About Sonia Barton
Hello, I’m Sonia Barton and my Passion and Love is working as a Bowen Specialist in Northern Rivers area, with a clinic in Nimbin and one in Byron Bay. I am one of the 4% of the population who loves their job!
After training in the Bowen Technique with the European College of Bowen Studies in 2001, in the UK, I then qualified in 2002 in NST (Neurostructural Integration Technique). I ran my own therapy clinic in Oxford, UK for three years offering Bowen Technique (or Bowen Therapy), NST, Massage, Reflexology and Reiki healing, before I emigrated to Australia in 2003.
I am lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area of NSW and recently moved up from Sydney’s northern beaches. I am a member of the Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia (BTFA) and was Chairman of the Association for three years and on the BTFA committee for six years.
My first encounter with the Bowen Technique was having three sessions after a car accident which created a bad whiplash injury and back pain and misaligned pelvis. I have to admit that I couldn’t understand how doing so little body work could have such a deep impact on my body. It impressed me so much that I decided to train as a practitioner. You will probably find that most practitioners are people who have recovered from injury after receiving Bowen therapy.
Although I have extensive background with various physical therapies and hands-on modalities, the Bowen Technique and NST have radically influenced my therapeutic approach and together they are the major therapeutic tools that I use in my clinic.
I am also qualified in the Emmett Technique,http://www.emmett-technique-hq.com which blends in perfectly with Bowen or can be used as a therapy in itself. It is a gentle physical release of muscle groups whilst using a verbal approach to create attitude change. The sequence of muscle activation points can unlock muscle memory. The results can be dramatic even for first time clients.
One of my specialities is helping people who suffer with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease. I use a protocol called Return to Stillness as used by John Coleman, a Naturopath and Bowen therapist who recovered from Parkinson’s Disease. Please call me for a chat if you would like more information on how the protocol works with Bowen.
My other speciality is working with jaw pain and misalignments, called TMJ Disorder. So many problems in the body can be linked to the jaw being out of alignment and this can be missed in other therapies such as massage or acupuncture.
If you’ve got back, shoulder, neck or hip pain, most doctors will look for a local cause. But the solution may be much further away especially if you’ve ever had:
a whiplash injury
wisdom teeth removed
or dental surgery
Does your jaw click when you yawn or when you eat? Feel pain or soreness around the jaw and temple areas?
If so, you’re one of the many people who has experienced something called temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly referred to as TMJ disorder.
During a Bowen therapy session I can check through kinesiology testing whether or not your jaw is out alignment. That includes the TMJ joint and the C1, the very top vertebrae. If it is imbalanced, it can be easily persuaded back into balance through gentle moves.
It seems to be that around 40% of my clients suffer with TMJ disorder. This can also create unusual pain in various parts of your body.
It’s understandable that TMJ would trigger headaches, migraines, facial pain in the face and referred pain to the teeth. It’s also logical that such pain and tension in the head region would result in misaligned muscles and neck pain. But the low back? How can this association, so consistently puzzling to dentists and regular doctors, be explained?
The body is constantly trying to bring itself into balance so when the jaw isn’t “balanced” the misalignment affects the whole body, maybe trapping nerves and causing tension in muscles in various parts of the body.
Solution? By having a course or 3 or 4 treatments of Bowen therapy can help greatly in bringing the body back into balance in a gentle way. Through releasing tight muscles and the fascia around the jaw, and the rest of the body, the body can bring itself into balance relieving pain and discomfort.
I am dedicated to providing you with the best treatment I can give you. Whether that is on a particular problem area, chronic pain, or relaxing over stressed muscles.