Bowen Therapy is a hands on technique. That would be applied using touch to your;
Fascia is integral to all of these structures listed above and contains a high density of proprioceptors. Proprioceptors are sensory receptors which receives stimuli from within the body, especially one that responds to position and movement. These receptors receive the information, send it to our brain where it is processed and nerves relay the appropriate information back to the area that has been stimulated.
Proprioceptors affect our posture, our relationship with gravity and where we are in space. When these receptors are stimulated we release tension therefore, stand better, we breath better and we move better.
Bowen Therapy helps the hydration of the Fascia, which is important because dehydration causes a lack of mobility in the surrounding tissues.
“Fascia must be free at all parts to receive and discharge all fluids and use them in sustaining animal life and ejecting all impurities that health may not be impaired by dead and poisonous tissue”
Very importantly Bowen Therapy results in relaxation by lowering the stress response and increasing vagal tone. The application of Bowen stimulates the nerves that have a direct effect on the hypothalamus which stimulates the vagus nerve.
The Vagus nerve is one of the cranial nerves that connect the brain to the body. The vagus nerve is a major part of how our body and brain function; without it, our bodies wouldn’t be able to do basic tasks, and by stimulating it we can receive powerful health benefits.
Bowen Therapy also has a profound effect on our interoceptive awareness.
Interoception is the perception of sensations from inside the body and includes the perception of physical sensations related to internal organ function such as heart beat, respiration, as well as the autonomic nervous system activity related to emotions or pain. Bowen can lower the pain response, helping those in chronic pain to feel better in their bodies.
So the important bit, what makes Bowen Therapy different to other therapies such as massage. The answer lies in the way that we apply the technique and how we use touch. By applying minimal touch to very specific areas of the body will stimulate the nerves mentioned above in a specific way.
A Bowen Therapist is merely a facilitator in helping your body do what it is supposed to do.