Bowen Therapy is a dynamic system of treating injured muscle and connective tissue. This type of treatment is sometimes referred to as homeopathy for body therapy, which uses very gentle touch (movement) on the client’s body to stimulate the body’s self-healing mechanisms.
The Bowen technique can help to relieve a wide variety of injuries and other health problems, either acute or chronic. This technique applies in a very holistic way – by influencing the body’s self-healing mechanism. The therapist’s movements send signals to the nervous system at specific locations (muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves) and make the body respond within its individual time frame and within its volume of vitality. The Bowen Technique is suitable for all people of all ages and any health condition, although in some rare and specific situations specific “treatments” are contraindicated. this therapy is one of the most desirable therapy among massage clients.
What Bowen Therapy entails
Bowen therapy is a touch healing technique. The treatment consists of about an hour of gentle movements performed by the therapist with the help of the fingers. The body relaxes, and by reaching certain points, the body is “announced” that it is time to use your own resources.
The movements are not sudden, energetic, or invasive, but look more like a relaxing massage. Upon reaching the muscles and joints, the nervous system receives certain signals that it associates with remedies recorded in cellular memory. Thus, it recognizes what to do in case of inflammation, toxicity, or injury.
How Bowen therapy works
The most important aspect of Bowen therapy is that the technique is not invasive at all. It does not involve bites, stings, or the application of certain substances. Using only the body’s self-healing ability, the treatment is practically individualized. Each body reacts in its own way, according to genetic inheritance and cellular memory, as well as the strength of the immune system.
The Bowen technique does nothing but activates the body’s own resources, “awakening” its reflexes and sense of self-preservation. It brings him into balance and allows him to focus on what he really needs: illness. Bowen therapy does not use force but facilitates the connection between the skeletal, nervous, and muscular systems.
The main conditions that Bowen therapy successfully treats are those related to the skeletal system, muscles, and joints. Because it involves light finger touches and not an intensive massage as with other therapies, the treatment is less painful. Bowen techniques reduce inflammation and discomfort in the event of sports or workplace injuries, sprains and dislocations, stiff muscles and joints, torticollis, back pain, and more.
On the nervous system, Bowen therapy reduces inflammation and degenerative processes. It soothes migraines and headaches and is a good adjunct in recovery from stroke. If you feel chronic stress or fatigue, Bowen therapy offers the opportunity to relax and balance the body.
When Bowen therapy is effective
- Skeletal muscle and joint issues (sports injuries, stiff shoulder, sciatica, dislocations of the ankle, knee problems, restriction of neck movement, back pain, occupational diseases, etc.)
- Diseases of the immune system,
- Diseases of the internal organs of the body (problems with the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, stomach, and intestines, etc.)
- Emotional and hormonal imbalances,
- Migraines and headaches, Infertility, ovarian cysts, and uterine fibroids,
- Chronic stress and fatigue,
- Squeal after strokes,
- Respiratory disorders, asthma, and bronchitis,
- Enuresis (nocturnal incontinence which happens in children),
- Allergies and rhinitis,
- Neurological disorders and more.
Are there any risks in this treatment
Bowen therapy has not shown any health risks over the past few years, therefore, it is completely non-invasive. It is recommended for clients of any age or gender, but this technique cannot be combined with other therapies. Because it involves giving the body time to rest and heal on its own, any intervention with allopathic medicine or other alternative medicine techniques can affect the balance in a negative way. Bowen therapy is associated only with a light diet, balanced lifestyle, fluid intake, and exercise every day, within the limits imposed by the disease and the recovery process.
Comparing Bowen therapy with Remedial Massage
Bowen Therapy is relaxing just like Remedial Massage but they have some differences which are listed below:
Bowen Therapy applies to the WHOLE BODY and does not focus on a single complaint.
Bowen Therapy sessions involve 1 or more techniques which are consist of several sets of ‘moves.’ Between each set of the move, the therapist gives the patient’s body time to respond (this is when a client may feel sensations) then after a couple of minutes (that’s when the body responds) the procedure starts again.
Bowen Therapy is very GENTLE to the client’s body and needs minimal pressure and minimal. Intervention, so It makes a great treatment for babies or older people.
In the Bowen Therapy session, we don’t use oil, and light clothing may be worn.
Bowen Therapy is relaxing and very calming. For the next 10 days after Bowen therapy, your body may continue processing and responding to the therapy sessions. It uses mind and body connection and the innate intelligence of the client’s body to heal itself.
Bowen therapy usually lasts between 30 to 60 minutes and in each session 3 treatments are included.
Remedial Massage focuses on a single specific part of the body or addresses the whole body (which depends on the client’s choice).
In a Remedial Massage treatment, the therapist applies different techniques to imposes correct posture on the client’s body.
In remedial massage therapy, we use different oils.
The client gets to choose the length of time and pressure applied
Comparing Bowen Therapy with deep tissue massage
With Bowen Therapy we mostly don’t massage deep layers of the body and we don’t apply to sever pressure to the client’s body. In Bowen Therapy, unlike deep tissue massage, we do treatment very slowly and with great consideration in order to not be triggering a significant pain response. Bowen aims to present a relaxation response with its gentle touch with the hope of activating the insular cortex area of the client’s brain, that has functions including motor control, perception, cognitive functioning, self-awareness, and an interception. In some people these changes and responses might happen slowly and gradually, so keep in mind that it is possible for you to notice changes in the few days after a Bowen Treatment, and don’t look for immediate changes right after your first session.
Deep tissue massage can be painful sometimes and in some cases, it might result in bruises. therefore, the response to this type of massage can be to tense up and protect. In this technique, we trigger the pain response in order to help with pain, which, in fact, sounds like ‘fighting fire with fire’. The reason that the client might feel better at the time of getting a massage is considered to be the result of extra endorphin release which happens in response to that new pain.
In a few days after massage therapy, you might feel tension again, which might be an inflammatory response to it.