It's been 10 months since I last wrote a blog for my website, lots of things have contributed to this. I think you burn yourself out with the internet and it's trappings. My Mum died last March and although there wasn't much to sort out I guess things just seemed different after five years visiting a care home, and lastly but more importantly I had changed physically. I'm not sure if this was due to overworking myself physically, the menopause, or both.
For the last three years I have suffered with chronic aching that stopped me from doing simple things that I loved like gardening. Just thirty minutes in the garden really hurt. I had ripped the tendons in my arm some years back and this was also giving me grief. To be honest I wasn't good mentally either.
Numerous doctors appointments culminated in quite a few blood tests which told me I was fit and healthy, Naproxen by the bucket load was prescribed for everything else.
I got to the stage where I really didn't want tablets I just wanted the root of my problems sorted.
My low point was saying to my husband that I would have to stop doing anything remotely physical as it was all too depressing. I tried to find someone professional to talk to about menopause but that was sadly lacking. I waited twelve weeks to see a physio for which I had high hopes. I was given a few exercises to do on a sheet of A4 paper and told I would be fine. I felt so let down that I had waited 12 weeks for that.
Chiropractor appointments were kept and that did help with my aching for a short while but didn't address much else. I loathed the getting undressed part, and hated the cracking noises even more.
The next words I am going to tell you are REALLY important, I read an article about a practice called Bowen Therapy which seemed to have good results. It seemed a little odd but what did I have to loose. For me it was sort of the LAST RESORT.
I found a local practitioner who I called and sounded confident, relaxed and friendly, she didn't make any promises but said come along and see how it goes. I decide to go with the flow and was pleasantly surprised. Yes it was a bit odd but so very very relaxing. I had three sessions and saw a huge improvement in mind and body, I kept having treatments once a month for a while and everything fell back into place. I wondered how on earth such a gentle practice could make such a huge change to my body.
A year or so after I decided that I would train to become a Bowen Therapist, a few weeks before I started the courses my husband said that he wanted to learn to, so off we both went.
The first course was three days long, after the first day I new that sadly this wasn't for me, I couldn't take in all the vast information. This was certainly a massive amount of training for something I perceived to be fairly simple, how wrong could I be. My husband however was the star of the show, a natural from the start and loved every minute of the training. It was clear to everyone on the course that he was very much supposed to be a Bowen Therapist.
A long year saw lots of training and practice along side my husbands full time job, every evening he practiced Bowen on volunteers and read up on the theory in any other spare time to prepare for exams.
He is now a qualified Bowen Therapist and has an ever growing very grateful client list including myself.
So instead of thinking like myself, and so many other's, 'I'll give this a go as a last resort', think about giving it a go before anything else and save yourself some time.
Remember I said I couldn't do anything physical anymore, which really upset me? Well last September I built this shed for me to work in and didn't suffer at all, yes I had a friend who lead the build but every day I was his apprentice and every evening I carried on to push the build on a notch.
My husband Ray Barclay will leave his day job in two weeks time to practice Bowen full time and can be contacted by visiting www.raybarclaybowen.com if you are suffering with any physical or mental problem it's worth giving Bowen a try in my view. Please don't wait as I did for it to be the LAST RESORT.
As for me well it's back to normal life and possibly a few more blogs!