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Bowen Therapy

What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen Therapy is a holistic and multidimensional approach to pain relief and healing. It is based on the recognition that the underlying cause or source of many musculoskeletal, neurological, neuromuscular and other health or pain problems that could be found in the soft tissue or fascia.

Fascia is a specific type of connective tissue that forms a three dimensional web surrounding every tissue in the body. Fascia is the body organizer embracing all nerves, bones, arteries, veins, and muscles. Therefore fascial dysfunction can affect every structure, muscle, nerve, and organ in the body.

Bowen Therapy, through specific soft tissue or fascial release and integration techniques, (‘moves’) stimulate (‘moves’) specific receptors that enable the body itself to correct dysfunctions and restore homeostasis (balance) on a holistic level.

What does the Bowen Technique involve?

A Bowen Therapy session consist of a series of precise sequenced moves on muscles and tissues that are gentle and lightly performed which makes it suitable for small children and, the elderly, and can also be carried out through light clothing.

These moves prompt the body to redress physical imbalances by delivering signals to the nervous system that initiate the release of muscle tension, blood, and lymphatic circulation and generally induces a feeling of relaxation and well being – the first step in feeling better.

The body normally responds quickly, sometimes profoundly, making it a clinically and cost effective treatment. Usually 3 or 4 treatments are required to bring about long term relief. However, many people experience relief after just one treatment.

What can I expect during a Bowen treatment session?

A Bowen Treatment session will usually last about half an hour. No oils are used, and the patient is usually fully clothed during the session.

The aim of the treatment is to establish a comprehensive profile of the overall health of the patient, as well as addressing the patient’s specific complaint, so the first consultation will include a discussion of the individual’s lifestyle, sleeping patterns, medical history, stress levels, and history of any injuries.

During treatment, pauses of several minutes punctuate each series of ‘moves’. These short breaks are important to allow the body to absorb the effects of the gentle manipulations. At this pace, the body is given time to effect the subtle adjustments which will help to initiate the healing process.

Unlike most other therapies, it is the patient’s body that takes the initiative in healing, not the therapist. During and after treatment a patient may experience deep relaxation, a feeling that they can retain for days.

Ideally treatments should be one week apart. However, when treating certain conditions – such as recurring sports injuries, or complaints during pregnancy, when changes in the body occur frequently – the treatments may be carried out at shorter intervals.

Usually two or three treatments are required to bring about long term relief. However, many people experience relief after just one treatment, either immediately after the session, or within a matter of days.

What conditions can Bowen Therapy treat?

The following conditions are some of many that show substantial improvement under the influence of Bowen Therapy:

Musculoskeletal

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Neck Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Hip/Pelvic Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Neuralgia
  • Scoliosis
  • Flexibility
  • Shin Splints
  • Foot/Ankle Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Herniated Discs
  • Whiplash
  • TMJ/Jaw Pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Sacro-Iliac Pain
  • Sports Injuries

Chronic

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraines
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's
  • Vertigo
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Epilepsy
  • Shingles Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Detoxification
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Stress/Anxiety

Respiratory

  • Sinus Problems
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Hay fever

Digestive

  • IBS
  • Crohn's
  • Acid Reflux
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion

Gynecological

  • Infertility
  • Morning Sickness
  • Perineal Pain
  • Mastitis
  • Pregnancy Pain
  • Irregular Cycles

Babies & Children

  • Colic
  • Growing Pains
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • ADHD
  • Earaches
  • Bedwetting

Counselling

In today’s culture, counselling is generally viewed as a last resort, a crisis intervention, something we do when we have exhausted our own resources or when we are feeling stuck with the same old problem. Talking with a professional counsellor can assist you to find new solutions, gain support, and chart a path through the difficult seasons of the journey of life!

Counselling can be helpful even when you are not in crisis, in fact counselling can be a part of an overall wellness plan that helps to prevent crisis. This is especially true regarding marriage and intimate relationships. Our most important relationships can really benefit from regular ‘tune-ups’ in order to keep them running smooth, passionate, enjoyable and meaningful.

