What is Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy is an effective technique in structural and spinal therapy for lasting pain relief and rejuvenation. As a soft tissue therapy, light touch cross-fibre “moves” are applied along the spine and at specific points on the body designed to release muscle, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerve. Bowen Therapy initiates a process of natural auto-regulation to occur in the spinal column and consequently throughout the whole body, resets the soft tissue, opens energy pathways and activates the rest, relax and repair response for healing. This gentle technique can be applied to an extensive range of conditions from musculoskeletal tensions and pain, to digestive, respiratory and menstrual disorders, joint discomforts, stress and emotional depression, and accident or sport injuries.
The manual “moves” activate the parasympathetic nervous system and allow the body to detect the stresses and release the tension. The body can then gradually recognize and restore its self-regulating functions from which it can stabilize its metabolism and neuromuscular functions. After each sequence of moves, a pause in the session provides the body an opportunity to fully respond to and integrate the moves for maximum results.
Bowen Therapy is a genuine holistic modality that aims to address the whole person. Regardless of age or physical condition, not only can it be effective for most acute and chronic health issues but can also provide a profound relaxation technique.
Benefits of Bowen Therapy:
Bowen Therapy does not aim to “treat” specific conditions, but rather to stimulate the body to activate its own healing mechanism and integrate the physical, chemical emotional and mental aspects of the person receiving the treatment. In doing so, the technique:
- contributes to overall good health
- is preventative, as it allows the nervous system to remain longer in parasympathetic mode which enables body to “detect” imbalances that may be asymptomatic and to reactivate functions before and when illness takes hold
- most commonly affects systems of respiration, digestion, sleep, circulation, as well as arterial pressure and pulse, lymphatic circulation, and the endocrine and immune systems
- stimulates the human body to activate its own healing mechanisms rather than “treat’ specific conditions