Chronic conditions and Bowenwork… Alexia Monroe visiting Australia in 2016

Senior US Bowenwork instructor Alexia Monroe is visiting Australia for the International Conference in Cairns where she is offering her continuing education workshop “Chronic Conditions and Bowenwork.”

Additionally she is offering this workshop in Sydney on 20-21 August.

Alexia holds almost 50 years experience in a wide range of healing modalities. Since learning Bowenwork from Ossie and Elaine in 1993 however, she has practiced nothing else. She says, “I devote myself exclusively to Bowenwork because I have not found its equal in any other therapy”.   

This workshop explores:

  • patterns of chronic conditions and Bowen choices, so as to avoid “scattershot” work on every pain. A decision-tree to help you discriminate, prioritize and know when to stop
  • strengthening your inquiry skills — gathering sufficient data to overcome your assumptions
  • challenges in long-term care — dependencies, backsliding, hopelessness, recording small gains, managing friend/client relationships, defining scope of practice
  • working alongside medical professionals — creating treatment reports, building referral relationships, knowing when to really refer
  • engaging chronic condition clients — interest groups, explaining Bowenwork, branding your work properly, pricing long-term treatment

Workshop dates available

  • Sydney: 20-21 August 2016
  • Cairns: 5-6 September 2016 (after the BAA conference)

Download your Sydney brochure and registration form here.

Registrations for the Cairns workshop are via BAA.


Alexia shares her story…

“Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘the wounded healer?’ Many of us in the field of bodywork fit that description. Many of us have experienced serious health challenges ourselves, and in the process of finding our way back to health, have developed insights and skills that allow us to be helpful to others. Our very wounded-ness becomes our gift.

I have been one of the wounded. In my mid 20s, after years of being health-conscious, I developed a crippling arthritis. For 9 years I had been a vegetarian, practiced yoga and meditation, was a dancer, and had just begun to be a runner. I awoke one morning with a stiff ankle. Didn’t seem so serious. But over the course of a year, that initial sprain spiralled into swelling joints throughout my body. I could barely hobble when my parents took me to the Stanford University Rheumatology Center. Their prognosis was that while it wasn’t rheumatoid arthritis, it was a non-specific degenerative form, and that I would likely need a wheelchair by my mid 30s. They fitted me for a cane on the spot.

By age 30 I was in constant excruciating pain. For 5 years I had tried every holistic avenue I could find: food programs, herbs, copper bracelets, DMSO, gold shots, healing springs, emotional and personal development therapies, prayer and meditation, many kinds of bodywork. I deeply believed that I should be able to ‘affirm myself well;’ I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working!

Cut to the end… over the next 2 years, I gradually found my way back to health and wellness. There was no magic herb, nutrient, vitamin, or bodywork. The result came from 7 years of balancing body chemistry, reducing internal inflammation, polarity of various kinds (I hadn’t yet encountered Bowen therapy), emotional release work, and MSM. It was the overall approach that stopped the condition called arthritis. I was still left with damaged joints, but the inflammatory condition abated.

However, my journey with wounded-ness was not over. In the following 10 years, I developed both a deeply painful carpal tunnel syndrome (from doing deep tissue massage) that lasted 6 years, and a profound chronic fatigue (after living in Asia) that lasted 2 years. Again, I tried every holistic avenue under the sun, and again, worked my way back to health through a combination of many factors. Bowenwork was a significant factor in my recoveries.

Since I learned Bowen therapy in 1993, the last traces of my chronic pain have disappeared. I have paid close attention to Ossie and Elaine’s stories about Tom Bowen’s work with chronic conditions, and I have specialised in treating these conditions in my practice. In Bowen Hands (the Journal of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia), we practitioners report a lot on our dramatic resolutions of recent injuries and acute conditions, but the long-term chronic and debilitating conditions are less often discussed. Myths abound about Tom Bowen, but in my mind, the most damaging is that he did not work on some people for years on end. He did, and in many cases with no hope of full resolution. I have worked with some clients for 5-10 years. And in 21 years of practice, I’ve witnessed many times what I call ‘slow miracles.’

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