Wendy Bowen, BHSc PT, BHSc. Kin. CAMPT
Mission and Purpose
Physical pain can prevent you from achieving your highest potential. Emotional pain can increase physical pain. From my studies and practice as a physiotherapist, I have gained an appreciation of how the physcial body works, how it breaks down, and how the body heals.
As a holistic practitioner, I understand the importance of the body, mind, and spiritual connection with relationship to healing. I have studied under Dr. Robert Holden, and Caroline Myss. I am a student of A Course in Miracles, and have followed the work of Dr. Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay.
It is my goal to help people understand what causes the breakdown of the body, how the body heals, and discover the blocks to healing. It is my passion to educate and to motivate you to achieve optimal health. For I believe when you feel well, you do well.
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.
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 has been a Registered Physiotherapist since 1997.
As a physiotherapist, Wendy traveled 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 also had a strong interest in orthopaedic physiotherapy and chronic pain.
She has 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). Wendy is a CAMPT (Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy) certified practitioner.
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 continues to do part time contract work out of this clinic.
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 brings people seek out Wendy's services as a physiotherapist. Speaking and writing help her share her knowledge,insights and wisdom with the rest of the world.
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.