Has anyone heard of this?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by SharonR, Oct 26, 2002.

  1. SharonR

    SharonR New Member

    Effective Sleep


    Gentle Hands Can Restore Your Health

    Wouldn't you like to have your muscle aches and pain melt away with a soft touch that uses no thrusting type actions?

    NST is so soft and gentle that most people are skeptical that a touch that light can actually do anything.

    Well 1-2 later they realize how mistaken they were as their body starts to undergo dramatic shifts.

    NST is an amazing innovative technique developed in Australia. In November 2000 I was able to bring the first course to the Midwest. Four of the therapists in our office and myself use this technique to provide consistent and effective help to many of our patient's pain problems.



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    I can provide my quick summary right here:

    *NST uses a series of gentle moves on specific muscles or at precise points on the body to create an energy flow and vibrations between these points. This allows your body to communicate better with itself and balance the other tissues, muscles and organs.

    *The method of action is likely through the autonomic nervous system, allowing the body to better carry out its many functions the way it was designed to.

    *NST is done with a light touch and can be done through clothing. There are pauses between sets of moves to allow your body to assimilate the energy and vibrations.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    But it is better if the developer of NST explains it in his own words:

    Neurostructural Integration Technique

    by Micheal Nixon Levy (Developer of NST)

    Click Here if you are interested in attending an NST seminar.

    NST is an extremely powerful multidimensional technique, which has been specifically developed for the ongoing dynamic integration of the structure and viscera via stimulation of the central, peripheral autonomic nervous systems.

    The main objective is to remove pain and dysfunctional physiological conditions by restoring the structural integrity of the body.


    In essence NST provides the body with an opportunity to reintegrate on many levels, and thus return to and maintain normal homeostatic limits on a daily basis.

    History and Development

    In the late 1950s an Australian osteopath Tom Bowen, discovered unusual relationships existed between certain health complaints and particular patterns of muscular dysfunction his patients presented with.


    This observation led to many years of intense clinical research, which ultimately resulted in the development of a unique system of myofascial stimulation, which brought about long term corrections to the unusual patterns of muscular dysfunction and the corresponding health complaints in his patients as well.


    Tom Bowen referred to his work simply as soft tissue therapy. He continued to develop and refine this work right up until his death in 1982.


    He started his career by working with junior football clubs in Victoria, Australia, as a masseur and treated the general public at home after hours. Bowen quickly discovered that he had what can only be described as an extreme hypersensitivity of the fingers and hands, which apparently enabled him to feel nerve transmission and consequently find blockages in the nervous and muscular systems.

    In fact often times during experiments when working on somebody, if he performed a move, as he called them, which was wrong, then he would receive a burning sensation in the fingers so hot that it would necessitate him quickly leaving the room to cool his fingers under cold running water.

    Add to this unique ability of touch, a discerning eye for variation in surface tension on his client’s body, you have a man with a rare and powerful experimental methodology for probing the body. It is indeed fortunate that these unique abilities were further enhanced by Bowen’s genuine compassion and love for his fellow man and a strong drive to help whoever he could and whenever he could, as this enabled him to create a system which is now usable by many others.


    Bowen became famous throughout his career for being able to cure the incurable, and find solutions when none seemed possible. He treated everybody the same, from street drunkards to the well known and powerful. When investigated in 1975 by the Australian Government for potentially practising osteopathy without a licence it was revealed that he was treating approximately some 13,000 people per year, with amazing success.

    Rather than closing his business down, the investigation only served to make him and his methods more well known and famous, a mantle ironically he tried to avoid.


    His work did not just stop with humans however, as he also achieved great notoriety for his wonderful success with animals. In particular he was well known around the Melbourne racehorse industry as his work so often helped a racehorse to victory.


    Throughout his career there were only five people with whom he spent significant amounts of time at his clinic, to show them his technique and the secrets behind using it.


    Interestingly the five individuals were shown the technique as it existed at various times throughout his highly developmental style career.

    Consequently after his death different interpretations of his work have sprung up from these students, representing one phase or another in his career.


    I personally worked with various people to develop the Neurostructural Integration Technique. The advantage of NST is that it is quicker and smoother in its application than the earlier forms and also consistently achieves excellent results in more difficult cases. It is now practised in many countries around the world including

    • Britain • Italy
    • Germany • Spain
    • Switzerland • USA
    • France • Australia
    • Belgium

    Like so many artists and geniuses whose work continues to grow and prosper well after their death, Bowen’s work in all its forms is becoming generally known around the world as Bowen Therapy and continues to grow in popularity amongst a wide variety of therapist groups.

