Bowen Therapy was developed by Tom Bowen (1916-1982). The actual origins of his concepts are unknown or, at least, unclear, though there appear to be links with Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is known that while working as a massage therapist in Geelong, Australia, Mr. Bowen recognized apparent common causal relationships in many seemingly unrelated painful conditions, particularly musculoskeletal and neurological.
The Bowen Technique is a system of subtle and precise Moves performed over specific points on the muscles, tendons, nerves, and fascia using very gentle pressure.
The Moves are performed using the thumbs and fingers with gentle, non-invasive pressure.
The therapist works mostly on muscles tendons ligaments fascia joints or nerves which sends messages to the brain through the many receptors of the organism to correct itself.
A treatment consists of a series of specific sequences of Moves or procedures, with frequent pauses to allow time for the body to respond.
The moves are best performed on bare skin, however, most can be performed through thin, loose and not slippery clothing, especially if the client is not comfortable with the idea of working on bare skin.
After performing a series of unique Bowen moves, the therapist leaves the room for a few minutes to let the body integrate the impulses sent. In the course of this comfortable and relaxing health therapy the nervous system changes from a sympathetic to a parasympathetic function causing most clients to fall into a deep state of relaxation, even sleep.
Bowen Therapy reaches, realigns and rebalances many body functions, such as, pain, energy, structure and countless other functions.
Bowen Therapy is appropriate for everyone, from newborn babies to the elderly with acute and chronic conditions and there are barely any contra-indications from applying this gentle realigning, healing method.
The balance and energy effects of this therapy are most evident after 3 consecutive treatments, with 1 week rest between them, however, the pain relieving effects may be noticeable after the first treatment.
Most commonly, 2-5 treatments are adequate or satisfactory, especially in acute cases. With long term conditions or repetitive strain injuries the body system may needs systematic regular correction to counteract repetitive harmful activities.
It is believed that the Bowen Technique prompts the body to reset, repair, and balance itself, and clients report benefits of pain relief, improvement of function, and recovery of energy.
Bowen can be of assistance in many cases of emotional stress, where relaxation is a prime factor in easing pain and anxiety.
It is also often a great help in improving the quality of life for those who are terminally ill.