Bowen Therapy is a revolutionary soft-touch therapy that stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It may be one of the single most important tools we have to facilitate the healing of the whole body.
The therapist will provide the body with a series of precise Bowen manipulations – also known as ‘moves’ – and then lets the body rest. The therapist comes back after 1 or 2 minutes to provide another series of manipulations. This is repeated until the treatment is complete. It takes about 45 minutes.
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.
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.
What does a Bowen practitioner do?
In Bowen, you find the muscle involved in the stress. The muscle will feel very tight (like a guitar string), rounded and in some places it may be a knot. Then with the forefingers or thumbs you will find the center of the muscle. You will apply a slight general pressure and pull the slack in the skin as far as it will go. There you find the edge of the muscle. You apply more pressure and challenge the muscle for 3 seconds. During that time you will feel the muscle begin to move under your fingers or thumb. The muscle will roll right under the thumb placing it to the opposite side of the muscle. This causes a vibration – like plucking the guitar string – that can resonate throughout the entire body.
Bowen moves cause neurological impulses to travel to the brain. The brain assimilates the information and then returns with a response back to the place of stimulation causing relaxation or pain reduction to occur. This allows the body to regain normal movement of joints, muscles and tendons to release tension and relieve spasms. It will also increase blood and lymph flow.
What can Bowen help improve?
Different moves affect different areas of the body.
The moves around the joints affect the nerves that sense the position of the body. Moves performed down the spinal reflexes over the erector muscles of the spine affect and improve digestion, circulation, reproduction, and sleep. Bowen manipulations free up the relationship between the Fascia and the nerves, improving coordination, flexibility, posterior alignment and the overall structural and functional integrity of the body.
Many of the Bowen moves are located on acupuncture points or on acupuncture meridians that stimulate and balance the body’s energy. This helps to clear energetic blocks and improves the circulation of energy.
Why does Bowen work?
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) controls over 80% of our body’s functions – cardiac, respiratory, endocrine, gastrointestinal – and is very susceptible to stress and emotional tensions. For healing to occur, the body needs to shift from sympathetic (also known as ‘fight or flight mode’), to parasympathetic dominance, (also known as ‘vegetative mode’). For this to occur, the body needs time and space to literally unwind and digest physical and emotional stress. Bowen enables these positive shifts.
Some people will feel the shift during and/or after the treatment.
What type of chronic pain would benefit from the Bowen technique?
People with shoulder pain, sciatic pain, back pain, neck pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), fevers, respiratory problems, pain related to surgeries or sports injuries, etc. can benefit from Bowen Therapy.
What’s the difference between Bowen Therapy and going to a chiropractor?
Chiropractic treatments make spinal adjustments or manipulations in the vertebrae column to restore the relationship between the structure and the function of the body. Bowen is moving muscles to stimulate nerves and muscles to rebalance and restore the body function, posture, and joints. Bowen treatments complement the chiropractic treatment.
How many treatments are required to see improvements?
We suggest 3 to 6 treatments before making a decision about Bowen. It also depends on the length of time the pain or problem has existed and is connected with the emotional, environmental or chemical issues related to the pain. By the end of 3 to 6 treatments we can get a good indication of whether there are other factors involved in the pain or problem.
Will the results be immediate?
In 95% of the cases, yes. Some people will feel the shifts in her body during the Bowen treatment, while others will feel more in the days following. This can depend on how complex the issue is and how open the individual is to receiving the treatments.
How long will the effects last?
This varies. On average it lasts anywhere from 2 to 5 days. With more regular treatments it can last up to three weeks or the cause of discomfort can go away all together. This again depends on the problem, how long the issue has been there and the willingness of the individual to accept the treatments.
Are there any procedures to follow after a Bowen treatment is completed?
Yes, it is important that you drink plenty of water to flush out the impurities in the body that are loosened up by the Bowen treatment. Also make sure you walk and move around about every 30 min. This will help with the flow of circulation that was just opened up. Rest is also important. You need to pay close attention to what your body is telling you. If you feel fatigued, allow your body to rest. Place both feet on the floor at the same time when getting up or down.
If there are any bad habits that you have that might be contributing to the imbalance in your body, try to correct them.