Bowen Therapy is a gentle form of 'hands-on' bodywork that initiates and then facilitates the body’s own healing processes. The therapist uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform Bowen's unique sets of rolling-type moves, which stimulate the muscles, soft tissue and energy within the body. These careful moves prompt the body to reset imbalances, healing injuries and long-standing complaints and relieving pain and tension.
The experience of a treatment is gentle, subtle, and very relaxing. There is no manipulation and no force used. Because Bowen Therapy addresses every system and organ in the body, right down to the cellular level, it has been very effective in successfully treating a huge variety of diseases, disorders, and dysfunctions in the body. It can assist in the recovery of many conditions, from traumatic injury to chronic illness regardless of how new or old the injury or illness is.
The body normally responds quickly to the Bowen technique, making it a very time and cost-effective treatment option. Clients usually lie on a massage table. If this is not possible the client can receive a treatment sitting or standing, or lying on a normal bed or sofa. The technique involves a series of gentle moves over soft tissue. It does not require deep pressure, although the depth of the pressure will vary between clients according to their specific health status. Bowen moves may be done on skin, or through light clothing. There are frequent pauses during the Bowen session to give the body time to register and respond to the work being done. During these pauses it is common for the practitioner to leave to the room or move away from the table allowing the client to become as relaxed as possible. It is not uncommon for clients to fall asleep during treatment.
Compared with other forms of body work the Bowen technique is extremely gentle. It is not uncommon for people after their first session to truly wonder if it’s doing anything! Comments like “Is that it?” or “How can that work?” are not unusual. They cannot initially see how the tiny moves of the Bowen could affect anything. Its effectiveness should NOT be underestimated just because it is so gentle! Bowen Therapy balances and stimulates energy flow. As such this often results in people being extremely relaxed after a treatment. The restorative process begins once the body is relaxed, and the healing process continues to work after the treatment.
Common responses to treatment involve feelings of improved energy, better mechanics and reduced pain. At times people may transition through a ‘healing process’ where they experience stiffness or flu-like symptoms. Generally these reactions only last for 24 – 36 hours. Drinking water and doing gentle exercise will help reduce these symptoms.
Conditions that can be treated with the Bowen technique:
· Anxiety & stress related conditions
· Arthritic pain
· Back pain, sciatica & spinal problems
· Newborn baby problems (colic, reflux, feeding problems and sleep-related conditions)
· Digestive & bowel problems (such as IBS)
· Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, M.E., Lupus
· General muscle stiffness
· Gynaecological conditions (such as heavy or painful periods, infertility and fibroids)
· Headaches & migraines
· Joint problems (such as tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, neck, ankle, foot & knee injuries)
· Post-dental trauma, TMJ joint problems and jaw disorders
· Post-operative recovery
· Respiratory conditions
· Repetitive strain injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome
· Sports injuries
· Whiplash injuries
· And various other conditions...
The body works in such a way that it is constantly trying to achieve optimal health. However, there are situations – with injuries, trauma, sickness, or surgery - where recovery may have stalled, or reached a plateau, and optimal health is difficult to achieve. Through the autonomic nervous system, the Bowen Technique seems to be able to re-activate this recovery process in the body.
In re-balancing the autonomic nervous system, a myriad of other mechanisms to help the body repair itself are activated. So the Bowen Technique produces an integrated body response; that is, it works on many systems in the body thereby affecting a person’s total health. It impacts the circulatory, lymphatic and venous draining systems; the assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins; joint mobility and posture; and cellular physiology and tissue integrity. Put simply, the Bowen Technique is like a “helping hand” that can give the body the support it needs to initiate its own process of recovery!
Because the technique is so effective, it has been embraced by a broad spectrum of health practitioners and patients and its reputation has spread worldwide. The Bowen Technique can be beneficial to everyone from babies to the elderly, including pregnant women. It is non-invasive and gentle, and is considered to be one of the safest therapies.