What is Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy, helping the body to heal itself, is a gentle and holistic form of soft tissue body work where subtle moves are performed over the muscles and connective tissue helping your muscles return to their ‘natural resting length’. There is no forced manipulation or heavy continuous pressure, there is no need.
Essentially ‘Bowen moves’ are made by firmly but gently rolling the thumbs or fingers across muscles, tendons, nerves or ligaments. From here we are stimulating the fascia and connective tissue and nervous system to trigger relaxation of the tissues, paving the way for re-alignment of the body.
What to expect during a treatment
A typical adult treatment takes between 45-60 minutes. You can expect to feel relaxed both during and after the treatment.
There are frequent but very essential pauses (approx 2minutes) between the ‘bowen moves’ and throughout the session this allows the bodies nervous system time to respond and begin the healing process. The practitioner can target a specific problem or address the body as a whole.
The technique addresses not only the musculoskeletal framework, but also the fascia, nerves and internal organs. Enabling assistance for a wide variety of issues.
What to do AFTER a treatment
The three W’s.
Walk – The means some gentle walking and trying to avoid strenuous excercise at least the day of the treatment is advisable just to give the bowen the best possible chance of integrating. I tell professional athletes this but i know they are going to excercise so we try to work it out they come after a session so they can rest for as long as they are going to afterwards. also surfers i get to come in at night so they at least have that overnight period where they aren’t going to excercise but also enter the cold water.
Water – Drink lots of water. One of the thoeries of how bowen works is that it is rehydrating your connective tissue, allowing the nervous system to pass messages more effectively, as if the cells are dehydrated messages can’t get through. If you were to feel sore or have headaches the day after a treatment, please make sure you are drinking enough water.
Wait – give the Bowen a chance to work. It is not usually necessary to treat much closer than 5-7 days, unless the circumstances are a child being treated (they can have treatments closer together) reinjury, asthma or pregnancy. Also please avoid other treatments for the 5-7 day period both before and after a treatment.
Please try to avoid hot and cold extremes such as wheat packs, hot water bottles and cold water and generally being cold or hot in the weather extremes immediately before or after a bowen treatment. The theory is that connective tissue responds best during moderate temperature the nervous system messages can flow, cold constricts the vessels therefore not allowing messages to get through.