    The most popular groups include:

    • massage therapists • chiropractors
    • sports medicine therapists • dentists
    • physiotherapists • hypnotherapists
    • acupuncturists • kinesiologists
    • osteopaths • naturopaths
    • doctors • psychologists

    Philosophy and Application


    The real secret to why NST works is because of its underpinning philosophy. It was this which enabled Bowen to devise a system to suit the philosophy and hence for the philosophy to consistently work through the system.


    Put simply, the philosophy is that the body is a self regulating bioenergetic and biomechanical phenomena which will continue to regulate itself for as long as it has the reserve energy necessary to sustain life, by the ongoing process of biological adaptation.

    Bowen realised that the body would regulate itself and return to balance if the appropriate neurological and neuromuscular context was created so that it could. There was never the question of if it could, this was implicit – the fact that the person had life was evidence enough that it could!


    He discovered that there is a particular cycle in the body which must be free to operate unimpeded, if the individual is to enjoy good health and balance. Whilst he perceived that this cycle was perceptible at an energetic level, he was equally aware of its physical components namely the sacrum, coccyx, cranium and Temporomandibular Joint complex and the dural membrane, which connects them to make them a functional unit.

    Over and above the importance of recognising the need for this system to remain unimpeded, was his emphasis and insistence on releasing the neuromuscular imbalances throughout the body, which have such a direct impact on the proper functioning of the cycle and consequently the health of the whole body.


    He postulated that if all muscular imbalances could be released that the body would regulate itself, and in this process pain and symptoms would vanish and energy levels would increase.


    His real brilliance however lies in the actual system he devised to enable this automatic systematic reintegration to take place.


    Bowen recognised that when the body was stimulated in a very particular fashion that the intelligence of the body would be alerted (as he put it) and the process of unravelling neuromuscular compensations would begin.

    Depending on the extent of compensation in the body, this unravelling process could take anywhere from 5 minutes to 7 days at which time the body would go into a holding pattern. A reassessment would be required to evaluate the client again, then another session carried out to restart the unravelling process once again if necessary.


    In clinical practice on average it is common to receive reports from clients that they can feel the body going through the unravelling process for approximately 2 – 4 days. There is often a very similar pattern experienced with body aches which move from one location to another (e.g. shoulder to knee), some sweating, emotional releases with some clients, but above all a very deep sense of relaxation and change taking place. In addition many clients report noticing their symptoms leaving their bodies in the reverse order to which they arrived.


    The actual application of the technique is interesting in itself, as it is distinctly different from any other technique attempting to achieve the same goal.


    In the first instance, a three part integrated body balance is applied which is partly performed with the client in a prone position and then finished with the client in the supine position.

    The work generally commences in a prone position, around the lumbar area and then quickly moves to the thoracic area before returning to the legs and sacrum. There are a few resting periods between the various sequences of ‘moves’, which are carried out before moving the client into a supine position.


    The prone work, including resting periods, usually takes about 15 minutes to perform. Once the client is in the supine position, additional releases are applied to the diaphragm, neck and knees – this also takes another 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

    Other optional procedures may be blended into this integrated body balance to add specificity or release when necessary. There are optional procedures for the shoulders, elbows and wrists, pelvis, ankles, coccyx and TMJ complex.


    The integrated balance which is applied to the body via the specialised moves, is directed to areas where proprioreceptors (spindle cells and Golgi tendon organs) abound. However, it is not just single stimulation of these points which elicits such a comprehensive and powerful response in each individual – rather it is the configuration in which the moves are carried out.


    Consequently the integrated balance once applied synthesises an orchestrated response involving alpha and gamma motor neurones, various spinal reflex arcs, the motor cortex of the cerebrum, the basal ganglia and the cerebellum.


    It is reasonable to state that the Neurostructural Integration Technique® once applied creates a powerful context for change to take place in the musculoskeletal and visceral systems via what can only be described as a specific decoding of the nervous system and a comprehensive resetting of the body.


    Once the session is over the client is given aftercare recommendations which basically reminds them that their body will go through a process of re-organisation for a few days and to take it easy during this time by doing nothing too physically strenuous. The client is also advised to keep up daily walking and sufficient intake of water to help flush the lymphatic system and assist the musculature to return quickly to stable balance.


    Although to the client the session seems simple, noninvasive and gentle, the results are nevertheless very surprising and often miraculous. While this is the case for the client, the practitioner comes to expect these wonderful results, as dependability is one of the key characteristics of the NST technique.


