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I have lived with pain for most of my life. I was born with a congenital dislocated hip which despite many visits to the Doctor during my formative years, was not discovered until I was 17 years of age. Within three weeks of this discovery, I was in hospital having a 9hr operation to re-build my pelvis which had crumbled. I had to spend 8 weeks flat on my back in hospital after which I went home. I had a plaster cast on from my chest and all the way down my left leg for over 16 weeks. After which I had numerous physiotherapy sessions to build up the muscles in my leg which had become very wasted. Once I was off the crutches (which took six months) I could not believe that this was how everyone else walked about. I felt like I was walking on air – no pain, the feeling was fantastic – no wonder I hated PE lessons at school!
I have since regularly attended the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore where in 2002 I had a total hip replacement on the same side and a total knee replacement in 2011 also same side – the knee had taken the all strain down the years and began to fail.
I discovered Bowen Therapy in 2016 when I was unfortunate enough to have both tennis and golfer’s elbow in both forearms since my knee replacement! I had been on medication for a few years, tried various other therapies and also had received cortisone injections on three occasions from my GP. A friend of mine who has fibromyalgia and ‘swears by’ her Bowen Therapist recommended that I also visited her. I went for three or four treatments, didn’t think it did much for me so I stopped going. Then after three or four months, I hurt my shoulder and thought I would give it another try. On the consultation, I was telling the Bowen Therapist all about my shoulder with the restriction of movement and the pain. She then said “What about your elbows? You originally came to me with pain in both elbows!” I then realised that this pain had gone…..and I had not even noticed when it went!
This is how and when my love affair with Bowen started……
I then attended a ‘friends and family Bowen One day session’ and I haven’t looked back since.
In 2014 I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease probably caused by my use of anti-inflammatories & omeprazole over a period of 15-20 years. It was after this diagnosis that I decided to look elsewhere for solutions to my liver problems. Since then I have discovered 'gut health' and very quickly realised the importance of being healthy from the inside out. In April 2019 I did my first '21 day gut reset programme' and finally was able to take control of my health, coming off not only all my anti-inflammatory medication but also my blood pressure and antacid medications too! I have since completed a second '21 day reset programme' and lost over 2stone in weight. I can honestly say I have never felt better - this is what led me to add 'gut health coaching' onto my business in May 2019.
I hope I may be able to help others through this programme together with Bowen Therapy.
My previous work background has been in Sales, Marketing & Accounts where I ran a small family owned Window Blind Company with my ex-husband for over 15 years. More recently I undertook three years of study qualifying with AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting in April 2018 and I am currently employed part-time with Forestry England as Finance Manager looking after the accounts (amongst many others) for the very popular Forest Live programme - a job I very much still enjoy! (These are outdoor live music events, with headline acts such as Gary Barlow, Stereophonics, Paloma Faith & Jack Savoretti to name but a few in previous years)
I love my therapy work, especially helping people with chronic pain - such as fibromyalgia or ME, with life limiting conditions such as MS and gut health issues.
I also have a keen interest in working with young children & babies. Bowen is very suitable for children, sessions tend to be shorter and take place on the floor, sofa, on Mum or Dad's lap, or anywhere that the child is happy. Please bring your child's favourite toy and cuddler. Children usually respond very quickly.
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Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA)
Very pleased to have been accepted into the above professional association. You can now find me on their register of full members.
Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT)
Very pleased to have been accepted into the above professional association.
Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
Very pleased to have been accepted into the CNHC and you can now find me on their list of accredited practitioners for Bowen Therapy