Bowen Technique

I recently discovered a healing practice that is simply incredible. It shifted and changed so many things for me that I am completely hooked. It is called the Bowen technique and it is a gentle, holistic way of healing the body.

Through the treatment the body is basically reminded of its original state of health through tapping into its energetic systems to facilitate a process of self-healing. In this treatment less is definitely more. The movements are precise, gentle, painless and non-invasive. Only a couple of specific movements are performed by the therapist, after which there is a period of rest to allow the body to integrate and store the energetic adjustments.The body enters a state of deep relaxation during the treatment, as the autonomic nervous system calms down, which opens the body up for healing to take place. The treatment only lasts for about 30-40 minutes, and the next one can only be performed in about a week’s time, but the energetic changes within the body is noticeable within a very short period of time.

In our busy lives we forget that the body, mind and spirit should be integrated and nourished on a regular basis for health and a general sense of connection and well-being. We tend to live our lives in little compartments, and that is why I so love to simply get on my mat, even if it is just for 20 minutes at a time, as it reminds me of the fact that I am not only my body or my mind.

It is important for me to allow energy to flow freely and abundantly through my body, as I can quickly become stuck in the petty and unimportant little issues of life. One of the best ways for me, apart from my newfound passion for the Bowen technique, is to engage in a slow and deliberate vinyasa flow practice. Moving from one posture to the next, while focusing on and allowing my breath to draw me deeply into myself, is a sure way to activate the flow of energy through my body, but also to firmly bring my mind, body and spirit back into alignment.

I can feel when I haven’t been on my mat for a while and have allowed energy to become stuck in my body, as the quality of my thinking starts to deteriorate into an abyss of  negativity. For me, to keep my thoughts upbeat and light, I need to guard against any energetic stagnation by allowing my body the freedom of movement. By further paying attention to my breath through slow and conscious inhalations and exhalations, I improve and grow the quality of the energy that is flowing through me. And as I keep my mind focused on my breath, I can feel how I am energising my mind through the slowing down of thinking, and the discarding of thoughts that are not enhancing the quality of my life.

After a Bowen treatment or a vinyasa flow yoga session I always feel energised and ready to face whatever life has in stall for me…

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Nutri-Energetic Systems

I had a very interesting experience the other day that involved a “NES”. No, not a “ness” like in “Loch Ness Monster”, but a sophisticated software system that reads and interprets your energy field when you place your hand on a little device that resembles that of a computer mouse. Nutri-Energetic Systems (NES) are being used by alternative or complimentary health care practitioners as a diagnostic tool as well as a treatment protocol. By reading your energy field, it can tell you about physical, emotional and nutritional weak points within your body. It confirmed the presence of the heavy metals in my body that previous testing pointed out, with one difference. There was no mercury present. This to me confirmed the efficacy of the natural chelating agent I have been using, and on my return a week later the scan showed that the lead has also been eliminated. What a wonderful tool to measure ones progress to health. And best of all: no chemicals had to be pumped into my body!

But how does this amazing system work? We have all heard of Einstein’s equation of E=mc2. ‘E’ is energy, ‘m’ matter and ‘c’ the speed of light. It basically tells us that all matter is energy, just in dense form. Quantum Physicists have since then discovered that each material structure in the universe, including you and me, have a unique energy signature that we radiates. The clever people who designed and developed the NES system is simply making practical use of this knowledge.

Energy has been interpreted and used for thousands of years in the East. In Chinese medicine the many meridians (energy channels) in the body are targeted to treat different diseases and illnesses. Yin Yoga, which maintains gentle, persistent pressure for a long period of time, makes use of these meridians.

Yoga also interprets and makes use of energy in a variety of ways. Conscious energy, for instance, exists in five sheaths (koshas) that operates through the physical body. The Pranamaya Kosha, that lies just beneath the outermost sheath, is the energy body. But energy does not just exist, it flows. Prana (energy/vital life force) flows through the Nadis or energy lines and is active in the Chakras or energy centres. Nadi in Sanskrit means “little river” and there are many of these little rivers flowing in our bodies. Ancients texts claim that there is anything from seventy-two thousand to three-hundered-and-fifty thousand nadis in our bodies. 

