The Bowen Technique
The Bowen Technique is a drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on therapy, done mainly through light clothing with the client sitting, lying or standing.
Small rolling-type movements are performed over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body. One of the most profound effects Bowen can have is in shifting the Autonomic Nervous System - which controls over 80% of our body’s functions – from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance. This subtle but dynamic process allows the body to release stress at a very deep level, re-align and address imbalances in functions and chemical composition and, as far as possible, restore homeostasis (physiological equilibrium) within the body.
This process could explain why even a small number of Bowen treatments may reactivate the client’s recovery process, when healing from trauma, sickness, injury or surgery has stalled or reached a plateau. It also emphasises that Bowen is holistic in nature, i.e. each treatment effects the body as a whole, not just the condition presented. Short-term (acute) injury is often addressed in three to five sessions, each lasting 45-60 minutes. Long-standing (chronic) conditions may require further care.