What is Bowen Therapy?
Developed in Australia by the late Tom Bowen (1916-1982), Bowen Therapy, is a system of moves that challenges soft tissue, releases its congestion and stimulates energy flow, it relieves pain and inflammation, and is an overall tonic to the body's innate ability to heal itself. Its positive effects on nerve, muscle and connective tissue provides lasting relief from pain and misalignment in the simplest and most effective manner. For more than 40 years it has been used successfully to treat tens of thousands of people suffering from a huge variety of ailments. Many say it is the most effective, long lasting and relaxing treatment they have ever experienced.
Bowen Therapy can provide relief from such conditions as:
The soothing and restorative effects of Bowen treatment have a wide range of applications. Through practical experience Bowen practitioners have been expanding the range of conditions that the technique has been found to effectively treat. At this point, the following conditions have shown substantial improvement under the influence of the Bowen Therapy:
Back Pain - Chronic and Acute
Frozen Shoulder & Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Leg Length Discrepancies
Foot and ankle problems
Knee and hip restrictions
RSI / OSS
Pre Menstrual Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Bed Wetting in Children
Earache and Ear infections
Bowen Therapy is safe to use on anyone, from the newborn to the elderly, as there are no vigorous manipulations employed in the treatment. Yet, despite the gentleness of its application, Bowen Therapy achieves profound, substantial, rapid and lasting relief from a wide spectrum of conditions. Among the benefits it achieves in the process are:
- the reduction of physical, emotional and mental stress;
- improvement in joint mobility, circulation of lymphatic and venous fluids and assimilation of nutrients; and,
- the elimination of toxins.
How Does Bowen Therapy work?
In a Bowen Therapy session, the patient lies on a bed, wearing loosely fitting clothing, and relaxes, while the therapist applies a specifically located series of gentle movements across the body. The movements are composed of a challenge to a body of muscle, tendon or nerve and a release of the tension vibrates through to the nerve within the area. The result is a balancing not only on the structural level and functional systems, but also at the level of the individual's overall well-being. Addressing the body as a whole, in this way, Bowen Therapy treats beyond the presented symptoms and positively affects the physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each person during the treatment and for many days after. Appointments are usually scheduled a week apart as the treatment's effect lasts many days. In most cases we recommend a series of about 3 treatments to initiate the Bowen process. Usually, 3 treatments will give a clear idea as to the tempo of future treatments if needed.
Imagine you are 10 years old again and were simply going to get better from this point on, how long would you expect it to take? This is the expectation you should have of the treatment...you should just get better!
The key to achieving this expansive benefit is Bowen Therapy's capacity to stimulate a sense of deep relaxation. This deeply relaxed state, acts upon the body's autonomic nervous system, which creates homeostasis at the cellular level. Through this a resetting of the autonomic nervous system takes place and while in a state of profound relaxation, the individual's body is freed to find its own natural balance.
As a complementary treatment, Bowen can be used to enhance the benefits of other modalities. However, certain alternate modalities affecting deep tissue, when used within a week of a Bowen Therapy treatment, will usually counteract the Bowen's action (e.g., massage, chiropractics.) If you plan to combine Bowen with any other modality, please be sure to discuss an appropriate treatment schedule with your Bowen therapist.