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ATMS Member Interview.

Which modality(ies) do you practise?

Remedial massage.

How long have you been in practice?

Since 1997, so 19 years.

What have been the major influences on your career?

Firstly, the incredibly wide reaching course from S.I.B.T., which, under the watchful eye of Maggie Sands, covered all aspects of bodywork and inspired me to delve even deeper into this amazing modality, from the writings of N. Andry de Boisregard in 1741, to Still, Alexander, Feldenkrais, Michelle, the writers of Chinese acupressure and bodywork, the influence of Dr Li Chen of Newcastle, the hundred less well known practitioners who have written the titles on my shelves through to Dr. Stephen Porges' writing, ThePolyvagal Perspective, which has validated the massage technique I have been developing for the last 15 years, following the theories stated in the book Orthopaedia by N. Andry and Iliopsoas and You Don't Have to Ache, a Guide to Orthotherapy, by Dr A. Michelle.

What do you most like about being a natural medicine practitioner?

Watching the amazing ability of my clients' autonomic nervous systems to lead the body toward homeostasis and wellness as the imbalances in the body's systems repair themselves. I have observed changes in the body in clients with genetic or accidental imbalances which have caused their pain, illness, disease mental or physical problem, from anorexia to migraines, from lupus to scoliosis, and autoimmune diseases.

What advice would you give to a new practitioner starting out?

Question everything, be a nuisance to your teachers, read and study everything you can find on your chosen subject. Each book you read may only have one paragraph which is useful to you, but you may use that knowledge to the end of your days. When your teacher tells you that it will be 5 years before the final piece of their teaching falls into place, it is the truth! Never stop learning, from others, from clients and delve into the deepest recesses of anatomy, physiology, never discarding anything. Practise on as many bodies as humanly possible, hone your palpation skills to the max, understand what is happening in the deepest recesses of the bodies you treat.

What are your future ambitions?

To follow the requests of my clients never to retire and to teach sufficient practitioners my techniques so that my clients may find a replacement when I am no longer here, because I am older than almost all my clients...

Is there anything else that you want to add?

It is my lifelong hope for the pure forms of natural medicine to regain their rightful place.

Ian Bawden ATMS member 8216

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Publication:Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
Article Type:Interview
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Sep 22, 2017
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