Equine Bowen Therapy In South Africa
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Anke Equine Bowen Therapy (EBT)is primarily a holistic, hands-on remedial soft tissue therapy wherebythe equine body is treated as a whole, without referral to a nameddisease.
Bowen Practitioner (Human & Equine)
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Cert. ECBS / ESEBT Reg no: 0924
EBTis based on the principles of The Bowen Technique pioneered by the lateThomas Ambrose Bowen, born 1916 in Geelong, Australia. The Techniqueoffers the body an opportunity to restore its own structural andfunctional integrity by stimulating the whole of the central nervoussystem, in a gentle, subtle and non-invasive manner.EBTis suitable for all equine breeds, ages and equestrian disciplines. Itcan help a wide range of ailments, from acute pain to chronicconditions.
Allhorses will benefit greatly from EBT and your horse does not need tohave anything ‘wrong’ with it to benefit from a treatment. Regulartreatment as part of routine healthcare can help to prevent injuriesbefore they develop into acute or potentially chronic conditions.
Byfreeing the shoulder, your horse will have more elevation in his strideand more power from the hindquarters. Wind, flexibility, muscle toneand limb fitness may improve in the competition horse. Many olderhorses that have been retired due to stiffness have returned to gentleriding following EBT.
Conditions that can respond well to EBT include:
• Muscle atrophy or uneven development
• Skeletal imbalances i.e. pelvic rotations
• Cold back and/or sore back
• Muscle spasm and tension
• Unlevelness, disunited gait or irregular action
• Stiffness on one rein
• Lack of lateral flexion, impulsion and elevation
• Restrictions in one or both shoulders
• Long term and intermittent lameness
• Headshaking and head shy problems
• Circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive and urinary conditions
• Congested kidneys
• Sluggish lymphatic system and/or weakened immune system
• Filled legs
• Uncharacteristic changes in temperament or behaviour
• Deterioration of performance
• Difficulties with shoeing
• Pain relief in support of laminitics
• Recovery from illness
Riders and Bowen
EBTallows the horse to perform at his best for his rider. Likewise, byaddressing any muscular stiffness in the rider with The BowenTechnique, the horse will appreciate a balanced weight on his back. Asa rider, after treatment you may feel that your balance, posture andoverall suppleness have improved with greater feel and response to yourhorse.
The list of conditions in humans that respond well to The Bowen Techniqueis endless, as people are treated holistically. Some commonpresentations include back and neck pain, frozen shoulder and tenniselbow, acute or chronic sports injuries.
Themost common presentation is back pain and here Bowen excels. Theaverage number of treatments would be two or three for most therapists.There are always going to be exceptions to any rule, and certain peoplewill need further or even on-going treatments. Frozen shoulders are aparticular favourite as are neck pain, hayfever, asthma and migraines.Sports injury is a field of remedial therapy that is becoming veryaware of The Bowen Technique. Not only do sportsmen report fewerinjuries when treated regularly but they also notice an increase inperformance. The Bowen Technique is being used at high levels of sportin this country, with rugby clubs and premiership football clubsshowing interest.
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