Bruce MacManaway found his healing skills while fighting a rearguard action at Dunkirk. He was responsible for a group of men who had run out of medical supplies. He had nothing but his hands to treat the wounded. So he used them. Immediate relief from suffering was later discovered to have also achieved reversal of shock and internal bleeding, and an absence of subsequent infection.
Bruce started the Westbank Healing Centre in Strathmiglo, Fife, Scotland where he became one of the most well known healers of the 20th Century in Britain. He drew together a cohesive method for dealing with houses which were geopathically stressed or psychically disturbed. He put together the concepts of Allendar Smith and the new notions of dowseable leys to provide the basis for the teachings of Terry Ross, Mabel Beggs, and John and Kate Payne, and Roy and Ann Proctor.