BOWEN THERAPY – USING THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE
WHAT IS THE BOWEN THERAPY?
The original Bowen Therapy (also known as Bowen Technique) is a gentle form of body work in which very small moves are performed over a body’s muscles and connective tissue. It was developed by the late Tom Bowen, Geelong Australia. The Bowen Therapy uses the body’s innate healing mechanisms to address many specific injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic.
CONDITIONS WHERE YOU MAY CONSIDER USING BOWEN THERAPY
- Back pain and sciatica
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Stress conditions and emotional depression
- OOS/RSI, carpal tunnel and tennis elbow
- Knee, ankle and foot conditions
- Digestive and bowel problems
- Asthma and other respiratory conditions
- Accident/Sporting injuries
- Arthritic pain
- Menstrual, fertility and menopause
- Acute and chronic fatigue
- Infant colic, reflux and conditions resulting from birth difficulties
… and many other conditions.
HOW DOES BOWEN THERAPY WORK?
Bowen Therapy is based on the idea that our autonomic nervous system, which controls many of our bodily functions and helps to repair the body when things go wrong, doesn’t work as efficiently when stressed. To be able to do its job properly, it needs to be relaxed and not over-stimulated. The Bowen practitioner delivers signals to the nervous system at specific locations (on muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves) and the body does the rest, responding in its own time, as it is able.
There are frequent but very essential pauses throughout the session that allows the body time to respond and begin the healing process. The practitioner can target a specific problem or address the body as a whole.
Unlike many other hands-on therapies, Bowen Therapy does not use forceful manipulation. Therefore the treatment is non-intrusive and pain free.
Bowen Therapy addresses not only the musculo-skeletal framework, but also the fascia, nerves and internal organs. The body’s integrated response improves circulation and lymphatic drainage as well as aiding in the assimilation of nutrients and the elimination of toxins.