Natural Therapies/Remedies

Reducing Stress & Anxiety Through Bowenwork

A Skilled Practitioner Plays a Critical Role

Crystal Maceira, CBP, LMT, MH
Sept – Oct 2023 • Vol 4, No 6

Bowenwork is a holistic-healing technique that has been used for decades to alleviate pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall well-being. This practice involves a series of gentle movements and manipulations performed on the body’s muscles, tendons, and connective tissue by a trained practitioner. The goal of Bowenwork is to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and restore balance to the nervous system.

In this article, we will explore how Bowenwork can help you reduce stress and anxiety in your daily life. We will also discuss the role of a Bowenwork practitioner in relieving pain, and how to use the Bowenwork technique for maximum effectiveness, and then we’ll share some real-life stories of success with this powerful healing modality.

Bowenwork and Its Benefits
Bowenwork was developed by Australian therapist Tom Bowen in the 1950s. It is based on the principle that the body has an innate ability to heal itself when given the right conditions. During a Bowen session, the practitioner uses subtle moves to communicate with the brain via the nervous system, encouraging it to initiate changes in the body by giving them a minimum of a two-minute wait in between moves. These changes can lead to improved circulation, reduced inflammation, and increased mobility.

One of the primary benefits of Bowenwork is its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. When we experience stress or anxiety, our bodies release hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive issues, and insomnia. Bowenwork helps to relax the muscles and soft tissues in the body, reducing tension and promoting relaxation. This can have a calming effect on the mind, the emotions, and the nervous system, helping to alleviate stress and anxiety.

How Bowenwork Relieves Stress and Anxiety
During a Bowenwork session, the practitioner applies gentle pressure to specific points on the body, using small movements to stimulate the nerves and to encourage the body to reset itself. This process can help to reduce muscle tension, improve blood flow, and increase lymphatic drainage, all of which can contribute to a reduction in stress and anxiety levels.

How a Bowenwork Practitioner Can Relieve Pain
A skilled Bowenwork practitioner plays a critical role in facilitating the body’s natural healing processes. They use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to identify areas of tension and restriction in the body, then apply targeted movements to release these areas and promote relaxation. By working closely with clients, they are able to tailor sessions to meet individual needs and provide support throughout the healing process.

Understanding the Bowenwork Technique for Maximum Effectiveness
To get the most out of Bowenwork, it’s essential to understand the basic principles behind the technique. One key concept is the importance of rest, recovery, and walking between sessions. Because Bowenwork works by triggering the body’s natural healing responses, it’s crucial to allow time for those responses to take effect. Most practitioners recommend waiting at least five days between sessions to avoid overwhelming the body. They also suggest not receiving other forms of bodywork, physical therapy, or chiropractic adjustments, because these may interfere with the ongoing work the Bowenwork is trying to achieve.

Another important aspect of Bowenwork is the role of breathing. During a session, the practitioner may ask you to breathe deeply or pause at the end of a breath. This can help to enhance the effects of the treatment and promote relaxation.

Real Life Stories of Bowenwork Success
Many people have reported significant improvements in their health and well-being after Bowenwork treatments. Here are just a few examples:

A woman who suffered from chronic back pain found relief after just one session. She continued to receive regular treatments and eventually regained full mobility without any discomfort.

A man with severe anxiety noticed a marked improvement in his mood and energy levels after several Bowenwork sessions. He continues to incorporate this work into his self-care routine to manage stress and maintain optimal mental health.

Here is a comment from a client I saw recently: “I am happy, no thrilled, with the treatment! My neck is feeling so much better. I am impressed with how just subtle movements can produce such dramatic affects.”

Action Towards a Happier, Healthier You
If you’re struggling with stress, anxiety, or other physical or emotional challenges, Bowen-work could be the answer you’ve been looking for. By working with a qualified practitioner, you can access the power of your own body’s healing abilities and achieve greater peace, balance, and vitality. Why not act today towards a happier, healthier you?

I have recently become a Bowenwork Instructor and am in the process of teaching the gentle movements of Bowenwork to students all around the western half of Montana. (I’m hoping to reach the eastern half of the state, too, as therapists realize how effective it is and how easy it is on their body!)

