to experience Bowen and/or Emmett for yourself, please get in touch.
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