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Bowen Technique and Yoga Therapy

About Whole Therapies by Lucy

In this space we hope to share the wealth of Yoga. Not only physical practice but also the mental part of yoga and general knowledge.

Anatomy and trivia existing together in one space.

Besides this you can find regular updates on Bowen Technique news and interesting matters related to this.

Bunion Therapy,part 4

Physical Yoga Therapy Posted on Sun, March 04, 2018 21:11:34

The following video gives you the first of a series of exercises to help alleviate bunion pain or help slow down or stop bunions from forming.

Have you tried the previous preparation work explained in parts 1-3?

Bunion Therapy, part 3

Physical Yoga Therapy Posted on Tue, February 27, 2018 15:00:02

As you’ve seen in the previous article creating space is important and we can do that by using aids (our fingers or a rubber band).

A bunion forms when the big toe turns inward. If you have flat feet, tight calves or lax ligaments you will be more prone to this condition. However, this is not to say you can’t do anything to prevent a bunion from forming or developing into a worse form than you already have. In some cases the condition can be completely reversed but sometimes surgery is inevitable. Always consult your doctor when in doubt or pain that doesn’t subside after holistic treatment.

The following exercise shows us how to give the big toes a stretch without having to take our feet in hand.

We need to stretch the foot muscles that are part of the problem that make a bunion form.
A simple way to stretch the intrinsic foot muscles is to place a rubber band around the big toes and turn the feet outward. Hold for 1 minute and release for 1 minute. Repeat five times.

The video below shows this in action.

Are you suffering from a bunion? Have you tried these exercises and have they helped you? Leave a comment if you have discovered something that worked for you and want to share it with us.

Bunion Therapy, part 2

Physical Yoga Therapy Posted on Sun, February 25, 2018 10:16:56

Preparing the foot
Your toes need space to lessen the advance of bunions. The practice shown in the following video might feel strange to begin with but we need to loosen up the foot the same as we need to warmup any other part of the body before we exercise the foot.

As the way you walk makes a big difference in whether a bunion develops or aggravates it is important to start with simple adjustments. Does the foot roll inward? Do you put more pressure on the joint of the big toe through consistently wearing high heeled shoes or the way you place the feet in your gait? Are you giving your feet enough space in the shoes you wear?
What kind of shoes you wear can’t cause bunions but it can make the difference between aggravating or alleviating symptoms.
Space is the most important thing to create for the foot. So do this simple thing to help yourself.
Come back next week for the first of the foot exercises to help you with your bunions.
If you have any questions or remarks leave a comment below.

Bunion Therapy

Physical Yoga Therapy Posted on Tue, February 20, 2018 17:20:53

Bunion or Hallux Valgus
(Hallux meaning big toe, Valgus meaning that the big toe points towards the other toes rather than forward)

Why do we get a bunion?
Bunions often run in families but can also be the result of how we walk or what shoes we wear. Women are more prone to develop a bunion than men, especially when getting older.
People with flexible joints seem to tolerate their bunions easier than those with stiff joints or arthritis.

What can you do?
There is a lot we can do to help ourselves when it comes to bunions. Avoiding excessive pressure on the big toe joint is a good thing to start, because even though it is not necessarily the cause of your bunion wearing high heels, or tight fitting shoes, will not help them.

Giving our feet a foot massage is one of the things you can do to help yourself. In this video you will learn how to give your feet that first treatment.

For a more profound effect you could consider a Bowen Technique treatment to alleviate your bunions and the discomfort, or even pain, they can cause.
Have you discovered something that helped you with your bunion?

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If you have questions please leave a comment below.

Yoga Workshops

Yoga Info Posted on Sun, January 07, 2018 20:14:50

So today we had the first workshop of the year and it was great fun!

We discovered that you can use the whole space available to practice and not just your own mat. We got out of our private space and shared the bigger space with each other. In doing so we shared more of the practice with each other too. Not only working besides but even more so working with another to create a more complete practice.

There was trust and the revelation that there is more in ourselves than we would think possible.

It was hard work, fun and most of all very satisfying for myself to see each participant helping the others in getting the most out of their practice. To see the Yoga truly shared and enjoyed each in their own fashion.

Thank you to all that came and made this day a great success.

Next workshop will be in April so keep your mailbox open for the newsletter to stay updated.

Why Yoga?

Yoga Info Posted on Sun, October 08, 2017 10:21:46

If you wonder why yoga may be a very good exercise program for every body person, consider this …

1. Yoga is a moderately paced, low-impact, progressive program that is well suited to anyone who hasn’t done much exercise before and is generally speaking unfit, or thinks they can’t exercise for whatever reason.
2. Yoga is easily adaptable to fit any form of limited mobility as many poses can be performed from a sitting, prone or supine position.
3. Yoga allows the practitioner to set their own pace.
4. Yoga requires little to no equipment or special clothing, so there is no start-up costs.
5. Yoga may be of help to reduce the practitioners body fat.
6. Yoga may increase flexibility.
7. Yoga may increase strength.
8. Yoga increases the blood flow through the tissues and may reduce pain.
9. Yoga increases respiratory function.
10. Yoga relaxes the mind and reduces stress thus increasing emotional health.

If that is not enough reasons, there are many more, but most important is that it is a practice you can take home after class and incorporate into your everyday life.

Changing lifestyle choices is making permanent changes in yourself and in your body. Changes that last!

Have you got your own reasons you want to share with us, post them in the comments because there may be others out there that need your reason.

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