Bowen Therapy and Colon Hydrotherapy

Yesterday I drove out to the big city. I had a couple of appointments. My first stop was to see a Bowen Therapy practitioner that was recommended to me. I have a bunion on one foot that’s bugging me lately, and if I ever want to walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage with my sister I better make sure for one that my feet are in tip-top shape. Not that we’re going any time soon, but there’s been on and off talk about it so I better be ready ahead of time.

I knew that Bowen Therapy would be my kind of therapy when I read about it… gentle, non-invasive but also very effective. The hour that I was there I spent extremely relaxed and probably sleeping for the most part as she gently went about touching different points on my body. I felt incredible as I walked out, lighter in my step. And I immediately noticed while walking back to my vehicle, that my neck felt so relaxed, not stiff, not sore but instead lighter and much more flexible. When I was 17 years old, I was driving my father’s car and was rear-ended as I waited to turn safely off a busy highway. The icy road condition didn’t help the other driver stop in time before hitting us. My neck (and the car) took the brunt of the accident. After decades of enduring pain without realizing to what extent apparently, it felt incredible and amazing to walk out of there and to notice that change. Next week when I will return for my next session, I will take my son so he can also experience the benefits of Bowen Therapy. I would love for him to be more relaxed and comfortable in his body.

I then got to spent an hour in between appointments at a nice quiet park down by the river. It was so peaceful and everywhere I looked beautiful fall colors surrounded me. It felt heavenly.

At my next appointment I wanted to try something new that I had never tried before. It was something that I wanted to try right after my juicing cleanse but couldn’t get an appointment until now. I got very brave and decided to go for a colon hydrotherapy session. I felt nervous and a bit unsure about the whole thing and how it was going to go. But I also knew that the colon is not something that I pay a whole lot of attention to, and yet being that it’s the sanitary system of the body it needs attention I felt. I was curious you could say and I wanted to know the state of health for my colon.

What I found out with the hydrotherapy session is that my digestive system is slow… it’s taking longer for my system to digest some of the food I eat. I have to make changes to my diet, there are foods that don’t agree with my body. I was not ready to hear that news even though part of me knew it already. That wasn’t part of my plan, so I thought to make changes. I have to cut out everything that has flours, pasta, breads, baked goods, and crackers. I will return at the end of the month for a second colon hydrotherapy session (yes I’m going back) to see how it will have helped my digestive system with the changes that I’ll be making and see if there are improvements or not. Dairy, which is better known as cheese for me (I love it) is probably the next culprit that I will need to drop. It never ceases to surprise me how somehow we know what is best for us and what is not.

Overall I didn’t care for the experience very much but I’m very happy that I did it. What I found unpleasant is having my stomach massaged and manipulated to help the process along of cleansing my colon. My stomach felt tender during and after the procedure.

A few weeks ago when I did 14-days of juicing and making smoothies I had so much willpower and it felt easy for me. I had decided to do it and knew that I would succeed. Right now it feels like I may not succeed. A huge wall of resistance has been built since yesterday.

The reason that I feel I’m so afraid with having to make these changes for myself is that it brings me back to my son and the changes that I know need to happen with his own diet. At times it feels that I have to go through things first to better understand what he needs. I tried similar changes years ago with the help of a naturopath and as difficult and challenging as it was, it was also the best thing I had done for my wellbeing. But for my son it was too drastic, he had lost about 10 lbs that took him a very long time to put back on. The way I see it happening is slow and steady a change or two at a time and for me to clear an emotion or two at a time that gets in the way. That way it will be more manageable and do-able. I’m terrified of failing again and letting him down somehow. You are probably wondering what is the problem? It’s simple. Just do it. It doesn’t feel that easy for me. I have things that need to be addressed first that will help me get out of my way and do for my son what I see him benefitting from with regards to his diet. I’m praying for clarity on what those issues might be so I can focus on eliminating them.

When I recently wrote about wanting to make changes with regards to his diet, apparently when we ask, the Universe delivers. This week I signed up for a 7-week EFT program that has to do with weight loss, our relationship with food and body image, thinking it was something that I wanted to do more for myself. But already I can see how this program will help me address the underlying issues that have held me stuck with regards to my son’s diet as well. And yesterday when I was told of the foods that I need to stay away from in my diet, it’s been another huge delivery of goods from the Universe. I would say that I’m being put on track with a few things. I just need to remember that baby steps are needed, and that I need to allow room for mistakes and learning to happen. I’m very grateful and expect that this time around the changes will be easier and longer lasting. Now I just need to start with myself.

What kind of therapies have you tried to help you support or improve your health and wellbeing? I’d love to hear about it.

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  1. First off, hats off to you for wantinting to do the Camino de Santiago pilgramage. In another life I would have loved to do that too. Also, it sounds like you are making great changes for you and your son. I had never Bowen therapy, but will look it up now.

