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06 Dec

The New Frontier – Speech By Benjamin Setter Bowen Therapy Specialist 25 Years Celebration



The New Frontier

A great man once said, “We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier — the frontier of the 1960s, the frontier of unknown opportunities and perils, the frontier of unfilled hopes and unfilled threats. Beyond that frontier are uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered problems of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus.”

It was 1960 and Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy was making his acceptance speech for the 1960 United States Presidential Election.

Fifty-six years later and I’m proudly supporting our own New Frontier into the science that is Bowen Therapeutic Technique, and must say I have had the most incredible time as a Trailblazer for this amazing modality.

My friend Greg Spearrit said to me you must move to Celebrate your Silver Jubilee as it is clear that very few if any Bowen Practitioner who are not instructors have made it to the level of Business Success as you have… And for the sake of the next generation of Bowen Therapists that are coming through you need to step up as the new Therapists start asking what is untreatable by Bowen Therapy?

I will tell you it’s a biggie – where do you stop? Should we be treating clients with terminal cancer? What about M.S. or Parkinson’s disease? A brain tumour? HIV – now that hasn’t gone away. Alcoholism hasn’t either. What about mental illness? What’s the mind got to do with Bowen Therapy?

The truth is, Bowen Therapy is about the body – which the brain is a part of – so if there’s a problem with the body, Bowen Therapy can help, even if it is just to relax the muscles from the anxiety of a serious illness. A Bowen Therapist should not be discouraged by viruses and cancer. Instead, they really should boldly go where no Bowen Therapist has gone before. They must find the fortitude to work with the gravely ill. Yes, some clients will die…but if a Bowen Therapist can take away a little bit of pain, offer a little comfort, then why should they not offer help?

So for all Bowen Therapists out there…find your courage!

Find the courage to look other medical professionals in the eye and tell them a Bowen Therapist’s touch is not limited to muscular and skeletal injuries. And find the courage you will need to repeat every move with disciplined perfection. Day in day out, don’t let the repetition break you…get every Bowen move right and repeat it a thousand times.

Make that discipline teach your hands and mind to be absolutely proficient in Tom Bowen’s Technique. Bowen Therapy is for the long term! The moves you make today can shape a client’s life for years.

And above all, know your own limits. We all have them, even Bowen Therapists. You may not be comfortable working with the terminally ill as they draw their last breath – I wasn’t at first, and it took me ten years to know when I was ready to.

So, fellow Bowen Therapists, students of Bowen Therapy of the next generation. I acknowledge you now and I know how import you are for the future of your communities, perhaps it’s time for some personal discovery. So ask yourselves, What will you say when someone asks, “What is untreatable for a Bowen Therapist?”

Yes, to the Lat Rolling Bowen Therapy Practitioners and friends of Bowen Therapy both near and around the world. To my original Instructors, Mr and Mrs Rentsch of Bowtech, and Mr Julian Baker and Paula Essen of the College of Bowen Studies U.K. To my wonderful clients of the Townsville, my Mother June, Lindy my Ace in the Hole, my friends and family, Tony Cowan of Zephyrmedia for building the best website and the first Bowen Therapy Info Hub in the world. My business mentor Mr Greg Spearrit and our Editor Arthur Shale, I say thank you.

I am truly and honestly thrilled to be here to celebrate my 25th year in practice. And if my work in this incredible city of Townsville has made peoples’ lives a little better, if only for a short time, then I feel like it has been a great success. You have all given me the chance to live my passion, and accomplish over 40 000 individual Bowen treatments, and I thank you all sincerely from the bottom of my heart.

I would also like to mention my three great inspirations two real…one not. The Hume Clan of the Borders of Scotland for which I am a proud descendant and whose family motto is “True to the end” Which is the way I passionately deal with clients… I never give up! The next is Dr Patch Adams and his work recognising the power of laughter in healing. And the latter, my namesake, Benjamin Franklin Hawkeye Pierce – the sharp-witted MD from the hit TV comedy, M*A*S*H – portrayed by the incredible Mr Alan Alda.

Finally to Cindy my wife and Kamara my daughter – who through all their efforts have helped me see this world not just in black and white – but in beautiful colours.


Benjamin Setter | Bowen Therapy Specialist 25 Years Celebration

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