John Wilks MA RCST BTAA
After studying music at Oxford, John developed a strong interest in body-orientated psychotherapy and meditation. He has been practising the Bowen Technique and Craniosacral Therapy full time since 1995, and works at a physiotherapy and integrated healthcare practice in the west of England.
He is a former chairman of the Bowen Association of the UK, the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK and the Cranial Forum, the lead body established to oversee the implementation of national standards of practice for the profession in the UK. He is a former examiner for the University of Oxford examinations board and is advisor on education and training for the Bowen Forum under the Prince of Wales’ Foundation for Integrated Health.
He was accredited by the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia to teach the Bowen Technique in 1999 and has since then, taught in many countries throughout the world including Denmark, Norway, Israel, USA, Australia, Kuwait, El Salvador, Sweden, Ireland, Austria and Germany. He was awarded a lifetime membership of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia in 2004.
He is author of 3 books – Understanding The Bowen Technique and Understanding Craniosacral Therapy both published by First Stone Publishing and his new book The Bowen Technique – the inside story published in November 2007.
In 2005 he set up a 2 year practitioner training for midwives in Craniosacral Therapy at Poole Hospital NHS Trust, the first of its kind to be accredtited with the Royal College of Midwives.
He has been involved in a number of charitable projects organising therapeutic work overseas, including after the war in Bosnia and currently El Salvador. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, regularly plays in concerts in the south west and in 2005 was awarded a prestigious fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts for his contribution to society.
In June 2007 he was featured in Tatler’s guide to Britain’s 250 best private doctors.
Isobel Knight has been a Bowen Therapist for 11 years and trained in London under the Bowen Association UK. She is also an internationally published author having recently co-authored a book about Bowen, “Bowen Technique – treating complex and common conditions” with John Wilks.
Isobel has an expertise in connective tissue disorders, namely Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome – Hypermobility Type. She has written two books about EDS-HT, one aimed at patients, “Living with EDS-HT, Bending without Breaking” and one aimed at medical professionals, “A multidisciplinary approach to managing EDSIII – working the chronic complex patient” which includes contributions from leading experts in the field, including a chapter purely about Bowen by John Wilks). Isobel has written a range of papers about EDS-HT and Bowen and also about EDS and dancers, as many dancers and performing artists are hypermobile.
Isobel also gives lectures and workshops and is keen to take her work to international conferences. Isobel has also begun to research the use of Bowen with EDS patients and is presenting to an international conference later in the year. She is now involved in academic research with leading and international experts on EDS. Isobel is also interested in working with patients with autonomic disturbances such as those with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, ME and persistent pain. She also works with dancers and completed an MSc in ‘Dance Science’ at the leading Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music in 2009.
Isobel lives and works in London.
Isobel Knight MSc. BA (Hons) ED, BAUK, BTAA, Dip ITEC. She is a member of the Bowen Association UK, International Association of Dance and Medicine (IADMS), Dance UK, Hypermobility Syndromes Association (HMSA), Ehlers-Danlos UK.
I see childbirth as a profound and potentially empowering experience in a woman’s life. I feel passionate about helping women to grow within themselves during pregnancy and to become relaxed and confident as women during childbirth and motherhood. I have spent most of my adult life helping women birth with dignity and respect and helping babies to be born gently into a loving and compassionate environment.
Although my special focus has been natural, undisturbed birth, I am well aware of the challenges facing parents-to-be in achieving such a birth within the (often fear-driven) medical-based hospital system. Because of my midwifery experience both in hospital and at home, I have many ‘tricks up my sleeve’ to share with expectant parents, wherever they choose to give birth.
When child-bearing couples become informed and confident, these empowered parents (by asserting their understanding and needs) can influence the practices and politics of birth in our society at large.
This has been my life’s work and passion.
Lina is based in England, in West Sussex.