    Typically clients will require only 2 – 3 sessions for their health problems to be resolved. Additional sessions may be required for those with chronic health problems or who require ongoing psychological and/or nutritional support


    I am often asked “will NST cure this condition or that condition”?

    My response is always the same – NST will cure nothing!

    It is simply a process that enables the body to regulate itself, and throughout this process many symptoms will disappear. That is to say that the symptoms in the first place were simply a product of the complex blockage existing in the body. While this may appear to be just semantics I stress that the distinction is very important to keep in mind.

    NST is synonymous with contextual healing – a lost art which is now having a resurgence and gaining both popularity with practitioners and clients alike. Another well-known example of a contextual healing approach is homoeopathy. Interestingly many individuals have dubbed NST as tactile homeopathy!


    The following list of symptoms frequently disappear in response to an NST session;

    acute and chronic pain headaches menstrual problems
    back pain migraines prostate problems
    neck pain sinusitis visual problems
    shoulder pain colitis learning disorders
    leg pain constipation emotional depression
    facial pain urinary disorders digestive problems
    infertility


    While the above conditions are the most classical there are many other disorders which generally respond favourably to treatment as well. Including:

    Parkinson’s Disease
    Multiple Sclerosis
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder
    Fibromyalgia
    TMJ Syndrome
    Herniated Disks
    Seizures

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The following case studies are typical of NST sessions

    An 8 year old girl, presented with impaired co-ordination, scoliotic pelvis, perception disorder of the muscles, and heavy binocular squint (especially when tired). The child had previously received the best possible medical care available. After the first application of NST the child said she “felt different”; after the second application of NST she was able to ride her scooter and walk up and down the stairs, an activity she was previously unable to do without the help of somebody else. For the first time in her life she felt pain after muscular exertion.

    After the third application of NST her physiotherapist asserted that the scoliotic pelvis was now straight, as were relevant points on the scapulae as well. At the same time the co-ordination and perception of the muscles had improved so much that even a forward somersault was possible. After the fourth application of NST – incredible but true – the ophthalmologist asserted that the child squinted no longer. In fact this test was carried out when the child was quite tired, having come straight from school. She continues to improve. Dr. Michaele Bückmann, Dusseldorf, Germany, 1998.


    David S a 30-year-old accountant presented complaining of lower back pain due to a football injury that had persisted for 11 years. Although very skeptical during his first NST session he admitted to feeling 80% better within the following days. “Okay I feel heaps better, but how could such light moves on my body possibly provide this much relief”? His second visit convinced him, as he now remains absolutely pain free. Pam Bolger, Melbourne, Australia, 1998.


    A 61-year-old woman presented with a very long history of chronic tension in the shoulders and severe weekly migraine attacks and chronic insomnia. She had previously tried allopathic medicine, osteopathy, massage, acupuncture, and according to her “everything else possible.” She came with a somewhat skeptical attitude because everything else she had tried provided only temporary relief.




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  2. SharonR

    SharonR New Member

    Effective Sleep


    Gentle Hands Can Restore Your Health

    Wouldn't you like to have your muscle aches and pain melt away with a soft touch that uses no thrusting type actions?

    NST is so soft and gentle that most people are skeptical that a touch that light can actually do anything.

    Well 1-2 later they realize how mistaken they were as their body starts to undergo dramatic shifts.

    NST is an amazing innovative technique developed in Australia. In November 2000 I was able to bring the first course to the Midwest. Four of the therapists in our office and myself use this technique to provide consistent and effective help to many of our patient's pain problems.



    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I can provide my quick summary right here:

    *NST uses a series of gentle moves on specific muscles or at precise points on the body to create an energy flow and vibrations between these points. This allows your body to communicate better with itself and balance the other tissues, muscles and organs.

    *The method of action is likely through the autonomic nervous system, allowing the body to better carry out its many functions the way it was designed to.

    *NST is done with a light touch and can be done through clothing. There are pauses between sets of moves to allow your body to assimilate the energy and vibrations.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    But it is better if the developer of NST explains it in his own words:

    Neurostructural Integration Technique

    by Micheal Nixon Levy (Developer of NST)

    Click Here if you are interested in attending an NST seminar.

    NST is an extremely powerful multidimensional technique, which has been specifically developed for the ongoing dynamic integration of the structure and viscera via stimulation of the central, peripheral autonomic nervous systems.

    The main objective is to remove pain and dysfunctional physiological conditions by restoring the structural integrity of the body.


