The Bowen Technique is a drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on therapy which is given with the patient sitting, standing or lying. Releasing stress at a very deep level, it then stimulates the body to realign, addressing imbalances in function.
Bowen can help with a wide range of symptoms, physical and emotional, There are no known contra-indications to treatment.
How did it get its name?
Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982) was Australian. He started by treating the injuries, aches and pains of friends and family. He opened his clinic and developed the therapy. The Bowen technique is now taught to students of Osteopathy in Australia.
What is a Bowen treatment like?
With primarily fingers and thumbs, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual. No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used.
Rather than ‘making’ the body change, Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise and make the changes it requires.
Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process. Bowen is generally pleasant to receive, each session lasting 30 – 60 minutes.
Acute injury is usually resolved in 1 – 3 Bowen treatments, while long-standing symptoms may require longer. A gap of 5 to 10 days is recommended between sessions; so that the body can process the subtle information it has been given. It is advised that patients do not have other hands-on therapies while receiving Bowen. This therapy is useful for patients who dislike needles as it works in a similar way to acupuncture.