When meeting the Sisters of Assumption at Apello Cruz in Pasay City, one can’t help admiring their dedication to the community. The small bit of assistance that I, as an individual, could offer seemed almost insignificant until I realised that anything at all, however small, was in fact a big deal to those living in Isla, the area the Little Sisters of Assumption support. With my health care and natural health background, I offered my assistance in any way possible. My forte lies in the rehabilitation of the injured and infirmed. After deciding to treat patients at the local chapel where we set up a clinic, I realised that once my time in the Philippines ended, I would be taking away the chance for these people to have the ongoing care I had instigated. I approached the medical staff with the offer to teach them my skills. While I would be only able to pass on basic knowledge in the time I had there, they were very excited to learn. In Australia I have a busy practise in Natural Therapies and one of the most versatile is Bowen Therapy. Bowtech (the original Bowen Method) is a soft tissue treatment used for an array of the following conditions:
• Back pain and Sciatica
• Digestive and bowel problems - including Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Ear-ache, ear infections and migraines
• Chronic Fatigue syndrome,
• Knee, ankle and foot problems
• Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
• Neck / shoulder problems, including frozen shoulder
• Respiratory problems and Hay fever
• Repetitive Strain Injury
• Carpel Tunnel and Tennis Elbow
• Sports and accident injuries
The resources are limited in these community centres; therefore with the use of Bowen therapy we can hopefully alleviate the needs for expensive drugs or pain relief in many cases. Understanding of course that it doesn’t take the place of medical assistance, but either assists or repairs before further damage can be done. ‘A stitch in time saves nine’ comes to mind.
Before the devastation of the flood caused by typhoon Ondoy, we had one training day which was very successful. Unfortunately with the flood I found myself back at Isla in a very different role. Two volunteers and I gave our help in any way we could. We helped to deliver food and supplies donated by the expat community and from our families and friends, and spent our time making up care packs to be distributed to the neediest in the area. I treated a number of helpers with Bowen therapy to help them cope with the stress and trauma and the back breaking work of cleaning up. There were mountains of mud and rubbish to be shovelled from their homes and streets. This was only another hiccup in their everyday lives. With their let’s-get-on-with-it attitude the clinic, and school, would be up and running, and life would resume as normal in the aftermath of another setback in their lives.