Bowen Therapy in a Philippines Orphanage

Mother Teresa’s Orphanage in Delpan

Poverty is a harsh fact of life for many in the Philippines, and it is not just the ones with sickness or disease that need Bowen Therapy. The orphanages are full of little children that have been given up or left in the care of the Sisters because life has become too hard on the streets for them with parents no longer able to give them the care they need. It is a temporary shelter for sick, malnourished, neglected or abandoned children.        
The orphanage has a system whereby they can leave their child for a few months and then return for them when their circumstances have improved. Some parents visit each week but many do not return. By law a child left unvisited for 6 months is considered abandoned.
The separation is emotionally unsettling for children. They sit in their cots too weak to spend energy crying and just retreat into themselves. A child knows she has a mother. When their mother doesn't visit very often they become withdrawn.

Their apprehensions and longings affect their development. Using Bowen therapy to treat the trauma of the separation is about the only thing, apart from the occasional cuddle of a kindly carer or visitor that these children will receive. They are given basic food, clothing and shelter, and medical supplies are so scarce they are only used in an extreme situation. With so many children requiring attention it is often the ones suffering the most, who are left alone. These little children sit quietly and are too traumatised to be a problem.

When I first went to Manila it was to Mother Teresa’s Orphanage in Delpan that I first volunteered. I would go each week with a group of women (British Women’s Assoc) who had different skills to share. They would supply 'merianda', a morning tea, cuddle and hug the babies and play games with the older children. The meal consisted of a small bun, a half of a banana or sausage and half a cup of cordial.

The BWA supplies some medicines, baby needs and special high protein milk for malnourished children. I volunteered in the infirmary with the sick, or children with disabilities, using Bowen.

The first time I walked around all the cots and just did emergency moves.

At the time, all were suffering from carbuncles on various parts of their bodies and in extreme pain. Some slept standing up in their cots with their tiny arms hooked over the sides so as not to fall down and put pressure on their bodies. On the first day some received only upper body and neck moves, some just lower back stoppers, others upper respiratory and TMJ.

At the time treatments were disjointed and back to front, and moves were not text book correct due to conditions but the results were wonderful. Remarkably every child’s boils and carbuncles began to settle within a few days. Children's little bodies began to straighten out while some children began to smile or interact for the first time with others.

It was like a switch had been turned on and they became aware of what was going on around them. All had shown signs of emotional distress as well as physical pain but in a very short time the smiles started to become more ready and their eyes more alert. Their little bodies were becoming more balanced, and while their diets were still basic and poor, their bodies were working at their best and were able to correct the muscle firing patterns.

This in turn corrected the chemical imbalances which allowed for balance of the immune system and faster healing of their sores and wounds. With the power of Bowen, life is much kinder to the many that don't have access to the food and health care systems many of us take for granted.

There are so many areas one can use Bowen Therapy to advantage in the Philippines.



Bowtech is a gentle form of bodywork in which very subtle moves performed over the muscles and connective tissue send messages deep into the body, retrieving cellular memory of a preferred relaxed way of wellbeing. Results can be remarkable, even from the first session; often only a few sessions are needed to correct the presenting problem.
There are frequent but very essential pauses throughout the session that allow the body time to respond and begin the healing process. The practitioner can target a specific problem or address the body as a whole.

Can the Bowen Technique help me?
The original Bowen Technique is extremely gentle and is considered appropriate for anyone from pregnant women to newborn babies, the frail and the elderly. It can assist recovery from many conditions, from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending upon each individual’s capacity to heal. No adverse side affects have been reported.

The technique should be considered for:
Back pain and sciatica
Digestive and bowel problems including IBS
Earache, ear infections and migraines
Fibro myalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
Knee, ankle and foot problems
Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
Neck/shoulder problems including frozen shoulder
Respiratory problems and hay fever
RSI, carpel tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
Sports and accidental injuries
Baby colic

Who to Choose?

Who to choose?
We are now getting more and more Alternative and Natural Healing businesses in Mackay and surrounding suburbs. This can become confusing for clients. They may have had the same therapist for awhile and wonder ,"Will I try someone else to see what they do?"
Someone may have just started up and will undercut the usual prices, so it looks advantageous to give it a go. So, do you go on price alone in these hard times?Can they fix my bad back or sore knee or shoulder. Your thoughts may be, you won't really know unless you" give them a go".
Having been a massage therapist for over thirty years, I have heard all the questions. When clients ask me how to choose a therapist, I tell them a few things to look for. Are the premises clean? Is their manner professional in the treatment room? Can you claim your health care benefits back. (You pay it each year, so you should claim it back.) Most importantly; What is their experience and qualifications?
If they are registered with a health care provider, this ensures they have insurance and qualifications of a professional body standard. eg. AAMT. (Australian Assoc. of Massage Therapists) BTAA (Bowen Therapist Assoc. Australia) BAA (Bowen Assoc. Australia) to name a few.
Never forget there are “horses for courses”.
If you want a relaxing massage to pamper yourself, then look to a Spa. This is their forte. You will be surrounded with relaxing music, darken room and all will be soothing to the soul as well as the body.
If you have an injury, muscle or tendon related , look to a clinic that specializes in repair and rehab. Rarely will you find them both in the same clinic, as they are different qualifications. (Bowen therapy does treat both).
When you are booking your appointment, ask the questions. You are the client so you want to know up front the best treatment they can offer you.
If the answers aren't what you want or you don't feel reassured,then keep looking. We aren't all the same.