The Bowen technique was developed by Tom Ambrose Bowen in Australia. He is reported to have had no official training and he claimed that he was self taught through reading specific texts.
Tom Bowen had a unique way of being able to “see” what was wrong with a person when they presented with pain or a problem. He had the ability to apply a small number of “moves” to a person followed by a brief period to allow the body to rest, before being able to “see” or detect subtle changes taking place. He would often send people away feeling just the same as when they first walked into his clinic, but Tom Bowen knew that for most people, those few, select moves would be sufficient to kick start their body to begin the healing process over the coming days.
What is it?
It is definitely NOT massage!
The Bowen technique is suitable for people of all ages from birth through to very old age. It can be applied through light clothing or directly onto skin. The client can be positioned in lying or in sitting in a supportive chair.
A number of gentle, rolling type moves are applied with the Practitioners thumbs or fingers over specific points on the body. There is no sudden or hard manipulation.
In between moves, the Practitioner may leave the room or at least move away from the client for a brief period of time. This “rest period” allows the body to respond to these moves and make the necessary changes to begin healing. There may be changes in muscle tone, temperature, blood supply or alignment for example.
The Bowen technique helps to restore balance and works on the individual as a whole. Injuries or areas of pain, no matter how long ago they may have occurred, can result in an individual compensating or altering how they move in an attempt to stop the discomfort. However, in so doing, other problems may arise later in other areas of the body. The Bowen technique can often lead to an “unravelling” of problems, like peeling the layers of an onion, in an attempt to get the person from a state of imbalance or ill health, to a place of balance and healing.
Each session will last approximately 40 to 45 minutes but it is advised that you allow a full hour in your schedule. Depending on individual needs however, the very first session may require at least 1 hour to allow for a full, thorough assessment.
Treatments are required once a week. Changes can often be noticed after the first session. Please note….such changes may only become evident over the following days after your first treatment and not necessarily felt immediately afterwards. On average a further 2 to 4 treatments may be required. Many people then choose to have further treatments throughout the year as a way of maintaining optimal health and well being or simply as an aid to relaxation.
Typical Complaints for Bowen Treatment Users:
- Neck Pain
- Bank Pain
- Painful and Restricted Shoulders
- General Aches and Pains
- Sinus Issues
- Respiratory Conditions
- Sporting Injuries
Improvements have also been reported with Respiratory issues, migraine and Irritable Bowel.
Too butch for Bowen?
Despite Bowen being such a gentle and subtle technique, it is widely used for sports injuries with Rugby clubs and premiership Football clubs showing interest. Not only do sportsmen report fewer injuries when treated regularly, but they also notice enhanced performance.