Bowen Therapy for Babies and Children

Children respond really well to Bowen therapy.  It is a gentle, non-invasive, calming and effective technique suitable for most health problems.

BIRTH
Bowen Therapy helps the little ones adjust to “life on the outside” and recover from the trauma of birth. It is not uncommon for babies to have digestive and/or respiratory problems arising from strain and pressure on the neck, jaw, spine and pelvis experienced during the birth process. Bowen therapy helps the baby’s body to realign and repair itself so the body can function optimally, free from pain and discomfort.  I have used Bowen Therapy effectively for babies suffering from digestive and sleep disturbances – often just a couple of  treatments is enough to clear the problem.

STRESS and CHILDREN
Bowen therapy can really help children adapt and adjust to external pressures such as dealing with new and unfamiliar situations – birth of a new sibling, starting at childcare or school, death of a pet, family break up, moving house…

The body’s natural stress response shuts down the digestive system so that most of the body’s energy and resources are geared to the fight or flight mechanisms.  Therefore, if a baby/infant is experiencing more stress than it can handle it may have difficulty digesting food with symptoms of discomfort, constipation or diarrhea, and often difficulty sleeping. Bowen therapy works wonderfully well for babies and infants suffering from these conditions by calming their nervous system and helping the child to accept and adapt to the new circumstances.

Bowen therapy sessions

Sessions include consultation and bowen treatment.

  • Babies and infants – sessions are usually 30 minutes
  • Children 5- 12 years – sessions are around 30-45 minutes

If a series of treatments are indicated, these will be weekly.

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Bacteria are smart

Bacteria have a reliable networking system of communication – even across species.  They are able to learn from the experience of their network which is one of the reasons they are able to mount resistance to antibiotics. It only takes a few to survive the antibiotic and the next generation of bacteria have developed resistant mechanisms.

One of the resistant mechanisms is the effluent pump.  The first generation of Bacteria may be killed by the antibiotic because the bacteria don’t recognise the antibiotic as a toxic threat.  However, future generations have the advantage of hindsight gained from the communication network and so are able to recognise the antibiotics as a toxin and pump them back out of the cell before any damage is done to the bacteria.

Another great reason to work with Herbal medicine for bacterial infections.  Certain herbs have the ability to inhibit the bacteria’s effluent pump – this means the herb can deliver it’s antibacterial constituents inside the bacteria and the bacteria is unable to resist.

Bacteria may be smart – but they are not as smart as Herbs!

 

Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy

What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen for the Knee
Bowen for the Knee

Bowen Therapy is a whole body natural health care system comprising the Bowen Technique, a gentle bodywork technique devised by Tom Bowen in the 1950’s in Australia.  Bowen Therapy is a remarkable complementary health care system used with great success to assist the body to regulate and repair itself.  In 1975 the Victorian Govern­ment set up an inquiry into alternative health care professionals and it was determined that Tom Bowen treated over 13,000 people with nearly 90% success rate.  Bowen Therapy is gaining recognition internationally and is particularly beneficial for the myriad of chronic health conditions suffered by so many people in the 21st Century.

How does it work?

A gentle, dynamic bodywork technique performed on the body in specific locations and sequences depending on the presenting symptoms. Mandatory pauses between “moves” allow the body to integrate the messages from each set of moves.  The most striking feature of the Bowen technique is that it works with the body’s messenger systems to reset, realign, rebalance and repair.  Of particular importance is how it targets the Autonomic Nervous System to bring the 2 branches, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic, into equilibrium.  Consider the high stress lifestyle most of us experience which tends to cause the Sympathetic Nervous System to be stuck in the on position and the Parasympathetic is being overridden or ignored.  Tension, inflammation, sleep disturbance and anxiety are the most common consequence of this imbalance in the Autonomic Nervous System.  Bowen Therapy assists the body to calm the Sympathetic Nervous System and activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System so that genuine relaxation is obtained, energy begins to flow without impedance and the body can begin to repair itself.  Bowen Therapy can accelerate healing after acute injury and is increasingly being used by athletes to treat injuries and also to maintain optimum physical fitness and health.

 

Bowen Therapy – more than Bodywork technique

Bowen Therapy works on the whole body, it is capable of treating any condition including digestive problems, sleep disorders, respiratory illness, chronic fatigue, headaches… When used in conjunction with other therapies that address nutritional imbalances and poor lifestyle habits, the body is greatly assisted to repair and restore itself to optimum health and wellbeing.

Bowen for the Ankle
Bowen for the Ankle

Reduce stress with Bach Flowers

Bach Flowers
Bach Flowers

Bach Flowers are gentle, they have no known side-effects, and they can be taken along with conventional medicine without fear of complicated drug interactions.

The real beauty of Bach Flowers is that they were intended to be available to everyone as a healing tool. You get the opportunity to take charge of your own health and well-being by choosing the Bach Flowers that feel right for you. All it takes is honesty and careful reflection on what type of person you are, and how you are feeling at this point in time.

