Guide to Bowen Therapy
What is Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy is a non-manipulative, non-invasive holistic treatment and soft tissue remedial therapy. The treatment brings about profound and often remarkable results by penetrating to a deep cellular level, incorporating the body’s unique ability to heal itself. The release of dysfunctional muscle, skeletal or nerve states, toxins and old patterning remove the restrictions on the body’s ability to self-heal. Bowen addresses the body as a whole unit and the cause of problems, rather than just the presenting symptoms. It embraces the physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each person receiving treatment.
What are the benefits of Bowen Therapy?
Bowen strongly affects the autonomic nervous system, the system responsible for stress reactions and recovery responses. This results in decreased muscle tension and reduced nerve hypersensitivity. The parasympathetic nervous system is reciprocally restored, improving circulation and lymphatic drainage, reducing inflammation and aiding in the assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins.
Bowen covers many conditions from A – Z, here are only a few examples:
• Lower back pain & sciatica
• Sports & accident injuries
• Baby Bowen from newborns to toddlers (eg colic)
• Neck & head tension or whiplash
• Musculoskeletal pain & imbalance
• Menstrual problems
• Jaw and mouth problems
• Acute and chronic fatigue
• Lymphatic disorders (oedema)
• Dropped bladder
What does Bowen Therapy do?
Bowen achieves successful outcomes in a wide range of acute or chronic conditions afflicting the very young to the elderly. The experience of the treatment is typically gentle, subtle and relaxing and it is these features that make Bowen Therapy so unique.
What should I expect on my first visit?
Your first treatment will require some extra time to ensure that a full evaluation of your situation is recorded, so allow about an hour. A standard treatment takes around 40-45 minutes with the work performed on the skin or through light clothing. How many treatments do I need? This can be determined based on the full evaluation during your first visit. Typically 3-4 treatments are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief from even long-standing pain, though more are sometimes required.
What can I do to benefit my treatment?
The Bowen session initiates a cascade of beneficial changes that unfold over a few days. Aftercare advice is given to each person including any potential outcomes or reactions and may suggest advice for follow up treatments. Emphasis and information on the importance of movement, particularly walking and drinking water will be provided.
Other manipulative therapies after a Bowen session can undermine the ongoing effectiveness of the Bowen work, remember Bowen does its work over several days. Waiting a week before another treatment is therefore recommended.
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