In 2014 Dena Bowen became a Band One Bowenwork Instructor and is now teaching Bowenwork Modules 1-6, as well as the four hour introductory class “Wellness In Your Hands.” “Teaching is a great way to share what I have learned with my students, and I am enjoying sharing the my knowledge and skill of Bowenwork.
When I learned Bowenwork I realized that I had a valuable skill to immediately help others. It is very fulfilling to be able to help another human being, and I have had the opportunity to do Bowenwork on people in sometimes the strangest places. I have done Bowenwork on air planes, airports. family gatherings, grocery stores, Costco, my mail carrier, plumber, dish washer repair technician & Fed Ex driver etc… Everywhere you look people are just trying to get through their days coping with their pain. I try to tell as many people as possible that relief can be just a touch away, and I do just a few moves to show them the relaxation response that starts to happen immediately.”
Bowenwork is a unique form of bodywork, and the difference between Bowenwork and many other touch modalities is the that Bowenwork is applied with very specific moves on very specific places on the body. Bowenwork is easy on the practitioners hands and is beneficial for the client. It is a win win situation for everyone. Bowenwork Modules 1- 6 is the core training in which you learn many different procedures for many diffrent acute and chronic conditions.
Wellness in Your Hands class is a great opportunity to learn the fundamental basic moves that can provide immediate benefit to anyone. I believe that everyone should have a Bowenwork practioner in the family, or in their community!
How I was introduced to Bowenwork
In July 2007 I was introduced to Bowenwork – an Australian soft tissue manual therapy. When I first heard about Bowenwork I was extremely disinterested in hearing about another healing therapy. After studying and experiencing many alternative healing therapies I kept running into the same problem; the therapies only seemed to take me so far in my recovery and I was always cycling through the same old stuff. It took my girlfriend three times to convince me to try Bowenwork. I finally heard her when she said ” Dena, its your last name! You have to try it!” It was only then that my ears were finally opened and I made an appointment.
Bowenwork is very different than other therapies. You don’t have to get undressed and the touch is so gentle that I had to wonder if it would work on my extremely tight and stressed body. My Bowenwork practitioner applied a protocol of gentle moves and then would leave the room. I wondered how she knew that every place she touched was painful and sore. In just a few minutes I felt my body softening and begin to relax. I could feel movement in my lower body as my body began making adjustments. Suddenly a surge of energy moved up my right leg and into my right hip and up through my lower back. What was interesting about my first experience with Bowenwork is that I now know that Bowenwork released a fascial restriction that was in my sacrum area. I was on a first name basis with this pain, and it would come and go depending on my stress level. I really didn’t think about it much until it would start hurting, and then I would try all my usual treatments- chiropractic care, massage therapy, heat or pain medication. This was something that I thought was just the natural pain of aging, and would be with me for the rest of my life. After my first Bowenwork session this pain never came back!
After I was finished with my first session I got off the table I was surprised at how relaxed I felt and I asked “What did you do to me, how did you do it, and where can I learn it?” I knew at that moment that this soft tissue therapy was very valuable and I was intrigued. . After several sessions I began to notice that Bowenwork not only helped on my physical level, but also on a personal level. As I began to release the pent up stressed that had been locked in my body I felt calmer, happier, and more productive.
Bowen Touch Pain Relief Therapy
In 2008 I received my training and became a Certified Bowenwork Practitioner. I then created a company called Bowen Touch Pain Relief Therapy, and since then have been applying the Bowenwork protocol to newborn infants, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly. My work is exciting and fulfilling, and has taken me down many paths. My excitement comes from knowing that I can really help people recover and reclaim the quality of their lives.
In 2010 I was given an opportunity to create Bowenworks4Kids. This is the opportunity for myself and other Bowenwork Practitioners to give back to the community by giving free sessions to all children newborn to the age of eighteen. After working on many young people I was shocked to find how much stress children experienced in their lives. I also found that children have many hidden injuries that children have that go unnoticed.. Compromised children become compromised adults! The younger people process the Bowenwork very quickly as they are not layered with stress like adults. Recently Jackie Kilburn, an occupational therapist and owner of Jump In Professional Services Sensory Processing and Wellness Center has invited Bowenworks4Kids to her clinic. Bowenworks4Kids will be held on the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. All children of all ages are welcome! Please spread the word!
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