    In essence NST provides the body with an opportunity to reintegrate on many levels, and thus return to and maintain normal homeostatic limits on a daily basis.

    History and Development

    In the late 1950s an Australian osteopath Tom Bowen, discovered unusual relationships existed between certain health complaints and particular patterns of muscular dysfunction his patients presented with.


    This observation led to many years of intense clinical research, which ultimately resulted in the development of a unique system of myofascial stimulation, which brought about long term corrections to the unusual patterns of muscular dysfunction and the corresponding health complaints in his patients as well.


    Tom Bowen referred to his work simply as soft tissue therapy. He continued to develop and refine this work right up until his death in 1982.


    He started his career by working with junior football clubs in Victoria, Australia, as a masseur and treated the general public at home after hours. Bowen quickly discovered that he had what can only be described as an extreme hypersensitivity of the fingers and hands, which apparently enabled him to feel nerve transmission and consequently find blockages in the nervous and muscular systems.

    In fact often times during experiments when working on somebody, if he performed a move, as he called them, which was wrong, then he would receive a burning sensation in the fingers so hot that it would necessitate him quickly leaving the room to cool his fingers under cold running water.

    Add to this unique ability of touch, a discerning eye for variation in surface tension on his client’s body, you have a man with a rare and powerful experimental methodology for probing the body. It is indeed fortunate that these unique abilities were further enhanced by Bowen’s genuine compassion and love for his fellow man and a strong drive to help whoever he could and whenever he could, as this enabled him to create a system which is now usable by many others.


    Bowen became famous throughout his career for being able to cure the incurable, and find solutions when none seemed possible. He treated everybody the same, from street drunkards to the well known and powerful. When investigated in 1975 by the Australian Government for potentially practising osteopathy without a licence it was revealed that he was treating approximately some 13,000 people per year, with amazing success.

    Rather than closing his business down, the investigation only served to make him and his methods more well known and famous, a mantle ironically he tried to avoid.


    His work did not just stop with humans however, as he also achieved great notoriety for his wonderful success with animals. In particular he was well known around the Melbourne racehorse industry as his work so often helped a racehorse to victory.


    Throughout his career there were only five people with whom he spent significant amounts of time at his clinic, to show them his technique and the secrets behind using it.


    Interestingly the five individuals were shown the technique as it existed at various times throughout his highly developmental style career.

    Consequently after his death different interpretations of his work have sprung up from these students, representing one phase or another in his career.


    I personally worked with various people to develop the Neurostructural Integration Technique. The advantage of NST is that it is quicker and smoother in its application than the earlier forms and also consistently achieves excellent results in more difficult cases. It is now practised in many countries around the world including

    • Britain • Italy
    • Germany • Spain
    • Switzerland • USA
    • France • Australia
    • Belgium

    Like so many artists and geniuses whose work continues to grow and prosper well after their death, Bowen’s work in all its forms is becoming generally known around the world as Bowen Therapy and continues to grow in popularity amongst a wide variety of therapist groups.

    The most popular groups include:

    • massage therapists • chiropractors
    • sports medicine therapists • dentists
    • physiotherapists • hypnotherapists
    • acupuncturists • kinesiologists
    • osteopaths • naturopaths
    • doctors • psychologists

    Philosophy and Application


    The real secret to why NST works is because of its underpinning philosophy. It was this which enabled Bowen to devise a system to suit the philosophy and hence for the philosophy to consistently work through the system.


    Put simply, the philosophy is that the body is a self regulating bioenergetic and biomechanical phenomena which will continue to regulate itself for as long as it has the reserve energy necessary to sustain life, by the ongoing process of biological adaptation.

    Bowen realised that the body would regulate itself and return to balance if the appropriate neurological and neuromuscular context was created so that it could. There was never the question of if it could, this was implicit – the fact that the person had life was evidence enough that it could!


    He discovered that there is a particular cycle in the body which must be free to operate unimpeded, if the individual is to enjoy good health and balance. Whilst he perceived that this cycle was perceptible at an energetic level, he was equally aware of its physical components namely the sacrum, coccyx, cranium and Temporomandibular Joint complex and the dural membrane, which connects them to make them a functional unit.

    Over and above the importance of recognising the need for this system to remain unimpeded, was his emphasis and insistence on releasing the neuromuscular imbalances throughout the body, which have such a direct impact on the proper functioning of the cycle and consequently the health of the whole body.


    He postulated that if all muscular imbalances could be released that the body would regulate itself, and in this process pain and symptoms would vanish and energy levels would increase.


