I absolutely love learning in order to bring together the best treatment options available and also to pass that knowledge on. I work with people of all ages, including newly born babies and young children through to people nearing the end of their time. A normal day in my practice will see a vast spectrum of presenting symptoms from a wide range of people entering the treatment room and each treatment is unique for that person. For body work sessions I predominantly use The Bowen Technique and I have not so far an end to it's usefulness. The fact that as a client, your system is thoroughly on board with the treatment means that the sessions work swiftly and gently to achieve change relatively fast.
In 2007 I started teaching Bowen with The European College Of Bowen Studies. During the years of working with that team I taught over 200 courses from the basics of introducing Bowen to brand new open minds through to post graduate course both in the UK and around Europe. Today I specialise in areas such as TMJ function, Sleep related Breathing Disorders, interdisciplinary work, fascial dissection and anatomy. In 2016 I was very proud to announce the launch of Bowen College here in the UK. At Bowen College we don’t train you to become technicians, we train you to become therapists in the Art and Science of Bowen Therapy and how the Mind plays an instrumental part in health. Working alongside great colleagues including the College's original founder Dr Manon Bolliger ND, I am thrilled to be able teach once again around the UK and Europe once again. We are also now pleased to announce the our foundation course has been assessed and meets National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Bowen therapy. This is a first for Bowen in the UK.
Since discovering the importance of looking after the health of the area surrounding the temporo mandibular joint (TMJ) back in my original Bowen training, and then having it reiterated in 2004 training with the NST model, much of my work these days is working to support the realignment and function within and surrounding the temporomandibular joint area and this has become a huge passion of mine with a specialised interest in Sleep related breathing disorders. My work has involved close contact with the O-Lab specialising in treatment of symptoms stemming from and around the temporomandibular joint and I have case after case reporting the effectiveness of the work here. This work becomes relevant from the moment we are born. The shape of the pelvis you are born through and type of birth process you begin with are already factors in the making up of this joint (let alone embryonic stages of growth). But from birth onwards we can have a huge say in how this area is impacted and how to encourage alignment and great health. "#">Dr Brendan Stack has been a huge influence of the work I do today.
Combined with training I took from 2014-2017 in looking at eradicating Chronic Pain from the perspective of the 'mind' there aren't many patterns of dis-ease that can't be changed. From 2014-2017 I worked with Matt Hudson - the originator of The Hudson Mind Approach (C). The work aims to put the mind (not the brain) on the academic table as an entity in it's own right. Unlike counselling or psychotherapy, Body Mind Work uses minimal intervention and does not require your to talk about the content of your problem, but rather offers a pattern interrupt so you can no longer 'do' your problem.
Towards the end of 2017 I found out about a project that I believe will significantly change the way we look at and understand how our bodies work. The Facial Net Plastination Project was realised when a group of Fascial Dissectors (myself included), made our way across Europe from countries around the world to Guben on the German / Polish border to the home of Gunter von Hagen and the Plastinarium - the base where world renowned Body Worlds Exhibits were founded. Led by Dr Robert Schleip and supported heavily by Dr Carla Stecco and Clinical Anatomist John Sharkey, through 2018 we created the world' first selection of plastinated human Fascia.
Why is this important? Well, as a body worker, I am very familiar with 'fascia'.... but the medical model that is still largely based on anatomy drawn by Andreas Vesalius 500 years ago isn't. This connective tissue is the reason we can breathe, walk, talk and function yet until now it has been vastly thrown off the operating table as if it didn't matter. This project has immortalised various fasciae for teaching and educational purposes.