Before computers became so commonplace the biggest percentage of my clients was made up of labourers, constructions workers and tradesmen. Many people in the building industry have physically intense jobs which puts a huge strain on their bodies and cause injuries that then keep them out of work. Having worked in the field myself I have a personal understanding of what it takes to do hard physical work for up to 12 hours a day and beyond.
Renovating, lifting heavy loads and concreting are just a few tasks which can cause problems. Operating a jack hammers or wacker packers are common culprits. Shovelling or being a plant operator in a seated position for extended periods of time, and often driving on uneven rough terrain won’t do you any favours either.
Most of the manual labourers I see come to Bowen therapy as a last resort after being recommended it by a friend or family member. Like any person trying a new treatment they may be a little wary at first because they are unfamiliar with the process and are curious about what might be involved. If this sounds like you check out my post What is Bowen Therapy?
After treating thousands of clients I’m quite used to dealing with people who have never experienced Bowen Therapy and I’m only too happy to explain how the session will proceed and what you should expect.
I start by asking you to fill in a client form, discuss any concerns you may have and do a postural assessment before commencing the treatment. Each session includes a short break in between moves to give your body time to react to the therapy and most people find it deeply relaxing. It always comes as a big relief to people to hear that, more than not, I’ve already had success in treating others with a similar issue.
Bowen involves gentle tissue manipulation which can be done through light clothing and in a clinical setting. Some first-time patients can even be treated while sitting in a chair instead of lying down if they prefer and that can be just as effective for some lower back, neck, shoulder or upper back problems.
Ideally though, the session takes 30-45 minutes and is done with the client lying down on a massage table allowing you to fully relax and have some down time which is so essential for busy working individuals in such a hectic world.
Bowen Technique is a non-invasive soft tissue therapy that works on every cell in the body through gentle moves on skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerve bundles. It stimulates every system in your body and it is a powerful and effective way to help the body heal itself, no matter what kind of grueling work it’s been doing.
It helps with persistent injures caused by heavy physical work and promotes overall well-being. But I think what my clients in the building industry love most of all about the therapy is that, because they can’t work if they’re injured, it keeps them healthy and able to work so it’s a great investment, and most opt to continue on with a monthly maintenance program which allows them to keep working; I rarely ever see them between treatments.
These days my working clients are evenly balanced between those with technical jobs or in computer work and those in manual labour and construction. Keeping this country going is hard work and I’m very glad Bowen can do its part in helping alleviate some of the stress and pain.