‘Bowtech’ ®, the original Bowen Technique
Bowen therapy was developed by an Australian, Mr. Thomas Ambrose Bowen, who lived and practised in Geelong, Victoria in the 50’s.
Bowen therapy is an holistic and dynamic remedial body technique applied to the muscles and connective tissue (fascia) of the body, stimulating receptors that enable the body to correct dysfunction and restore balance. Our bodies have an inherent healing ability. Sometimes the body gets stuck and Bowen work helps to trigger this natural healing process. The treatment has profound and often permanent healing and pain relief outcomes.
Bowen therapy is gentle and relaxing and does not use manipulation. The therapist applies gentle moves at precise locations over muscles, tendons and ligaments, which results in a relaxation response and reduction in muscular tension. Wait periods occur between sets of moves, allowing the nervous system time to process the sensory information and make adjustments. Blood flow is increased, cellular activity is improved and lymph flow is stimulated aiding in the detoxification process. Bowen work can aid joint mobility, reduce pain and improve well being.
Bowen work balances the physical and emotional body and can be considered for any health issue or condition.
The technique is safe and can be used on all age groups, including the frail and elderly, pregnant women and babies.
Bowen therapy is becoming recognised by the medical profession, with therapists now being employed in some cancer units to assist with pain management. Practitioners can be found world wide. The simplicity and efficacy of the technique amazes those who have tried Bowen.
A treatment consists of a sequence of small cross fibre gentle but purposeful moves over muscle, ligaments and tendons, with a treatment generally lasting 45-60 minutes. The practitioner can target specific areas or address the whole body. No forceful moves are made. Each treatment consists of a ‘series of moves’. Between each ‘series of moves’ the practitioner waits for the body to assimilate the move before proceeding. The wait between moves is generally 2 minutes, but may be longer. Most people find the treatment very relaxing, with some falling asleep. The treatment can be given over very light, loose clothing, although working on skin is preferred and allows the practitioner to clearly see tension and restrictions in the body musculature.
Bowen therapy can be performed with the client sitting or lying, dependant on the client’s condition and physical abilities.
Following a treatment, normal activity can be carried out, but it is best to avoid strenuous exercise . Hydration is very important as this will flush toxins from the body and assist the fascia to move smoothly.
Bowtech is a complimentary modality, and will enhance and compliment medical care. Some conditions will respond after one treatment, but generally several treatments are recommended. Chronic or long standing conditions may require ongoing treatments. As Bowen therapy is holistic and treats the entire body, many clients report resolution of other conditions above and beyond those they have sought treatment for. The importance of hydration and lifestyle changes will be discussed, with specific exercises and referral to other health professionals recommended if indicated.
Many health funds pay a benefit to those with higher cover.