The Bowen Technique is a remedial therapy tool. It is used by therapists mainly to help people who are in pain or discomfort. It is a gentle therapy that works over the soft tissue of the client and features lots of rests in between. This allows the body to start working with the new information. Developed by Tom Bowen.
How does it work?
The brain emits in the region of 600,000 signals per second. All of these both send out signals and in turn receive information from the body. A muscular movement for example begins from the primary motor cortex at the front of the brain. This is then sent, via the spinal cord, to the arm or leg where it is translated into movement.
The effect is a kind of looping circuit travelling at speeds, sending and receiving information. A Bowen move interferes with this signal and creates another set of parameters for the brain to examine. Once the brain starts to reorder the signals it is also able to reinterpret the information coming from other areas.
How is it different from other therapies, such as chiropractic, osteopathy or physiotherapy?
Bowen differs in several respects. Osteopaths and Chiropractors often use adjustments or ‘cracks’ to realign the structure of the body. They will make a diagnosis of the patient and treat the area of concern. With Bowen therapy, the therapist will take a case history but the treatment does not set out to treat specific conditions or ailments. Instead, the body is treated as a whole unit, without referral to named disease.
Does Bowen work on meridians or acupuncture points?
While there are points that are on or very close to acupuncture points, this is not the approach that we teach. Many practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine comment on the moves and their relationship to meridian points. However, there is nothing consistent enough to draw comparisons.
Is Bowen a form of massage?
No, not really. The treatment can be performed through light clothing and no oils or prolonged pressure is used. Also, there is no rubbing or friction in the move. Instead, using the movement of skin to effect a rolling type of action over the muscle.
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How many treatments will I need to have?
There are no guarantees here because everyone responds differently. On average though, the number of treatments required for, say, a stiff neck or back is around three.
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What can it treat?
Although we say that we do not treat specific conditions, we know that many common complaints are helped by this holistic approach. There is no condition for which Bowen therapists would not offer treatment. Even in acute conditions, where an injury has just occurred, Bowen can be used to very good effect. As well as bad backs and necks, Bowen is also extremely effective on more complex or organic problems such as asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and stress.
Who offers treatment?
There are hundreds of therapists around the UK and Europe who offer treatment. Some of these are people who are experienced in other forms of treatment such as reflexology, aromatherapy, sports injury or massage. In addition, there are a number of chiropractors, chartered physiotherapists, osteopaths, GPs and surgeons who have learned and practice the technique.
Can Bowen be used to treat clients who have cancer?
In terms of treating clients with cancer, there are no contraindications, apart from what is obvious in terms of not causing pain.
Remember that we are not treating cancer but the person, who may be presenting with other issues that don’t relate to cancer at all. Someone might be sleeping poorly, have back pain, mental fatigue or any number of issues surrounding a diagnosis.