My original background is a world away from the healing work of Bowen; investment management, specializing in social and environmental responsibility. Like many practitioners of this remarkable therapy, I came to it through my own experience of its powerful and long-lasting effects. Following an experience of childbirth that left me walking more like an 90yr-old woman than a 30yr-old one for several years, I finally sought help from chiropractors and other therapists. Initially helpful, I didn't seem to be able to sustain my progress without ongoing and frequent appointments. It was only after being recommended to try Bowen that I found myself, hugely surprised and relieved, walking upright and pain-free after a handful of sessions.
A native Briton, I moved with my family from the bustling city of Manchester, England to the rural southern coast of Maine during the great snow storm of December 2010 - a nice shock to the system! As part of settling in the family to our new community, I instinctively sought out a Bowen practitioner close to home to provide ongoing back-up for myself, husband and young children. I was lucky enough to find the wonderful Ainslee Farrington in Portsmouth, NH. Ainslee had a twinkle in her eye from the onset - she knew better than I did that she had met a potential recruit...
After my very first introductory class, I was completely hooked. After trying out my new moves on many friends - and seeing their responses - I knew this was something I needed to do. In December 2014 I received my certification with the American Bowen Academy and have since continued with specialized procedures qualifications.
The ongoing scientific research in all areas of holistic healthcare keeps me excited and curious, but nothing is more satisfying and awesome than witnessing clients' healing - in ways both hoped for and unexpected!
Like many Bowenwork practitioners, I did not set out thinking this would be my life’s work. In fact, I had no idea Bowenwork even existed, but life has a way of guiding one onto their true path. Bowenwork found me at just the right time.
As a Kennebunkport, Maine native, whose father has been involved with the local land trust since before I was born, my love and stewardship of the beautiful coastal landscape was instilled in me at an early age. Some of my fondest memories are of playing on Goose Rocks Beach, adventuring out to Goat Island Lighthouse, and searching the Cape Porpoise island shorelines for sand dollars, sea glass and other treasures. Once I graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in art history, the decision to return home to Kennebunkport was an easy one. This is the community I love. This is the community I want to serve.
With a diverse background in banking, retail, caretaking, and reiki, I felt there was something different waiting out there for me that would allow me to help others in my own special way. Perhaps something I hadn’t yet heard of but would know when I came across it. Then one fateful day while working together on a local Labyrinth project, the lovely Juliet Altham casually asked “have you ever heard of Bowenwork?” And, just like that, my life was changed.
After experiencing a session with Juliet, I enrolled in an introductory course which was synchronistically that same week figuring I had nothing to lose. My interest in alternative healthcare methods was sparked after a serious car accident that left me with residual symptoms including headaches, TMJ and hip issues. As I began to receive Bowenwork and notice these familiar symptoms start to dissipate, I became completely fascinated by Bowenwork and its ability to help the body heal itself even after all these years. I dedicated myself to certifying with the American Bowen Academy under the knowledgeable and inspiring mentorship of Ainslee Farrington, and joined Juliet at Maine Bowen in 2019. I am honored to be a part of this very special team and look forward to helping others by empowering them to recognize their own capacity to heal.