THERE was nothing routine about the birth of Verena Edmondson’s daughter Jana, and both their lives hung in the balance for days.
Suffering a variant of preeclampsia called HELLP, Ms Edmondson’s organs failed and Jana was born with no signs of life, after being deprived of oxygen for several minutes.
HELLP is an acronym for Hemolysis (the break down of red blood cells), EL (elevated liver enzymes) and LP (low platelet count).
“For the first 42 hours my husband didn’t know if he would lose both of us,” says Ms Edmondson.
She was in a coma for five days, while her baby was in a humidicrib, not moving the entire time.
But as soon as Ms Edmondson could walk she started doing bowen moves on her daughter, which involves rolling the thumbs and forefingers on the body to stimulate tissue and nerve pathways.
“I did two bowen moves on her and after seconds she could move,” says the trained therapist/naturopath.
After seven days of gentle bowen moves, Jana was breathing on her own, but doctors warned she would be a vegetable, and recommended she be put on a non-resuscitation order.
“They said she would never see, hear, walk, talk or eat.”
After five weeks of daily bowen treatments, Jana went home.
“Even though I always knew how good bowen was, this was mind blowing,” her mother says.
Now 11, Jana attends regular school, and is a bright youngster with an infectious smile, who quickly mastered her new computerised communication device last year. Her mum continues using a bowen off-shoot technique to counteract the severe muscle spasms that contract Jana’s limbs.
It’s a technique that can be used on anyone, Ms Edmondson says.
“Pain anywhere in the body can be treated with the “importance of symmetry” technique.
A number of her clients present with one leg slightly shorter than the other: “Which has a direct impact on the spine and can compromise nerves…resulting in all sort of health issues and pains.”
The symmetry technique is used to assess where in the body the problem is and to relieve the pain, Ms Edmondson says.
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By JENNY D’ANGER