Bowen Technique

Originating in Australia in the 1950's by Tom Bowen it has been so successful it is now a growing movement worldwide. The Bowen technique is a gentle holistic treatments that aims to restore balance to the body by using small gentle movements on muscles and tendons. A delicate cross fibre movement releases tension and energetic blocks held in muscles, allowing the body to re-balance itself naturally and maximise the potential for healing. The sessions can last around an hour, which includes frequent pauses to allow the body time to assimilate changes. A feeling of general wellbeing and relaxation should be the immediate result of the treatment, with increasing improvement during the following few days. Generaly it takes a few treatments to effect successful changes. For Parkinson's this kind of treatment may help stiffness, rigidity and stress. Although it is unlikely to provide a permanent cure, regular monthly treatments can often be helpful and benefiicial.

The Bowen Association UK PO Box 210, Boston PE21 1DD e-mail Tel: 01205 319100

Bowen Therapy Professional Association BTPA POBox 2920 Stratford-on-Avon CV37 1ZL e-mail Tel 0844 561 7173 Web

Conductive Education

A rehabilitation system which originated in Hungary in the early 1950's. It is also known as the Peto system after it's founder Andreas Peto. The National Institute of Conductive Education began groups for people with Parkinson's in 1990. Sessions last for two hours. It cannot cure the problems but can help to control the physical manifestations of this by providing practical techniques to help balance, controlling body movements, help with rhythm and breathing.

National Institute of Conductive Education, Cannon Hill House, Russell Road, Moseley Birmingham B13 8RD Tel 0121 449 1569

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Craniosacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy

These therapies claim to be gentle holistic therapies. They use touch to effect the craniosacral system ie the skull, spinal column and fluids surrounding and protecting the brain and spinal cord. The aim of the treatments is to restore balance by removing restrictions to the body's self healing ability. This website attempts to take a neutral view of all these therapies and not recommend any particular one. However we know of various individuals who have tried these approaches in the UK with no useful results and at not inconsiderable cost. We know of a research project in the USA that claims good results, but we cannot be sure of the validity of those results. That does not mean they might not work for you, and we welcome any positive stories about any therapeutic approach, including these, which we are happy to publish.

The Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK Monomark House, 27, Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N3XX Tel: 07000 784 735

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Cranial Osteopathy Sutherland Cranial College, Stuart House, The Back, Chepstow NP16 5HH tel 01291 622555 e -mail uk website

Chiropractic Treatment

Although the chiropractic profession is primarily based on the use of the spinal adjustment, many other techniques exist for treating the spine, as well as other joints and tissues. A modern chiropractor may specialize in spinal adjustments only, or may use a wide range of methods intended to address an array of neuromusculoskeletal and general health issues. The medicinal use of spinal manipulation can be traced back over 3000 years to ancient Chinese writings. Hippocrates, the "father of medicine" used manipulative techniques, as did the ancient Egyptians and many other cultures. A modern re-emphasis on manipulative therapy occurred in the late 19th century in North America with the emergence of the osteopathic medicine and chiropractic medicine. SMT (spinal manipulation therapy) gained mainstream recognition during the 1980s. Chiropractors consider themselves to be expertly qualified providers of spinal adjustment, manipulation and other manual treatments. Chiropractors can treat problems concerning, the spine, neck, shoulders, posture, and joints. Given the stiffness and rigidy occurring in Parkinson's, gentle Chiropractic treatment may help, but should be used with care and caution.

The General Chiropractic Council 44 Wicklow Street, London WC1X 9HL Tel: 0207 7713 5155 e-mail


Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method is practical way to realise your potential more fully. It is an educational method focusing on learning and movement, which can bring about improved movement and enhanced functioning. It is named after its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an engineer and physicist as well as a Judo teacher.

It's claimed benefits are:

• Relief from tension and muscular pain

• Easier and fuller breathing

• Greater relaxation and well-being

• Improved physical performance

• Greater ease in everyday activities

• Increased vitality

It depends on body awareness, posture, movement and spatial orientation. Like The Alexander Techinique it teaches movement to replace the old patterns and can be taught one to one or in groups. e-mail phone 07000 785 506 The group do not maintain a central postal address. Any postal enquries to Scott Clark, 13, Camellia House, Idonia Street, London SE8 4LZ.


Gyrokinetics is a very successful approach to managing Parkinson's which was developed in Israel, by Alex Kerten, a professional musician and expert in martial arts. He originally developed the techniques to help him get over serious injuries he suffered during many years training and becoming a black belt in 7 different martial arts. After finding a number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's came to him for help, he began to specialise and has had a clinic specialising in treating Parkinson's for over 20 years, where he sees around 80 patients a week. Because of his intense specialisation, he has developed a huge knowledge base about the disease. The founder of this site, worked for two years to bring Gyrokinetics to the UK and the first 3 day programme ran very successfully in August 2010. A second four day programme followed in February 2011. You can also go to Israel for one to one treatment.

This is what is said on their website - "Gyro-kinetics is a therapeutic rehabilitation method that combines movement, touch and music to help the body restore its physiological balanced state and maintain it. The Gyro-Kinetics technique stimulates the healing reflex on physical, mental and emotional levels." Web

Our experience of this approach is that it can make a substantial difference to people's ability to self-manage their Parkinson's.

Gyro Kinetics Center Kibbutz Glil-Yam, Herzliya Phone: +972-9-9554071 Mobile: +972-544-646422 Mobile: +972-544-606448