What is Bowen Therapy?
The Bowen Technique is a remedial, hands-on therapy that is applied 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 moves 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 experience of a treatment is gentle, subtle and relaxing. When we experience periods of prolonged stress which is becoming more common in everyday life, our autonomic nervous system (ANS) which controls 80% of our bodily functions can be thrown out of balance shifting to more sympathetic dominance. This can result in a wide range of symptoms from pain, digestive disturbances, altered sleep and more. Bowen therapy is effective in re-balancing the ANS and restoring homeostasis where possible providing long lasting relief for a wide range of symptoms.
As a therapy, Bowen is truly light-touch. The pressure used in Bowen is quite subtle and can be extremely light and still get the job done. It is not dependent on hard pressure and there is no awkward bending, twisting or re-positioning of the client during the treatment. Because of this, Bowen can be considered for clients for whom other forms of therapy might be too aggressive, forceful or invasive. The tiniest of babies through to the frailest of adults have been treated effectively with Bowen.