Let me know if you’d like to learn this subtle yet effective form of bodywork. No schooling is necessary. American Bowen Academy provides all the necessary requirements to become a practitioner. Call or email me to find out when the next class will be held in Helena. I will come to your area if there are six interested students—even for the introductory class.

— Good Health to You!

Crystal Maceira is a Certified Bowenwork Practitioner, practicing in Helena. She has been a massage therapist for 23+ years. She is also a Master Herbalist and certified IIPA Iridologist. She pre-pares her own single and formula-blend herbal tinctures. Find out more by visiting Call Crystal at 406-616-2599

2023-08-30T11:39:45-06:00Natural Therapies/Remedies|

Ick! Why You Need to Wash Your Fruits and Veggies

Introducing Young Living’s Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak

Maria Low
Sept – Oct 2023 • Vol 4, No 6

I have recently become aware of the latest trend in the treatment of commercial fruits and vegetables. Understanding the constituents of the chemical spray now applied to produce has inspired me to start taking the ritual of cleansing my food much more seriously. You might want to as well!

For example, most people believe that the waxy appearance on cucumbers is a coating of beeswax applied to preserve the fruit. This would keep the cucumber fresh longer and avoid mold. However, there is much more to the story than this.

Apeel Science is a company that makes products to coat fruits and vegetables. They have historically created products to enable produce to “stay at peak freshness for longer.” What exactly is in a formula that extends the shelf life of plants and fruits?

You might have already seen the sticker on your avocados which reads “Apeel.” Stickers will soon appear on asparagus, citrus fruits, strawberries, and more. The label may also appear on organic produce.

Apeel has developed a substance which they either spray or dip on the fruit or vegetables that mimics lipid molecules found naturally. The resulting film produces a chemical barrier. To make a long story short, the overall rate of the chemical reactions happening in the produce slows down. Science calls this amphiphilic liquid. This means that there is a combination of water-loving and fat loving molecules. This type of liquid is often called a surfactant. Surfactants are a main ingredient found in dishwashing soaps, most shampoos, and body soaps. The formulation creates a slippery feel. Some surfactants also have antibacterial properties.

The different components in the formula vary according to the type of fruit or vegetable that is going to be sprayed or dipped. The creators of this coating claim that it keeps your vegetables fresh by supercharging the defense against deterioration that evolution created. However, there may be a cost to this innovation. For me, the process raises the following questions:

  • Does the formulation release toxic gases?
  • Is the formula applied over fruits and vegetables that have already been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides?
  • Does the consumer know how long the produce has been sitting out in the open for purchase?
  • What is happening inside of the product once it has been sealed off with a surfactant?

In the science labs at the Young Living Essential Oil facilities in Utah, they looked at the surfaces of organic and conventional food. They discovered many types of pollutants. In addition to any surfactants that may be used, there is residue on produce from air pollution. There are also multiple kinds of residues from the insects and animals passing through the fields. Food simply must be washed and washed well!

Before Young Living created the Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak, I would add drops of lemon essential oil or the Citrus Fresh blend to water in a large metal bowl and leave produce in the solution for two to five minutes. Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak has added other essential oils to cover a wider spectrum of issues. This product does a far better job than my simple approach. The Thieves Soak safely removes dirt, residue, and other contaminants.

The formulation is organic, plant based, and concentrated. Two teaspoons can be added to a gallon of purified water. Add enough of this solution to a large bowl to cover the produce. Soak lettuce for about two minutes. Denser produce can soak for five minutes or more. Rinse and drain. Meat can also be soaked. This will take longer, at least eight minutes. Fish will take less time. The ultra-concentrated Thieves formula can make up to sixteen gallons of vegetable soak.

Additionally, it’s good to have on hand the Thieves Fruit & Veggie Spray for travel or camping. Remove obvious dirt from the produce. Spray well and let sit for two minutes or more. Then rinse well with drinking water. Do not expose the solution on the veggies to direct sunlight.

I am considering giving the Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak as a gift to friends and family members to introduce them to a higher level of food sanitation. This procedure should not be taken lightly. Once you see the residue at the bottom of the bowl or the color of the water after washing your fruits and vegetables, you will know what I mean. It is best to leave this residue at the bottom of the bowl and not on your dinner plate!

Note well to keep the Thieves Fruit & Veggie Soak and spray away from little children. This product is not approved by the FDA. Suggestions are for Young Living’s pure, organic, essential oils only.

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