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Just under the skin

Sailosi Batiratu
Friday, February 08, 2013

IN a world which is increasingly becoming faster and more demanding it is not unusual for our mortal bodies to once in a while succumb to the pressure. This can be manifest as aches or a variety of illnesses.

In addition to the pressures of our modern existence the onset of some sicknesses seem to have no explanation.

As there are numerous diseases, so have there been attempts at healing infirm beings.

There are records of groups of men in early civilisations of healers and shamans who were deemed to have powers to cure the illnesses which man had brought upon them by upsetting the gods.

As civilisations progressed and knowledge was shared, so was the realisation that there are several ways in which whatever is causing physical problems could be remedied. And most of it had nothing to do with the supernatural or the occult.

A couple operating out of their Vatuwaqa compound in Suva are pioneering, at least in Fiji, what is known as Bowen therapy.

Mitendra and Jyoti Jai say this form of treatment, or technique as Jyoti calls it, is one where "the body heals itself".

They say this form of treatment has no adverse side effects and can be used to even lessen the suffering of cancer patients.

Mitendra explained that just below the skin is a membrane or fibrous tissue called the fascia. This is what Bowen therapy practitioners work on to right afflictions.

Treatments generally require six-eight sessions. Each general session costs $10-$15. Specialised sessions cost more.

The first step in the treatment regime is what they call balancing the body. This is, they say necessary, so the body is not "confused".

Jyoti says they've treated a woman who had had a child, was involved in an accident and could not conceive for seven years. She is now into her first trimester.

The couple say they were introduced to this form of therapy by an aunt, Vimla Rao, who now resides in Australia.

An instructor from the Bowen Training Academy came over and there were three students. One dropped out leaving the couple. Each had to pay $AU3000, approximately $F5400 at today's rates.


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