Bowen Therapy - My training
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. I have just been made Chair of the Bowen Association UK Committee 2016-17. 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' amongs others (see below). I have Professional Membership with the Hypermobility Syndromes Association (HMSA) and the London & SE Hypermobility Club, (an academic group, led by Professor Rodney Grahame) and Dance UK. I also have a full Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. I am also a member of the Complementary Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
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.
Life Coaching and Consultancy
I now offer 2-hour consultations especially for those with EDS-HT because they need so much more time to share history and often to seek advice (to include a Bowen treatment). A qualified Life Coach, (and also teacher with a BA(Hons) Ed), I am now offering Life Coaching especially tailored for those who have and are living with chronic health complaints - especially those with chronic/persistant pain, EDS-HT and Fibromyalgia.
I am now lecturing in the UK and Internationally on the topics of both Bowen and Hypermobility Syndrome and have given lectures in a range of places including at Trinity Laban, Tring Ballet School, Royal Academy of Dance, the Pilates Foundation and at the Hypermobility Syndromes Association (2012 & 2014) residential weekends.
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).
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! http://www.bowenworks.org/research.html