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Understanding Bowen

Body Structure

A Bowen treatment addresses fascia tissue as well as the muscles and skeleton. Fascia is the sheet of connective tissue that covers the structures of the body – allowing flexibility and movement between various parts of the body. It is fascia that is, in part, responsible for your posture – so in Bowen we pay it a lot of attention. For example, it affects the way we hold our spine. By influencing the way the muscles and fascia work together, we work to influence the way the structure works - encouraging your spine to adopt a better, less painful, position. We find that his approach often results in a much longer-lasting effect on body alignment than some manipulative therapies.

Gently does it

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.

Pathways to the Brain

As the muscle is held, prior to the move being made, it is gently stretched, sending sensory information to the brain. There are thousands of these stretch receptors and thousands of times a second they repeatedly send this information to the brain about the status of the muscle that is being treated. The brain sends corrective information back to the individual muscles. Bowen moves are carried out in short sequences at key structural points with a gap of a couple of minutes between each sequence. The client is left to relax in a comfortable, warm atmosphere. It is a quiet time, with little talking, except for the client to feedback to the therapist about any sensations they may be experiencing.

Scientific Research

Scientific research is ongoing – there have been several studies into our work on Frozen Shoulders, with positive results. Some research has shown that stretches of fascia produce small electrical charges and other neurological research has shown that the brain has areas of "body maps", which contain your personal "blueprint". It is believed that the sequences of Bowen moves stimulate the body to repair itself to the blueprint. Also interesting is that blood tests before and after a treatment have revealed raised levels of chemical activity after the treatment and for all body systems to show a marked improvement in function. Some heart rate studies have shown rapid normalizing of fluctuating rhythms with clients commonly reporting sustained lower stress levels and a feeling of well- being. The Bowen Association would like to thank John Wilks for extracts from his book "Understanding the Bowen Technique".

Can Bowen Help Me?

We believe so. Our experience demonstrates its 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. Victims of sports injuries and accidents 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. We always recommend people discuss their health concerns with their General Practitioner. If having done so you would like to consult a Bowen Technique practitioner, then you can find the one nearest to you by visiting our Find a Therapist page. •Allergies •Baby and childhood problems •Back problems •Bladder problems, bed wetting •Bowel problems •Digestive problems •Dizziness •Ear Problems •Fatigue •Fluid retention •Foot problems •Frozen shoulder •Headaches (migraine, sinus) •Bed wetting, 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 •Stress