Bowen is a holistic remedial body technique that works on the soft connective tissue of the body, (fascia). Bowen therapy can be used to treat musculoskeletal or related neurological problems including acute sports injuries and chronic or organic conditions. It is gentle and relaxing and does not use forceful manipulation.
Bowen therapy is performed on the superficial and deep fascia. The fascia, or soft tissue, is the part of the connective tissue that envelops, separates and influences every organ and tissue in the body.
The Bowen technique is safe to use on anyone, from newborns to the elderly and for any musculoskeletal or related neuromuscular complaint. It is a holistic treatment that treats the whole person and aims to treat the cause of problems, rather than the symptoms. Bowen Therapy has been shown to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of;
- Baby and childhood problems
- Back problems
- Bladder problems, bedwetting
- Bowel problems
- Digestive problems
- Ear problems
- Fluid retention
- Foot problems
- Frozen shoulder
- Headaches (migraine, sinus)
- Bedwetting, incontinence
- Jaw problems
- Knee and hip restrictions, misalignments
- Menstrual and other female problems
- Pelvic tilt, leg length, hip imbalance
- Poor mobility
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Respiratory problems
- Skeletal and muscular problems from lumbar to neck
- Sports injuries
What you can expect
Bowen Therapy is not an ongoing therapy. The person may experience relief after just the first session and significant resolution or recovery within three sessions. However, chronic or long-standing conditions or repeat injury may require additional treatments and if symptoms do not resolve, you should see your doctor.
It should also be noted that there are no guarantees. If the body responds to the treatment, then it can and will start the process of repair. If it doesn’t respond, then no harm is done.
All clients are reminded to always discuss any concerns with their health or medications with their GP.
A Bowen treatment consists of sequences of small moves at varying pressures, each at a specific site on the body. The treatment is pleasant – therapists use light, cross-fibre manoeuvres of muscle, tendon or ligament with no forceful manipulation.
A treatment will typically last between 40 minutes and one hour. Bowen can be provided through a layer of light clothing, although you may be asked to remove heavy or thick garments.
During the treatment, the therapist may leave the room for periods of two to five minutes at a time. This allows time for your body to respond to the treatment and for the necessary changes to occur in your body before commencing the next sequence of moves.
Advice after Bowen therapy
You will be advised not to have any other physical therapy or other forms of manipulation, such as massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture or kinesiology for one week after the treatment, while your body adjusts to the treatment.
You should also ensure that you drink enough water after your treatment and continue to walk and move about gently.
Bowen Therapy for Children
Bowen therapy is a holistic therapy that treats the whole person not just the illness or the pain and is suitable for any age group from the newborn to the elderly.
Parents and carers have reported improvement in symptoms of many childhood ailments and problems after their children have received Bowen Therapy. They notice better posture, balance, co-ordination and the ability to cope better with the effects of trauma. Benefits may include:
• healthier children with better concentration,
• improved sleeping patterns,
• enhanced motor control & behaviour,
• leading to quieter, happier children.
• Some childhood ailments may require regular Bowen therapy sessions.
A child’s Bowen session is very gentle. Many report finding it a pleasant and relaxing experience. All therapy sessions are carried out through light clothing, whilst the parent / guardian remains in the room.