Massage Therapy is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Some studies have found massage therapy may also be helpful for:
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Despite its benefits, massage isn't meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you're trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.
Above information is an excerpt from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743
Bowen Therapeutic Technique is a series of simple, gentle, non-invasive moves done across muscle and connective tissue – with client fully clothed (loose clothing, i.e. sweats/t-shirt best). Instead of over-powering the body, these moves encourage and assist the body to heal itself.
Systems of the body are accessed assisting the muscles and nerve tissues to relax, adhesions to vanish, toxins to shed, circulation to increase, and due to the dynamic nerve/energy pulse inherent only in “Bowen moves”, it assists the body to becoms energized, rebalanced or reprogrammed according to its own genetic blueprint of health.
Often, relief is immediate. Range and fluidity of motion are generally restored or enhanced rapidly, and most injuries or conditions alleviated in a minimal number of treatments.
Because it works in harmony with the body, Bowen Therapy addresses the stress of muscular, skeletal or nerve imbalance, injury or chronic condition, such as:
Head: Chronic headaches, TMJ, neck pain, stiffness
Shoulder/Arm: “Frozen Shoulder”, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Trunk: Chest pain, back pain, Scoliosis, posture
Pelvis: Pelvis imbalance, hip pain, sciatica, coccyx (tailbone) problems
Legs/Feet: Leg cramps, knee conditions, ankle sprains, hammertoes, bunions.
Bowen Therapy may be effective for detoxifying the body. It supports the lymphatic system and promotes drainage.
We are fortunate to have been taught Levels I, II, III and IV by the late Milton Albrecht of Auburn, California. Milton had the “touch” and the intuitive instincts of Tom Bowen, and he imparted his passion and Bowen instincts to us, his students, to the best of his ability. All of Milton’s clients and students loved him; he was second to none – not even Tom Bowen himself, in our opinions. (Disclaimer here: We did not know Tom Bowen.)
A little about Milton:
Excerpts from: http://parkerschoolofbowentherapy.com/about/milton-j-albrecht:
"Milton J. Albrecht was the first Bowen therapist certified outside of Australia, sponsoring the first Bowen seminar held in the U.S., in September, 1989. Milton became internationally well-known for his progressive interpretation of Tom Bowen's Australian modality".
"...Milton never advertised, and even though he saw 25 people a day, six days a week, his reputation grew strictly by word of mouth. He usually saw 4 people each hour, and because there are usually 2-10 minute waiting periods between moves, Milton could go from client to client. He would often ask the client's family or friends to observe the session so he could explain not only what he was doing, but how they could help themselves in the future."
"...People were flying in from all over the country for treatments, and because Milton grasped Bowen therapy so completely, they either wanted to take the seminar, or recommended a colleague."
To learn more about Milton, how he began his Bowen Therapy path, and his "Gift", read a lovely tribute by Milton's wife, Deni Larimore Albrecht, “Milton Joseph Albrecht – A loving tribute by Deni Larimore Albrecht" at http://parkerschoolofbowentherapy.com/about/milton-j-albrecht.
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