The Bowen Technique has now joined the group of complementary therapies to be recognised by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which provides an independent national standard of excellence.

CNHC is the only voluntary regulatory body for complementary healthcare to have official backing from the government. Its key function is to enhance public protection by setting standards for registration with CNHC.

The BOWEN technique was developed by Thomas Ambrose Bowen an osteopath from Australia in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

It has been called miraculous and is a soft tissue remedial therapy that involves the therapist using fingers and thumbs to move over muscle, ligament, tendons and fascia in various parts of the body.

The main feature of Bowen technique is that between each set of moves the therapist leaves the patient to rest for a short while to allow the body the opportunity to create a decision about what action needs to be taken in response to the moves given (sounds sooooo relaxing).

It’s a gentle non-invasive relaxing therapy to help free the body to its natural balance and healing.

The Bowen Therapy Professional Association is an independent organisation of Bowen Therapists run by Bowen Therapists. The website is full of information on the Bowen Technique and has a list of therapists.

You can also find a great video on youtube on how the Bowen Technique can help with the pain of Fibromyalgia. There is also a great article on Pro Health where Gerri Shapiro, MS Ed, says that “after the third Bowen session, my back pain and sciatica were “history!” I was so excited, I could spit! That very moment I decided to train as a Bowen practitioner”.


According to an article in ‘Arthritis Today‘, recent studies corroborate the use of aromatherapy for pain relief.

Aromatherapy is a combination of two words “aroma” which means smell or fragrance, and ‘therapy” which means a treatment for the body, mind, or social condition of a person, to assist a process where healing and change can take place.

Apparently “Aromatherapy is effective because it works directly on the amygdala, the brain’s emotional center,” Mehmet Oz, MD, professor of surgery at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City stated. “This has important consequences because the thinking part of the brain can’t inhibit the effects of the scent, meaning you feel them instantaneously”.

It is a method of healing using very concentrated essential oils that are often highly aromatic and are extracted from plants. Alan Hirsch, MD, neurologist at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, believes you don’t have to limit yourself to essential oils. Limiting the length of your exposure to certain scents, however, will ensure they remain effective. “Short-term exposure is key because people stop responding to scents after a few minutes.

The International Federation of Aromatherapists are the first and largest governing body in Clinical and Holistic Aromatherapy. They have experience and experts and offer excellence in Aromatherapy and the Science of Essential Oils. They have pioneered and safeguarded standards of practice of Aromatherpy since 1985 and introduced aromatherpy into the NHS Hospitals, Hospices and Care Professions. They have a list of IFA therapists from around the world to help you find an approved therapist.

The UK Aromatherapy Website have been through several metamorphoses over the last 6 years, and have even established themselves as the regulatory body for aromatherapy, but due to changes in the needs of regulation they have now reverted back to being the Lead or Governing Body for the UK aromatherapy profession and not the payday loan industry.

Regulation and registration of Complementary Therapists in the UK is voluntary self-regulation. This means that an aromatherapist can still practice and not have to be Registered with one of the federal bodies as it is their personal choice. To ensure that these aromatherapists are not disadvantaged in any way, they have set up a way of checking qualifications on their education page. An aromatherapist who holds a recognised qualification and is a full member of one of the associations within the Aromatherapy Council is permitted to state that they are AC Recognised.

The International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) is the Professional Body for Aromatherapists. The IFA were the first established Governing Body in Clinical and Holistic Aromatherapy in 1985. Their Charities purpose is the preservation of health and wellbeing by advancing the knowledge, practice of and expertise in Aromatherapy by education, teaching and training.

On a personal note I do find that aromatherapy massage helps with pain relief be it only for a short period of time. Some say that it’s a placebo effect but I do genuinely feel in less pain and more calm. Let’s put it this way, if I could afford a massage on a weekly basis I would have it booked in a second but once a month is a help to me for the time being.

A great site with lots of lovely aromatherapy products is Aromatherapy Associates  who are based in Regent Street, London. They cover every product available to do with the aromatherapy oils as well as a very useful Aromatherapy Guide. They have won this years CEW Beauty Awards Finalist in 8 categories.

CEW is known for its Beauty Awards, where cosmetic, fragrance, skin care, hair care and body care products of various categories are judged for quality and innovation by CEW’s members. After a selection of finalist products is announced, the final winning products (and companies) are honoured at a gala event. Many influential cosmetic executives, journalists, and celebrities attend this event, and a CEW Beauty Award is widely recognised as the most prestigious honour a company can receive for its products.






The month of May is Fibromyalgia awareness month and the 12th May is Fibromyalgia awareness day. To help raise awareness of this condition a fellow sufferer Being Fibro Mom  has created a awareness campaign, “Shine a Purple Light on Fibro”.

