Penelope is a passionate and dedicated practitioner with an unparalleled ability to adapt to the needs of each client she sees.
Combining the modalities of Bowen Therapy, Emmett Technique and Energy Healing into your session, she creates a safe, comfortable and deeply relaxing environment for you to experience optimal healing and a return to the wellness and vitality that is your birthright.
HOW IT WORKS
Bowen Therapy is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that is revolutionizing health care worldwide. This amazing modality balances the body to facilitate healing. It is unique in that the gentle moves prompt the body’s innate ability to relieve pain, imbalances and restriction without the need for deep, manipulative or forceful treatment. The rolling, gentle pressure that is applied to the soft connective tissue (fascia), helps the muscles, tendons and ligaments release stress and tension, effectively treating conditions such as Sciatica, TMJ, Shoulder Pain, Neck Pain, Back Pain, Headaches and Stress. During a session, short resting periods are incorporated between moves to allow the body to reset. Bowen also has a wonderful ability to assist the body, mind and emotions to become more calm and this can result in an increased mental clarity and emotional balance. Bowen Therapy restores balance to the autonomic nervous system by enabling a shift from the sympathetic response (fight or flight) to parasympathetic (rest, relaxation and repair). Dubbed as one of the greatest discoveries ever in health care, the phenomenal growth and popularity of the technique worldwide speaks loudly of its effectiveness.
Bowen Therapy was developed in the 1950's by the late Tom Bowen in Geelong, Australia. The origin of his concepts is largely unknown, although similarities have been noted between Bowen and Chinese Medicine. Tom simply called it a 'Gift from God'. The technique is based on his discovery that there is a common causal relationship in many seemingly unrelated ailments or conditions; that link being the soft tissue or fascia that envelops the muscles of the entire body. After studying various modalities and undertaking years of clinical work, Tom Bowen developed a unique set of moves that provided fascial release which in turn led to a variety of physiological and anatomical responses, resulting in long term and often immediate relief from the majority of presenting health conditions. Bowen therapy addresses the body as a whole rather than isolating a single complaint. It can be likened to the fine-tuning of an instrument, so that the body's systems can flow in harmony.
MUSCLE RELEASE THERAPY
The Emmett Technique is a unique form of body therapy that involves application of light to medium finger pressure at specific points, resulting in release of tight muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia that may be contributing to Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Back Pain and other conditions. This muscle release therapy is safe and simple and was developed by Remedial Therapist Ross Emmett. Ross has a special gift that allows him to recognize his clients needs in any given moment, and to adapt as required with his 'Chameleon' approach to bodywork. Ross developed his technique as a youth while working on animals. Later he combined these skills with other modalities with outstanding results. Muscle Release Therapy is based on the idea that the least force can exert the greatest effect. With this understanding, the Emmett Technique influences two types of receptors - sensory and muscular. Often these are overlapped at specific junctions where each will influence the other. The Emmett Therapist is compared to a body electrician who can locate these overlaps or re-set buttons. The muscle that has tripped out due to overuse or overload may only need a light pressure to re-set. Ross Emmett became a Senior Instructor in Bowen Therapy and began to incorporate the skills he developed, into his Bowen sessions. Often compared to Tom Bowen in his precision and incredible skill and intuition, Ross now travels around Australia teaching his highly effective modality. Penelope trained with Ross extensively in the modalities of both Bowen and Emmett, and combines these methods in a precise and highly effective way.
The Psoas muscle, or 'iliopsoas' (including the Psoas Major and Iliacus Muscle) has been referred to as "the hidden culprit" in relation to low back pain, inability to maintain correct posture, middle and upper back pain, shoulder pain, migraines, and even osteoarthritis. The role of the Psoas in maintaining our upright posture as well as its variety of roles makes this group of muscles susceptible to overload and tightness. Iliopsoas is working when we sit, stand, walk and bend, and extra strain can be put on it when we lift items or carry weight, reach upwards repetitively, lean forward or sit in one position for long periods of time. Ross Emmett developed a highly effective muscle release technique that releases the Psoas and helps relieve many aches, pain and imbalances in the body. During her extensive studies with Ross as well as many years of incorporating these Psoas release moves into her Bowen treatments, Penelope has assisted many people to gain relief from a variety of unexplained or persistent ailments.
There is an intrinsic ability present in many practitioners and that is the ability to generate or 'channel' healing energy through the hands. In fact, most people have this natural ability, however a good practitioner is able to focus this energy and allow it to flow through them and into the patient creating a deeply healing experience. Penelope has such an ability, which she developed over many years of operating a successful Massage and Bowen Therapy practice. Energy Healing can remove blockages caused by mental, physical, emotional or spiritual distress, and allow the body's natural energy flow to return. A light touch is applied, and you may experience a feeling of warmth and a deep sense of relaxation spreading throughout the entire body and emanating into your 'energy field", which is the magnetic field that all living things have surrounding them. Penelope has the ability to identify disturbances or imbalances in this energy field and clear them, often resulting in resolution of emotional challenges as well as a sense of deep peace in mind, body and spirit. The body has an innate ability to heal itself given the right conditions, and Energy Healing provides a nurturing environment for this to occur. Penelope may also incorporate Sound Healing into the session if appropriate. Sound Healing is a heavenly experience where beautiful sounds are 'sung into' the body, specifically to help balance the body's Chakra system (the unseen energy 'wheels' or channels within the subtle energy body through which the life force moves). Energy Healing is non-religious and non-denominational; it complements the Bowen session beautifully; however if it does not appeal to you for whatever reason, can be left out completely.