For many years I have been intrigued and interested in holistic and alternative therapies. Last year I decided to go a step further and undertake a crazy adventure. I enrolled with The College of Bowen Studies to start learning the Bowen Technique. In May 2018 I qualified as an Accredited Practitioner of The Bowen Technique.
What is Bowen?
The Bowen technique is a drug free, non-invasive hands on remedial therapy that offers the body an opportunity to restore structural integrity. The technique consists of a series of moves across muscle, tendon and other soft tissue. The practitioner uses fingers or thumbs on specific areas, applying a gentle pressure to affect a movement of the tissue. This can help promote healing, pain relief and energy rebalancing. It also stimulates the lymphatic system.
The Bowen move works with the fascia, (A structural system of connective tissue in the human body that encompasses, wraps around and contributes to stability, flexibility function and movement.) and our own body's ability to react to where healing is required.
The Bowen move itself is distinctive as it is made at very precise points on the body moving soft tissue in a certain way. The move involves the thumbs and forfingers in a rolling type move that is designed to stimulate tissue and nerve pathways. Thus creating a focus for the brain. Each move covers a small area defined by how far an individuals skin can move over a target area. The move uses the slack in the overlying skin to move over the underlying tissue.
Part of the unique approach of Bowen is the '2 minute break'. It allows for the body to rest between moves and allows for the process of repair within the body to begin. The effect of the moves starts to take effect during these breaks which is what makes them so important. The therapist initiates this 'conversation' but it is the clients own body that is doing all the work.
Bowen works by getting the clients brain to connect to their body and form a response to the signal that is sent when the move is preformed. This takes place when the therapist leaves the room. The brain is sending specific signals to the area in order to gauge a response.
It is often reported by clients that they feel a tingling sensation or warmth in the area that was just worked on. The reactions to Bowen may only become apparent in the days that follow. Reports from clients can include stiffness, soreness, headache and feeling drained, this demonstrates that the brain and body have started the process of repair. This can be rapid and it is not uncommon for even longstanding pain to be reduced or resolved in two or three treatments.
Clients have reported that Bowen treatments have aided improvements with asthma, migraines, poor mobility, stress, back problems, fatigue along with other issues. Bowen is not guaranteed to help but if the body does respond it will start and maybe aid with the process of repair. If the body doesn't respond then no harm is done.
It is recommended that you have 3-4 sessions, 5-10 days apart. The cost of the sessions are £40. Sessions are approximately 45 minutes to one hour long.
For further information please contact Rebecca.