Bowen Massage Therapy
Bowen did not document his work and as such it is open to interpretation. The Bowen Technique is a non-intrusive, hands-on therapy. The technique is based on the theory that gentle movements over precise points of the body can prompt the body’s innate ability to relieve pain and correct imbalances without the need for deep, manipulative, or forceful treatment. Bowen practitioners work holistically with their clients to support optimum health.
How Bowen Therapy Works
Bowen therapy addresses the cause rather than the symptoms, with results that are profound and permanent. Pain relief is experienced by many people who present with a wide range of painful conditions, even where other treatments have resulted in little or no improvement. In particular, Bowenwork has been shown to be very effective with asthma and other respiratory ailments, where it releases tightness in the chest and makes breathing easier for asthmatics.
Bowen Therapy treats the whole body and patients often experience resolution for problems they had not even reported, such as emotional stress and fatigue. Bowen Therapy is so gentle that people may drift off to sleep during the treatment.
Bowen Massage Session
Bowen Therapy is performed on the skin or through light loose clothing. Using very gentle pressure, the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform Bowen’s unique sets of rolling-type motions which stimulate the muscles and soft tissue of the body. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used. The treatment is gentle, subtle, and relaxing. It is believed that the Bowen Technique prompts the body to reset, repair, and balance itself and clients report results such as pain relief, improvement of function, and recovery of energy.
Conditions Treated by the Bowen Technique
Conditions that respond well to Bowen Therapy include:
- Respiratory conditions
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Headache patterns
- Sports injuries (with rugby clubs and premiership football clubs showing increasing interest with reportedly enhanced sports performance)