What is Bowen Therapy and how does it work?
Bowen is a holistic, hands-on body therapy.
It is gentle and non-invasive. It uses specific moves over soft tissue to engage the body’s healing mechanisms to restore balance.
When your body suffers injury or imbalance – physical, emotional, hormonal – it often engages the “fight-or-flight” survival mechanism. This can become the cause of inflammation, pain, stress, fatigue and general malaise. The aim of Bowen Therapy is to assist your body to engage its “rest and repair mode” which calms inflammation and stress, eases pain and restores balance and energy levels.
Specific moves are made on muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia (connective tissue). The moves work directly with the body’s fascia to send signals via your nervous system and help your body retrieve its memory of a relaxed and balanced state of being.
What to expect in a Bowen session
In the first Bowen session, we take a comprehensive case history and discuss your condition in detail.
You lie on a treatment couch, covered in a large towel/blanket and the therapist makes a series of specific moves directly on your skin or through light clothing if you prefer. It is also possible for you to be treated lying on one side or sitting. To facilitate complete relaxation, the therapist usually leaves the room or sits quietly to one side after each set of moves, to allow your body to integrate the work.
For most people, 2-3 Bowen sessions can have a lasting effect on their condition. Some chronic, long-standing conditions will require more sessions over a period of time. Some clients find monthly or 6 monthly ‘maintenance’ sessions keep their body balanced if their job is physically demanding.
What health issues can Bowen Therapy help with?
Bowen treatment may help alleviate the pain and stress associated with:
- Baby & childhood problems
- Back problems
- Bladder problems, bedwetting
- Bowel problems
- Digestive problems
- Ear problems
- Emotional problems
- Fluid retention
- Foot problems
- Frozen shoulder
- Headaches, migraines, sinus problems
- Jaw problems
- Knee & hip misalignments
- Menstrual & hormonal problems
- Pelvic tilt, leg length, hip imbalance
- Poor mobility
- Respiratory problems
- Skeletal & muscular problems
- Sports injuries
For more information, see The Bowen Association UK