Why I do what I do

Here is another “why I do what I do” gem. We have chipped away slowly at a long term traumatic problem, PTSD, and have made significant inroads in 2 sessions.

Client feedback after session the next day – “not too bad today. Chest feels substantially better today which is really good”…


Last week’s client returned for her 2nd appointment. Headache relief had held. The dark oppressive cloud of anxiety had lifted and she hadn’t felt this good in years.

We began with tackling the next layer that was presenting this week, and that was, the feeling that something was sitting/pressing on her chest and it was affecting her breathing. I conducted a 2nd basic body assessment and observed mild anteriorly (forward) rotated shoulders with associated distressed shallow breathing. There was also a medially (inward) rotating right knee.

Testing of the pelvis revealed a right side tightness in the hip and with a few more probing questions she revealed she had been sitting a lot for work.

Whilst there had been a major shift in her anxiety levels there was still a slight psych uneasiness happening for her which she found hard to describe.

So how do the shoulders, pelvis, knee and uneasiness connect?

The rotated shoulders were impacting her diaphragm, which impacted her breathing, which was impacting her Psoas (sitting muscle which is vitally important in keeping us upright) and impacting her psychological well-being, which was impacting her pelvic region and knee.

Let me explain the connection. Everything is covered with fascia and if this becomes impacted (glued) and compromised, for whatever reason, then it can set up restrictions anywhere within the body. Additionally, the fascia runs in a number of directions throughout the body and if one area is impacted it can pull another area out of balance… AND … this is what was happening with her body. But it wasn’t the complete package. Her right leg full range of movement was severely restricted and left leg not much better.

So ultimately as the Psoas is our biggest muscle running down each side of the spine from the 12th thoracic vertebrae to the 5th lumbar vertebrae, and there are also tendons and ligaments involved, the psoas played a HUGE role in her current state of well=being.


I did minimal moves, with longer wait times than usual, as I observed her body responding.

As I completed the final procedure, and after the wait time, I moved to assist her to sit up but just as I was about to ask her to do this she asked for the session to stop. She was experiencing a strange feeling throughout her body. I gently explained to her that in fact the session was actually finished.

Given her body’s reaction I had her sit in the Clinic for approximately 15-mins observing her as she moved through the body rebalancing. I also gave her a cup of peppermint tea and a bottle of water before allowing her to leave ensuring she was well hydrated and her reflex skills were normal.


We discussed her body’s reaction and that she needed to listen to her body and respect it if she needed to sleep whilst still ensuring she remained hydrated revised the after care criteria and she is booked to see me again next week.

Moving forward:

Problems can be long standing and as I explain to all my clients like any modality Bowen is not a ‘quick fix’. We can chip away at the layers but it’s not like you will be coming to see me every week at the same time for the next 10 years!!! With no results.

We will work together and your body will eventually tell you when you need a ‘top up’. We will also work together and refer you on if necessary.

If you would like to get your health back on track or find out more how Bowen can help you, give me a call on 0417 005 510 or check out my FB page – Sumet Bowen.

Bowen … the pinnacle of body balance.


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