Purple is the color that represents Fibromyalgia and thus the appropriate color for us to use to “Shine a Light on Fibromyalgia.”  Let’s get together and make this a huge campaign. Fibromyalgia affects too many of us for it to continue to stay hidden in the dark.

Help us raise awareness by sharing this campaign with your friends, family, and followers and get them to also “Shine a Purple Light on Fibromyalgia.”


Complementary therapies (‘alternative’, ‘traditional’ or ‘holistic’ therapies) often claim to treat the whole person, rather than the symptom of the disease. You can of course get a few treatments on the NHS via the Pain clinics, but the waiting list is long but well worth getting onto. Some of the treatments available on the NHS are homeopathy, herbal medicine, reflexology, acupuncture, nutrition, shiatsu massage and aromatherapy.

According to the NHS website on Complimentary Therapies  – to understand whether a treatment is safe and effective, we need to check the evidence.

You can learn more about the evidence for particular CAMs by reading about individual types of treatment – see their index for a list of all conditions and treatments covered by NHS Choices.

Some complementary and alternative medicines or treatments are based on principles and an evidence base that are not recognised by the majority of independent scientists.

Others have been proven to work for a limited number of health conditions. For example, there is evidence that osteopathy and chiropractic are effective for treating lower back pain.

When a person uses any health treatment – including a CAM – and experiences an improvement, this may be due to the placebo effect.

You can also get some of these treatments from your nearest training college for a quarter of the price of normal salons. Other treatments available at college’s are pedicures, manicures, waxes which are certainly treatments I can no longer do myself.

You can also a number of voucher companies online that offer discounts in your area for a number of treatments which include spa’s and beauty treatments.

Our doctors and health services are overstretched as it is whereas most alternative practitioners have time to explore our problems in a bit more depth.

They should never be considered as a replacement for conventional medicine, but the two can certainly go hand in hand. Some treatments are far from ‘new’ with documentation on aromatherapy dating back to 3000 B.C.E.

With so many people now trying out complementary and natural remedies, it’s important that you find out that they are fully qualified.

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council’s register, has practitioners who meet the standards of proficiency for their field. They must also hold professional indemnity insurance, have no criminal record and agree to abide by a code of conduct.




I have read on a number of occasions how certain essential oils can help with the pain of arthritis but after researching it on Pinterest I felt I had to write a post on essential oils for arthritic conditions.

On this blog post the writer (Wendy Polisi) on essential oils for arthritis says her list includes frankincense, lemongrass, rosemary, black cumin, marjoram, peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus, and cypress (to increase circulation).  Oregano and Clove can work together to provide natural arthritis pain relief. Of course, always remember to dilute them as per the instructions listed on the blog post.

On another blog post , the writer (Confessions of an overworked mom) she writes that you can make your own home remedy essential oil rub. She states that you need to mix the essential oils with a carrier oil. Absolutely NEVER apply them directly to your skin in full strength. She got a great deal on fractionated coconut oil on Amazon, so used that. You could also use extra virgin olive oil or sweet almond oil. Fractionated coconut oil is a liquid even at cooler temperatures. Don’t use regular coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil is better because it has a long shelf life and no odor. All you need is a small glass container, Fractionated coconut oil ( or alternative) and essential oils of your choice (tree tree, peppermint, wintergreen, citrus, lavender, myrrh, oregano or rosemary).

For this blog writers blend you will need about 2 ounces of fractionated coconut oil. This will go a long way. Essential oils break down when exposed to light and heat so store this in the refrigerator. An old glass spice jar works great for this. If you have a jar with a roller ball on top that makes it easier to apply but it’s not necessary if you don’t. Don’t use plastic. The essential oils will break down the plastic. Use glass, choose about 6 drops of tea tree oil, 6 drops of rosemary and 6 drops of lavender(or oils of your choice).  You can adjust depending on what scent you like and what works best for you. Try to use one for inflammation and one for pain at least for the best results.

On another blog (midwestmodernmomma) the writer suggests that for muscle pain, she found that a topical application or a soak to be most effective.  She recommends getting a few roll-on bottles (mix with a carrier oil & label the bottle so you don’t lose track of what it is), making your own blends, or creating your own salve.

Of course there are many sites you can buy all the oils and carrier oils  from like Amazon  or direct from the manufacture like Mystic Moments which do a starter pack of five for £7.95 to name a few. As far as essential oil carrier oils are concerned if you don’t want to use a normal oil with it then you could try Classikool Pure Grapeseed Oil 250ml for  £3.99 also available on Amazon.