The Bowen Technique

Natural healing with a light touch - The Bowen Technique

When you think there might be nothing that could help resolve a health issue have you considered the Bowen Technique? The Bowen Technique offers a gentle, effective treatment for many longstanding health challenges. The Bowen Technique is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy.

On the face of it a Bowen Technique session involves light, precise moves applied to specific points on the body with pauses between sets of moves. However what may not be obvious to the casual observer is the dramatic and relaxing effect a Bowen session can have on the whole body often initiating a cascade of benefits that continue to take place for many days.

People often wonder how such gentle moves can have such a powerful effect on the body, not only on the structure, posture and physical alignment but also on their sense of well being. The light touch used in Bowen means that there is no forceful manipulation required and no cracking of joints which makes it a highly suitable therapy for men, women and children of all ages as well as babies and those in severe pain. The Bowen therapist can vary the pressure according to the individual client’s needs. Studies of various “light touch” therapies have shown that in fact the lighter the touch the more profound the changes in the body.

The Bowen moves are applied to the body by the therapist using their fingers or thumbs to move over muscle, ligaments, fascia and nerves to start the healing response in the body. The beauty of Bowen is that nothing is forced on the body- the sole intention of the work is to encourage the body to respond by carefully stimulating its own ability to heal, in it’s own time. Bowen moves are made at key structural points on the body which the brain uses as reference points to determine the body’s posture and alignment. As well as this many of the points addressed relate to acupressure and trigger points and meridian lines. It must be stressed however that Bowen is not massage; it is not similar to any other therapy and indeed has to be experienced in order to appreciate its uniqueness and subtlety.

The Bowen Technique embodies a holistic approach to healthcare by treating the whole body and not just the symptoms. When faced with an acute or recent injury the therapist may choose to address only the traumatised part of the body because the body hasn’t had time to set up compensatory patterns which can affect the whole body. Most Bowen therapists work with clients whose conditions have developed over many years becoming entrenched in the body over time. People who have found relief from pain and structural challenges have also discovered an increased sense of wellbeing, reduced stress levels, better sleeping patterns, improved circulation, digestion and energy levels.

A Bowen session is very relaxing and usually lasts an hour. During sessions it is not uncommon for clients to drop into deep relaxation or even fall asleep. The Technique is mostly performed lying on a therapy table although it is possible to work in almost any position for people who find it more comfortable to remain seated or those in wheelchairs. Treatment can be performed through light clothing and emphasis is placed on client comfort.

A unique feature of the Bowen Technique is the pauses or breaks between series of moves. This is to allow the body to respond to the treatment and integrate the work so that the body can make fine adjustments which help to re- balance, relieve tension and reduce pain.

The Bowen Technique was pioneered by a man named Thomas Bowen (1916- 1982) from Geelong, Australia. During the 1950’s and 60’s while he was developing his technique he was fascinated by peoples postures and how this related to their ill health. Posture is a major influencing factor in the origin of our physical aches and pains.

It is of course important for clients to consult their doctor to have their condition diagnosed and evaluated as Bowen therapists are not medically trained. Bowtech® Bowen therapists are represented by the Bowen Association UK and members hold qualifications in anatomy and physiology, First Aid and their Bowen Technique qualifications which are constantly updated with ongoing training.

One of the most noticeable effects of the Bowen Technique is the sense of well being it induces. This is believed to be due to the powerful effect it has on the nervous system which controls over 80% of bodily functions. Many of us lead lives filled with stress and this can have a long term effect on our health, immune systems and sleeping patterns. Allowing the nervous system to slow down during a Bowen session can have a beneficial effect on all aspects of our being.

To book an appointment or for more information please contact:

Melanie Henson  BTAA, BAUK
Bowenwork Practitioner
[email protected]

The Bowen Association UK 
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0700 269 8324

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