ACTUAL CASES

Below are a few of my clients’ cases to show how effective Bach Flowers can be to reduce stress:

  • Grandmother, aged 55, whose main complaint was being terrified of flying. She had to go overseas on a long trip with her husband. I gave her a bottle of Bach Flowers that contained Mimulus, Aspen and Rock Rose. RESULT: she was able to make the return trip without any panic attacks.
  • Female, aged 33, given to blushing and this was causing her stress in her job in a front office. I gave her a bottle of Bach Flowers containing Mimulus and , after the second bottle, she reported that the blushing no longer occurred! She was thrilled.
  • Female, aged 32, awoke daily feeling tired from the prospect of life’s daily chores. She was able to get up and complete the chores, but only with the most reluctant of moods and very low energy. I gave her a bottle of Bach Flowers containing Hornbeam and her energy lifted and she was able to get up each day feeling lighter in spirits, and better able to cope.
  • Male, aged 40, reported that he often descended into a dark depressive state. He said his mind was restless with thoughts ceaselessly flowing about. He was also feeling quite angry. I gave him a mixture of Holly, White Chestnut and Mustard. He reported that his mood had lifted, and half-way through the second bottle, he said he felt so much better that he “felt I did not need it anymore”
  • Female, aged 35, had a known fear of walking through any group of people. She would cross the street to avoid a queue at the bustop. I gave her a bottle containing Mimulus, and after 2 bottles, she was able to walk straight through without any hesitation. She said she also felt more at ease walking into a cafe by herself, which she previously could not do!

A brief description of each Bach Flower is on this page.
When you are ready to make your selection and purchase, pop into my shop

Benefit of Probiotics

Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics are essential for creating a healthy functioning digestive AND immune system.  The human gut is an ecosystem with trillions of bacteria performing beneficial functions such as:

  • cleaning and maintaining the digestive tract;
  • breakdown foods and assisting with assimilation of nutrients;
  • manufacture of B vitamins;
  • fighting disease causing pathogenic bacteria; and
  • dynamic interaction with both the innate and the adaptive immune system.  It has been found that when one or more steps in this communication fail,  inflammatory or auto-immune diseases may occur. (1)

For a healthy immune system your body must have adequate balanced population of the beneficial bacteria.

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM is OUT OF BALANCE?

Common signs of imbalance are

  • Allergies
  • Fatigue;
  • Poor concentration;
  • Constipation;
  • Acid Reflux;
  • Painful Joints;
  • Bad Breath;
  • Frequent Colds and Flu that linger for weeks;
  • Candida overgrowth;
  • Acne;
  • Eczema; and
  • Menstrual symptoms

WHAT CAUSES THE IMBALANCE?

Generally the beneficial bacteria are killed by Antibiotics, Steroids, Fluoride and Chlorine (present in our tap water), Caffeine (present in tea and coffee), Carbonated drinks (drinks that are carbonated by adding gas), radiation, stress, preservatives and pesticides.  Most of us have been subjected to most of these substances at some time, often on an ongoing basis, so it stands to reason that the majority of people have digestive systems that are in need of some repair.

A poor diet causes harmful microbes to flourish – leading to a range of unpleasant and debilitating symptoms such as digestive pain, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea, headaches.  A healthy diet that is tailored to meet the needs of the individual is the basis of good health.  Probiotics can help re-establish the microbiome in the gut – but of course, healthy diet is essential to maintain the right environment in the gut for beneficial microbes to prosper.

MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF PROBIOTICS

I just read about the findings published in Nov2106 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine by researchers McKean J, Naug H, Nikbakht E, Amiet B, and Colson N.J. from The School of Medical Science, Griffith University, Gold Coast and The Menzies Health Institute , Gold Coast.(2)

These researchers  analysed seven randomised, placebo-controlled studies which investigated pre-clinical psychological symptoms of depression, anxiety, and perceived stress in healthy volunteers pre- and post-supplementation with a probiotic. The  results “show that probiotic consumption may have a positive effect on psychological symptoms of depression.”

So, not only do probiotics help to normalise the environment of the digestive system for digestive purposes, probiotics also have the potential to alleviate symptoms of stress and mood disorders.

HOW TO INTRODUCE BENEFICIAL BACTERIA SAFELY

There are a large number of probiotic powders and capsules in the market these days.  It can be tricky to work out which one is best for you.  There have been a number of research projects and studies in recent years attempting to ascertain which bacteria are best for which health problems.  It is also important to know that some beneficial organisms may actually exacerbate your health problem so a consultation with your qualified natural health practitioner will guide you to make the choice that is best for you.

Taking probiotics is only going to be beneficial in the long term if the health of the gut is being maintained with nutritious balanced food choices and regular (daily) waste removal via the bowels.

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