BOWEN TECHNIQUE BRISTOL
Pain relief for musculoskeletal conditions using the Bowen Technique and informed by pain science, cutting-edge myofascial research and bodymind integration.
Your body's ability to heal is greater than anyone has ever permitted you to believe. If you'd like to undertake your journey to health with me get in touch!
I’ve been a professional Bowen Therapist since 2016. My goal is to facilitate healing and restore efficient movement and comfort as quickly as possible, according to each client's individual capacity for adaptation and change. I achieve this through cutting-edge hands-on techniques, one-to-one therapy and bespoke treatment plans designed for each client.
As part of my practice and philosophy, I strive to both educate and heal my clients, empowering them to live better and healthier lives. I want you to understand how powerful your mind and body really are, and how each symptom is part of a larger system of relationships with yourself, your environments, physical and mental habits and belief systems. I believe in a holistic approach to therapy, which means I treat your whole body rather than focusing only on the symptomatic area. Get in touch to find out more.
My passion for the anatomy of the body started 20 years ago during my Degree in Dance Studies. After a career in dance and performance, I decided to reframe my work to help others to heal and achieve their potential for wellbeing and optimal movement. I have also worked in the Care sector assisting people with Autism, visual impairments and other complex needs, supporting them to live as independently as possible.
I have personally experienced the powerful healing effects of the Bowen Technique and decided to train as a practitioner, completing my training with Bowtech. I am a member of the Bowen Association UK and I am supervised to attend professional development training every year.
I have experience in treating a wide range of health conditions such as back pain, sciatica, migraines, tendonitis, postural imbalances, neck and shoulder restrictions, symptoms caused by stress.
If you need a positive, gentle and caring practitioner, please don’t hesitate to reach out to find out how I can help you restore yourself and unlock your potential for healing. Sometimes improvements can be seen from the very first session. Book your first treatment here!
I follow my insurance and the Government guidelines to keep my practice Covid-19 safe.
BA (Hons) in Dance Studies (2007)
The Bowen Technique Diploma of proficiency with Bowtech (2016)
ITEC QCF Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology (2016)
Bowen Technique Advanced Procedures (2018)
Importance of Symmetry (2019)
The Fascial Pelvis online course with The Fascia Hub (2020)
The Ankle and Foot workshop with CoreWalking (2021)
Introduction to Tensegrity and Bodymind Medicine Certification (2021)
Authentic Movement and Therapeutic Presence Certification (2010)
Level 3 in Understanding Mental Health (2011)
First aid trained
I AM A MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING PROFESSIONAL BODIES
Bowen Association UK (BAUK)
WHAT IS THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE ?
The Bowen Technique is a hands-on holistic therapy that involves stretching the fascia - the soft tissues that cover all your muscles and organs - to promote pain relief. It uses gentle and precise rolling hand movements. These motions focus on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, along with the fascia and skin around them.
These types of gentle stretches of the soft tissues restore balance in the whole body by acting on the nervous system. The Bowen Technique enables a shift in the autonomic nervous system (which controls the majority of our bodily functions) by inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system (your fight, flight, or freeze mode) and activating the parasympathetic nervous system (your rest, relax and repair mode).
The Bowen Technique (also known as Bowen Therapy) can facilitate the treatment of a wide range of complaints, including back problems, sciatica, migraines, injury recovery, shoulder and neck restrictions, postural misalignment, hormonal imbalance, and stress. After treatment, you might experience a restored sense of general wellbeing and increased energy.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A SESSION
A session can last between half an hour to 1 hour.
Treatment can be done on skin or light clothing, you may be asked to remove heavy or thick garments.
You will lie or sit down, depending on the areas that need to be worked on.
The therapist uses their fingers to apply gentle, rolling movements on specific areas. They’ll mainly use their thumbs and index fingers.
The therapist will stretch and move the skin. The pressure will vary, but it won’t be forceful.
Throughout the session, the therapist will regularly leave the room to let your body respond and adjust. They’ll return after 2 to 5 minutes.
The therapist will repeat the movements as necessary.
When your session is done, your therapist will provide self-care instructions and lifestyle recommendations.
Your symptoms might change during the treatment, after the session, or several days later.
The total number of sessions you need will depend on various factors, including: your symptoms, the severity of your condition, your response to the therapy. We can outline a treatment plan together so that you can get the most out of your experience with Bowen Therapy, however if you have a long-term chronic condition I would highly recommend you choose a 4 sessions package.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
'Bowen is a miracle treatment for me and being treated by this incredibly talented woman is the icing and the cherry on the cake'
LOUISE / Women's Coach
'Stella manages to get the balance between professionalism and an open heart that is ready to heal. I would recommend her treatment to anyone'
IAN / Charity Administration Manager
'Stella has a wonderful healing touch. She has been treating me for Bells Palsy for the last two to three months; and I am now 90% back to normal. She has clearly explained the way that the treatments work; which I find reassuring! A very gentle, loving and spiritual person. I enjoy her presence in her comfortable treatment room.'
PAUL C. / Care Home Director
'Stella has exceptional care, knowledge and attention to detail as a Bowen Practitioner. I would warmly recommend her and look forward to my next treatment. '
ANNE-MARIE / Community Artist, Performer and Environmental Activist
'I started as a total sceptic in a lot of pain across my lower back and hips. Within 3 sessions I was a convert as Stella had not only relieved my pain, but had managed to get flexibility where none had been for a considerable time.'
PAUL G. / Retired
'I visited Stella for several sessions after being diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica. I still have this, as expected. However, the sessions with Stella did help to increase the movement in the back of my legs and my right shoulder, which was very stiff. Thank you.'
JENNIE / Retired
'I have had Bowen therapy for my back over the past 10 years but recently my therapist moved away and subsequently I found Stella through the internet. I have had several treatments by Stella and found her extremely professional and caring. She tailors treatment to suit each individual. She is consciencious and has followed up therapy sessions by contacting me to ensure that I was progressing and to give me further advice as required. I would throughly recommend Stella and Bowen therapy.'
JANE / Retired
'Stella's professionalism and care has not only helped me with specific lower back problems but also really helped my general health and wellbeing. Stella's approach is gentle yet transformative. I cannot recommend Stella's empathetic and holistic approach highly enough '
JULIAN / Project Manager
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