Fascia Bowen is a dynamic technique developed by Howard Plummer in Cardiff, Wales, while practicing his Bowen Technique for acute and chronic pain conditions with his regular clients. Howard began his work with special needs children with autism, cerebral palsy, dyspraxia, ADD, and ADHD in 1999.
Howard embraced complementary therapies from a scientific background after many years working as a geologist in Africa and the South Pacific. He trained as a reflexologist after taking early retirement and over the last 25 years his reputation has grown as a gifted practitioner and inspiring teacher. His successful school of reflexology was located in a cancer self help centre which benefited from his outstanding dedication and support from his reflexology instruction and later with the introduction of the Bowen technique.
Howard trained with Julian Barnes when Bowen was in its infancy in Britain at the European college of Bowen Studies. During the last 16 years he has focussed on the Bowen Technique; inspired by the example of Tom Bowen he established a free clinic for children with cerebral palsy, autism and other similar conditions. The clinic opened in 1999 with a vision that the Bowen Technique might help special needs children. Howard’s intention was to demonstrate how effective Bowen is and inspire other practitioners to open clinics throughout the U.K. forming a body of evidence to highlight the suitability and positive results attainable.
During the early years of the clinic Howard true to his scientific background became fascinated with embryological development. The children were the teachers, showing patterns and trends in their conditions which highlighted the relationship between sensory, motor control and the connective tissue system. Through investigation and observation Fascia Bowen evolved. Fascia Bowen is a very light stretching of the skin with the intention of rubbing the epidermis (top layer of skin) over the dermis. Many practitioners have commented on the value of incorporating fascia Bowen into their work. The practice is very easy to learn and relaxing to give as well as to receive. Although evolving from the work with children, Fascia Bowen has proved to be highly successful for adult clients on a broad spectrum of complaints.
Running a very busy private clinic as well as the work with special needs children affords Howard ample opportunity to continue his investigations. It is his belief that Bowen is still in it’s infancy and he is keen to inspire others to take up the baton. There are now more than 25 children’s Fascia Bowen clinics through out the U.K. and demand for workshops abroad is growing as the effectiveness of this dynamic approach spreads.
Some autistics and Down’s syndrome children can be restless and therefore the procedures need to be performed in parts allowing the children the freedom to move about and be more comfortable in the office. With the security of knowing their parents are present and the gentle touch of Fascia Bowen they spend longer periods on the table.
In your practice you will notice a change in the depth of your touch in the performance of Fascia Bowen moves for those adults with acute and chronic complaints. Also, a difference in the reaction of the clients physical body while on the table. Some exhibit waves of movement beneath the skin while others exhibit tics of muscle or limb movements. These are examples of the impact on the somatosensory system through the gentle nature of Fascia Bowen procedures. Your adult clients will comment on the change of your approach and how gentle your touch has become.
As for the children, they are calmer and will actually move your hands to areas of their head where they want a maneuver to be done. Parents have witnessed improvement in sleep patterns, less aggressive behaviour, longer periods of concentration and longer periods of eye contact. These results vary from child to child but overall their response is without question a positive one.
As a practitioner it is our responsibility to communicate with other health professionals for a collaborative approach to treatment protocol. We do not diagnose, prescribe medication or ever claim to cure any condition, we are practitioners of a dynamic and gentle technique under the umbrella of complimentary and alternative therapies.
Resources for information on Autism:
Autism Digest http://www.autismdigest.com/
International Center for Autism Education and Research http://www.icare4autism.org
Autism Speaks Canada http://www.autismspeaks.ca
Food Matters: An online source for nutritional information http://foodmatters.com
Frank holds a B.A. in Psychology, received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1978 and obtained a Master of Science degree in International Relations in 2003.
He also did post graduate work as a candidate for a Diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology from 1989-1991 with Dr. Frederick Carrick, DC, PhD, DACAN, DABCN, DACNB...Professor Emeritus of Neurology, Parker College; Professor of Clinical Neurology, Carrick Institute.
Frank pursued his training in Bowen Technique from the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia in an effort to find a less invasive therapy to address acute and chronic pain as a result of musculoskeletal imbalances and dis-ease of the human condition. He also provides this gentle and specialized technique of Fascia Bowen as a complimentary and palliative form of treatment for children with special needs. He also received certification from the Geneva Centre for Autism in Toronto and the HANDLE Institute to enhance his understanding of ASD.
He teaches Fascia Bowen Technique, Clinical Assessment and Anatomy of Palpation for Bowen Practitioners and other health professionals. He also holds workshops for parents of special needs children and gives informative presentations to parent support groups; a frequent radio guest discussing a range of topics from autism, dietary needs of special needs children with GI tract imbalances and Fascia Bowen as a treatment protocol. He maintains a private practice in Cobourg, Ontario.
From 2009-2011 Frank travelled to Mexico where he volunteered at the "Love in Action" foster home in Lake Chapala, Mexico providing weekly Bowen treatments for the children and staff. This opportunity was a continuation of his willingness to volunteer as he had in college at a State Institution working with mild, moderate and severely challenged children and adults.
Frank is a member of Fascia Research Society, Pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Education Network (PEDCAM), Children's Complimentary Therapy Network (CCTN), Icare4autism, Shema Kolainu-Hear Our Voices. A contributor to VitalityLink online magazine, Bowen Therapy Worldwide and the Bowen Technique Facebook groups, as well as a radio guest discussing health and related topics.
Frank J. DiMaio is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider, #1068.
Frank J. DiMaio DC, MS, Bowen Therapist, Fascia Bowen Technique Instructor
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