The Bowen Technique is a holistic therapy, which can be effective for physical, structural and emotional issues. Gentle rolling moves are made over muscle, ligaments, tendons and soft tissue in different parts of the body to stimulate a healing and adjustment response. Bowen is performed through light clothing, and is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness.
How can Bowen help me?
The Bowen Technique can be an effective treatment for muscular skeletal problems, including:
~ back pain
~ shoulder issues including frozen shoulder
~ hip/pelvis issues
~ knee pain
~ tennis elbow, carpal tunnel
~ sports injuries including muscle tears, shin splints and general alignment to aid performance and recovery .
It can also be effective in helping clients with:
~ asthma, migraine or hay fever;
as well as systemic issues such as:
~ digestive disorders
~ kidney problems
~ hormonal imbalances, including fertility, PMS, irregular periods, menopause symptoms.
In addition, Bowen treatments can help:
~ reduce stress
~ help manage emotional issues including anxiety and depression
~ boost energy levels
~ improve quality of sleep.
Bowen is suitable for all ages, and issues affecting babies / children often respond well, including baby colic, digestive issues and bed-wetting.
What happens during a treatment?
Current and historic issues will be discussed prior to any treatment being given, and structural assessments as required, before the client is asked to lie down on the treatment couch. Treatment can be applied through light clothing – please wear light clothing such as t-shirt / leggings or sports clothing in order to allow the moves to be made more effectively.
Most moves are made with the client lying down, as long as the client is comfortable; though some may be performed with the client seated or even standing. The therapist will make gentle, rolling movements over muscles, tendons and soft tissue at precise points on the body.
Each sequence of moves is interspersed by a break, during which the therapist leaves the room, to allow the client to rest. These breaks are a key element of the treatment, and allow time for the brain and body to respond to the moves that have been made.
Appointments are usually between 45 minutes and an hour, and includes consultation at each treatment to discuss how the client is progressing.
How many treatments will I need?
Each treatment aims to release tension in the body and encourage realignment. Acute injury may respond within 1-3 sessions, while chronic conditions may require several sessions. An initial course of 3 treatments is recommended to establish whether the client is likely to respond to treatment, ideally at an interval of 5-7 days apart. Clients often find a ‘top-up’ treatment every few weeks or months is helpful to maintain good health and wellbeing.
“Bowen has helped keep my body together despite the continual bashing it takes. It’s a vital support in putting right a whole range of new aches and pains, making sure that old injuries don’t cause problems, and helping me fight stress and fatigue.” – Bear Grylls