What is the Bowen Technique?
The Bowen Technique (also known as Bowen Therapy) is a drug-free hands-on remedial therapy which helps the body rebalance, relieve tension and reduce pain.
Our bodies are constantly trying to heal and repair themselves to maintain a natural stability but injuries, illness and stresses sometimes make this difficult. The Bowen Technique acts as a catalyst to promote healing and achieve balance.
Bowen works on the soft tissues of the body; muscle, tendon, ligament and most importantly the connective tissue known as fascia. By releasing the tension in these tissues stiffness and pain are reduced and the body’s systems can begin to repair and restore.
What can the Bowen Technique do for you?
The Bowen Technique aims to balance the whole person and not just the presenting symptoms. This means that if the pain you are experiencing actually stems from somewhere else, this too will be addressed during a Bowen session. This “all-over” approach makes Bowen suitable for a wide variety of complaints from stress related symptoms to recent injuries and more chronic musculo-skeletal problems.
It is suitable for all age groups and all people. Due to its gentle nature Bowen can be very beneficial in supporting people with life limiting illnesses as well as those with long-term or chronic conditions and alongside pain management strategies.
Practically any problem can be addressed with the Bowen Technique and those that have been reported to respond well include:
- Back and neck pain, including sciatica, whiplash and postural pain often caused by long periods sitting at work or driving
- Joint pain – especially frozen shoulder, restrictive range of movement and knee problems
- Musculo-skeletal pains such as tight hamstrings, ankle problems and sports injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries such as tennis elbow, carpal tunnel and forearm rsi
- Pain from arthritis
- Respiratory conditions including hayfever
- Headaches and migraines
- Digestive imbalance including heartburn and ibs
- Hormonal imbalances
This list is not exhaustive and many people report that they feel calmer, more able to cope with stress and have improved mood, sleep & energy levels. Many clients continue to come for top up sessions a few times a year, as a means of stress management and health maintenance.
What can you expect during a treatment?
The Bowen Technique is extremely gentle and non-invasive. Most of the treatment is performed while you are lying down in a comfortable position. For those that find lying down difficult or uncomfortable the treatment can easily be adapted to a seated or standing position.
Bowen can be performed through light clothing or directly on the skin and involves a series of very precise rolling type moves performed in sequence over muscle & other soft tissue. There is no hard or prolonged pressure and most people find the technique extremely relaxing, which in itself is very beneficial to us and our ability to heal.
At several points during treatment you will be left resting to allow your body time to interpret the moves and start the healing process. This process often continues for several days after a Bowen session when small adjustments and re-alignments may take place as the re-balancing takes effect. In order not to interfere with this process it is recommended not to have any other type of physical therapy for 3 or 4 days following a Bowen treatment.
There is no fixed course or treatment plan as everybody’s needs are different but it is always recommended to have a 2nd session one week after the 1st to allow the initial response to be assessed. Most people will notice benefits after 2-4 sessions although chronic conditions often take longer to respond and responses vary greatly from person to person. Progress will be discussed at all sessions to ensure you are happy with the treatment and so that the way forward can be agreed.