Tuesday 8 May 2018

Healing Journey Update

We burn in this house, vanilla in the entryway...
I thought I would write a short update on my healing journey because today I started a new type of treatment.

To date, some of my symptoms have started to dissipate which is absolutely fabulous but my progress is still frustrating and as much as my Psychologist urges, I can not find ACCEPTANCE!! Sorry, Vineetha.

At the moment I am not having any other treatment as everything has been put on hold until a report comes from a Neurologist. Because of this, I thought it was a good opportunity to look into and try other forms of therapy.

The family up North swear by Bowen Therapy which is what I started today.  I did a heap of research first and found it is accepted as a successful treatment for Concussion in quite a few countries.  Continuing with my due diligence, I researched Bowen therapists in Auckland and found one that I thought I would be comfortable with because of course, you can tell this from reading online!

Anyway, my first appointment was today which was timely as I woke up this morning with a horrible migraine type headache and nausea. It might have been triggered by my psychologist appointment yesterday which is always intense. Sorry, Vineetha. Moving right along, I managed to sleep enough to get myself together for my Bowen appointment which was this afternoon.

The therapist was lovely. She had a calming aura and a soft gentle voice. Her therapy room was soothing, she had a salt lamp glowing and the room smelt delightful. I later found out she was burning an oil called 'Peace', a mixture of lavender, frankincense, ylang-ylang
and something else I can't remember.

eucalyptus in the living area, and our own natural fire, haha.
After the usual intro chat, I lay on her massage table and she did these strange little maneuvers where she would put pressure on a 'meridian point' and sort of roll the area and then do the same on the exact opposite side. The points were a little tender, some more than others but nothing shocking. She would then leave the room for 2 to 5 minutes and come back and do the same in another area. It was strange because each area she touched would feel cool and in the end, I had all these patches on my body that felt cool. According to Bowen, cool sensations are release and warm sensations are healing.

The actual 'healing' session was probably about 40 minutes. The next session is in 8 days time. My 'homework' is to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day which can include herbal tea. I do that anyway. She would also like me to walk for 20 minutes a day. That, I don't do. I will though.

As a side note, we talked about gut health which is something I have been looking into. She had just been to a seminar on it and it is recommended that Bone Broth is incredible for gut health. Apparently, gut health underpins many other health issues including the brain function. Mum, I need you to come down and make me broth (inside joke!).

If you interesting in learning more about Bowen Therapy check it out here because I cannot explain it well enough in my own words. My Bowen therapist is Sommer Wagstaff of Holistic Body Therapy.

I'll keep you posted on my Bowen Therapy progress.

And to keep it real, as I type this I have a lovely glass of red wine to accompany my water!

Thanks for reading,
Rachael xo

ps. if you have had Bowen Therapy I would love to hear about your experience.


12 Days of Christmas Swap said...

Well - you have been - it will be interesting and I am totally confident that the outcome will be everything that you hope for - yes, the Northland family have Bowen Therapy for a range of health issues - post surgery, post cancer treatments, physical impairment, arthritis, just about any condition you can think of with satisfying results. I too `googled' Bowen Therapy in relation to post concussion syndrome and feel that this is the path to take - the conventional and traditional path is not always the solution xx

deeps said...

thats a 'peace'ful therapy