Bowen is a gentle form of body work in which subtle moves performed over the muscles and connective tissue send messages deep into the body, retrieving cellular memory of a relaxed, balanced way of well-being.
In a Bowen treatment, the therapist is acting as a facilitator in a dialogue with the body, providing the body with information through small and gentle movements over muscle and tendon fibres, and the underlying fascia.
It is the body itself that remarkably decides what needs the most urgent healing attention. The body, knowing how it should 'be' and how it should 'feel'.
Bowen moves are light, gentle and very precise. There is no forceful manipulation. The practitioner is able to discern stress build-up in the muscles and other soft-tissue, enabling them to perform specific Bowen moves to assist recovery and pain relief.
Bowen was founded in Australia by the late Tom Bowen, who discovered that making small and gentle movements on strategic points in the body generated an integrated healing response. You can see photos of some of these movements below.
It is considered suitable for the newborn through to the elderly and both chronic and acute conditions are thought to respond.
A Bowen Therapist using the Bowen Technique might be able to help with a range of complaints including:
- Back pain
- Knee and ankle problems
- Shoulder restrictions
- Elbow and wrist problems
- Respiratory problems
- Digestive problems
- Menstrual problems
- Fertility problems
- Sports injuries
- Stress and anxiety
- Low energy / poor sleep
- Foot problems
- Jaw problems
- Head / neck pain