The three most prominent nadis, though, are the sushumna, ida and pingala nadis. The sushumna nadi begins in the muladhara (base) chakra and travels through the centre of the spine to the crown of the head where it exits the body through the sahasrara (crown) chakra. The ida nadi also originates in the muladhara chakra, but exits the body through the left nostril and is associated with the feminine (yin), right brain and lunar energy, as well as the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the ‘rest and digest’ state of the body. The pingala nadi, again starting in the muladhara chakra, on the other hand, exits the body through the right nostril and is associated with the masculine (yang), left brain and sun energy, as well as the sympathetic nervous system, which kicks in when the body perceives a threat and activates the ‘fight or flight’ response. All three nadis cross and meet at the different chakras as they spiral up the spine.

The interesting thing about the flow of energy through the ida and pingala nadis, is that we exhale only through one nostril at any point in time. This is said to switch every ninety minutes or so when we are healthy, but can take much longer to switch when we are ill. When our exhalation takes place through the right nostril it means that we are in an energised or yang state, while we are in a yin or passive state when we exhale through the left nostril. There are several forms of pranayama that can help to balance these energies, but I will look at the practice of pranayama at a later stage.

Vital life force or prana is very important to the yogi. It is the control of our energies or prana that allows us to improve or maintain our health.

Yoga Nidra for Healing

I have been to the homeopath again yesterday to get my Heavy Metal results, and it seems that I have loads of mercury, lead and nickel in my body. Without discussion or explanation I was immediately started on DMPS Chelation Therapy. When asked how many treatments it will take to remove these metals from my body, I was told that the average is 20 to 30 treatments. I nearly had a heart attack, as a single session is very pricy, and multiplying it with 30 will leave me bankrupt! Yes, I know that without health one simply has no life, but there are also different means of achieving health. Once home, I immediately turned on my computer and started reading up on heavy metal poisoning, as well as Chelation Therapy. It is said that knowledge is power, and I totally subscribe to that viewpoint, but it can also be very confusing, as every single person seems to have a different point of view. So what am I to do? I know that I have to do what will be best for me. But what on earth is that? Like any other important decision I ever had to make, this one was not going to be straightforward or without some mental agony it seems.

I am not mindlessly subscribing to everything that is natural, as ‘natural’ can also be poisonous and harmful, and I do know that chemical substances can in certain cases be beneficial and healing. The dilemma is to know when to choose what. Thinking about pushing chemicals into my body 30 times over the next couple of months without guaranteed success, just didn’t make me feel comfortable. That little niggly inner voice was screaming “NO!”. In my wanderings through piles of information on the Internet, I found a natural chelator called ‘humifulvate’ that does the same thing……drawing out and binding to heavy metals, so that the body can get rid of it. I eventually found a company who has a product containing humifulvate and promptly ordered a two month supply. Cost? The equivalent of one chemical treatment… How effective will it be? Well, only time will tell.

I do not believe that anything happens by chance, and as I easily get side-tracked when I am on the Internet, I somehow started reading a little snippet about Yoga Nidra. And it just clicked: of course. Why did I not think of this before? Yoga is such a life-affirming practice, and there is always something specific I can use for whatever I need most at any particular point in time. It was the following words of Bhava Ram that caught my attention: “True relaxation, which is the foundation of all healing, must include deep mental and emotional quietude as well as physical stillness. No matter what we do in terms of exercise or diet, no matter what type of thoughts we try to cultivate, without complete relaxation we continue to promote and accumulate tension.”

Yoga Nidra is called the “sleep of the yogis”, and is simply that state of hovering on the edge between deep sleep and wakefulness. It is here where we can build a bridge between our conscious and subconscious minds, and work on our chakras. Yoga Nidra is similar to a guided meditation, but with specific words, images and sensations to help us shift to healing and inner peace. It also requires us to choose a Sankalpa (affirmation or intention) to work with that is worded as a short, clear and precise statement. Like all affirmations it should be expressed as if it is already true. In other words, we should use the words: “I am…..” or “I have….” I did a quick mind map to become clear on what I want from my practice, and came up with the following sankalpa: “I have an energetic and vibrantly healthy body”.

I have now committed myself for the next two months to a daily dose of the natural chelator and a session of Yoga Nidra just before bedtime. I will certainly report back on the journey, as it is through this journey that I will grow and evolve into the person I am meant to be…