What is the Bowen Technique?
The Bowen Technique is unique in the field of bodywork. Its relatively few, gentle “moves” over muscle and other soft tissue address the whole body, stimulating it to reset and heal itself. The healing may occur at all levels as needed: physical, chemical, emotional, mental, energetic, etc.
Conditions that Bowen Therapy can help you with:
- Muscle pains
- RSI, carpel tunnel, tennis elbow
- Frozen shoulders
- Neck & Back pain (upper, middle & lower)
- Pelvic & sacral problems
- Knee & ankle problems
- Hamstring and groin problems
- Soft tissue injuries, sprains, strains
- TMJ, face and neck problems
- Headaches, migraines
- Sinuses & hay-fever
- Breathing & asthma
- Foggy brain & dizziness
- Menstrual pain
- Digestive conditions including colic & constipation
- Improving quality of sleep
- Stress symptoms
How it works
Bowen Therapy is neither derived from nor similar to any other hands-on modality. It is generally agreed that it works primarily through the nervous system on both structural and energetic levels. Healing most likely occurs through the response of the body’s autonomic nervous system to the Bowtech moves.
Simply stated, Bowen Therapy allows the body to reset and heal itself. The work consists of several series of gently rolling, connective tissue moves. There are frequent important pauses between sets of moves, which give the body time to benefit from each set. By selecting appropriate combinations and sequences of moves, the practitioner is able to address the body as a whole, and/or to target one or more specific problems. The practitioner discerns stress build-up in muscle groups and utilizes Bowtech moves to release that stress.
Bowen Therapy addresses the body as a whole unit rather than just the presenting symptoms. The physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each person receiving Bowtech can all respond as needed.
Bowen Therapy is referred to as a ‘complimentary’ modality. This means it will enhance and complement – not interfere with – other medical attention. However, other manipulative therapies done immediately after a Bowen Therapy session can undermine the effectiveness of the continuing Bowen work.
What to expect during a session
Each session will last up to 1 hour. Sessions are usually performed through light clothing and are repeated every 5 – 10 days. Often positive changes are noted within 1-3 sessions.
After the session
Each person’s response to the Bowtech continues for several hours or days, as his or her individual body allows. The benefits will be enhanced by following simple guidelines given by the practitioner. The most common include:
Not overdoing things for the rest of that day, with regard to exercise or exertion,
When getting out of a bed or chair or car, having the weight transfer equally onto both feet,
Increasing the intake of pure water, to encourage the body’s ability to eliminate toxins released by the muscles and connective tissue,
Not remaining seated for longer than half an hour at a time (in the case of lower back pain and other conditions related to lower back imbalance),
Not overworking the jaw after jaw imbalance is addressed