Wendy Bowen, BHSc PT, BHSc. Kin.

Obituary

Wendy D. Bowen

A Psalm of David

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

What a Wonderful Life

Wendy was born April 4, 1967 to two loving parents, Harold Warren Bowen and Janice Grace (Stapleton) Bowen. Cheryl Lynn (Bowen) Franklin, is her older sister, and John Michael Bowen, her younger brother. Wendy grew up loving sports, of which ice-hockey was her all time favorite. Her father helped organize an all-girls team (except the goalie), which was able to play in the novice boys league. After two years, the girls got their own league. Wendy’s dream career, would have been Professional Hockey Player.

Although, somewhat shy, Wendy was able to make friends where ever she went. She loved being out in nature, with a group of friends. There are many fond memories with her group of high school friends, University of Waterloo (Kinesiology) and McMaster University (Physical Therapy) friends. Wendy also had cohorts of friends from the hockey teams she played on. From her years playing back in Peterborough from age 8-19, along with the Vancouver Island teams, the She Devils and the Shooters.  

After graduating from McMaster University in 1996, Wendy set out on a huge adventure with her friend Heidi. They traveled and worked in Texas and then Kentucky, before heading back to Vancouver Island in Canada in 2000.  Heidi’s mom thought it was all Wendy’s idea, but Heidi was the leader of this big adventure.

Wendy and Heidi co-managed a smaller clinic in Duncan, BC for almost five years, before Wendy set out on her own, eventually starting her own clinic.  With the help of friends, Heidi, Bonnie Webb, and Connie Klotz, Start Line Physiotherapy was launched. The clinic grew organically for six years, before Wendy sold it in 2016.

Wendy worked for twenty-years as a physiotherapist in the Cowichan Valley, before officially retiring in September 2021 because of the diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer. This diagnosis was the test of all tests. Wendy was forced to apply all of her spiritual lessons, to face the loss of her physical stamina, and source of income.

Those who knew Wendy well, knew that she was a giver, but not a great receiver. Cancer forced her to accept the help of other people. Wendy was also a DIP (Dysfunctional Independent Person – as described by Robert Holden). While she attempted to hold on to as much of her independence as possible, she did have to again let the reins loosen and allow other people to help her.

Wendy wasn’t perfect, though she would like to have people believe she was. She was Flawbulous (Robert Ohotto). She was drawn to the teachings of Robert Ohotto, after meeting him on the Caroline Myss Mystical Tour of Spain in 2018.  Robert introduced Wendy to her shadow Co-dependent, Rescuer, Blood Donor, and Unrequited Lover archetypes.  As well as to the concept that “You are enough, just because you are here.” Stripped of all but the basic ability to function, allowed Wendy to really examine her feelings of uselessness, unless she was helping other people (Shadow Rescuer).

Wendy believed in a Higher Power, a Creator. Not as a man in the sky, rather as a Cosmic Force. She also believed that each Soul does have a contract here on Earth.

Wendy believed she lived a full and rich life. This really became evident to her when she started making her remembrance video. Her life was rich because of all the people who graced and touched it. Some only for a moment. Others for many years. One of her gifts, other than her intuitive physiotherapy hands, was the ability to find the good in someone else. To go beyond someone else’s outward behavior and sense the wound underlying the behavior. Even with all the crappy stuff that happens in this world, she truly loved the concept from Dwitt Jones, “Celebrate what is right in this world.”

No one promised us fair here on Earth. Wendy’s body may have given way to the cancer that engulfed it, but her spirit will live on in all whose lives she has touched. Her Soul is eternal. You can honor Wendy’s life, by living your own to the fullest and through practicing love, compassion, and non-judgement. Don’t worry about being perfect. Just do the best you can each day.

“This day will never come again.” – Thomas Merton

On November 15, 2021, while at home and after a lengthy and courageous journey with cancer, Wendy transitioned to the next realm. Wendy is remembered with love and gratitude for her presence in their lives, by her parents Harold & Janice Bowen, her sister Cheryl, brother -in-law Rob and nephew Nathaniel Franklin as well as many cousins and friends.

