Saturday, July 25, 2015

Musings of a Bowen Practitioner Part 4

So we come to the end of another week, as always filled with rich and fascinating stories. Here are some excerpts.

My migraine lady (from last week), remains 'migraine-free' despite a week of a lot of stresses which in the past would have triggered migraines. Her Pilates teacher had noticed that she has a lot more spinal mobility in exercises such as the 'cat-stretch.' ....

A client for whom I was doing lower-limb work has improved changes to his breathing from the first two Bowen moves technically known as 'stoppers' - (to contain energy, and take the body out of crisis). Perhaps they should be re-named 'starters.'. The same client also said that his throat unblocked.

Another client who has very significant leg-length problems noticed that her legs were stretching and lengthening following pelvic work.

A frozen-shoulder client had an improved range of movement from her first session and was already doing really well.

A client who had hardly managed more than 10 minutes walking was now doing 3km with no problems.

I love my job, and thank Tom Bowen daily for this amazing work.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Clinical Musings Part 3 - Migraines

This was one of the most mind-blowing cases I can recall. A woman who had 3 weeks of persistent headaches and 10 years of migraines on and off. The migraines were also stress related and she had problems with vision as is typical with migraines. She would also get migraines around the time of menstruation.

She had one Bowen session with me where I did mainly Bowen upper back and neck work with the 'head' procedure.

When I saw her today she reported that she, "hadn't had any pressure in her head. She felt that she could see colour and sharpness and that she hadn't been wearing her glasses. She slept like a baby and felt relaxed. She had no migraines all week, no migraine around her period. She said she was thinking much more clearly, and it was the first time in 18 months she had been migraine free!"

Her Pilates teacher had asked for my number.....

I was amazed and thrilled by the profoundness of Bowen work yet again.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Clinical Musings - Part 2

I received an email from a new client, who is a marathon runner. Having mainly having massage as a treatment in the past, I could tell he was most surprised about the effects of Bowen.

"No strong side/negative effects from yesterday's session. On the contrary my neck and upper back feel free of tensions. My movement range seems to be much improved as well. This is leaving a little perplexed as to the mechanism in play. Thank you! "

This then resulted in a bit of a scientific discussion - and where to find out more about Bowen.

What else happened.... potential client with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - Hypermobility-Type (EDS-HT) benefited enormously from one of my special 'double-consultations.' - learned a lot about the condition, and where she now needs to go for further information and diagnosis. She also found Bowen 'relaxing'

Another client (female) has been to a huge range of therapists, seen GPs - but rather typically, no one has looked at her holistically enough to suspect EDS-HT, though she knows she is hypermobile. Hopefully I can direct her for the help she badly needs - meanwhile some Bowen for her neck pain. 

Just another day in clinic....

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Clinical Musings - 1st July 2015

It is a cliche to say that every Bowen clinic is 'wonderful' -because they really are, fascinating, and always such a pleasure to watch the story unfold for each client. I had a particularly busy day on what also happens to be the hottest day of the year so far.

My last client arrived, she is one I known for a long time, and primarily came for Bowen for her back pain. Today, however, my client required pelvic work to help with gait problems and left ankle pain. I knew that doing Bowen pelvic work would be important for this client's back pain (although that was fine today), that doing the knee procedure made sense for a lower-limb problem, and also to do the ankle procedure.

Having done the 'preparatory' but compulsory Bowen work, I performed the pelvic procedure, knee and ankle procedures. I left my client for a good few minutes to consolidate the treatment (usual practice).

When I returned to 'get my client up' she said that on my doing the moves on the back of her knee (lymphatic drainage points, as well as the pelvic procedure), that she felt active sinus drainage, and that her face felt 'light.' She had not reported a sinus problem on arrival.

For me this was another fascinating glimpse into how, just possibly, Bowen might work - the body making the priority, but how every part of the body links inextricably to another.

Later on my client text me to say, "it felt like (you) had massaged the back of my neck right in the base of the skull. And I feel very optimistic. Thank you!"

What a wonderful way to end my day.

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My special treatment interests

Bowen Therapy Treatment -Special Interests
I am interested in treating all clients, but have a particular interest in treating chronic fatigue and chronic pain, back pain, sports injuries, women's health complaints and fibromyalgia. I have a special in working with patients who have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - Hypermobility Type (EDS-HT). I am also very interested in working with dancers, especially classical ballet dancers. I have completed an MSc in Dance Science at Trinity Laban which has enhanced my skill based in working with and treating injured dancers. Completing an MSc has also honed my research and writing skills. I am a Dance UK registered practitioner and a member of the International Association of Dance, Medicine and Science (IADMS).

Books published by Isobel Knight

Bowen Therapy - Writing and Research
I have written a number of articles about the Bowen Technique, and have had several published including one by The British Medical Journal, the Hypermobility Syndromes Association Newsletter and Ehlers-Danlos-UK magazine, 'Fragile Links.' I have also had articles published about me in the Cambridge Explorer Magazine and The Dancing Times. I have co-authored a book called 'Managing challenging and chronic medical conditions using Bowen Technique' with author and Bowen Instructor, John Wilks (2014). Most recently I had an article in the American Journal of Genetics where I write about Bowen Technique and narrative medicine in working with those with EDS-HT (March, 2015). I am planning some qualitative involving Bowen Technique and the treatment of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - Hypermobility Type (EDS-HT), and also work with Carol Clark at the University of Bournemouth looking at health/patient treatment models. I am now beginning to work towards a PhD by works in the public domain (contribution to research and writing on EDS-HT).

Ehlers-Danlos (Type III) Hypermobility Syndrome - Writing
I am internationally published author on Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - Hypermobility-Type. My first book on the topic, 'A Guide to Living with Hypermobility Syndrome, Bending without Breaking' was published in 2011 (Singing Dragon Press). My next book, A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to managing Ehlers-Danlos (Type III) Hypermobility Syndrome - working with the chronic complex patient' was published in March 2013. You can find out more about my other EDS-HT related publications, on (link page). My first book (which is recognised as a 'bestseller' has now been made into a second edition!


Welcome to Bowenworks!

My name is Isobel Knight and I have been a Bowen practitioner for 12 years. In 2003 I founded my practice which I called 'Bowenworks' because I felt, and still do, that so many people may benefit from this profound work.

I became interested in Bowen when most other physical therapies had failed to help my chronic back pain. Bowen gave me significant relief and I was impressed by the subtleties of the approach.

I studied for my Diploma under the Bowen Academy of Australia (Bowtech) and I also have the ITEC Anatomy and Physiology Diploma, qualifying in 2003. I have completed my advanced Bowen modules, and have started my Bowen Masters-level work. I have had the privilege of being taught by Oswald and Elaine Rentsch who learned from Tom Bowen himself. I regularly attend CPD courses to ensure that the standard of my Bowen work remains as high as possible and sometimes assist Bowen Instructors teaching student classes.

I am a full member of the Bowen Practitioners associated with the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia and the UK Association, and I am a member of the Bowen Association UK Committee 2015-16. I am also a member of the Bowen Therapy Professional Association. I have contributed to articles in the Bowen UK Newsletter and International Journal, 'Bowen Hands' amongst others.