As a National Board Certificed practitioner, I aim to assist a client in bringing balance to one's mind, body and spirit. As part of one's wellness team, our goal together is to bring an awareness of areas of tension by using breath and mindfulness in a session. Always remembering to honor where we are in our life with understanding and compassion.
The benefits of massage are numerous and here at Branches of Wellness we strive to find them with you. Massage is beneficial to your Integumentary, Endocrine, Muscular, Urinary, Respiratory, Lymphatic, Cardiovascular, Digestive and Nervous Systems. Massage can relieve muscle spasms, reduce anxiety and decrease stress, improve circulation and bring nutrients and oxygen to muscle cells and so much more.
The benefits of Bowenwork are also numerous. This type of work is very different than traditional Massage.The Bowen Technique is a gentle form of holistic therapy. Bowen moves are conducted in a very precise series and location. The moves are performed across muscle fibers and much of Bowenwork happens at fascial level (Wilks, 2004; Wilks, 2007). Fascia is a form of connective tissue that looks like strands of cling film that you might see on a piece of meat. Fascia is found throughout the body and can end up being stuck together or twisted in response to injury or bodily trauma (Wilks, 2007). The Bowen moves address this tissue and therefore it can affect and address postural changes and generate an integrated healing response. Bowen moves are very gentle and are punctuated with breaks between every 2-4 Bowen moves. The breaks are absolutely crucial to the work. They provide the muscles with a chance to respond to the work, as it takes some time for the muscle stretch receptors to respond. They also allow the body a chance to rest and respond in general to the work. During these minimum of two minute rest periods, the therapist will leave the room so the patient can rest and in order to avoid interrupting the therapeutic healing dialogue. It seems a strange concept at first, but most people get used to it quite quickly and often fall asleep. During a Bowen treatment we want people to relax as much as possible. We spend our days full of interruption and sympathetic nervous system (think fight or flight) hyperarousal. People demand things from us all the time. These sessions give us time to unwind and relax at a deep level.
Research evidence for Bowen is growing. It can often have profound effects and is still in its infancy in both growth and awareness. Most people have heard of Bowen by word of mouth, rather than by an advertisement. Most Bowen Therapists obtain their new patients this way.