Saturday 7th July 2012
Julian will be a keynote speaker at the FHT Conference in the Midlands. On Saturday 7th July 2012 he will be presenting 'The Happy Hamstring', explaining how to increase and maintain hamstring flexibility. On Sunday 8th July he will present a lively and interactive workshop where FHT members can learn two remarkable Bowen procedures that will change the way they see body therapy.
And another year begins ... As you all know, I am passionate about
Bowen, and exploring the human form comes a close second. In January I
was back in the dissecting room before embarking on my Bowen teaching
It's an exciting time for people who work in this field; we have
access to some amazing facilities which give us a unique opportunity to
better understand what we, as therapists are doing.
This week (18th January) I am observing some surgery to understand the nature of surgical intervention.
I am hoping this experience will also help me understand how our bodies get into situations where surgery is needed. For instance I am convinced that many people who present for knee replacement surgery, have a history of back pain with back problems. In my opinion, they need to address their back problem first and foremost. The knee may or may not be worn as a result of age and uneven function, but I am pretty sure that a lot of the pain can be attributed to lower back, pelvic, hip, and even shoulder movements where these have not been evenly distributed.
I am running a series of weekend dissections in Scotland this year, dropping down through the layers of the body to examine what connects everything and how it all relates. It would be great to have as many Bowen people as possible. The discussions we have when we are exploring the human form are illuminating and enlightening! If you would like to know more, get in touch withl the office. T: 01373 832 494
December 2011 highlights
Just before Christmas, another lovely group of Bowen students nervously came to our corner of Wiltshire to complete their Part Five course at the Corsley Centre. We had a ball – with lots of laughter to dispel the anxiety!
My teaching year ended with two dissection courses in London. Physiotherapists from the English Institute of Sport attended one dissection day where we examined the relationships of fascia and muscle. We were exploring some of the myths and concepts around injury and soft tissue, differentiating between what we thought was happening and what the evidence was when we saw it in front of us. It was really interesting to see the responses from very experienced hands-on sports physiotherapists who felt that some of the ideas that they were working with were a little different to the reality of the physical form in front of them. Watching others discover the miracles that lie under the skin, never fails to excite as well as humble me.
Another day concentrated on some of the ideas circulating core stability. In addition to physiotherapists, we had Pilates instructors, for whom the idea of core stability is an important one. Many people think that they can palpate and feel the transverse abdominus muscle when it contracts. Quite apart from the fact that, in a lot of people, this muscle is absent, the incredibly thin and fragile nature of the tissue suggests that it is pretty impossible to do this. This is especially relevant when one looks at the overlaying interfaces of the other abdominal structures.
Next year my travels will take me to St Andrews in Scotland to run more one-day and two-day dissection courses. And, once again we are welcoming Gil Hedley back to the UK in 2012.
Julian has just completed 7 days with Gil Hedley (www.gilhedley.com). Six days in a London medical teaching hospital where they ran the amazing 6-day dissection course.
"life changing" "Incredible" "The most amazing week in my life" ... are just some of the comments which sum this course up.
Gil will be returning in 2012 and we will be offering the 6-day dissection course in Scotland. If you are interested, email Louise
Julian is now putting the finishing touches to his new Body Reading workshop. This is a very practical course with plenty of practical, hands-on work. Practitioners have commented on Julian's ability to 'read' bodies and have asked to be taught this skill.
Julian looks at the subtle changes (often tiny) that occur during a treatment, inbetween the moves, before deciding what the next move will be. You will be taught what to look for when a person moves, stands, walks, sits, kneels etc. and what to do with these gems of information as well as what they mean. You will never be able to walk down the street again without scanning everyone's posture and movement. Your client's treatments really will be 'tailor-made'!
Together with John French (CEO of the Federation of Holistic Therapists), Julian will be having a meeting with the Advertising Standards Authority to discuss their advertising rules and regulations. The latest parameters issued by the ASA are making it tricky for any complementary therapist to describe their therapy and treatment. More to follow ...