Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Can the Bowen technique assist boys with dyspraxia? Could you help?

A Newbury-based holistic therapist is looking for young children with motor skills difficulties and dyspraxia to be treated with the Fascia Bowen Therapy as part of her research doctorate.

Melanie Morgan-Jones specialises in the technique which is a gentle alternative treatment using minimal manipulation and frequent pauses for the body to respond. As there is no cure for dyspraxia, Melanie is researching how the Fascia Bowen Technique could help people with the condition who typically have difficulties with movement, coordination, judgment, processing, memory and some other cognitive skills.

Working from the Wellbeing Centre in Pound Street, Melanie now wants to apply her knowledge to her doctoral studies at the University of Bath. Her research question is about the benefits of using a very gentle therapy to help improve motor skills, as well other psychological factors such as self-esteem.

Melanie said: “I’ve been using the Bowen Technique and Fascia Bowen for a number of years locally, including on members of the Berkshire County Blind Society and my patients report that the treatment is hugely beneficial.

“I’m now looking for boys from Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, aged between eight and 11, who have difficulties with motor skills. They would be treated either at school or in a private clinic. The target group is boys who scored at the 15th centile or below on an assessment administered by an Occupational Therapist called MABC-2. They will also be screened for other conditions.

“My supervisors are Dr Chris Ashwin at the University of Bath and Dr Fiona Knott at the University of Reading who are both well-known and respected in the field.”

Participants are asked to be seen for about an hour once a week during the school day in a small private room.

Claire Bushell, Director of the Wellbeing Centre, said: “Melanie is a highly-valued member of our team here and we’re delighted to support her in her innovative project. If you know anyone who fits the bill and might benefit from her free treatment, then please get in touch.”

Anyone who is interested can find out more by emailing Melanie on or via the Wellbeing Centre at


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