What is the Bowen Technique?

The Bowen Technique is a unique therapy that can be applied through light clothing. It is effective, safe, gentle, non-invasive and natural

The Bowen Technique can provide relief for many types of injuries as well as both acute and chronic health problems. Bowen practitioners often work with people whose conditions have developed gradually over many years, where patterns of dysfunctional muscle change and behaviour have become stuck over time.

A Bowen session often stimulates a deep sense of relaxation because it balances the autonomic nervous system which is involved in the fight, fright and flight reaction. This might explain why Bowen can help reactivate the recovery process when healing from trauma, illness or surgery seems to have stalled.

Rather than focusing on a single complaint, the Bowen Technique (Bowen Therapy or Bowen Fascial Release Technique) addresses the entire body and impacts the body in a number of ways. We do this by gentle moves over muscles, ligaments, tendons or nerves.

The moves stimulate nerve cell receptors to calm the system, they address the fascia or connective tissue that is continuous throughout the body and provides structural and functional integrity. Certain Bowen moves activate draining of the lymphatic system, stimulating the immune system, and the treatment enhances removal of toxins and waste products from the cells to the spleen and liver for elimination thereby improving the body’s ability to function at a cellular level. Coincidentally, quite a few of the Bowen moves correspond to acupuncture points, having a positive influence on internal organs and energy systems.

With Bowen therapy able to impact the body in so many positive ways, it should not be surprising that the range of problems that can be resolved is quite broad. This makes the Bowen Technique one of the most versatile therapeutic treatments available today. The technique is unique and very effective.

The Bowen Technique is a gentle therapy to receive and we do not manipulate the body. It is therefore suitable and safe for all ages, even babies.

The technique consists of a series of precise and gentle moves on skin, or over light clothing should the client prefer, interspersed with frequent pauses that allow the body time to respond. Many people are surprised, and even a little put out, that there is such a light pressure involved, especially those used to the heavier touch of deep tissue massage or other techniques.

A Bowen treatment may last from twenty minutes to an hour. Most often, a surprisingly few sessions are needed to alleviate complaints, whether structural or functional, even if long-standing. And the results hold for a long time, generally until there is a re-injury.

With its gentle touch and minimal intervention, the technique is considered appropriate to use on anyone from newborns to the elderly, with any condition from sports injuries to chronic or organic complaints.

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