What is Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy is a gentle hands on therapy. It involves making a series of specific rolling moves using thumb and fingers. These rolling moves are made on the skin over muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves which send impulses to the brain. This prompts the body to reset, repair and balance itself. It offers long lasting relief from pain, improvement in function and recovery of energy. It treats the body as a whole and its effect often extend beyond the presenting symptom. It is suitable for everyone from the newborn to the elderly.
How does it work?
Bowen moves involve activating fascia. Fascia is connective tissue which forms a web surrounding every tissue in the body. It is strong and heavily supplied with blood vessels and nerve endings which reach through it to the skin. Nerve receptors provide constant feedback to the brain. During the Bowen treatment impulses are created which ask the body to initiate repair through facial release. Sometimes people feel changes in their body immediately after a Bowen session. Other people may take a few days to notice change.
What to expect
During the first session you will be asked questions about your health background and we will discuss any problems you are experiencing. Movement of joints may be assessed. The treatment will take place on a therapy couch. Treatments can be performed directly on the skin or through loose, light clothing. In the first treatment session Bowen moves are made on the back, legs, shoulders and neck. A feature of the Bowen Technique is that in between sets of moves the therapist leaves the room to allow the body to respond to the Bowen moves and let the recovery process begin. The first session lasts approximately 90 minutes. Subsequent appointments will last about an hour.
Following a Bowen treatment
It is a good idea to avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours after a Bowen treatment. Also it is strongly advised that you do not receive any other physical therapy or manipulation such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, reflexology, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, etc, 7 days before or after a Bowen treatment. This is to ensure that the body is not overloaded with information. You will be given additional aftercare advice following your Bowen treatment.
How many treatments?
An initial course of 3 treatments is recommended with a break of 7 days between treatments. However, you do not need to have a specific problem to benefit from the Bowen Technique. Bowen helps the body function at its best and can prevent new problems from occurring. Many people like to return on a regular basis to ensure they remain in good health.
Conditions commonly treated
Some examples of some commonly treated conditions include:
Neck, shoulder and back pain
Elbow pain and carpal tunnel syndrome
Hip, knee, ankle and foot pain
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Breathing problems, asthma
........to name a few
You can find more information at European College of Bowen Studies (ECBS).Website: www.thebowentechnique.com