Bowen Therapy is a form of body work with a primary objective to remove pain and conditions by restoring the sturctural integrity of the body. It is a powerful modality which addresses the neural (nerves) and the structure (bones) of the body by stimulating the different levels of the nervous system: central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous system.
The philosophy of this therapy is that the body is a self regulating energetic system which will continue to regulate itself as long as it has the reserve energy necessary to do so. As the technique releases the imbalances throughout the body, there will be a direct impact on the proper functioning of thevarious systems of the body.
The fundamental technique used in this work is frequently compared to “strumming the muscles” as one would a stringed instrument such as a guitar or chello. Sometimes the ends of the muscles (origins or insertions) are plucked, sometimes the belly of the muscles.These moves vary in strength, but a light touch is typical. There are frequent and important pauses between each series of moves giving the body time to benefit from each sequence.
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Appropriate clothing for a session is gym shorts or thin sweat pants and a
t-shirt (or sports bra for women). Some individuals choose to undress to their underclothing. Sheets are provided to cover the body.
The treatment begins with the person lying face down on a comfortable therapy table. After the work is done on the back of the body, the treatment is continued with the person lying face up. The final sequence of moves is done while sitting up on the edge of the table.
The pauses are 2 to 5 minutes in duration, with more painful conditions having the longest pauses.
The average length of the treatment is 40 minutes and is scheduled by appointment. The charge is $55.00 per session.
Conditions Bowen Therapy has helped:
- Acute & Chronic pain
- Sciatica, Back pain, Neck restrictions
- Menstrual & female problems
- Headaches (migraine & sinusitis)
- Stress & Tension discomfort
- Digestion (colitis & constipation)
- Skeletal & muscular problems
- Emotional depression
- Repetitive stress injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome)
- TMJ & grinding of the teeth
- Respiratory problems
- Learning disorders
The technique is one of remarkable simplicity and much of the difficulty around accepting its efficacy lies with accepting that such a minimalistic approach can be so beneficial, especially when one is used to extensive amounts of hands on therapy. “Less is more” is the motto of many Bowen therapists. Victoria personally calls this “Body work without the work.” because of the response many have had to this treatment.
Bowen therapy is a dynamic system of muscle, nerv, and connective tissue therapy that is revolutionizing health care world wide. For more than 40 years it has been used successfully to treat thousands of people suffering from a variety of illnesses and conditions.
The gentle moves on soft tissue stimulate energy flow, empowering the body’s own resources to heal itself. It is safe to use on anyone, from neonates to the aged. It frequently produces lasting relief from pain and discomfort. Orthodox and alternative therapists have been generous in their praise of this technique.
Although individual moves used alone may produce a positive effect, the full benefit is gained throught a sequence of moves. Typically, clients will require only 2 or 3 sessions for their health problems to resolve. Additional sessions may be required for those with chronic concerns.
The real brilliance of this work is in the automatic reintegration of the body. A process of unraveling begins with the treatment and extends for up to 7 days,when the body goes into a holding pattern. Another session restarts the unraveling. Clients report similar patterns of release, with a deep sense of relaxation and change taking place. Bowen will cure nothing -- it is simply a process that enables the body to regulate itself.
Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) of Victoria, Australia discoved an unusual relationship existing between certain health complaints and particular patterns of muscular dysfunction. His observations led to many years of clinical research, which ultimately resulted in the development of this unique system of myofascial (muscles and the corresponding connective tissue) stimulation. He referred to his work simply as soft tissue therapy.
During his career, he apprenticed seven people at his clinic. These individuals were shown the techniques as it existed at various times throughout his highly developmental style career. Consequently, after his death, different interpretations of his work sprung up from these students, each one representing one phase or another of his career.
The beginning techniques are compared to learning basics and scales on a guitar. Later work, is thought of as playing a concerto on the body. Advanced practitioners develope the sensitivity to compose music on an individual basis depending on the response from the client.
The advantage of having a practitioner trained in numerous lineages is the ability to more quickly apply the forms most suited to the problems of the client, and achieve more consistent results in more difficult cases.
One does not have to be unwell to benefit from a treatment. It is an ideal way to help the body function at an optimum state of health and efficiency. Professional athletes have a consistently higher performance output and excellent injury recovery rate. Children is Australian who receive Bowen therapy have greater heighth, health, and increase in IQ.