Bowen is a holistic remedial body technique that works on the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body. The fascia is the part of the connective tissue that envelops, separates, and influences every organ and tissue in the body.
Thomas Ambrose Bowen began developing this technique in the 1950s in Australia. With an interest in alleviating human suffering, he started noticing that certain moves of the body had particular effects.
The Bowen technique is safe to use on anyone, from new-borns to the elderly and for any musculo-skeletal or related neuro-muscular complaint. It is a holistic treatment that treats the whole person and aims to treat the cause of problems, rather than the symptoms.
What are the benefits of Bowen Therapy?
The benefits are very varied though Bowen is typically recognised by many for its effectiveness in alleviating back problems. Often these are chronic problems that have not responded to other treatments.
Bowen therapy can be used to treat musculo-skeletal or related neurological problems including acute sports injuries and chronic or organic conditions. It is performed on the superficial and deep fascia.
Bowen therapy is also used for breathing issues which can respond extremely well to the therapy as moves are made directly over the diaphragm. It is gentle and relaxing and does not use forceful manipulation.
What does a typical Bowen Therapy session look like?
A typical Bowen Technique session can last from 15 to an hour. On initial consultations, the therapist will gather information about the person including general health and fitness and the outcomes they are seeking.
Clients usually lie on a massage/bodywork table or bed, or may be seated in a chair if required, for comfort. Light clothing can be worn throughout the therapy.
The therapist will start making small rolling type movements over specific points of the body. These will be interspersed with small pauses whilst the body accepts the moves that have been made.
Client may also be asked to walk around a little. Sometimes unusual sensations may be felt. Any aftereffects and care will then be discussed, and any future appointments arranged.
Some Clients continue to have regular maintenance sessions even after the initial issue has been resolved, helping to maintain their overall good health and well-being.
How do I find a Bowen therapist that suits me?
If you are elderly or looking for babies and children, you may consider seeking a therapist that specialises in that age group.
As this is a hands-on technique, you will need to be comfortable with the practitioner that you select. We recommend contacting a few before hand until you are comfortable they will be able to address your specific need.