What can be treated?
Complaints are divided into two main areas: internal & musculoskeletal. It is particularly successful with a large range of everyday complaints such as:
• Back and neck pain
• Knee and hip problems
• Frozen shoulder
• Tennis elbow
• Menstrual problems
Bowen Technique also works well for many more complex and debilitating complaints such as:
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Cerebral Palsy
• Multiple Sclerosis
It is so gentle it can be effective for everybody from newborns to the elderly and frail. So Bowen also works for:
• Infant colic
• Post birth trauma
The Bowen Technique is a straightforward no-nonsense complimentary therapy that is a gentle yet highly effective way of helping people to be free of pain without resorting to manipulation, needles, pills or massage.
Therapists treat the body as a whole rather than just the presenting symptoms. They use gentle, rolling moves over precise parts of the body using the thumbs and index fingers that trigger the body’s natural healing responses so that it re-sets and heals itself.
The body continues to respond for several days afterwards. The most common reaction is a deep sense of overall relaxation and lessening of muscular tension and pain. Improvement is often experienced within a few days. Results tend to last for a long time.
It is unique. It works on the physical, emotional, chemical, mental and energetic levels of the body to promote natural healing. Osteopaths, chiropractors, sports therapists and physiotherapists are among the many professional practitioners who recommend and use the Bowen Technique.
A Bowen treatment session takes approximately 45 minutes. The series of moves are best performed through light clothing. To the patient it may seem as if very little is happening but that is because the treatment is so gentle.
Surprisingly few sessions are needed to alleviate complaints. Results tend to last for some time, or until there is a recurrence of the injury, and it is suitable for everyone.
It is a complimentary therapy that enhances but does not interfere with traditional medicine.
How Does it Work
The Bowen Technique works primarily through the nervous system. The moves stimulate precise points on the body in groups of two to eight at any one time. They stimulate the following systems:
• Muscles and soft tissues
• Nerve pathways
• Blood and lymphatic circulation
• Energy flow
During the treatment there are periods where the client is left to relax and allow the body to gently absorb the moves that have been performed. This allows the body to make subtle and fine adjustments to help relieve pain and tension and initiate the healing process.
The Bowen Technique encourages the body to re-set itself. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used or needed. It is not a form of massage. Each person responds differently, at different rates and to different degrees. That is why Bowen is so gentle and relaxing, it allows your body to respond at its own level. It is therefore very subtle and non-invasive.