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Touch Produces Miracles
by Gerri Shapiro, MS
For as long as I can
remember, I've suffered from back pain. Although I have
experienced some relief using heat, cold, massage, chiropractic and
acupuncture, invariably the pain has always returned... until...
I visited a friend in
California who had similar back problems. She told me she had
some body work done called Bowen. Her back pain was gone-- and
I was definitely
intrigued. I couldn't wait to find out more. When I
arrived back home on Maui I got on the internet and discovered that
the Bowen Technique originated in Australia and wasn't that well
known in the U.S. Hoping to find a practitioner in Hawaii, I
emailed close to 40 practitioners around the U.S. and asked if they
could refer me to someone on Maui. After about 39
"no's" I got one "yes!"
I arranged to have three
Bowen sessions. After the third session, my back pain was
"history!" I got so excited I could spit!
My mother is eighty
years old and suffers from severe arthritis. I managed to hunt
down a practitioner near where she lives in Murrieta Hot Springs,
California. After one session, she slept through the entire
night for the first time in six years, and was able to walk without
Ever the skeptic, my
sister-in-law reluctantly agreed to try it. As she lay there
during the treatment she thought, "This is crap!" By
the end of the week, her hip pain was nearly gone. She sent
everyone in her office to get a treatment.
I was eager to learn as
much as I could about the technique, but discovered that most of the
Bowen training schools were located primarily in Australia and the
UK. Then I got lucky. One of the Bowen instructors
offered a training in Honolulu. The dust flew as I raced to
The rest is history...
Last month I worked on a
local woman who suffered from major pain in her shoulder. She
couldn't lift her arm and her hands and fingers felt numb. I
gave her a Bowen session and then left. A week later her hands
and fingers felt much better, but there was still some pain and
stiffness in her shoulder. So I gave her a second session.
That night she called from a restaurant where she and her husband
were having dinner. "I heard a popping sound during
dinner," she said. "Then my shoulder popped itself
back into place!" The woman has been pain free ever
A friend with chronic
fatigue and fibromyalgia told me she lived in a constant state of
severe pain (a "10" on a scale of 1-10). After two
sessions her pain level dropped to a "4". She slept
through the entire night and she was able to go through the entire
day without having to constantly rest.
Miracle Pain Relief is
based on the Bowen Technique, which involves a series of very
gentle, rolling moves on the body using thumbs and fingers.
The technique was developed in Australia in the 1950's by Thomas
Bowen, a gifted healer who devised a simple but powerful method for
releasing pain. He estimated his success rate to be about 88%!
The main difference
between the Bowen Technique and other modalities is how fast it
works, how gentle it feels and how long the pain relief lasts.
A session lasts about 40 minutes and can be done while seated or
lying down, either through light clothing or directly on the skin.
Because it is so relaxing, many people fall asleep during treatment.
The technique has been
successful in treating back pain, sciatica, headaches, migraines,
frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, whiplash, knee and ankle pain, hip
pain, jaw pain, leg cramps, shin splints, sports injuries,
allergies, asthma, hay fever and much more.
For me, the miracle lies
in the fact that doing so little produces so much relief. My
job is to deliver the message... and get out of the way.
Gerri Shapiro, MS Ed,
is a leading health educator and Bowen practitioner who has worked with the World Health Organization, Asian
Development Bank, USAID and Management Sciences for Health in the
areas of alternative and traditional medicine. She is a member
of the American Massage Therapy and American Holistic Health
Associations. She produced the Video,
Miracle Pain Relief - The Gentle Power of Bowen for Family and