What is the Bowen Technique?
The Bowen Technique is a highly effective but gentle therapy suitable for everyone. It usually results in the relief of many specifics injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic.
The Bowen Technique works holistically by using the body’s innate healing mechanism. The practitioner delivers signals to the nervous system at specific locations on the muscles ligaments and tendons or nerves.
How does the Bowen Technique work?
There are many theories about the physiological mechanism by which the Bowen Technique brings about the results for which it is famous for. The Bowen moves and procedures may activate the following mechanisms
Fascia: Each Bowen move is done at the level of the superficial fascia and affect the relationship between the fascia and the nerve, muscle and tendons being mobilised.
Meridians: Most moves overlap acupuncture points and some actually cross two or three acupuncture meridians at once
Lymphatic: Some Bowen moves activate draining of the lymphatic system and the stimulating of the immune system.
What can you use the Bowen Technique for?
Some of the conditions that often respond favourably to the Bowen Technique are:
- Back pain and sciatica
- Digestive and Bowels problems
- Earache and TMJ problems
- Migraines and other type of headaches
- Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
- Hip, Knee, Ankle and foot problems
- Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
- Neck and shoulders problems
- Respiratory problems
- Sport and other traumatic injuries
- RSI, Carpal Tunnels syndrome and tennis elbow
- Pelvic tilt
What does a Bowen Technique session involve?
A Bowen session generally last from 15 minutes to 1 hour. The moves are gentle but purposeful and can be done through light clothing if the client prefers. The client usually lies on a massage table with a session involving one or more procedures, each of which consist of several set of “moves”.
Between each set of moves the practitioner pauses for as many minutes as are needed for the client’s body to begin responding. After the nervous system begins to adjust the tension level in the muscles, the client is ready for the next set.