    I have made lots of changes over the years for my own well-being, but it’s only recently I’m finding a recipe of healthy choices that work for me and my family and our unique situation. I love Reiki for relaxation and deep soul-work, and am very lucky my mum is a Reiki master, so when she is here she works a lot with me (I’m not as fond of Reiki by distance). I also have a daily prayer/ freewriting/ gratitude practice that is so good for my well-being. And I eat low-carb. I have recently overcome a mental hurdle regarding my weight issues that has kept me back for years, so I am now doing A course in weighloss by Marianne Williamson to shed those pounds and change my thinking regarding my weight.

    Now how is that for an essay of an answer?!
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    • Hi Carin, I’m so happy to hear that you are finding healthy choices that work for you and your family. It’s quite a learning curve isn’t it. I absolutely love Reiki also and have studied for several years with a few different Reiki Masters. And I’m very fortunate to have my own Karuna Reiki Master in the house, my husband. At the mention of Reiki he’s always ready and willing to give me a session. I also use Reiki for myself daily. It’s helped transform so many things in my life. I’m happy to hear that your mother is your Reiki master. What a wonderful treat. There’s something very special about Reiki energy. It is so gentle yet powerfully transforms. I love your daily practice. It’s inspiring to read all that you are doing. Thank you for sharing with us.
      Suzanne 🙂

  2. Wow! You have more guts than I have, my friend! The first one sounds marvelous…the second, not so much – although I know it is helpful for our bodies. Still, you are an inspiration. The care you are taking for your body, mind and soul is wonderful. Enjoy the EFT – another technique I love.
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    • I simply love trying out new things if they resonate with me, then I’m game to try it at least once. I know that I’ll be going back for Bowen Therapy way more often than the colon hydrotherapy.

  3. Wow, Suzanne! I’m with Michele, the Bowen therapy has much more appeal than the colon cleanse. Good for you for blazing your own trail. I have tried many therapies to support my well-being. The most important thing for me is to continue to care for my energy system, to have as accurate and clear access to my intuition as possible, for discernment on what it right for me, today. Blessings!
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    • I agree Janet that our energy system is so important. I love that this is your most important thing you do for yourself. I have been making use of my intuition way more than ever this last year. And having clearer access to it would be even more helpful to me. Thanks for sharing. xo

  4. Oh. My. Goodness. You are the first person I know to undergo such a cleanse. I cringed while reading that description. YIKES! You truly are a brave soul, Suzanne!

    I also hear you about wanting to change your son’s diet and having to experience it yourself first. I do the same thing. Each time I try something or hear about something new, I try to find ways to apply it to my son’s health. Sometimes, I have to be careful because one can obsess about such things. There is a fine line to walk!

    Great food for thought…
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    • So there’s no convincing you to try this too Gabriella? lol I’ll be going back one more time. It’s not going to become a regular thing for me, that I am sure of. But I am still happy to have done it.

      Thanks for sharing your views on how you try to make changes for your son as well. I know there is a fine line to walk isn’t there and I need to remind myself of that too.

  5. Great blog! So glad to be participating in Flying Lessons with so many remarkable and talented women!

  6. Shelly Jack says:

    Hi Suzzane 🙂 Great post! My husband and I have recently cut wheat out from our diets the best that we can. I was having some severe cramping and very bad digestive issues for a while and was pretty concerned. I’m not sure how, but I came across a book called “wheat Belly, Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight”. It’s written by a doctor and is very informative on the effects of wheat on our digestive system and body. I read the entire book out loud to my husband on our long drive back home to TN from FL! He was so interested he made the change woth me. it seemed like it would be hard to do but actually quite the contrary! It has been 4&1/2 weeks now since we have been eating a new way and I have only had two issues with my bowels since then. Both times after eating foods that must have had wheat in them that I wasn’t aware of. I’ve told my children and my parents about the book and diet change. My mom is a diabetic, she read the book and now her and my father have changed their diets to exclude wheat. Sorry for the long comment, but I thought you may be interested I reading it. Good luck to you with the changes you are making for the better for you and your son.
    Shelly Jack

    • Hi Shelly, I don’t believe I have heard of this book. But it makes total sense to me without even reading it. I am thrilled to hear that your husband has decided to make the changes along with you. It’s always so much easier. I will get the book, thank you. I appreciate very much you telling me about it.
      Suzanne xo

      • Hi I am interested in tnikag the basic level 1 / 2 in Edmonton the weekend of November 20. What are the prices for 1 & 2 and then for 1/2/3 and finally are there any seats left?Thanks for the momentMichelle

        • Hello Maria, thank you for coming by. I can’t answer any of your questions, sorry. I’m not a Bowen Therapy practitioner. I simply have been going recently for Bowen Therapy sessions and have chosen to write about it. If I were you I would google to find who to contact for the training in Edmonton. All the best with taking the training.

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