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What is BOWEN?
BOWEN is a specific series of muscle and connective tissue movements designed to treat a wide range of problems and injuries.
It addresses every system in the body, internal organ systems as well as the musculoskeletal structure. These gentle
powerful "moves" send neurological impulses to the brain which is given time to process and feed impulses back to realign the body.
Respecting this feedback loop is essential for allowing the body to restore its own natural balance. BOWEN was developed by the
late Tom Bowen in Geelong Australia in the 1950’s.
BOWEN usually results in the relief of many specific injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic.
It does this by using the body’s “Innate” healing mechanisms. When the therapist makes the BOWEN "move" on muscles, tendons,
nerves and ligaments, signals are delivered to the nervous system. The body now senses to go into midline and release tension,
fascia and any constrictions that are holding the body back from functioning improperly.
With an acute injury, the therapist will address the traumatized area because there has been no time for the patient
to have compensated for the condition. When a patient presents a condition that has been with them a number of years,
and patterns of dysfunction and posture are distorted, the therapist will address the whole body by restoring balance by
the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls over 80% of the body’s function. Healing can occur after the ANS
shifts from the Sympathetic (flight and fright) to the parasympathetic (rest and repair) mode. Bowen helps that
shift to take place.
BOWEN is a gentle pressure that can be done on infants the elderly and women during all stages of pregnancy.
The pressure is the softness of your eyeball. The basic BOWEN "moves" distort a muscle or tendon that is not under
load and then the therapist rolls over the muscle in a precise location without sliding. As a result, the spindle cells
(which are responsible for locomotion and posture) and golgi tendon organs regulate the muscle’s resting tension level
by the central nervous system. The surrounding fascia becomes less solid and more fluid, allowing greater movement of
blood and lymph through the tissue, and enhancing nutrition to and waste removal from the site of injury. The lack of
distracting skin stimulation and the limited number of precise moves focus the nervous system’s attention on certain
points of the body. Pausing between BOWEN movements allows time for the nervous system and fascia to respond and begin
the healing process. The body continues to respond for several days after the treatment unless it is interrupted by
injury or strong external stimulation, including trauma, heat and bodywork.
How Does BOWEN Work?
Acupuncture points and meridian: Most "moves" overlap acupuncture points and some moves cross 2 – 3
acupuncture meridians at once. The overlap of these two systems have a vibrational component and effects all internal
Fascia: Each BOWEN "move" is done at the level of the superficial fascia and affects the relationship
between the fascia, nerve, muscle and tendon that is being mobilized. The body is bounded by connective tissue that
is called fascia. Every gland, nerve, vein, muscle and organ is held into place with this structure. After a BOWEN
treatment, it is not uncommon to see scars and adhesions soften and posture and mobility improve.
Stretch Reflex: Most "moves" are done either at the origin, insertion or the muscle belly where
receptors are located which inform the nervous system of the state of the tension, length or stretch in the
musculotendonous tissue. Receptor are stimulated during the “challenge” (holding the area) and the rolling of the
BOWEN move changes the stimulus received by the nervous system. This can change pain and a muscle spasm loop.
Joint Proprioceptors: All "moves" are done around a joint directly affect the joint capsule and
ligaments that are richly innervated with proprioceptors. Again, stimulus is received by the nervous system inviting
normalization of the joint function.
Segmental Visceromatic Spinal Reflexed: Some "moves" produce referred reactions to the internal organs
through stimulation of the skin, muscles and nerves
Harmonic Vibration or Resonance Model: The "moves" can be similar as playing a string of a guitar. The
moves set up vibration patterns which bring the body back into harmony and balance.
Lymphatics: Some BOWEN protocols activate draining of the lymphatic system, stimulating the immune system.
BOWEN detoxifies the body at a cellular level therefore improving the body’s ability to function at a
What you can use Bowen for?
Bowen can be beneficial in a wide range of situations. It can assist recovery from many conditions, from traumatic
injury to chronic illness, depending upon each individual’s capacity to heal. Many people report that Bowen is THE
most relaxing modality they have ever experienced.
Some conditions that have shown substantial improvement in treating are:
Back Pain – Chronic and Acute
Carpal tunnel Syndrome
Postural problems – Scoliosis
Uneven leg length
Foot and Ankle problems
RSI / OSS
Knee and Hip Restrictions
Neck and Shoulder Problems
Pre Menstrual Syndrome
Bed Wetting in Children
What to Wear for a Treatment
You wear loose fitting clothing for your treatment.
Relief is felt often after one session. In many cases only 2 to 5 treatments are necessary for long lasting and
often permanent relief. If re-injury occurs a maintenance treatment may be implemented.
Return one week following the first treatment. The second session is important in setting in the work into the body.
Treatments are effective if done weekly. Once a condition is resolved, you may schedule Bowen either for maintenance
or as needed.
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