The Bowen Technique may very well be one of the single most important tools we have to facilitate healing of the whole body. The moves bring about incredible results by penetrating to a deep cellular level, incorporating the body’s unique ability to heal itself.
With the release of toxins and old patterning, the moves began to accomplish holistic balance almost immediately. Since the Bowen Technique addresses the body as a whole unit, rather than just the presenting symptom, it embraces the physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each person receiving a treatment.
The Bowen practitioner is merely a catalyst, setting the stimulus in motion for the body to heal itself. Because the human body is so amazing, self-healing can often be achieved with minimal outside influence. A Bowen treatment, whether to address a specific problem or maintain a healthy body, is the essence of simplicity.
Simply stated, the Bowen technique rests the body to heal itself. The work consists of a series of gently rolling connective tissue moves, using a light touch, and may be done through light clothing. There are frequent important pauses between these moves, which give the body time to benefit from each set. By combining moves, both in placement and in combination, the practitioner is able to address the body as a whole or target a specific problem. A unique tool of the Bowen practitioner is “tissue tension sense,” meaning the practitioner is able to discern stress build-up in muscle groups and then utilize Bowen moves to release distress.
The Bowen technique balances and stimulates energy flows, resulting in a deep sense of overall relaxation. The restorative process begins once the body is relaxed, and continues as the body allows. Healing seems to occur by affecting the body’s autonomic nervous system (ANS), which creates homeostasis at the cellular level.
The Bowen technique is referred to as a “complementary” modality. This means it will enhance and complement – not interfere with – other medical attention. However, doing other manipulative therapies immediately after a Bowen session can undermine the effectiveness of it. Waiting a week before commencing additional body treatment is recommended.