'I had been suffering from an extremely painful left knee for over 18 months, that hadn't responded to multiple physiotherapy sessions or sports rehabilitation. I was unable to walk either up or down stairs without sharp pain in my knee. It clicked uncomfortably with every step and I had been unable to straighten it for some months. As a keen marathon runner, my mental health was suffering badly and the advice I had been given was my running days were behind me.
James approached the first session by listening attentively to exactly what the various symptoms were, and discussing what would constitute success. I felt that my aim to run again, after such a long break, was taken seriously. After the first Bowen session, my knee no longer clicked; after the second I could walk up and down stairs without any pain and by the third session I could straighten my leg. James then used AiM to get me back to running and encouraged me to try longer distances, rather than the usual hesitation in getting back to normalcy. After only 2 months I was running a mile and 5 months later I am running for almost 45 minutes. I see him every couple of months at the moment.
The combination of Bowen and AiM has had a dramatic effect in my life, and it is strange to think I was injured for so long, and how quickly my body responded. The sessions are (mostly!) relaxing and enjoyable, yet unbelievably effective. It has quite literally changed my life: I feel normal again.'
Lloyd’s knee wasn’t responding to physio because the knee wasn’t the problem: it was his jaw (I think as a result of extensive dental work several years back) and how his body had reorganised around an accident he’d had as a teenage middle distance runner. Once I’d fixed the issue in his jaw, the knee pain stopped and then we used AiM to repattern how his body moved. I see no reason at the moment why he won't be able to run marathons again if he wants to.
Post COVID update: I wasn't able to see Lloyd for over 18 months, though he was regularly running 1/2 marathon distances during lockdown. In June 2021 he strained a calf and by the end of September his knee wouldn't straighten. Three sessions in October/November got back 95% movement and by the end of December, after 2 more sessions, he was back to running.
Body Kinetics Therapy currently offers Sharon Wheeler's Fascial Work for physical trauma and Bowen Technique for neuromuscular pain in Shepherd's Bush, W6, Primrose Hill NW1 and Finsbury Park, London N4.