Bowen is a soft tissue remedial therapy that consists of a series of gentle moves on skin or through light clothing, with the client usually lying on a bed or treatment couch, although it is possible to be treated seated. A session usually lasts up to an hour and frequently results in a deep sense of relaxation, allowing the body to recharge and balance itself. This therapy can be effective to help relieve everyday stresses and revitalise the whole person.
Each Bowen therapy session varies according to the particular problems of the client. By focusing on the lower and mid back and legs, the upper back, shoulders and the neck, a sense of wellbeing can be achieved, helping relaxation, aiding sleep – helping to remove everyday stress and anxiety that can make us feel under-par or prevent us functioning at our optimum.
The Bowen Technique is one of the most versatile and effective therapeutic treatments available today. Its ability to re-align and balance the body means it is effective for most conditions.
The Bowen Technique both balances and stimulates – the restorative process beginning once the body is relaxed.
A Bowen treatment addresses fascia tissue as well as the muscles and skeleton. Fascia is the sheet of connective tissue that covers the structures of the body – allowing flexibility and movement between various parts of the body.
It is fascia that is responsible for your posture – so in Bowen we pay it a lot of attention. It affects the way we hold our spine. By changing the way the muscles and fascia work together, we can change the way the structure works – forcing your spine to adopt a better, less painful, position for example. This approach often results in a much longer-lasting effect on body alignment than some manipulative therapies.
A classic Bowen Treatment is very gentle. There is no vigorous ‘pulling about’. Rolling moves are made on skin, muscles and tendons and elicit a powerful effect on the body.