You’ve had a great Bowen session and feeling good! Of course you want to resume all your normal activities because you feel fine. Bowen has worked its magic so off you go and do that work out or go for that run…WRONG!
If, instead, you follow the guidelines below you’ll be encouraging your body to adjust itself back to a natural unstressed position of painlessness. And this is how you want it to be. Yes?
And of course there's more! I know you love your massage but…any other body work eg massage of any sort, lymphatic drainage, chiropractic work etc will also interrupt the Bowen. This includes another Bowen session within 5 days! Bowen instigates a self-healing process in the body and this takes place over 5-10 days. Any modality that manipulates the muscles or skeletal structure will interrupt the Bowen. If you’ve committed to getting Bowen treatment let the Bowen work. The other modalities are awesome too but one at a time folks! Chat with your therapist if you’re not sure.
One more thing to remember to get the best out of your Bowen! Don’t use hot or cold packs on your injury while receiving Bowen treatment. I know the wheat pack feels great but it will absolutely interrupt the Bowen. The Bowen session you had 2 days ago is still acting! And it will continue to do so for 5-10 days…let it do its work!
“But when can I run/workout/ride etc again?” Ahhhhh….the big question on everyones lips…It is a process of reintroducing your usual exercise routine slowly. If you were recovering from the flu chances are you wouldn’t start off with a big work out or even anything strenuous. The same applies here. Your body is recovering and repairing. Listen to it! By taking 2-3 weeks to recover you can prevent further injury or prolonged recovery. Frustrating I know but that’s how it works.
And the golden rule- if you’re not sure ask your Bowen therapist! Put their card on your fridge and ring/text/email them.
Get the best from your Bowen and enjoy the results!
Love and laughter til next week!
You're getting a real sense for my eclectic taste in music! In my early teens right through to my late teens I had a total love affair with The Beatles. I spent many hours mooning about John Lennon (already dead and buried for a number of years) and dreaming of the Cavern in Liverpool where they got started. Ahhhhh...the glory days of music.
Sorry. Back to health and healing. When we get injured or sick we just want to get better and be back to our old selves. Agreed? We want to go back to the time when we felt well and we want to do it as quickly as possible. Immediately in fact. If there was a magic pill we'd take it. Unfortunately for us healing and good health doesn't always work that way. Acute conditions may respond to Homeopathics in this way e.g a flu may improve very quickly with the right Homeopathic, bruising may rapidly disappear with Arnica, you may feel a million dollars after your Bowen session. Awesome! We love it when that happens! It's incredibly satisfying for the client and the practitioner. And with the acute conditions I see it regularly.
However, when we're dealing with chronic conditions (those ones that last for years, maybe our mother had it too, maybe it's hormonal, mental or emotional etc) or injuries (plantar fasciitis, injuries that have plagued you for years, those that developed over time from sports or are work related etc) the healing and the path back to health can truly be the mythical 'Long and Winding Road'. The way I explain it to my clients is this...
This is what we all hope for. We want a clear path back to our healthy life. The trend is straight up, no blips, no waivers and no back tracking. Gotta love the upward trajectory!
The reality is this. See how it jumps up and down? There are peaks and valleys as well as plateaus. This is far more common! Most importantly though...the general trend is still upward! Go the upward trajectory! It can be difficult for us to see sometimes, especially if we have hit a valley, but if you look back at where you started you get a clearer picture of the gains you've made. This is healing. This is the path to good health.
Every now and again I see this kind of healing. It's slow and painstaking with many plateaus and tiny gains. BUT the general trend is still upward. Although the slope is long and slow the general trajectory is still upward. This can be really disheartening for everyone but it is super important to remember that the graph still shows an upward trend. Don't give up!!
So why the peaks, valleys and plateaus? Good question! And the answer is multi faceted...This is what graphs can't plot and predict. Here are some thoughts.
Sometimes life gets in the way. At sometime in the healing process we may experience stress, grief or extenuating circumstances which may mean a number of things. Maybe we start eating poorly again and go back to old habits. Maybe we forget to take the homeopathics or miss Bowen appointments. Maybe just the stress has exacerbated your condition temporarily. These things are unavoidable. Speak to your practitioner to see what they can do to support you through this valley.
Maybe you need a review. It may be a simple case of upping the potency or maybe you need or sit through it as your body rebels against being well again. The best way forward is to contact your practitioner. They've done some heavy duty study on just these things and will be able to take you to the next step.
The biggest avoidable reason for valleys and plateaus is this. Once you start feeling well again you want to jump right back into life where you left off. This is especially true for injuries. You have a Bowen session, you wake up feeling amazing and go for an enormous run or work out and BINGO! The old injury returns. Maybe you've cut out wheat and the treatments/remedies are working. You feel so awesome that wheat starts to creep back in and BINGO! All the old issues return. Maybe not as bad but they return. That's the valley or the plateau. Give your body time to truly heal. Ease yourself back into life. Have respect for the healing process and your body. You need to build your fitness back up, strengthen muscles and listen to your body. We're all human. I do this kind of thing all the time but if you want the best from your Bowen or the best from your homeopathy keep this in mind!
If you've been struggling with a health issue or injury for months or years it is unlikely it will resolve overnight. The bottom line is healing and good health takes time and hard work. The path is not usually straight. It can feel like you are going nowhere. BUT...look back to where you began- you won't turn into a pillar of salt (I promise) but you will see how far you have come!
Disclaimer: Homeopathy is a traditional medicine.The TGA considers Homeopathy a low risk medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Information given here is in no way intended to take the place of advice from your chosen healthcare professional or specialist. Any examples given from the authors life do not indicate that the remedy in question will work for everyone in every instance. They are used solely to illustrate the use the medicine in a practical situation.
Always seek medical advice in emergencies.