Bowen Therapy is a holistic and multidimensional approach to pain relief and healing that has achieved remarkable results over the past 50 years. It is sometimes called the ‘homoeopathy of bodywork’. It is based on the recognition by Tom Bowen, its originator, who lived and practiced in Geelong, Victoria, that the underlying cause or source of many musculoskeletal, neurological, neuromuscular and other health or pain problems could be found in the soft tissue or fascia.
Fascia is a specific type of connective tissue that forms a three dimensional web surrounding every tissue in the body. Fascia is the body organiser embracing all nerves, bones, arteries, veins and muscles. Therefore fascial dysfunction can affect every structure, muscle, nerve and organ in the body. Fascia has become the subject of increasing research and recent studies have shown it to be the largest sensory organ in the body. It is rich in a range of receptors that powerfully influence the body's neuro-muscular physiology in many and complex ways.
Bowen Therapy, through specific soft tissue or fascial release and integration techniques, stimulate specific receptors that enable the body itself to correct dysfunctions and restore homeostasis (balance) on a holistic level. Through treating the cause rather than the symptoms Bowen Therapy has consistently shown it can have profound and permanent healing and pain relief outcomes. This relief is experienced by many people who present with a wide range of painful conditions, even where other modalities or treatments have resulted in transient or little improvement. Importantly, Bowen Therapy, being holistic, does not rely on a detailed diagnosis of the problem and its origins, which is often costly and indeterminate. Bowen Therapy treats the whole body, and its holistic effects are apparent in patients who find resolution to problems above and beyond those for which they have sought treatment, for example lack of energy, stress or emotional issues.
Some Bowtech procedures activate draining of the lymphatic system, stimulating the immune system. Detoxification is often initiated during a Bowen session, thereby improving the body’s ability to function at a cellular level.
Bowen is such a gentle but purposeful procedure it can be used on any age group from new born babies to the elderly.
What can you use Bowtech for?
Some of the conditions that often respond favourably to Bowen work are;
- Back pain, spinal problems and sciatica
- Scoliosis or thoracic pain
- Digestive and bowel problems (such as irritable bowel syndrome)
- Earache and TMJ problems
- Migraines and other types of headaches
- Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Hip, knee, ankle and foot problems
- Menstrual and hormonal irregularities, Fertility issues
- General muscle stiffness
- Neck and Shoulder problems (including ‘frozen shoulder”)
- Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
- Respiratory problems and hay fever
- RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
- Sports and other traumatic injuries
- Depression, anxiety/stress related conditions
- Plus many more ailments
Bowen may also reduce symptoms in people who have been diagnosed with:
Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia
Multiple Sclerosis (http://www.boweninfo.com/ms2.htm)
Bowen has been very effective in helping cancer patients deal with short and long term side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
A Bowtech ‘session’ involves one or more ‘procedures’, each of which consists of several sets of ‘moves’. Between each set of moves, the practitioner pauses for as many minutes as are needed for the clients’ body to begin responding. After the nervous system begins to adjust the tension level in the muscles, the client is ready for the next set of moves.