WHAT IS THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE?

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The Bowen Technique, also known as Bowen Therapy,  is a hands-on holistic therapy that involves lateral stretches of the fasciathe connective tissues that cover all your muscles, bones and organs, to minimise pain and promote healing.

 

It uses gentle and precise rolling hand movements. Since fascia is highly innervated these types of gentle stretches of the soft tissues act on the nervous system.

 

It enables a shift in the autonomic nervous system (which controls the majority of our bodily functions) by inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system (your fight, flight, or freeze mode) and activating the parasympathetic nervous system (your rest, relax and repair mode).

The Bowen Technique was named after Australian Tom Bowen in the 1950s, who for over 30 years

successfully helped thousands of people with various issues. He used to invite a few, amongst massage therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors, to witness his clinical practice with patients.

 

Eventually, his work was codified by Ossie and Elaine Rentsch (Bowtech www.bowentraining.co.uk). Some of the practitioners who also witnessed his work, have interpreted Tom Bowen's technique and developed it with slight variations, informed by their previous knowledge of myofascial techniques within their own osteopathic and chiropractic expertise. 

 

 


 

BENEFITS

 


It  can facilitate the treatment of a wide range of complaints, including:
 

  • Back problems

  • Stiffness

  • Aches and pains

  • Sciatica

  • Migraines

  • Acute injuries

  • Shoulder and neck restrictions

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)

  • Postural misalignment

  • Hormonal imbalance

  • Stress and anxiety

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A SESSION

  • A session can last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

  • Treatment can be done on skin or light clothing, you may be asked to remove heavy or thick garments.

  • You will lie or sit down, depending on the areas that need to be worked on.

  • I use my fingers to apply gentle, rolling movements to specific areas. I’ll mainly use my thumbs and index fingers.

  • The pressure will vary, but it won’t be forceful. 

  • Throughout the session, I will regularly leave the room to let your body respond and adjust. I’ll return after 2 to 5 minutes.

  • I will repeat the movements as necessary.

 

Your symptoms might change during the treatment, after the session, or several days later.