What is Bowen Therapy and How Does it Work?

flower_candleBowen therapy is a very distinct physical therapy that differs from other forms of therapy like massage, chiropractic, acupuncture or physiotherapy. There is no manipulation of the bones or kneading of muscle tissue. Bowen therapy is completely non-invasive. No needles, drugs, nor machines are required. Treatments can be effective even when other therapies have not resulted in lasting relief.

Bowen technique acts upon the fascia (attachment of the muscle to the bone) and nervous system to provide relief from musculoskeletal and neurological pain. Bowen Therapist uses a series of gentle moves on specific muscles and precise points on the body. This allows autonomic nervous system to send a signal to the brain and get involved in a correction of the health issue. This continuous process results in better balance between tissues, muscles, organs and nervous system.

Due to its’ gentleness and non-invasive character Bowen is safe for everyone from newborns to the elderly including expecting mothers. Bowen Therapy achieves profound relief for a wide range of conditions: back pain, sciatica, arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia, frozen shoulder, tension and stress, anger, constipation and digestion problems, TMJ, bruxism, allergies, osteoporosis, PMS, infertility, female and male problems, menopausal discomfort, insomnia, apnea, some heart problems, circulation and lymphatic systems problems, to name the least. Patients are experiencing a deep relaxation and better quality sleep, resulting in faster restoration of their health.

Bowen therapy is so effective that in some circumstances only a few treatments may be required for acute pain.  For acute conditions, once the pain has subsided, ongoing treatments are typically not required unless re-injury occurs.

What to expect from a Bowen therapy session?

A typical session will usually last from 45 to 60 minutes.
Substantial, if not total relief may be experienced by the end of the session (for acute pains/health issues) or in the following hours or days as the body continues to rebalance. Some patients will feel immediate relief others may experience some discomfort. Sensations like fatigue, aches, nausea are not uncommon as the body detoxifies and heals itself. Patients should not be alarmed should they experience mild discomfort during this time.

What to do on the day of treatment?

  • Do not sit for periods longer than 30 minutes at a time.
  • Get up and walk around for a few minutes before sitting back down. You may lie down to rest or nap without the need to get up. The technique will set further into the brain’s hemispheres during sleep tonight.
  • Strenuous exercise should be avoided. Gentle exercise such as walking or swimming is beneficial.
  • Drink sufficient water, to help the body expel waste products.
  • No hot baths, hot tubs, heating pads or ice pack are to be used.

What to do during the week following treatment?

  • Avoid all other forms of physical therapy, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, osteopathy, reflexology.
  • Continue to avoid hot baths, hot tubs and hot or cold packs.
  • Homeopathic medicines and natural supplements may be used and will not interfere with treatment.
  • Gentles walks are encouraged.
Follow-up sessions:
  • It is very important to return one week following the first treatment as an essential step for setting the foundation of the work into the body. Condition and the progress of treatment will be assessed during the follow-up.
  • Once your condition is resolved you may wish to schedule additional treatments for maintaining general well being or as needed.
  • The ideal situation, when possible, is to give the technique a try for 3 to 4 sessions, once per week, without any other modalities in between, this is usually enough to know if a patient is going to benefit from it.