Bowen Technique is an effective and gentle soft tissue therapy which is suitable for people of all ages. It consists of very precise rolling type movements using the fingers and thumbs and it is designed to stimulate neural pathways and effects the nervous systems of the body.
Bowen is a specific technique (move) which is applied to the body, with the very gentle pressure of the thumbs and fingers, and deliberate pauses. This stimulates the entire body, through its different densities of tissue and the autonomic nervous system, to ‘reboot’ or reset itself.
Bowen is not purely a “physical” therapy, it integrates mind-body connections.
It is different from other body work techniques.
Lower back and body pain
Upper body, neck and shoulder pain
Stress, anxiety, depression
Increases proper metabolism
Headache and migraine
Jaw and facial pain
Breathing related sleep disorders
Pregnancy and post natal
Sports injuries, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendon strains and hamstring tension
This list is not exhaustive. Because Bowen carries very few contra-indications to treatment you will either see a positive change in your symptoms or no harm is done.
Bowen Technique originated in Geelong, Australia and was developed by a therapist called Tom Bowen who died in 1982.
He realised that ill health developed when the body’s muscle tensioning system was disrupted and misaligned. The technique he devised used specific movements with his thumbs and fingers which rebalanced the body by releasing stress at a deep level.
Tom did not ‘teach’ his work to anyone but rather gave permission for people to witness treatments he performed in the treatment room. Each person that came to learn from him would create their own interpretation of his work through what they saw at that time and in that place.
Watch the video below for an introduction to Bowen Therapy.
Some Key Points about Bowen Technique:
It can be carried out through light clothing
No forceful manipulation or adjustment
Gentle and relaxing
Average 30 to 45 minute treatment
‘Breaks’ of a few minutes between sets of moves where the therapist may leave the room.
What Happens When I Come For A Treatment?
At the first appointment the therapist will take full details from you to find out about your relevant medical history and to discuss the problems you are experiencing. The therapist may assess your current range of movement. You will be asked to lie on the couch face down and the therapist will make small rolling movements over specific points on the body. If you are unable to lay on a couch then the therapy can be done whilst sitting. There is no forceful manipulation. The therapist may leave the room for a few minutes to allow your body to absorb the information it has received and to relax, or may stay in the room and leave pauses. Half way through you will be asked to turn over, and the therapist carries on making moves until the treatment is finished, normally around 45 minutes. You will then be aided from the couch and some moves may be made whilst you are sitting or standing. It is normal to feel a little lightheaded or dizzy after a treatment, if this happens to you make sure you tell the therapist. Sometimes clients fall asleep on the couch, don’t worry if this happens, it’s perfectly normal.
How Many Treatments?
This will be discussed with you at your first session. It depends on what the issue is and on how the client responds. As a rule of thumb it is best to have a series of 3 treatments which are a week apart. Long term chronic conditions may need longer. It is advisable to come for regular maintenance treatments.
Your progress will be monitored and if and when necessary, other techniques may be used to get to the root of any issue which may be blocking your progress. I take an integrated whole body and mind approach.
Are You Qualified?
Like all complementary therapies in the UK, Bowen Therapy is not regulated and therefore it is important to check the credentials of your chosen therapist. If they are properly qualified then they should not mind at all if you check. I am registered with the Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA) who are the only independent professional association for Bowen Therapists. Membership of either of these shows that your therapist, as well as being a qualified Bowen therapist, is also qualified in Anatomy, Physiology and First Aid, as well as carrying out regular continuing professional development in Bowen Technique, and they are often qualified in other therapies too. They will have public liability insurance and work to a strict Code of Conduct.
Anything Else I Should Know?
Therapists do not diagnose, they do not prescribe or alter medication, but they may suggest you see a GP. There are very few contra-indications to treatment. Bowen is not a substitute for medical treatment, always consult your medical practitioner.
It is common for clients at their first appointment to say, ‘is that it?’ as it feels like little has been done during the treatment. However, don’t underestimate the effect of this gentle treatment.
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With all therapies sometimes a treatment does not suit an individual and they may prefer a different approach. We are all unique and one size does not fit all.
Always consult your medical practitioner if you have any health concerns. The therapies that we offer do not in any way replace advice from a qualified medical practitioner.