    His real brilliance however lies in the actual system he devised to enable this automatic systematic reintegration to take place.


    Bowen recognised that when the body was stimulated in a very particular fashion that the intelligence of the body would be alerted (as he put it) and the process of unravelling neuromuscular compensations would begin.

    Depending on the extent of compensation in the body, this unravelling process could take anywhere from 5 minutes to 7 days at which time the body would go into a holding pattern. A reassessment would be required to evaluate the client again, then another session carried out to restart the unravelling process once again if necessary.


    In clinical practice on average it is common to receive reports from clients that they can feel the body going through the unravelling process for approximately 2 – 4 days. There is often a very similar pattern experienced with body aches which move from one location to another (e.g. shoulder to knee), some sweating, emotional releases with some clients, but above all a very deep sense of relaxation and change taking place. In addition many clients report noticing their symptoms leaving their bodies in the reverse order to which they arrived.


    The actual application of the technique is interesting in itself, as it is distinctly different from any other technique attempting to achieve the same goal.


    In the first instance, a three part integrated body balance is applied which is partly performed with the client in a prone position and then finished with the client in the supine position.

    The work generally commences in a prone position, around the lumbar area and then quickly moves to the thoracic area before returning to the legs and sacrum. There are a few resting periods between the various sequences of ‘moves’, which are carried out before moving the client into a supine position.


    The prone work, including resting periods, usually takes about 15 minutes to perform. Once the client is in the supine position, additional releases are applied to the diaphragm, neck and knees – this also takes another 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

    Other optional procedures may be blended into this integrated body balance to add specificity or release when necessary. There are optional procedures for the shoulders, elbows and wrists, pelvis, ankles, coccyx and TMJ complex.


    The integrated balance which is applied to the body via the specialised moves, is directed to areas where proprioreceptors (spindle cells and Golgi tendon organs) abound. However, it is not just single stimulation of these points which elicits such a comprehensive and powerful response in each individual – rather it is the configuration in which the moves are carried out.


    Consequently the integrated balance once applied synthesises an orchestrated response involving alpha and gamma motor neurones, various spinal reflex arcs, the motor cortex of the cerebrum, the basal ganglia and the cerebellum.


    It is reasonable to state that the Neurostructural Integration Technique® once applied creates a powerful context for change to take place in the musculoskeletal and visceral systems via what can only be described as a specific decoding of the nervous system and a comprehensive resetting of the body.


    Once the session is over the client is given aftercare recommendations which basically reminds them that their body will go through a process of re-organisation for a few days and to take it easy during this time by doing nothing too physically strenuous. The client is also advised to keep up daily walking and sufficient intake of water to help flush the lymphatic system and assist the musculature to return quickly to stable balance.


    Although to the client the session seems simple, noninvasive and gentle, the results are nevertheless very surprising and often miraculous. While this is the case for the client, the practitioner comes to expect these wonderful results, as dependability is one of the key characteristics of the NST technique.


    Typically clients will require only 2 – 3 sessions for their health problems to be resolved. Additional sessions may be required for those with chronic health problems or who require ongoing psychological and/or nutritional support


    I am often asked “will NST cure this condition or that condition”?

    My response is always the same – NST will cure nothing!

    It is simply a process that enables the body to regulate itself, and throughout this process many symptoms will disappear. That is to say that the symptoms in the first place were simply a product of the complex blockage existing in the body. While this may appear to be just semantics I stress that the distinction is very important to keep in mind.

    NST is synonymous with contextual healing – a lost art which is now having a resurgence and gaining both popularity with practitioners and clients alike. Another well-known example of a contextual healing approach is homoeopathy. Interestingly many individuals have dubbed NST as tactile homeopathy!


    The following list of symptoms frequently disappear in response to an NST session;

    acute and chronic pain headaches menstrual problems
    back pain migraines prostate problems
    neck pain sinusitis visual problems
    shoulder pain colitis learning disorders
    leg pain constipation emotional depression
    facial pain urinary disorders digestive problems
    infertility


    While the above conditions are the most classical there are many other disorders which generally respond favourably to treatment as well. Including:

    Parkinson’s Disease
    Multiple Sclerosis
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder
    Fibromyalgia
    TMJ Syndrome
    Herniated Disks
    Seizures

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The following case studies are typical of NST sessions

    An 8 year old girl, presented with impaired co-ordination, scoliotic pelvis, perception disorder of the muscles, and heavy binocular squint (especially when tired). The child had previously received the best possible medical care available. After the first application of NST the child said she “felt different”; after the second application of NST she was able to ride her scooter and walk up and down the stairs, an activity she was previously unable to do without the help of somebody else. For the first time in her life she felt pain after muscular exertion.

