Midlothian therapist to aid Bosnian war victims

Mary Macfarlane will visit Sarajevo, the scene of a violent war in the 90s
Mary Macfarlane will visit Sarajevo, the scene of a violent war in the 90s

A Midlothian therapist is preparing to travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina to use an alternative massage technique on victims of the Balkan conflict.

Mary Macfarlane (55), from Bellsmains, Gorebridge, is a Bowen Technique and healing practitioner.

She will soon fly to Bosnia-Herzegovina’s capital city Sarajevo, to help bring relief to those still suffering the consequences of the Bosnian War, which began in 1992 and ended in 1995.

Mary will join a team of other complementary therapists to work in clinics set up by the British charity Healing Hands Network, which is dedicated to the relief of suffering caused by war and also runs clinics in the UK for ex-service personnel and their families.

During her stay in Sarajevo, Mary will be offering treatments to around 70 people.

She said: “I am going because I know the Bowen Technique can make a difference to those in pain from illness or injury.

“Others who have volunteered in Bosnia previously have told me that I will gain as much as I give and I know it will be a life-changing experience for me.

“I will be treating people with complex conditions such as amputations and shrapnel wounds.”

Read more on this in the September 12 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.