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. Most people find it is very relaxing to receive. 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.
Throughout his life Tom developed his method. At different times students watched him work, learning from him by observation, and saw him at different stages of his development. This is why there are slight variations between different schools of Bowen, all equally effective.
Tom treated an enormous amount of people and in 1975 it is reported that he was treating 13,000 people a year. He would spend an average of 7 minutes per person and had several rooms, going from one to another. These days we have the luxury of longer treatments to get the maximum benefit of relaxation time. He was very generous giving his time freely at weekends to treat disabled children free of charge.
Some Key Points about Bowen Technique:
It can be carried out through light clothing
No forceful manipulation or adjustment
Gentle and relaxing
Average 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?
It is best to have a series of 3 treatments which are between 5 days and 10 days apart. 7 days is ideal. Some conditions can be sorted with 1 treatment, but the average is 3 treatments. Long term chronic conditions may need longer. Some clients come for a regular monthly or bi-monthly maintenance treatment.
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 Bowtheen Therapists. I am also registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). These organisations are the nearest we have to regulation at the moment. 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. One of my chiropractor friends has a note in her clinic which says ‘If you want me to wave a magic wand, don’t forget to bring it with you!’