Stephen Gin has been a Bowen and body therapy practitioner since 1995. He was initially trained in Bowen therapy in Townsville, Australia by Glen Stammers and has undergone subsequent trainings over the years with Elaine and Ossie Rentch, John Wilks and Louise Tremblay.
In 2000, Steve returned to NZ and set up his private practice. He also undertook training in craniosacral therapy, ortho-bionomy and myofascial release techniques.
In 2007–2014 he was employed at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre with the Refugee As Survivors (RAS) NGO. It was here that he had the opportunity to treat refugee clients. Some of these clients had been subjected to severe traumatic incidents and it was in this environment that he was able to refine his therapeutic interventions.
It was also here that he learnt of the Poly Vagal Theory. This was developed by Professor Steve Porges and helps us understand how as a species we humans are always assessing the environment for threats and how our autonomic nervous system responds to ensure that we survive.
The knowledge of this theory is particularly helpful for treating those of us with stress and anxiety as there are certain interventions that the therapist can do help aid our system to move up and down this hierarchical system from shut down mode (dorsal vagal) and fight or flight (sympathetic mode) to our social engagement co-regulation (ventral vagal) mode.
Professional development training at RAS enabled Steve to attend seminars by Professor Bessel Van Der Kolk, a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specialist. He also trained with Tom Nessar with HeartMath biofeedback units to assist heart coherence levels. Steve also studied trauma release exercises (TRE) with David Bercelli.
Stephen was born in New Zealand and is of Chinese ancestry. In his spare time he enjoys listening to jazz and world music, tramping in the New Zealand bush and is a practitioner of Qi Gong and yoga.
Phone Stephen on 021 335 554