Counselling offers you the therapeutic space and relationship, to explore your life or particular issues. It is a safe and confidential process that offers you support, encouragement, and challenge.

Counselling gives you the time you need to focus on your concerns. It can also be used for personal growth and to increase self knowledge.

Conditions Counselling Can Help

  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Communications with others
  • Difficult Moods
  • Changing Unhelpful Behaviours
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • Abuse, Past and present
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Family Difficulties
  • Separation /Divorce
  • Co-Parenting
  • Relationships

Benefits of Counselling

  • Personal Insight
  • Increased Confidence/Self Esteem
  • Assertiveness
  • Increased Emotional Awareness
  • Relationship Improvements
  • Effective Communications
  • Healthy Conflict Resolution
  • Increased Motivation
  • Personal Development & Growth

Counselling services are confidential, open to all and take place in a safe and comfortable environment.

PRACTITIONER

Laurie Gilbank

Integrative Health Specialist, RMHC-I, Certified Bowen Therapist, Reiki Practitioner Owner/Operator

Laurie graduated from The Toronto School of Business holding a Diploma in Business Administration and is a graduate of Bowtech Canada with a diploma to practice Bowen Therapy, she is an advanced level Practitioner. Laurie has also completed the registered mental health counsellor, Program (Honors) at the College of Mental Health. Laurie has furthered her Integrative studies which now includes, Reiki, Integrative Mental and Holistic health, Weight Loss, Pain Assessment and Management. Laurie has combined her knowledge of business with her passion for natural health services and its related modalities to set up Natural Body and Health, where she practices a unique style of healing of the Mind, Body and Soul. Her intuitive approach addresses these issues which creates a balance in the healing of the total body! Laurie is a registered member of Bowtech Canada, Bowtech Australia and the College of Mental Health and is a member in good standing with Preventive Health Services.

Laurie has combined her knowledge of business with her passion for natural health services and its related modalities to set up Natural Body and Health, where she practices a unique style of healing of the Mind, Body and Soul. Her intuitive approach addresses these issues which creates a balance in the healing of the total body!

Laurie is a registered member of Bowtech Canada, Bowtech Australia and the College of Mental Health and is a member in good standing with Preventive Health Services.

ABOUT US

Vision

My Vision is to become the preferred choice of Natural Body and Mental Health Care services for people wanting to maintain and improve their overall well being with an unparalleled level of service, care, knowledge, passion and integrity.

Mission

My mission tag line is "Your Partner to Better Health and Well Being”. My intent is to provide clients expert health care through our core values of client care, service quality, education, innovation and teamwork. The goal is to provide high quality healthcare services through collaboration with our clients. High standards of excellence are the cornerstone of the mission and I believe in integrity in all that I do.

Values

Values are the foundation on which reputation will be built and maintained. I believe that the commitment to the fundamental values each and every day will be a major differentiator and a driving force in my success.

Integrity

I believe that integrity is a cornerstone of our long term success and must not be compromised. This is characterised by trust and mutual respect of ourselves, our community and our clients. Outstanding Service I believe that clients are the essence of our business. We strive to exceed our client’s expectations and to achieve distinction in our commitments to service. Education I believe that education of the specific modalities is fundamental to the long term success of the company. We strive to educate our clients and the community as to the long term health benefits of natural health services.


Testimonials

Before seeing Laurie I was dealing with pain in my neck, shoulders, knees, and pelvis from past injuries and trauma which made moving extremely uncomfortable and difficult. Since going to see Laurie for Bowen my body overall feels much more comfortable, my range of motion has improved, and my health overall is improving with each treatment. If you are looking for a skilled, caring, and, professional Integrative Health Specialist I highly recommend Laurie Gilbank!

