This is the time of year for head colds and sore throats. As a result, I get calls from clients saying, “I can’t come in today because I’m sick.” My response is, “Why not come in because you are sick?” Oh, I get that you feel like crap and you just want to lie in bed with your box of tissue and a hot honey lemon tea. Of course, it’s your decision if you choose to do that, but did you know that Bowen can help you get over your illness faster? It does this by addressing the lymphatic system.
You see, your lymphatic system is responsible for optimum functioning of your immune system. The superficial lymph capillaries move 70% of the lymph and, unlike deeper collectors of the lymphatic system, the superficial capillaries are not stimulated by exercise. They are, however, stimulated through the gentle application of Bowenwork! Furthermore, addressing the surface vessels with Bowenwork encourages the emptying and functioning of the deeper vessels. Situated along the lymph vessel network are lymph nodes which filter bacteria, toxins and dead cells. Many of these nodes are located in the cervical area. One of the Bowen procedures that addresses the lymphatic vessels and nodes in the cervical area is known as Upper Respiratory/TMJ Procedure.
Carla was one of my regular clients. She called to book a Bowen session because she was sick. She specifically requested the Upper Respiratory/TMJ procedure since she had a sore throat and ear congestion. When she arrived, I noticed that Carla’s neck area was visibly red and, on palpating the tissue, it was hot to the touch and felt swollen. Although we didn’t use a thermometer, it was clear her temperature was elevated. So I did the specific procedure for this area. Part of this procedure is a move known as “The Drain” done specifically around the sternocloidal mastoid muscle (SCM). This SCM area is rich in lymph. After doing The Drain, we waited five minutes. There was noticeably less heat in the area and the tissue was less swollen. I repeated the move, waited five minutes, then repeated The Drain for the third and last time. After waiting another five minutes, I assessed the area. The temperature was normal and the swelling was no longer evident. Carla reported that her throat and ears felt so much better, and she left the office well on her way to a speedy recovery!
You can suffer through your sore throat and cold, or you can feel better more quickly with Bowen therapy.
P.S. The Drain is a fantastic procedure for use on kids! If you’d like to have this tool literally at your fingertips for use on your own children, consider Bowen Practitioner training, now available in Thunder Bay and London, Ontario.