The Bowen Technique
The Bowen Technique was developed in Australia by the late Tom Bowen in the 1950s and is now practised in more than 30 countries around the world. It is a soft tissue remedial therapy where the therapist uses fingers and thumbs to move over muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves in various parts of the body. A Bowen session will also address deeper levels of the body, including fascia and skeleton. These moves work directly with the body's fascia and send signals via your nervous system which helps your body retrieve its memory of a relaxed and balanced state of being.
Each Bowen Therapy session varies according to the particular problems of the client. A sense of well-being can be achieved by focusing on the lower and mid back, legs, the upper back, shoulders and the neck, helping relaxation, aiding sleep – helping to remove everyday stress and anxiety that can make us feel under-par or prevent us functioning at our optimum. Bowen can also be targeted to deal with specific conditions such as pelvic misalignment or neck issues, which may cause referred pain in other areas of the body.
The technique can help with ailments that may be recent or long-standing, and it is suitable for all age groups.
The Bowen session
Bowen sessions usually last up to an hour. After taking a comprehensive case history and discussing your condition in detail, the therapy consists of a series of gentle moves on skin or through light clothing, with the client lying on a treatment couch, covered in a large towel/blanket. It is also possible to be treated seated. In order to facilitate complete relaxation, the therapist leaves the room or sits quietly to one side after each set of moves, to allow the client's body to integrate the work. Bowen can have an immediate effect on some conditions but a series of 2-3 sessions usually has a longer lasting effect.
After the first session, your body may be thirsty and experience flu-like symptoms, which will pass within a day or two. The key to recovery is to drink plenty of water to rehydrate the body; to walk around/keep your body moving so as to integrate the Bowen work; and to wait until the next Bowen session where the work will be reinforced and the body will continue to regain its balance. It is important not to have other therapies 7 days before or after Bowen and also to avoid over-strenuous exercise or hot baths which will undo the Bowen work.
To learn more about this versatile technique, visit the Bowen Association UK.