Christine Riedel Gagnon

Cambridge, Ontario Reiki Master, Spiritual & Transformational Coach, Divine Feminine Leader, High Priestess, Master Interspecies Communicator & Channeler www.goddessreclaimed.com
I was referred to Laurie by a friend. She had success with Bowen therapy for her “locked” shoulder. I was having sciatic pain, numbness in my right leg, lower back pain and muscle spasms. Later I was diagnosed with a Herniated disc. Bowen therapy gave a non- invasive but very effective treatment to help with my symptoms. Laurie has a very caring manner and magic touch. I am grateful to Laurie and Bowen therapy.

Kathy

"I had been going to Laurie for over a year to get Bowen treatments in regards to my foot pain. I have had this pain since I was a child and the doctors have still not been able to diagnosis it. Their treatment method relied heavily on multiple medications that only masked the pain for a short period of time, which ended up causing the medications to do more harm than good. I relayed my concern to Laurie about wanting to eliminate the medications from my life and find a healthy, natural way to alleviate my pain. Laurie was able to give me exactly what I needed! The Bowen treatments were something I looked forward to every week because I knew I would be able to go home and sleep in peace without being woken up in pain. Each treatment was able to provide me with roughly 1 week of pain relief before I would need to go for my next treatment. I am sad to say that since moving away I have had to stop my treatments, but it is honestly something I miss and wish I was able to still continue with her. Laurie Gilbank has created an environment that makes you feel comfortable, safe and relaxed. She is able to modify her techniques and procedures to fully effect your pain in a beneficial way. Not once have I ever left her office in disappointment or in discomfort. She is full of wisdom and knowledge about health, wellness and general everyday life. You will feel the desire to open up and place your trust in her hands to help you through your challenging needs. Thank you Laurie for all you have done for me, Best wishes, Valerie C."

Valerie C

I started seeing Laurie when I was suffering from a diagnosed 'frozen shoulder' issue. I had seen a few practitioners for relief, some of which had a great deal of experience but no-one could help in any significant way. A friend told me about Laurie and Bowen Therapy and that I should give it shot. I was unfamiliar with this treatment and didn't know what to expect but I was open to trying because I had been suffering for over a year and was fed up. I scheduled an appointment and met Laurie where she proceeded to share with me the concepts of Bowen Therapy. I was intrigued and excited to get my first treatment. I was surprised to see that the administration of the technique was intermittent in nature. She would enter the treatment room where I laid fully dressed on a table and would address specific areas of my body with gentle hand movements and would then leave the room to allow my body to 'process'. This went on for about a half hour and I felt very relaxed by the end of the session. I went home thinking, wow, that was different and knew that I felt different but was still experiencing the pain and restricted range of motion in my frozen shoulder, though it did feel a little better. The next morning I awoke and went on with my morning rituals. While showering I noticed that I could bring my affected arm all the way up to wash my hair without pain! I couldn't believe this was happening! I went through my routine in amazement and was absolutely delighted and relieved. I was so excited that I woke up my partner to show her how I could move my arm again and that I was no longer in pain. She too was amazed. All of this relief came from a modality I hadn't heard of before but was open to try out. After just one treatment, my body was transformed. She had triggered something in my body that allowed my body to heal itself. It was a breakthrough for me and my body and I proudly share this story with friends and clients because if it worked for me, perhaps it will work for them. I continue to work with Laurie for maintenance and I always feel great after spending time with her. She is always present and truly cares about my wellbeing. I would highly recommend her services because it changed my life when I thought nothing could and I feel awesome after every visit.

Denis Mercier

RMT
I have been a client of Laurie Gilbank at Natural Body and Health since 2013. I have had issues with Arthritis and Fibromyalgia for many years. In the past I've been sent to Physio and Chiropractors, tried heat and cold and various rubs, all of which helped a little but never left me painfree! I tried Bowen Therapy with Laurie and found from the start that, not only did it help, it started to feel better after only a couple of treatments. I've regularly seen Laurie for simple "tune-ups" accompanied by her suggestions of how to avoid problems that caused pain and have learned how to prevent major problems. On the occasion that I've pushed a little too hard, I can always count on Laurie to set me right again! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her care to anyone!

Kate B.

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