The technique was first developed in Australia by Thomas Bowen during the 1970’s and 80’s and brought to Europe in 1986.
A treatment consists of a series of gentle rolling moves with frequent pauses between moves giving the body time to benefit from each set. Practitioners treat the body as a whole or can target a specific problem, as they are able to pinpoint stress buildup in muscle groups and then release it.
The Bowen Technique both balances and stimulates – the restorative process beginning once the body is relaxed.
It’s referred to as ‘complementary’ – meaning it will enhance and complement other medical treatments. However, it should be noted that receiving other manipulative therapies immediately following a Bowen session can undermine the effectiveness of the Bowen work. It is better to wait a week before starting any other treatments.
Bowen is Holistic
The Bowen Technique is perhaps one of the single most important tools we have to help heal the body. The moves produce good results by penetrating to a deep cellular level – making use of the body’s own ability to heal itself. Moves begin to achieve holistic balance straight away, embracing the client’s physical and emotional aspects
Sometimes called a ‘light touch’ massage or ‘fascial release technique’, 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.
Studies have shown Bowen is of benefit for people of all ages, including newborn and infant children. Although it is a tool for treating ailments and injuries, many healthy people come along to enjoy treatments to maintain balance and their sense of well-being.
In the case of sports injuries and accidents clients have found the Bowen Technique very helpful as a remedial therapy during their recovery. It may improve rehabilitation time regardless of when the injury was sustained.
Other Conditions which Bowen can benefit include:
- Baby and childhood problems
- Back problems
- Bladder problems, bedwetting
- Bowel problems
- Digestive problems
- Ear Problems
- Fluid retention
- Foot problems
- Frozen shoulder
- Headaches (migraine, sinus)
- Bedwetting, incontinence
- Jaw problems
- Knee and hip restrictions, misalignments
- Menstrual and other female problems
- Pelvic tilt, leg length, hip imbalance
- Poor mobility
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Respiratory problems
- Skeletal and muscular problems from lumbar to neck
- Sports injuries