Guide to Bowen Therapy

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What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen Therapy, sometimes called Bowen Technique, is a non-manipulative, non-invasive holistic treatment and soft tissue remedial therapy. The treatment, originally developed by Tom Bowen, which resulted in many seeing the benefit of partaking in Bowen Therapy training, 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 removes the restrictions on the body’s ability to self-heal.

Importantly, Bowen therapy reviews and 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 Therapy benefits and 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, so Bowen Therapy benefits are many.

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 Bowen treatment is typically gentle, subtle and relaxing and it is these features that make Bowen Therapy so unique.

What conditions can Bowen Technique cover?

Bowen Therapy can help and aid a variety of back pain.

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
• Stress
• Acute and chronic fatigue
• Lymphatic disorders (oedema)
• Dropped bladder

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. If you do not wish to undress, you do not need to as long as you are wearing lightweight, loose clothing.

How many Bowen Technique treatments do I need?

This can be determined based on the full evaluation during your first visit.  Typically three to four 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.  You will probably ask are there any Bowen Therapy side effects? Aftercare advice is given to each person including any potential outcomes or side effects following Bowen Treatment 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 and can cause disadvantages of Bowen technique treatments – remember, Bowen does its work over several days. Waiting a week before any other treatment is therefore recommended.

Bowen Technique Side Effects

So, are there any disadvantages of Bowen Technique?  In some cases, people have reported side effects to Bowen treatment which can include flu-like symptoms, headaches, stiffness and tiredness. Bowen practitioners class these symptoms as the ‘healing crisis’ and see it as the body resetting itself.

Firstly, if you do experience any reaction, discuss any side effects with your Bowen therapist. They will then be able to provide you with appropriate advice to help you with your symptoms.

Do you practice Bowen Therapy near me?

Fylde Coast Holistic Therapies are based in Blackpool, Lancashire. We can provide Bowen treatment in Blackpool, Bowen therapy in Lytham St Annes and all areas of the Fylde coast, including over to Preston.
However, we will travel further within the North West and provide Bowen Therapy in Lancashire, but will charge travel costs beyond Preston.

Contact us via our About Page to make an appointment.

Want to become a Bowen Therapist?

If you are looking for information on how to become a Bowen practitioner or are looking for Bowen courses UK based, we have link(s) below to professionals’ Bowen websites, to enable you to learn this amazing technique.



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