Brief explanation of the Therapy
It is a soft tissue remedial therapy which was named after its innovator Tom Bowen. The therapist uses their fingers or thumbs to move over muscles, ligament tendons and fascia in different parts of the body.
It is very subtle and gentle and involves no hard or prolonged pressure. It can also be relaxing.
What can the client expect at the appointment
A full consultation will take place prior to any treatment.
What will happen in a session
During a session the client will lie on a therapy table or bed – though the work can be effectively carried out with the client in a chair. The client will be asked to wear loose clothing as most practitioners are happy to work with a fully clothed patient. Some will prefer to work on skin but this can be discussed with the client.
Usually the therapist will address the whole body even in an initial treatment. Moves are predominently made over the legs, the back (upper part) and the shoulders. The client then tends to end the session face up when the therapist will work on their neck.
The technique involves the therapist leaving the client from time to time as this allows the client’s body to make any changes to re-pattern its energy fields after the moves have taken place.
How many sessions should the client need before they see a result
This very much depends on the individual. Most people may see some benefit after only one or two sessions. A number of people use it as a stress management technique and visit the therapist once a month.
What can the therapy help
The following is a list of conditions which people worldwide have found relief from with the Bowen Technique.
Abdominal Distention, Abdominal Pain, Angina, Ankle problems, Asthma, Respiratory problems, Back Pain, Bedwetting, Bell’s Palsy, Blood pressure, Breast Pain, Bronchitis, Bunions, Bursitis, Carpel Tunnel, Coccyx pain , Colic, Constipation, Chronic fatique, Deafness, Depression, Diaphragm pain, Digestion, Disc problems, Diverticulitis, Dizziness, Ear problems, Fibromyalgia, Frozen Shoulder, Gall Bladder pain, Glandular fever, Groin pain, Hammer toes, Hamstring tension, Headache, Hernia, Hiatus Hernia, High shoulder, Irregular milk, Jaw problems [TMJ], Kidney problems, Knee problems, Liver problems, Liver problems, Lymphatic drainage, Meniere’s disease, Menstral Irregularities, Migraine headaches, Neck pain, Whiplash, Nervous exhaustion, Pelvic tilt, Plantar fascitis, Pregnancy discomfort, Sciatica, Shin Splints, Sinus problems, Sporting & soft tissue injuries, Stress, Nervous tension, Tennis elbow, Tight hamstrings, Chronic viral Fatigue, ME
All the above conditions have been shown to ease. Bowen can be performed on babies and the extreme elderly. People often come for a specific problem and then later return periodically because they find the treatments are so deeply relaxing and de-stressing. Most return at regularly as part of their preventative care of themselves.
Who would benefit from this type of Therapy
- People of all ages.