I have been a Bowen and body therapy practitioner since 1995 and was initially trained in Bowen therapy in Townsville Australia by Glen Stammers, over the years I have undergone subsequent training’s with Elaine and Ossie Rentch (Founders of Bowtech ) John Wilks and Louise Tremblay.
In 2000 I returned to NZ and set up my private practice. It was at this time I also decided to train in craniosacral therapy, ortho-bionomy and myofascial release techniques.
In 2007–2014 I was employed at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre with the Refugee As Survivors (RAS) NGO. It was here that I 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 I was able to refine my therapeutic interventions.
It was also here that I 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 I use that 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.
Also I was luckily enough to do some Professional development training whilst at RAS that included world renown Professor Bessel Van Der Kolk, a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specialist. I also trained with Tom Nessar with HeartMath biofeedback units to assist heart coherence levels and also studied trauma release exercises (TRE) with David Bercelli.
I was born in New Zealand of Chinese ancestry. I love listening to jazz and world music, tramping in the New Zealand bush and I also enjoy Qi Gong and yoga.
Phone Stephen on 021 335 554