Rae Bowen Therapy

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

Bowen Technique

What is the Bowen Technique?

bowen technique back painThe Bowen Technique (also known as Bowen Therapy) is a drug-free hands-on therapy which restores balance in the body, helping to relieve tension and reduce pain.

Bowen works on the soft tissues of the body; muscle, tendon, ligament and most importantly the connective tissue known as fascia using a gentle pressure to stimulate the tissue and the many nerve cells within it to let go of tension.

Our bodies are constantly trying to heal and repair themselves to maintain a natural stability known as homeostasis but injuries, illness and stress sometimes make this difficult.

The Bowen Technique acts as a catalyst to promote healing and achieve balance. In short, this means lower pain levels, less stiffness and a reduction in the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

What can the Bowen Technique do for you?

bowen therapy rsiThe Bowen Technique aims to balance the whole person and not just the presenting symptoms.  Often, a pain we feel could be stemming from somewhere else in the body, or the particular way we hold emotional stress in our system leads to physical discomfort and all these connections will be considered during a Bowen session. This “all-over” approach makes Bowen suitable for a wide variety of complaints from stress and anxiety related symptoms to recent injuries to more chronic musculo-skeletal problems.

Bowen 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 health conditions and/or 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 – frozen shoulder, restrictive range of movement and knee problems
  • Symptoms of anxiety including tight chest and feelings of panic or overload
  • Stress and tension
  • Managing the symptoms of neurological conditions such as MS, MND and Parkinson’s
  • 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
  • Blocked sinuses and tinnitus
  • 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?

bowen frozen shoulderThe Bowen Technique is extremely gentle and non-invasive.  Most of the treatment is performed while you are lying down in a comfortable position. If you 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 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 standard treatment plan as everybody’s needs are different but I would usually recommend for you to plan on 3 or 4 sessions to be able to confidently assess its effectiveness.

Most people will notice benefits after this time but Bowen cannot wave a magic wand and if you’ve been struggling with something for several months or years, it’s going to take time to resolve and additional sessions are likely to be required.

Responses do vary greatly from person to person – we are all different and even two identical presenting symptoms will have different underlying physical and emotional tensions. Give your body time to balance and this will produce the best results.

Want to know more?

If The Bowen Technique sounds like something you want to know more about, then please do get in touch today.
Give me a ring or use my Contact page to email or send a message.

Rachael Cavanagh – 07762 627940
Complementary Therapy in Ilkley