Millbrook’s Danielle Molella uses her hands to heal. As a licensed massage therapist, Professional Bowenwork Practitioner and Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, Molella understands that touch can have a powerful effect on the body. Molella specializes in Bowen Therapy, a type of therapeutic bodywork started by Australian bodyworker Tom Bowen in the 1950s. Bowen discovered an alternative way to heal the body through this soft tissue therapy that uses a challenge and release method that stimulate specific receptors that enable the body itself to correct dysfunction and resort balance. “Essentially, I am communicating with the central nervous system through your muscles. It has shown success in treating depression, anxiety and grief, as well as physical imbalances” said Molella.
The 39-year-old single mom knows that this is true because it unexpectedly helped her treat her own depression. Molella discovered Bowen Therapy when she was living in Seattle. She was working as a graphic designer when her friend, a licensed Bowen therapist set up a trade with her for Bowen therapy in exchange for graphic design work. She was looking for a physical change in her body, but after the 4th session Molella said she woke up feeling amazing and felt an emotional shift, she realized getting Bowen helped her depression tremendously.
“Something that gentle was that effective,” said Molella. “Unfortunately, medicine today is about medicating and putting a band aid on a symptom. Bowen is holistic and treats the cause of the issue not the symptom.” Soon after Molella decided to start a career in Bowen Therapy. She received her certification in 2009, returned to Millbrook in 2011 and has now been licensed in New York State for three years.
Molella says that Bowen Therapy is different from other types of massage therapy because its gentle yet has a strong effect on the body. A client can feel the effects of the therapy days after the appointment. Molella does a series of specific moves on the body, interspersed with rest periods. Bowen Therapy can be done over clothing and although it’s typically done on a massage table, it’s not necessary to be lying down to get a Bowen treatment. Molella has worked on patients with Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
“It’s safe for everyone and everyone can benefit from it,” said Molella. “Bowen helps babies with colic, irritability and digestive issues as well as elders, pregnant women and athletes.”
Molella worked on a client who was in a car accident that caused severe whiplash. The client asked Molella to treat on her the next day and after a Bowen session the client said they already felt better. “It awakens the body innate ability to heal,” said Molella.
She practices Bowen Therapy out of the Holistic Healing and Nutrition Center in Poughkeepsie, and Millbrook Family Chiropractic in Millbrook. Molella is also hoping to expand her practice into Kingston in 2016. Find her Blue Dragonfly page on Facebook or visit her website to find out how to set up an appointment for a Bowen bodywork session. When Molella is not practicing Bowen she enjoys spending time outside with her five- year-old son Jackson.