What is Bowen Therapy
Bowen Therapy was developed by Tom Bowen in Geelong, Australia in the early 1960’s. Tom trained just a few men, and training in this technique didn’t become readily available for the first time until 1986. Since then it has been taught extensively throughout the world. The therapy has achieved a high status in natural therapies where it is accepted along with other modalities displaying a much longer and established history, which indicates that there is something special about this therapy.
The Bowen therapy moves are a form of gentle but precise soft tissue manipulation. These moves are focused on crucial junctions of fascial planes; muscles; ligaments; tendons; nerve pathways; blood and lymph vessels. Tissue restrictions are freed; reconnections made. Bowen therapy naturally brings about an optimum rate of healing based on an individual’s body resources and their level of injury.
It is a gentle therapy that does not require deep pressure, although the pressure is varied for each client. For most people the relaxation response is invoked, and they may even fall asleep during the treatment.
Rapid results are common. Often there is a response in one treatment and most injuries and pain respond in 3 or 4 sessions. There is no limit to the number of treatments a client can receive. ‘Preventive’ treatments are of great benefit to help keep the body in a state of optimal balance and to prevent re-injury.
Clients usually experience a deep and long lasting relief, even from long standing injury or pain. The therapist applies the minimum number of techniques needed to bring about a healing response in the body. Clients often report that they have received faster results than other therapies, especially on acute injuries.
Bowen Therapy is appropriate to use on everyone – babies, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with long term pain.