How can Bowen Therapy help you?
As an Advanced Bowen Therapist with over 23 years experience working with clients, I can honestly tell you that Bowen Therapy is an amazing therapy that can help so many people in so many different ways!
An Australian physical therapy, the Bowen Technique, was developed by the late Tom Bowen (1916–1982). I had already qualified as a massage therapist prior to studying Bowen Therapy and found it to be such an intelligent, unique and beautifully gentle way of correcting structure and posture while working with the body to achieve healthy balance and function.
Since I already had a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology and had developed a ‘tissue sense’, I could see and feel the changes in the client as we did the Bowen moves. Tissue sense is an ability that a therapist can develop from experience and working on people – just by placing hands on a person or through gentle palpation, extra information can be gained about circulation, contraction in muscle fibres, hydration, etc.
It was amazing to see and feel the muscles release on the table after the Bowen moves, and that was just the first day! Because I was so aware of its potential in helping relieve the suffering of others, I accelerated my training. Finally I’d found a therapy that could give similar results to what I had experienced all those years ago. A bonus was that it was so gentle while still being profoundly effective.
Bowen Therapy has given me the tools to assist thousands of clients, and to be able to help someone gently without adding trauma is wonderful. While more forceful body therapies are also valuable, with the gentleness of Bowen, I’ve found that the body does not go into defence or protection mode, so muscles do not tighten up and the body is not further stressed.
People who are in pain or have been traumatised, are already in sympathetic stress or in ‘fight or flight’ which can increase pain and hamper recovery. Bowen has the unique ability to switch off that stress switch and place the body into parasympathetic mode, instantly calming the body and letting the focus be on pain relief and healing.
Bowen is an intelligent way of de-stressing the body, taking the pressure and contraction out of muscles and joints so that the body can relax and repair. And while many people come to Bowen for assistance with musculoskeletal issues, from my personal and clinic experience, it has potential to help with so many other conditions including being useful before surgery. It enables the body to be in the best physical and structural condition before going into surgery and then helps with healing and recovery afterwards.
The added beauty of Bowen is that it is complementary and can work well with existing conventional medical treatment. It is a gentle and safe therapy that can help with muscular, structural problems and the pain associated with:
- Sport injuries
- Accident recovery
- Back pain & sciatica
- Leg, knee & foot problems
- Sinus & Asthma
- Stress & tension
- Neck & shoulder problems
- Migraines & headaches
- Circulation problems
- Abnormal posture
- Hormonal problems
- Body detoxification
- and so much more!
There are huge benefits of Bowen Therapy for athletes. Bowen is a particularly effective treatment for long-term sports injury prevention. Athletes being treated with Bowen report remarkable responses in terms of fewer injuries, as well as faster recovery after minor injuries.
My athlete clients come from a variety of sports such as athletics, swimming, basketball, football, tennis, martial arts, gymnastics, trampolining, gym, dancing, yoga and crossfit. Because they have great muscle tone, they usually respond quickly.
Bowen is also wonderful for strengthening, maintenance and prevention programs. I personally have regular Bowen sessions to keep me going through the busy times and operating at the top of my game. I also have many hard-working business professionals as clients who have regular Bowen to relieve their pain, reduce stress and the possibility of downtime from injury or illness.
Have you had Bowen Therapy before? What has been your experience?
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