To honor Wendy’s life, donations to the Cowichan Valley Hospice, or your local Hospice, would be greatly appreciated by Wendy’s family.

About Wendy

(Original website content)

Mission and Purpose

To enhance your body's natural healing potential. 

I had wanted to study psychology. The universe had other plans. Through a series of synchronistic events, I graduated with degrees in Kinesiology and then Physical Therapy. 

The body has a natural ability to heal itself.  

Teaching people what needs to be done to help the body heal is a passion.  Whether this is 1:1 in the office, through youtube or facebook videos or in a larger group setting, empowering people to unleash their own healing potential is exciting. 

When dealing with chronic persistent pain and injury  a more integrative approach of body, mind and soul. My own personal body, mind, heart, and soul work greatly impacts my practice as a physiotherpist.  

I truly believe that the body has the natural abiltiy to heal itself, and all we have to do is to provide the optimal environmental conditions. 

   

Speaking  

Wendy started doing educational speaking sessions for clients in 1997. Topics were on injury prevention and management and how the body heals. She quickly became interested in why some people don’t seem to recover while others do. This led her into her current interest in the body-mind-spiritual aspect of healing. Wendy has completed workshops on Coaching Happiness and Success with Dr. Robert Holden and course work on healing and spiritual direction with Caroline Myss.

Wendy has conducted various presentations and workshops to rehabilitation groups, rotary organizations, the MS Society, the Ceevacs running club, Beta Sigma Phi sorority group, and at a conference for chiropractors and physiotherapists in England. She has also conducted workshops for personal trainers in the community. 


Wendy giving a massage

Becoming a physiotherapist

Wendy graduated with a BHSc. in Kinesiology, from the University of Waterloo.  After working for a few years at a Children’s Centre and then as a Functional Evaluator, Wendy entered the physiotherapy program at McMaster University.  Wendy Bowen worked as a Registered Physiotherapist from 1997 to 2021. 

As a physiotherapist, Wendy travelled and worked in Texas and Kentucky, doing mostly rehabilitation for clients with neurological disorders such as Musculosclerosis, Parkinsons, brain trauma, as well as stroke and cardiovascular/respiratory issues. She had a strong interest in orthopaedic physiotherapy and chronic pain.  

She completed extensive post-graduate education in the areas of manual and manipulative therapy, myofascial release work, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), and Craniosacral Therapy (level I and II).

She moved to Vancouver Island in 2000, with her focus on orthopaedic physiotherapy. In 2008, she started her own clinic, Start Line Physiotherapy, as a single practitioner. The clinic quickly expanded to 9 therapists, before she sold it in 2016. She retired in 2021 to focus on her own health. 


Blending Spiritual and Physical

By alloting 30 to 60 minutes for her clients, Wendy was able to hear the client's personal stories. There were clients whose back pain increased when family came to visit, or when they were feeling stressed about money or relationships. Some of her client's neck and upper shoulder tightness resolved after resolving work issues by setting better work boundaries. Wendy was able to see first hand the body-mind-spirit connection with relationship to wellness.

Physical pain and discomfort is what brought people to seek Wendy's services as a physiotherapist. Speaking and writing helped her share her knowledge, insights and wisdom with the rest of the world. 

What makes a client happiest when dealing with Wendy?

"You are always on time, you are knowledgeable, competent and intuitive, besides being a really great person! Plus you are able to get to the heart of the matter - physically but I think on other levels too!" Kim 


Author

Wendy has always used writing as a way of spiritual connection with poetry as a form of self-expression.

Wendy self-published Living Happily Ever Now, in March 2013. Happily Ever Now, is about Wendy's journey of self-discovery. It includes a collection of her poetry along with lessons of personal growth. Through her own inner journey and reflection as well as discussions with clients, Wendy realized the significance that our emotions and feelings of self worth play on our physical health and wellbeing. She is currently working on a second book, which is about healing using the body-mind and spirit.