Bowen massage is an effective holistic treatment and soft tissue remedial therapy. After Bowen therapy the body is in healing process. The non-invasive technique involves of a series of rolling movements and pauses across the muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves in order to encourage the body to heal itself.
Bowen Therapy is a holistic technique that can be used to treat many physical and psychological conditions such as sport and accident injuries, stress and emotional disorders. Bowen therapy treats the cause of problems – not just the symptoms. It is a gentle, pleasant technique that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
What to Expect at a Bowen Therapy Session
Bowen therapy can be done on bare skin or through light clothing. Your therapist will discuss which option you both prefer.
Water All-important in Bowen Treatment
The Bowen therapist will ask you to drink some water before treatment begins. This is to ensure your cells and tissues are adequately hydrated. You will be asked to drink more water at the end of the session.
Bowen Treatment Follows a Sequence
Your therapist will begin by making some primary basic moves on your body with their thumbs and fingers. He or she will then follow with a sequence of small cross-fibre manoeuvres at varying pressures on specific parts of the body. Bowen therapy is gentle and pleasant to receive.
Bowen Leaves Time for Healing
During the treatment, which lasts between 30-60 minutes, the therapist will stop between sequences for two-three minutes. This ‘break’ allows the body to respond to the treatment and for healing to begin.
Bowen Therapy Promotes Self-healing
Bowen therapy is based on a gentle pressure and release technique of the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body. This involves a sequence of light, cross-fibre movements of varying pressure at specific sites on the body. It is believed this technique promotes the body’s own healing response.
Bowen Therapy Corrects Dysfunction of Soft Tissue
Tom Bowen (1916-1982) developed the Bowen technique after working as a massage therapist for junior football clubs in Geelong, Australia. Bowen therapy is based on Tom’s observation that dysfunction of the fascia is the underlying cause of many musculoskeletal, neurological and neuromuscular problems.
After Bowen Treatment
After the session is over you may feel a little more tired than usual. You may also notice your pain has diminished or moved. Your Bowen therapist will also advise you on lifestyle choices to enhance your healing. This may include avoiding strenuous exercise or sitting for long periods of time immediately after a session.
Bowen Therapy Good for Maintaining Health
Most people find their presenting condition is healed after one to three Bowen treatments. In chronic cases it may take up to six treatments for healing to begin. Some people like to have ‘maintenance’ treatment every six weeks to keep their bodies in tip-top condition. Bowen therapy is a gentle form of bodywork that can bring immediate relief to many conditions. Many clients report relief from pain, greater concentration and focus and a deeper sense of well-being.
Conditions that typically respond well include:
- Sport and accident injuries
- Frozen shoulder
- Stress disorder
- Neck and head tension
- Neck and shoulder tension or whiplash
- Musculoskeletal pain and imbalance
- Respiratory and asthma complains
- Acute and chronic fatigue
- Digestive problems
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Lower back pain and sciatica