Often people have heard of Bowen Therapy but don’t know what it is or mishear the name and think it is Bone therapy, etc.
So, let’s take a look at this therapy and learn a little about what Bowen Therapy does and the sorts of issues that may be assisted with Bowen Therapy.
Firstly, Bowen Therapy is a ‘hands on’ therapy. What does this mean? Some therapies do not involve any touch, it is all energy based work where the hands ‘hover’ above the area of the body being ‘worked’ on. However, Bowen Therapy does involve the placing of the hands on the body and actually physically working on the body, similar to massage. The significant difference between Bowen Therapy and massage, is Bowen Therapy moves are specifically placed, cross fibre moves and are done in stages throughout a Bowen therapy session. What does this mean? Essentially, we approach a Bowen Therapy session differently to massage or other forms of therapy. The Bowen Therapy move is different and the intention of a Bowen Therapy therapist is to approach the body as a whole. We are intending to balance the body and impact on the Fascia.
Fascia is very important and surrounds every structure in the body. Tendons, ligaments, lymphatics, muscles, blood vessels, major organs, skeletal system, everything is encased in this tissue. Bowen Therapy is impacting on this important tissue and in turn, improving the function of all of these structures as well. Improved blood flow, mobility, improved immunity, etc. If you are interested in reading more about fascia, then here is a link that gives some information:
When dysfunction starts to occur in this tissue, (due to dehydration, lifestyle, stress, surgery, injuries, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, etc), then this in turn impacts on the fascia functioning as it should. As this continues, over time, more and more symptoms will tend to arise. Initially, it could be some pain or tension in muscles, reduced mobility, unexplained pain or symptoms. Often people will seek the advice and treatment from a doctor, then physiotherapist, chiropractor, or massage therapist, etc. During this process, certain things often get overlooked and so starts the slippery slope where a person can end up on strong pain medication, or other medication, yet their symptoms continue to escalate. This is often the point that clients present to me. After years of symptoms, that over time, have become quite debilitating.
It seems too simple that a lot of issues could be arising from this tissue that on the surface seems so insignificant. Trust me, I have had so many cases such as this. Honestly, the simple factors get overlooked so often, once all the contributing factors are addressed, quickly, clients will start to feel improvement. Generally, this is within one to two Bowen Therapy sessions.
My aim with any client, is to empower them with information and an understanding as to why they have arrived at the position they are in. Often issues become multilayered and more complicated as the underlying issues are overlooked. Hence, why there can be multiple symptoms that on the surface don't appear to be related. Once these issues are understood, the process of supporting a client through their improvement and usually recovery or atleast management of their symptoms begins. I tend to manage this within 3 – 4 Bowen Therapy sessions.
I have been working in this field for 13+ years and the results are profound and ridiculously simple to achieve when all the dots are connected.
Some of the conditions that have been assisted or resolved with Bowen Therapy are Sciatica, migraines, headaches, IBS symptoms, hormonal issues, muscular aches/pains/tension, growing pains, anxiety, depression, and many other symptoms. Bowen Therapy has also been found to assist in long term conditions such as Parkinsons, dementia, There has been some evidence of Bowen Therapy working on many levels other than just the physiological level. This is for another blog post though!
Of course, if I feel that I am unable to assist a client with their health issue, I am honest and will advise the client.
After reading this, if you have any queries or are wondering if I may be able to assist you with an issue, please feel free to contact me to discuss your individual issue.