International Bowen Therapist & meditation facilitator
Jenny Petridis is most well known and sought after as a multilingual international Bowen Therapist. An Australian born soft tissue therapist, she has been specialising in Bowen Therapy the last 12 years. She began her career in the manual therapy industry more than 14 years ago, eventually discovering the Bowen method. This turning point in her career set a new path for her passion and work in bodywork and mind-body healing, using a different approach to healing.
Jenny’s healing journey formally commenced when she trained in Remedial soft tissue therapy in Australia, later working in well-known multidisciplinary clinics in Melbourne, including the Royal Women’s Hospital. From the beginning, she was invited to work with her remedial massage lecturer in her private clinic, later assisting her in teaching. A firm foundation in training and experience in Australia was imperative to what was to follow offshore.
What has always been evident in her approach and work with her patients is her natural and confident skills in palpation, attentiveness to her patient, mindful presence, coupled with an understanding that goes into the mechanics on a cellular level.
Embodying health and physical fitness
One cannot transmit what one does not believe and practice themselves. Health is an absolute priority for Jenny and she endeavours to make it her lifestyle, not only in her work. Jenny regularly practices yoga, bike rides, occasionally tango dances, has been recently working out with kettlebells (huge fan!), she meditates (and sells meditation audios), and believes strongly in the mind-body connection. Her approach therefore is both grounded, practical, confident, skilful, and deeply intuitive, bridging science and spirit into a powerful healing session. You can read the testimonials to give you an idea on what you can expect.
Ever since she began studying Bowen Therapy, she maintained her commitment to learning and participated in continued education with various workshops and manual therapy courses. Courses in musculoskeletal therapy, TMJ workshops, therapeutic yoga training and fascia research seminars have contributed to her on-going education and acquired knowledge in her field. Very early in her career, she assisted in Bowen therapy training workshops regularly securing her knowledge and enhancement of her skills as a respected and sought-after Bowen therapist.
Building relationships and knowledge
The turning point was when Jenny began her quest for knowledge, experience and cultures in South America, building important networks and professional relationships that would prove to be fundamental to her career and knowledge in soft tissue. These alliances spanning from physiotherapists, to kinesiologists, fascia research teachers, neurodynamics and neurorehabilitation therapists, doctors, professors of biomechanics and anatomy and scar tissue and fibrosis experts – continue to enrich Jenny’s life, personally and professionally. Thank you Argentina and Brasil!
Her love of cultures and healing which led her to Latin America, opened many doors where she pioneered Bowen in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, and now, (2018) Spain. Jenny speaks 4 languages: English, Greek, Spanish and Brazilian-Portuguese. She has taught in Spanish and Portuguese in recent years.
Bowen in Argentina and Brazil – The Story
In 2012 Bowen Therapy arrived for the very first time in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
After what was initially a brief tango holiday, Jenny fell in love with this wonderful city and stayed almost 1.5 years pioneering Bowen in Buenos Aires. (Photo above is from the 2014 Fascinación Congress workshop in Buenos Aires.)
In late 2012, another kind of love took her to Brazil, where Jenny, once again set to pioneer and establish her work with the Bowen method. This time it was in Rio de Janeiro. In a short time, word spread about Bowen and Jenny’s skills, beginning a great career in Rio. Here, she practised from the Centre of Alexander Studies with a highly regarded team of practitioners and Alexander teachers.
Fascia Congresses in Buenos Aires
In September 2013, Jenny was one of the presenters at the Buenos Aires 1st Fascia Congress, presenting ‘Bowen Therapy’. Jenny and her colleague presented a one hour talk on Bowen Therapy, sharing the stage with an impressive list of respected therapists/physiotherapists/neuro-experts from Argentina, including Robert Schleip (via teleconference). The Congress was founded and organised by the highly regarded international institution ‘Fundación J&E Bachmann’. She returned to join the congress again in 2014 to present Bowen and a workshop. (See pic above).
BodyWisdom Spain 2016
In June 2-5, with a team of professional bodyworkers/teachers/movement specialists, at BodyWisdom, Jenny presented a seminar on Bowen therapy. Speakers included Bibiana Badenes (Director/Founder of BodyWisdom), JC. Guimberteau, Juan Vicente López, Til Luchau, Susana Ramón, Ed Maupin, Bethany Ward, Larry Koliha, Helena Barquilla, Thomas Rogall, and Dr. Francisco Martínez.
Within the Congress’s theme Walking throughout Life, Jenny’s workshop presented Bowen in the context of how it can ‘assist us to walk with balance, connectedness and awareness (interoception.) The second part of the presentation included practical component where student learnt some basic moves along the spine.
In November, Jenny taught Bowen to Brazilian physiotherapists. She continues to develop courses for qualified professional manual therapists, maintaining a high level of training. Bowen is taught as an adjunct for professional therapists or used as a stand-alone technique. Practitioners already treating patients in their clinic are able to use the method immediately for their patients with outstanding results.
Jenny is currently in Spain. On the tails of recognition of her pioneering work in Latin America, in early 2018 Jenny was interviewed for a story that was published in one of Spain’s most important papers: El País. The story was featured in the online wellbeing magazine S Moda. This interest with her desire to spread the work of the Bowen Technique in Spain where it is relatively unknown, added inspiration to come here.