    After the third application of NST her physiotherapist asserted that the scoliotic pelvis was now straight, as were relevant points on the scapulae as well. At the same time the co-ordination and perception of the muscles had improved so much that even a forward somersault was possible. After the fourth application of NST – incredible but true – the ophthalmologist asserted that the child squinted no longer. In fact this test was carried out when the child was quite tired, having come straight from school. She continues to improve. Dr. Michaele Bückmann, Dusseldorf, Germany, 1998.


    David S a 30-year-old accountant presented complaining of lower back pain due to a football injury that had persisted for 11 years. Although very skeptical during his first NST session he admitted to feeling 80% better within the following days. “Okay I feel heaps better, but how could such light moves on my body possibly provide this much relief”? His second visit convinced him, as he now remains absolutely pain free. Pam Bolger, Melbourne, Australia, 1998.


    A 61-year-old woman presented with a very long history of chronic tension in the shoulders and severe weekly migraine attacks and chronic insomnia. She had previously tried allopathic medicine, osteopathy, massage, acupuncture, and according to her “everything else possible.” She came with a somewhat skeptical attitude because everything else she had tried provided only temporary relief.




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  3. JaciBart

    JaciBart Member

    That is what my new witch doctor is doing in conjunction with the infratonic therapy, it is interesting and I do think it is helpful, I will know more as time goes on, the purpose is to restore cells to health by releasing congestion of energy within the system is how my guy explains it, he also is doing accupressure.

    Jaci
  4. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    one of the biggest Internet docs, really pushes this on his website and in his newsletters. He gives seminars and courses on it which are listed on the website and on the free e-letter. He also is big on EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) which is easy to learn and involves some bizzare movements in sequence. I tried it for two weeks, and felt like an idiot, but maybe I didn't give it long enough. He has said many times that no Fibro patients get better without emotional release...that we hold our stress and emotional pain in our muscles and must let it out. Easier said than done. The only practitioner I know of where I am is a Naturopath so insurance will not pay a dime for this. Have you found a way to get it paid for by ins.?
    Klutzo
  5. JaciBart

    JaciBart Member

    And since I no longer work it is a problem, but like the rest of you if I just know for sure that I will benefit I will figure it out. The cost is $45.00 per session, sessions run about an hour to an hour & a half, my guy here locally who is doing this for me is a respiratory therapist for one of the local hospitals, he has been for 20 yrs, he just quit his job to do this full time and really believes in it.

    It is not about the money for him, he genuinely understands he as a technique so many people need, he mostyly deals with car accident victims, the ins does pay in that way, the auto ins I would guess, so I think what he is doing with me is because he wants to help me, he has reduced his rate to $35.oo per session for me and we have an agreement not to let the money be a hinderance..........in other words I pay what I can when I can. I am married but my hubby does not earn a whole lot & we have to be very careful.
    I just pray about it, stupid maybe but I cannot afford to not give it a try.

    You might look up some of my recent posts on this, it really is hard to explain, not traditional massage, kind of "body work" somewhat similar to reiki treatment.

    Jaci
  6. nancyneptune

    nancyneptune New Member

    Sounds an awful lot like that JMT, Jaffee-Mellor Technique.
    What's the difference between this and the laying on of hands by some crack pot at church?
  7. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    and I loved it! I would still be having this Bowen therapy if my insurance would pay, which it no longer does. It was so gentle and relaxing. I can't tolerate massage, so this was perfect. I was sceptical at first, but after the first treatment, I was convinced!!
    Love,
    Kady
  8. totteacher

    totteacher New Member

    to the home page for immune support you will see there is an article on Bowen. In the article it refers to a web page and there you can find where practitioners are located if you are interested in trying this.


    totteacher
  9. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    The Bowen Technique and Fibromyalgia Relief: Gentle Touch Produces Miracles
    ImmuneSupport.com

    10-28-2002

    By Gerri Shapiro, MS Ed.
    My Story

    For as long as I can remember, I've suffered from back pain. Although I have experienced some relief using heat, cold, massage, chiropractic and acupuncture, invariably the pain has always returned - until I visited a friend in California who had similar back problems. She told me she had some body work done called Bowen. Her back and hip pain were gone after the first session!

