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Osteopathy, and Bowen therapy in particular, emphasises the importance of making therapeutic pauses during treatments. But it is not explained  why a pause should be incorporated into the treatment session, just that it is important to do so.

This book is based on research which attempted to understand and identify the physiology that might justify the inclusion of pauses during treatment. It also looked at how much the pause was used within osteopathic treatment in general.


Chapter 1. Speaking the language of the body

Chapter 2. Allostasis and limbic touch to maintain homeostasis

Chapter 3. Integration time in osteopathy

Chapter 4. Integration time in other manual therapies

Chapter 5. Conceptual analysis


Appendix I Synaptic plasticity

Appendix II Extraocular circadian phototransduction

Appendix III Dr. Guimberteau’s observations

Appendix IV The CSF and collagenic fascial fiber

Appendix V What the therapist can observe during and after a still point

Appendix VI Encoding of tactile forces in the primary somatosensory cortex



Further Reading


Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-909141-36-0
Edition No 1
Pages 144
Illustrations About 20 colour drawings
Dimensions 234 x 155 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 25 November 2015

Author biography

Louise’s great interest has always been medicine. She studied acupuncture and has practised classical homeopathy for 20 years. Her interest in manual therapy started in 1996 with Bowen therapy. To understand the amazing results of Bowen, she studied osteopathy for six years. She also teaches Niromathe method with contagious enthusiasm. Her school AIMTC (International Academy of Contemporary Therapeutic Methods) is oriented in teaching modern manual therapies. Louise strongly believes that understanding human physiology is essential to the quality of the “moves” in any manual therapy. Studying physiology makes us realise that all manual therapists are in fact doing “the same”, i.e. stimulating the central nervous system. Only techniques are different. However, to reach optimal efficiency with one technique, one must know the physiology behind it. Quality of move demands a quality of attitude from the therapists and a general quality of life. Louise travels the world, teaching in Canada, France, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, UK, USA, New-Zealand and Australia. Besides treating patients, teaching, researching, lecturing, writing and traveling, Louise also has passion for historical novels, for spicy cuisine inspired by many cultures, and especially for salmon fly fishing.

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