Reflections

It is necessary to be realistic and much as any therapist wants to help everyone, so some people will not respond as we would like or hope. This is normal and it happens for a variety of reasons. However, these “non responders” are a small minority, but an important minority. It is so easy to learn, or perhaps not learn, from those that respond, it is much harder to analyse and learn from those clients who did not respond or return for further treatments. It is harder as it is necessary to ask ourselves questions not just about the client, but about the quality of our listening, understanding, and the treatment we gave. Was the treatment as good as it could have been, did we miss any signs, or indications during treatment, was our initial assessment and further assessments accurate? A good therapist of any modality would do this reflection on a regular basis, indeed if not after each client. Personally, when I record my notes after each clinic, I reflect on the session for each client and do challenge myself on what happened. It is a great process to undertake. What does often reveal itself is that for some clients Bowen is just not for them.

There are another body of people who turn out to be one off clients seeking an instant fix. These are people often with long standing pain, sometimes having had it for years, they have been adjusting their bodies to cope with the pain for years but believe that an hour of therapy of whatever modality will make it go away where every other option has failed previously. It simply isn’t go be the case and if you are told it is well, think long and hard before parting with your hard earned cash. In a fascinating article recently by Julian Baker, he states “We can be reasonably sure that in the space of 45-60 minutes and with the usual degrees of mechanical force, using hands, equipment or needles, fascia isn’t going to change, muscle isn’t going to change and bone isn’t going to change.”

Julian continues “So what’s left? The central and autonomous nervous systems are being prompted to be involved for sure and there may well be physiological responses in respect of a change in blood pressure and heart rate. But actual changes are going to take quite some time: weeks maybe months before sessions are truly integrated and absorbed into the structural behaviour of an individual. To my mind, the changes happen /after/ the session, not during it and anything a hands on therapist does is not a means to an end, but a contribution to a process that is on going.”

So we are merely trying to help you and your body heal and repair itself. The therapy is not an instant fix and you are unlikely to get up from the couch and be fully repaired, but you have started the process and journey. How long that journey is and how long will it take, well those are questions no one can answer because we are all different.

To read the full article by Julian Baker please follow this link