Crystal Maceira – Master Herbalist

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

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8 Therapies that Help Ease the Burden of Asthma

Managing Asthma Requires a Multifaceted Approach

Crystal Maceira, CBP, LMT, MH
July – August 2023 • Vol 4, No 5

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways. It affects millions of people worldwide, causing difficulty in breathing, coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and other symptoms. While there is no cure for asthma, several therapies can help ease its burden on individuals’ lives. Here are some of them:

  1. Medications – There are various medicines available to manage asthma symptoms, such as bronchodilators, steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, leukotriene modifiers, and combination treatments. These medicines work differently but aim at reducing inflammation, opening up blocked airways, and preventing future attacks.
  2. Inhalers – Inhalers are devices used to deliver medicine directly into the lungs where it is needed most. They come in different types, including metered dose inhalers (MDIs), dry powder inhalers, and nebulizers. MDI inhalers are the most common type used for asthma treatment.
  3. Allergens Avoidance – Some people with asthma may have allergies that trigger their symptoms. To avoid allergy triggers, one should identify what they are allergic to and eliminate or reduce exposure to those substances. This could include dust mites, pollen, pets, mold, and certain foods.
  4. Herbs for Asthma – Several herbal remedies have been found effective in managing asthma symptoms. For example, ginger has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve lung function, while turmeric contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties. Other herbs like licorice root, fenugreek seed, and ashwagandha also show promise in treating asthma. Here at Positive Life Changes, LLC, we have many herbs that have been known to help ease the symptoms of Asthma. I have personally used Asthma Breathe Free Herbal Formula Tincture when I had asthma symptoms from the Covid-19. This effective formula was able to help heal my lungs so I could get back to the activities I love, such as walking. Mention this article for a 20% discount on this or other products available.
  5. Supplements for Asthma – Certain supplements may be helpful in managing asthma symptoms. Vitamin C, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D are among the supplements that have been linked to improved lung function and reduced asthma severity. However, consult your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.
  6. Lifestyle Changes to Manage Asthma Symptoms – Making lifestyle changes can also help ease the burden of asthma. Exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, quit smoking, avoid triggers if possible, get enough sleep, and follow your doctor’s advice on medication use. Additionally, practicing relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can worsen asthma symptoms.
  7. Bowenwork is another option to relieve the symptoms of breathing difficulties. It takes the body out of “fight or flight” into the “rest and digest” to give the body the tools it needs to heal. I also teach a 4-hour Introduction to Bowenwork class. This class can teach moves that can help a person recover from an asthma attack. (See additional information below.)
  8. Coping with an Asthma Attack – An asthma attack occurs when symptoms become more severe and require immediate medical attention. During an attack, use your quick-relief medication, sit upright, take slow deep breaths, and stay calm. If symptoms persist, even after using quick-relief medication, seek emergency care.

In conclusion, managing asthma requires a multifaceted approach involving medications, inhalers, allergen avoidance, herbs, supplements, lifestyle changes, and coping strategies. By following these therapies, individuals can lead fulfilling lives despite having asthma. Call or email us at Positive Life Changes, LLC for a consultation of what thera-pies will help you ease the burden of asthma.

— Breath Well! Crystal


Bowenwork is a gentle, effective, noninvasive touch therapy that stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself. It is safe and appropriate for all. Bowenwork can be done through clothing. In our four-hour, introductory class, offered regularly, you will learn to apply key elements of Bowenwork to different parts of the body to:

  • Ease breathing difficulties
  • Relieve muscle tension, joint pain or stiffness
  • Ease heartburn, acid reflux and other gastrointestinal complaints
  • Relieve neck, back and knee pain
  • Address injuries

Bowenwork is safe and appropriate for all—from infants to the elderly and from elite athletes to people wit