Bowen Therapy – A personal account.
In February 2018, I fell heavily onto my right shoulder, breaking my upper humerus in two places and stretching the shoulder joint somewhat, but not dislocating it. The NHS and Physiotherapist did their bits well and speedily and I was warned about the length of time recovery would take. It was also suggested, in view of my age, that movement would not be as good as it was before. I thought I could handle it.
For the first six weeks I followed advice except that the analgesia I was advised to take did little to alleviate my pain and had unwanted side effects, so apart from the occasional panadol, I didn’t use them. When my sling came off, things got worse. Every movement of my right arm was painful and sleep was constantly disturbed. My spirits sank and I fell into a dark place for a while, feeling as though I’d never be right again. It was at this point I sought help. My instinct led me to be kind to my broken bit and try to help my body – not be angry with it.
This is when I found and contacted Natalie Lang. I wasn’t sure that the Bowen therapy would be suitable in my situation but Natalie thought it may help.
The first session was a turning point for me – the treatment was tailored to my condition and did not cause me pain. The most important outcomes for me on that occasion was the confidence and calm that came to me. I felt I was on the path to recovery and that healing was possible. Subsequent sessions were adapted to my changing condition and each one left me feeling different and a step further on. I learned to listen to my body more and to work with it, with kindness.
From my first visit, I learned to exercise my body gently and regularly. Gradually my range of movement increased and the pain diminished. Sleep returned quickly and was a boon. I’m learning still. My body is somewhat tense and awkward and I hope to continue learning how to look after it better. It’s never too late, I am 70 years old and very thankful I found such a wise therapist.
13th September 2018
PS My pain is gone and full movement is 98% restored.
“For sometime I have suffered from leg pains due to degenerative changes on my L4/5 discs which are impinging on my nerve roots. Not only could I not get into bed because of the pain, I had to sleep on the sofa for 6wks. I was also unable to get in and out of the bath properly and was seriously considering having the bath taken out. I was also on painkillers 3 times a day plus 1 tablet at night to relax me in order to get a good nights sleep. Thanks to the work of Natalie and the Bowen Technique, I am now able to sleep in my bed once more, get in and out of the bath, and pain killers are now a thing of the past.” Angela
‘BOWEN IS WONDERFUL! I STARTED MY TREATMENT IN AUGUST 2016. I FOUND IT THE MOST GENTLE AND EFFECTIVE FORM OF TREATMENT I HAVE EVER UNDERTAKEN FOR MY BACK/NECK HORSE RIDING INJURY AND MORE RECENTLY DAMAGED KNEE. AND THAT IN THIS SHORT SPACE OF 3 MONTHS, THE ABOVE ARE SO MUCH STRONGER AND IMPROVED. BUT SO TOO IS MY POSTURE, MY DIET. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY MY CONFIDENCE IN MYSELF AND MY BODY. & POSITIVITY OF MY LIFE IN GENERAL.
I CAN THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE . TRY IT – YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!’ Carol
I fractured my femur in 2014 requiring screws to repair it . The screws had to be removed as they were hindering the knee movement . I thought this would cure the problem but it just created a new set of movement issues. I had Bowen therapy previously for shoulder injury and that worked so I thought it might work again .
I went to see Natalie and discovered I had many posture irregularities which was probably due to limping for 2 years. Over the past few months the sessions have corrected most of these issues and I’m delighted to report that I no longer limp or have a painful, unpredictable knee.
I would encourage anyone who wants to live in a comfortable body to give Bowen therapy a try .
Thank you so very much Natalie .
“Natalie has helped me to really listen to my body. For too long I had pushed and pushed at the pain, believing that to go through it would force my body to do what I wanted it to. By learning to listen, relax respond to the pain signals, I have been able to find a peace of mind and a more relaxed state of being which is allowing my body to recover and adjust.” Daniel
“I am a lorry driver and have been a long term Spinal Stenosis sufferer in constant pain, having to rely on Pain Management and Spinal Epidurals. In the past year these have not been very successful resulting in 2 hospital admissions as my back was in spasm. In the mornings my body was stuck in the position I had slept in and unable to move, in great pain I would eventually get out of bed sometimes taking up to an hour. I would then have to take my pain killers Diazipam,Tramodol and Diclofenic to get through the day although still in constant pain. In July 2017 I had my last epidural which offered no relief. My consultant suggested I give Bowen Therapy a try, something I hadn’t heard of. I looked it up and contacted Natalie who assessed me and confirmed I was broken, but was certain she could help me. By the forth Bowen session I was pain free, and by my 8th appointment (which includes the assessment) I was able to stop taking my medication. I am now medication free and can get out of bed in the mornings with ease. This has only been possible thanks to Natalie’s knowledge and ability in the Bowen Technique and her support throughout. I will continue to see Natalie on a regular basis in order to stay pain free.”
Once again I cannot thank Natalie enough.