What is The Bowen Technique?
The Bowen Technique is a gentle and dynamic hands-on system of muscle and connective tissue therapy, that was developed by the late Tom Bowen.
The manual hands-on movements of the therapist activate the connective tissue and nervous system within the body. This allows the body to identify stresses and release tension whether caused by physical or emotional experiences or trauma, the body is enabled to rest, relax and repair.
A Bowen session involves one or more procedures which consist of sets of moves or gentle challenges. These moves or challenges are made with purpose, but are gentle and made directly to the skin or through light clothing if the client prefers. These moves create energetic like waves, within the connective tissue of the body and they can resonate within the body for up to ten days. These waves within the connective tissue travel through the whole body, influencing the muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons and nerves. The brain interprets these waves and generates a healing response for the whole body, but particularly on the area of the body that has been addressed during the treatment.
After each set of moves has been made, there is a ‘wait’ of a minute or two. During this time the practitioner may actually leave or sit quietly in the room. This ‘wait’ allows the body and brain to process the effects of the move with no outside stimulation to distract the healing process. The ‘wait’ is thought to be the most powerful part of any Bowen treatment. In this ‘wait’ the client often feel various sensations and most often a deep sense of relaxation, although other feelings can be brought to the surface.
In some instances, the problem area is not addressed directly; however through addressing another area of the body the healing response can be initiated. This is due to Bowen affecting the connective tissue particularly the fascia, which flows throughout the body linking areas together.
During a session the client is usually asked to lie down on a treatment table but it is possible or sometimes necessary, to perform the moves seated or standing.
Sessions last from 15 – 60 minutes with the first session usually lasting 60 minutes due to the practitioner taking a full client history.
Some of the conditions that frequently respond favorably to Bowen work are:
- Back pain and sciatica
- Digestive and Bowel problems
- Migraines and other types of headache
- Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Hip, knee, ankle and foot problems
- Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
- Neck and shoulder problems including ‘frozen shoulder’.
- Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
- Respiratory problems and hay fever
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), carpel tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
- Sports and other traumatic injuries.
Who is it useful for?
The Bowen technique is appropriate to use for almost all individuals of all ages and all degrees of health. In rare cases a particular procedure or treatment may be contraindicated.
What to expect during a consultation
During your initial consultation, the therapist will discuss with you your symptoms. They will also take a full medical history. This will aid the therapist in deciding the most appropriate form of treatment.
When is it available?
Appointments are available on Saturdays, but other times are also possible, at Hambledon Health in Blandford. Please contact reception to book or contact Dorothy-Anne directly if you wish to discuss Bowen Therapy and its suitability prior to booking.