Keeping in touch with students and clients

April 3, 2020by Helen Perkins

CORONAVIRUS restrictions have impacted us all in the same way, turning our world upside down in more ways than one. Without wishing to minimise the effects, my approach after the initial shock, is to view this ‘downtime’ as an opportunity.

On a personal note, I have given my office a thorough spring-clean, catching up on my filing and re-arranging bookshelves. The space now feels fresher with more positive energy which will make my PA Julia very happy when restrictions on movement are lifted and she is able to return to work. We have more time to enjoy the garden, help children with homework or simply chillax!

I am encouraging my Bowen Technique students to also use this time wisely by stepping up their A&P (anatomy and physiology) learning and catch up on recommended reading. Case study notes can be refined, and I am offering 1-2-1 mentoring via Skype or FaceTime. This simple to use technology is enabling myself and other instructors to keep students motivated and engaged.

Be assured that course payments already made have been safeguarded and Modules will be re-arranged as soon as possible when we eventually return to some semblance of normality. I will also plan new dates for CPD and Reflex Resonance Technique workshops.

For clients, I have been offering ‘remote Bowen’ a concept which has been shown to be very effective although not suitable for all. My experience extends over many years from when I lived and worked in Australia which is of course, the home of Bowen. The ‘lockdown’ has been a catalyst for a wider debate among the Bowen community on the benefits of such treatment as we can no longer see clients face to face.

Many of the principles remain the same and we imagine the client lying on the couch. Connecting via technology might enable the therapist to see the client lying on their bed, for example, although this is not essential. Remote Bowen is included in my palliative care training and I would be very happy to hear from other therapists who may be considering this method in order to support clients who may be in pain or distress.

Regardless of how you are spending this unexpected free time, looking on the bright side will help keep stress levels down, help us sleep better and wake more rested ready to face another day!

Helen x


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