Also known as Bowtech or Bowenwork, the Bowen Technique is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy designed to address pain and treat a wide range of health problems and injuries. Developed by the late Tom Bowen of Australia, this innovative form of health care has helped thousands of people and continues to amaze orthodox and alternative therapists of all disciplines. It is suitable for individuals of all ages and in all degrees of health.
Bowen Technique is unique
Bowen Technique is a unique hands-on therapy. Simplicity, gentleness, depth of healing and rapid results make it special. It involves sets of light moves applied to specific points on muscles, tendons and ligaments with pauses for integration. Targeted but minimal sensory stimulus catalyzes the body’s own ability of repair and can help in healing many structural and systemic problems. The repair process may occur on several different levels as needed - physical, chemical, emotional, mental, and energetically.
Whether you’re in pain from an injury, suffer from a chronic condition, want to get tuned-up for a sports competition or just rejuvenate physically and mentally, Bowen therapy will be tailored to your needs.
Bowen session is non-invasive and can be very relaxing. It involves one or more procedures, which consist of several sets of moves. Bowen moves are gentle but purposeful and can be done directly on the skin or through light clothing.
To aid the recovery process, specific exercises may be recommended.
How does it work?
Bowenwork addresses the entire body by restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system which controls over 80% of bodily functions. Bowen procedures also reset the body to heal itself by activating or calming the nervous and endocrine systems through the following mechanisms:
- Stretch reflex - Bowen moves stimulate intra-fascial mechanoreceptors leading to an altered proprioceptive input to the central nervous system, as a result changing a tonus regulation of motor units associated with the tissue. This can change a pain/muscle spasm loop.
- Joint proprioceptors - Work done around a joint directly affects the joint capsule and ligaments that are richly innervated with proprioceptors. This invites normalization of the joint function and increases the range of motion in restricted joints without the need for forceful manipulation.
- Fascia - Bowenwork addresses the fascia, loosening up adhesions, softening scar tissue, improving hydration, tensegrity and mobility all without harsh mobilization or stretching. It improves muscle co-ordination, postural alignment and overall structural and functional integrity.
- Segmental viscerosomatic spinal reflexes - Several Bowen moves engage these reflexes. They produce referred reactions to the internal organs through stimulation of the skin, muscles and nerves.
- Lymphatics - Some Bowen procedures activate draining of the lymphatic system stimulating the immune system.
- Detoxification - Often initiated during a Bowen session, thereby improving the body's ability to function at a cellular level.