    I was definitely intrigued. I couldn't wait to find out more. When I arrived back home on Maui I got on the internet and discovered that the Bowen Technique originated in Australia and wasn't that well known in the U.S. Hoping to find a practitioner in Hawaii, I emailed close to 40 practitioners around the U.S. and asked if they could refer me to someone on Maui. After 39 "no's" I got one "yes!"

    I arranged to have three Bowen sessions. After the third session, my back pain and sciatica were "history!" I was so excited, I could spit! That very moment I decided to train as a Bowen practitioner.

    Where did the Bowen technique come from?

    The Bowen Technique was developed in Australia in the 1950's by Thomas Bowen, a gifted healer. Late in life he discovered he had an unusual gift that allowed him to intuitively know what was ailing people and how to help them relieve their pain. His healing technique is unique in that it was developed without him having had any previous medical or healthcare training.

    He claimed he could feel tiny vibrations in people’s muscles that helped him find the exact location to work on. He spoke of his skill with great humility and frequently stated that his work was “simply a gift from God.”

    Tom had the capacity to quickly assess what was wrong with someone and where they were out of balance. He could look into a room full of people, glance at them for about 20 seconds, and know what their problems were. Although he never advertised, it was estimated that he treated over 13,000 people in the course of one year, and he claimed a success rate of about 88%!

    Like Palmer (Chiropractic), Rolf, (Rolfing), Feldenkrais (Feldenkrais Technique) and Usui (Reiki), Tom Bowen had a unique talent. He dedicated his life to turning his gift into a practical application that has proven to be of great benefit to thousands of people all over the world.

    How does it work?

    The gentle yet powerful Bowen moves send neurological impulses to the brain resulting in immediate responses of muscle relaxation and pain reduction. The moves create energy surges which are concentrated in specific areas of the body using "blockers" or "stoppers." These are released when you stand up.

    The Bowen Technique helps the body remember how to heal itself. Electrical impulses sent to the nervous system remind the body to regain normal movement in joints, muscles and tendons. This helps relieve muscle spasms and increase blood and lymph flow. Several of the moves are located along acupuncture meridians or on specific acupuncture points which are known to stimulate and balance the body’s energy.

    A Bowen Session

    A Bowen treatment lasts about 30-45 minutes. No oils are used. Treatment can be done through clothing or directly on the skin. The practitioner "rolls" over the muscles with her fingers, which causes the muscles to relax. The moves are done in groups. Between sets, the practitioner leaves the room for at least two minutes to allow the body to relax.

    The moves send out signals which:

    * stimulate energy flow;
    * facilitate lymphatic drainage of toxins and waste;
    * promote good circulation;
    * release tension;
    * increase mobility;
    * encourage the body to relax, realign and heal itself.


    Some people feel shifts in their bodies during and after a Bowen session. While many experience immediate pain relief, improvement is just as likely to unfold over the next few days to a week. Two or three treatments are usually enough to achieve long-lasting relief. Even long-term conditions may respond very quickly. The ideal situation is to give the Bowen Technique a try for 3 sessions, once per week, without having any other kind of bodywork in between.

    Bowen and Fibromyalgia Relief

    There is compelling research that the Bowen Technique may also be effective in relieving the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia.

    American College of Rheumatology

    In a study of twenty patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia conducted by Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D., at the American College of Rheumatology, almost all participants experienced various degrees of relief which lasted from a few days to several weeks. Most reported immediate relief following a Bowen treatment. For some, repeated Bowen therapy maintained complete clinical remission. The results were statistically significant and correlated with improvement of clinical well-being.

    Fibromyalgia Pilot Study

    A pilot study on the effect of Bowen treatments on fibromyalgia sufferers was carried out by Tim Willcocks (Bowen Practitioner and Trainer). Four participants (aged 39-52) who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia from 3 to 5 years, were given four Bowen treatments over a five week period. All four participants experienced improvement, including better sleep, ease in walking, cessation of vertigo, eased neck pain, improved balance and less exhaustion.

    Effects of the Bowen Technique on the Autonomous Nervous System and Heart Rate Variability

    By measuring changes in the value and pattern in heart rate variability before and after a Bowen treatment, this study by Jo Anne Whitaker, M.D., demonstrated that the Bowen Technique affects the autonomic nervous system (ANS). By using Heart Rate Variability to study the autonomic nervous system, early findings demonstrated that Bowen treatments balanced the ANS. The control group consisted of subjects with all types of rheumatological conditions.

