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Wow! I’m still buzzing from the course I went on at the weekend. Sports Injuries was the subject of the advanced Bowen Technique course and was run by Paula Esson, a very experienced Bowen teacher, sports scientist, coach at national level and Clinical Director at the Northern Integrated Health Practice.

Paula is one of these people I could listen too constantly, such is her enthusiasm and knowledge for sport and Bowen Technique.

Bowen is a subtle, yet dymanic non-invasive therapy working over muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue, triggering certain nerve endings. The brain sets to work straight away, taking stock of what is happening in the body and what functional problems there may be.

Sports injury management has interested me for a while. I’m a runner (ok, a resting runner at the moment) and over the last 5 years since I started running I have seen countless friends and co-runners falling at the wayside due to injury, but not just one injury, often injury over and over again. When I started learning Bowen, I could see instantly how this amazing therapy could potentially be the key to correct functioning of the body.

Broadening our knowledge of the anatomical working of the body during sport and opening our minds even further to how the body is connected from top to bottom, the course has allowed us to see how Bowen can play a major part in sports therapy. At the moment it’s still a very new idea for athletes, particuarly those who feel the need to be pummelled to ever begin to feel a therapy is doing any good. Bowen is incredibly light but so powerful. Leeds Rhinos are big proponents of the Bowen Technique as are various members of the Danish football team, but it’s going to take many years before Bowen is regarded as a first choice sports therapy. Hopefully this will happen sooner than later, such is the amazing scope of Bowen. I’d love to see Bowen Therapists a central part of the sports staff at Premier League clubs, or included along with physios in the Olympic village.

So, what can Bowen help? First of all, we aren’t looking at symptoms, rather the whole body. What’s happening to the body during a particular sport, what parts of the body are feeling the tension, stress and strain? What is happening biomechanically? By really thinking about what is going on in the body, we can think more logically about where the area of tension is coming from. For example, Paula gave the example of a young sports person with pain in right arm/elbow but through assessment she worked out the problem area was actually the opposite hip.

Runners, gymasts, tennis players, rugby players, cyclists, swimmers, in fact anyone who plays sport can benefit from Bowen. I am so excited about the potential for this therapy and can’t wait to welcome more sports people to my clinic.

If you’d like to know how Bowen may help you contact me at info@sarahpluves.com

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