Bowen is a very potent, yet subtle treatment designed to activate the natural healing potential of the body. By applying minute physical suggestions to certain regions of the body, Bowen enables self-regulation, realignment and reorganization to a body out of balance. A Bowen session is safe, minimally invasive, applied through loose clothing and takes about 45 minutes. 80% of problems are helped within 4 visits. Complex conditions generally require more.
The simplest way to describe Bowen is as follows: Certain moves in Bowen are 'positive' or excitatory and others are 'negative' or inhibitory. The Golgi Tendon organs in the muscle belly regulate muscle tension. The Bowen move initially excites the muscle then from the inhibitory effect causes sudden and complete relaxation. This opposition of two spinal reflexes is what sets in motion a prolonged vibration that reshapes the system following a session.
A very important aspect of Bowen healing involves recalibration of our autonomic nervous system. Elevated blood pressure, adrenaline and shallow breathing are the results of our fight or flight response. Non critical functions such as tissue repair and digestion are suppressed for the duration of our stress reaction. Bowen resets this hyper-vigilant state to allow our bodies to heal appropriately. Bowen progressively changes people’s patterns of response to stress. This is a tangible, biochemical effect of Bowen. Psychologically, studies have shown Bowen to consistently enhance positive feelings by reducing anger, depression, fatigue and confusion.
Within 2-7 days following a Bowen session, there is a cascade of positive effects throughout the body. Circulation in and around the muscles and joints greatly increase. The fascia or connective tissue can thus rehydrate and soften allowing adhesions and joint restrictions to gently let go and work themselves free. Additionally, the lymphatic system is stimulated to help rid the body of unwanted toxins.
What Conditions Can Bowen Help Heal? Regardless of whether you suffer from an acute ankle sprain, chronic sciatica, frozen shoulder, or are simply are under more than usual stress, Bowen may provide the healing solution. Here is a partial list of conditions people worldwide have received relief using Bowen Therapy: Abdominal Pain, ADHD, Asthma, Back Pain, Breast Lumps, Bunions, Carpal Tunnel, Colic In Infants, Constipation, Detoxification, Disc Problems, Dyslexia, Digestive Problems, Fibromyalgia, Frozen Shoulder, Hamstring problems, Hayfever/Sinus, Hernia, Insomnia, Infertility, Knee problems, Kidney/Liver Problems, Menstrual/Hormonal, Lymphatic Drainage, Migraines, Plantar Fascitis, Pelvic Imbalances, Pregnancy Pain, Sciatica/S-I pain, Scoliosis, Shin Splints, Sports injuries, Sternal/Rib pain, Stress and Tennis Elbow.