    Bowen Technique Hailed By Health Professionals

    Dr. JoAnne Whitaker, M.D., was facing a hip replacement and back surgery when she discovered the Bowen Technique. After receiving Bowen treatments, not only was she able to walk, but she went back to playing golf... without surgery. She was so impressed that she flew to Australia to train in the Bowen Technique and now treats patients with ailments ranging from bunions to heart disease. According to Dr. Whitaker, "Bowen Therapy is the single, most important hands-on healing technique in medicine."

    Brenda Williams chose the Bowen Technique as the sole hands-on component of her hospital's pain management unit.

    Dr. Ted Sleigh states that of all the modalities he has used, "Bowen Therapy has helped so many of my patients that I would never want to give it up." Audrey Butko, M.D., considers the Bowen Technique to be a blessing in her practice because of its simplicity, results and patient satisfaction. It has nearly eliminated her need to use cortisone injections.

    Dr. Christine Staub, a family physician with a special interest in the treatment of chronic pain, has seen the Bowen Technique "unlock the door" for patients who reached an impasse in their pain treatment. "I am thrilled to have Bowen Therapy as a resource for myself, family, friends and patients," she said.

    New Zealand Naturopath Lou Hassik has said that the Bowen Technique has made his previous approach to human health care redundant. He now considers Bowen to be "the most important health care discovery in human history!"

    Mitchell R. Mosher, DPM, claims that the Bowen Technique is one of the most powerful physical medicine techniques he has learned in 24 years as a podiatrist. He routinely uses the Bowen Technique to complement his treatment of various foot and ankle injuries.

    According to Russell Dick, Osteopath: "There are things in life which pass in front of you that must be grabbed with both hands. Bowen has turned my practice on its head, with 80% of my patients being given Bowen as first choice." Gerry Townsend, M.D., offers the Bowen Technique to acute and chronic patients who have not responded to traditional treatment for myofascial pain syndrome, back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis or fractures. Although skeptical at first, C.S. Whitman, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon, now regularly refers patients to her program.

    Success Stories

    Marsha (age 51) suffers from Fibromyalgia. On a scale of 1 to 10, she lives at a constant "10." She also has chronic fatigue and can barely get through each day without having to rest constantly. After her first session, her pain level went from a "10" to a "4", she made it through the whole day without having to take a nap, and she slept through the entire night for the first time in months.

    Grace (age 39) also has Fibromyalgia. After her first Bowen session, she felt extremely tired for about three days. Then she started to steadily improve. She had less pain, no falling down, almost no vertigo and she was walking and sleeping better.

    Pat (age 42) was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1992. After her first Bowen session, she felt well enough to take a walk. After her second session, she started feeling more energy. By the fourth treatment her carpal tunnel syndrom had become much improved. By the fifth Bowen treatment she was able to discontinue her pain medications. Since then, her knees have stopped hurting and her night sweats and fevers are just about gone.

    My mother is eighty years old and suffers from fibromyalgia and other stress-related disorders. After one Bowen session, she slept through the entire night for the first time in six years. The next morning, she was able to walk without her walker!

    Conclusion

    The main difference between the Bowen Technique and other modalities is how fast it works, how gentle it feels and how long the pain relief lasts. It is also easy to learn: there is only one basic move.

    The technique has been successful in treating fibromyalgia, back pain, sciatica, headaches, migraines, arthritis, stress and more. For me, the miracle lies in the fact that doing so little produces such long-lasting relief.

    About the author: Gerri Shapiro, MS Ed, is a leading health educator and Bowen practitioner who has worked with the World Health Organization, Asian Development Bank, USAID and Management Sciences for Health in the areas of alternative and traditional medicine. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy and American Holistic Health Associations and editor of www.boweninfo.com, an information site about the Bowen Tecchnique, including Bowen practitioners, training, research, articles and other resources.















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  10. sybil

    sybil New Member

    a lot of tosh to me.

    honestly...how can you have a room full of people and know what is wrong with them after about 20 seconds.when a lot of people have had loads of medical tests and they have come up with nothing.it seems a great idea for making money out of vunerable,ill people who are desperate for a cure.
    i don't believe in 'faith healers' either.but if people want to try it,then they should.
    any sort of massage,aromatherapy,acupuncture may make a person feel better for a short time,but if they have to keep coming back for this treatment over and over again and there is no long term improvement,it can't be that effective,



    sybilxxx
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    [This Message was Edited on 10/29/2002]
  11. being-healed

    being-healed New Member

    This is the method that the "miracle" chiropractor I worked with used. (see my previous posting). This original message was posted last year...I used search to see if this topic had been posted in the message board in the past. TO BE SERIOUSLY EXPLORED.
    GOOD LUCK