For those who are stuck or searching for someone and something to help them with physical or emotional pain, Meghan Cowens, licensed acupuncturist and integrative body worker, has a tool bag of methods to assist clients with healing.
“I like to be hands on. I have a lot of experience working with chronic pain,” Cowens said, citing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma. “The mind, body and spirit happen together. I meet people where they are to uncover the issues.”
Cowens has been doing this work her whole life, but went into practice 14 years ago after attending the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is certified in acupuncture, manual therapy, integrative body work, Tuina, Chinese medical massage, posture correction, Guasha scraping for increased blood flow to certain areas, meditation and yoga, and has five National board certifications. She takes required continuing education units every two years. She also did a post-graduate course in sports medicine acupuncture. She is especially skilled in scar therapy and life coaching.
For three months she has been seeing clients in her space at The Man Cave in the Windham Mall. She works with men, women and children, and anyone who needs her or anyone who’s in pain.
“People who live here can have the resource without going into the city or to the coast,” she said. “I wanted to serve the people where I live.”
Cowens uses meditation with most of her clients to help with breathing and anxiety. “It helps with breathing to make them a bit more capable to handle the monkeys that roam wildly inside their minds.” She encourages them to “sit with yourself” for one minute. “It’s the most real thing you’ll ever do in your life for personal development,” she said. The mind is like a home, made up of many rooms. Cowens helps clients look in the different rooms and move to more productive rooms like gratitude rather than anger. She never expects perfection from her clients. “Practice makes permanent, not perfection,” she said. “Nothing I ask a patient to do, I haven’t done myself. You can only teach what you know.”
Cowens can’t make a client do what she recommends, but she will provide the accountability to help them love themselves through anything.
“You should feel delicious in your body. Be resilient to get back up after you’ve been knocked down,” Cowens said.
She states that she’s not going to tell clients what to do. “They tell me what they want and we can make a road map for health care,” she said. From weight loss, mental and emotional stability to self-care and health care, she will guide and provide homework which is a valuable tool on a client’s road to recovery. Having Cowens to bounce issues off makes everything “feel a little less dramatic or traumatic.”
“Big fear is big magic waiting for you on the other side. That’s what matters,” she said.
Cowens participated in a four years master’s degree program and spent five weeks in China where she learned Tuina in a hospital there. She also knows Thai massage, which is assisted stretching. She studied with Eric Dalton for myoskeletal therapy.
When she meets with clients she discusses what is happening with them and will always address what their chief complaint is. She does a free consultation to give the clients a chance to express how they’re feeling. She also evaluates how people walk and the way they breathe. Everyone is different. Some clients can’t be touched, while others want to discuss what’s going on in their lives.
Although she is an acupuncturist, Cowens also does non-needle therapy. “Acupuncture as a stand alone is really great,” she said, but it is only one modality that she uses.
“Healing is a gift you give yourself,” she said, remembering what she learned from her mother, Deby Cowens, who always offered this piece of advice to Cowens. “My offering is what I bring to the table. There’s no right or wrong way to empower people. Let’s go on this journey.”
For more information, to schedule an appointment or for a free 15-minute consultation, visit , call 954-551-9237 or call The Man Cave at 207-893-2283.