A gentle, whole body treatment for a multitude of conditions.
What can Bowen treat?
Bowen therapists treat the whole body rather than a specific area. Bowen has the potential to have an effect on a whole range of issues from structural and muscular problems, to digestive and respiratory conditions.
Common problems Bowen has been observed to help include;
back & neck pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, CFS/ME, MS, whiplash, sports injuries and many more.
Who invented Bowen?
The Bowen Technique, Bowen Therapy or simply, Bowen, is named after
its Australian creator, Thomas Ambrose Bowen. He began developing his
system of bodywork in the 1950s. By 1973 he was reputed to be doing
13,000 treatments a year. Before he died, he taught six men his work.
These six “disciples”, who had worked alongside him over the 23 years
he had been in practice, were given the job of taking the technique out
into the world and each gave it their own interpretation. There are several
offshoots of Bowen’s original approach and it continues to develop and
Bowen Therapy came to the UK in the 1990s and is now practiced in over 30
So how does Bowen work?
There are various theories about how Bowen therapy works. What appears to be happening during and after a Bowen treatment, is that the signals sent to the brain via the Bowen “moves” cause the brain to elicit a change in the body. The brain goes into an alpha brain wave state very quickly, allowing the client to deeply relax.
Clients often report that when the therapist leaves the room for the short breaks, that are an integral part of Bowen, they felt as if the therapist’s hands were still there or that they felt tingling or rushing sensations. This is the brain trying to make sense of the moves and making adjustments accordingly. Bowen therapy seems to tap into the body’s innate ability to heal itself and the Bowen moves initiate this healing response; causing changes to occur and a more natural state to be. Interestingly, virtually all moves made by Bowen therapists are located along the meridians used in acupuncture.
To learn more about what happens during treatment, click here.
What is Fascia?
There is currently a lot of research being done on the function and importance of the body’s fascia; a structure in the body which has been rather overlooked to date. It is now thought this web-like structure plays an important role. Since fascia covers all the structures in the body, the Bowen moves seem to affect the tension of the fascia which, in turn, has an effect on all muscles and organs, including the brain.
Bowen Technique in combination with Dorn or CPA
Some clients have found that using both Bowen and either Dorn or Core Postural Alignment (CPA) in the same treatment session is a very effective combination. Clients with back and neck problems and issues like sciatica, for example, seem to respond very well and usually quite quickly when treated with two therapies.
Bowen is very effective for helping muscles, tendons and fascia to relax and soften thus allowing any misaligned vertebrae to slip easily back into place using the gentle corrections of either Dorn or CPA. All the usual after care advice is the same and in particular, it is recommended to take it easy for a few days and not do any sport or over exert oneself.
A session using this combination of therapies takes a little longer, allow approximately 1.5 hours . For pricing, click here.
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