WHAT IS BOWEN THERAPY?
Bowen Therapy is a holistic and multidimensional approach to pain relief and healing that has achieved remarkable results over the past 50 years. It is based on the recognition by Tom Bowen, its originator, who lived and practiced in Geelong, Victoria, that the underlying cause or source of many musculoskeletal, neurological, neuromuscular and other health or pain problems could be found in the soft tissue or fascia.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Fascia is a specific type of connective tissue that forms a three dimensional web surrounding every tissue in the body. Fascia is the body organiser embracing all nerves, bones, arteries, veins and muscles. Therefore fascial dysfunction can affect every structure, muscle, nerve and organ in the body. Fascia has become the subject of increasing research and recent studies have shown it to be the largest sensory organ in the body. It is rich in a range of receptors that powerfully influence the body’s neuro-muscular physiology in many and complex ways.
Bowen Therapy, through specific soft tissue or fascial release and integration techniques, stimulates specific receptors that enable the body itself to correct dysfunctions and restore homeostasis (balance) on a holistic level. Through treating the cause rather than the symptoms Bowen Therapy has consistently shown it can have profound and permanent healing and pain relief outcomes. This relief is experienced by many people who present with a wide range of painful conditions, even where other modalities or treatments have resulted in transient or little improvement. Importantly, Bowen Therapy, being holistic, does not rely on a detailed diagnosis of the problem and its origins, which is often costly and indeterminate. Bowen Therapy treats the whole body, and its holistic effects are apparent in patients who find resolution to problems above and beyond those for which they have sought treatment, for example lack of energy, stress or emotional issues.
WHAT DOES A SESSION INVOLVE?
Each session typically involves the therapist using their fingers to create gentle rolling motions along the muscles, tendons and fascia. The therapy’s distinctive features are the minimal nature of the physical intervention and pauses incorporated in the treatment. Proponents claim these pauses allow the body to “reset” itself.
Patients are treated through their clothing therefore we request appropriate clothing be worn that is lightweight and stretchy. Avoid all clothing that is tight/restrictive such as heavy jeans, or has a satin/silk fibre, as these can be prohibitive to good movement.
CONDITIONS THAT RESPOND WELL TO BOWEN THERAPY:
- Lower Back Pain / Sciatica / Lumbago
- Hip – Knee – Ankle and Feet Pain
- Upper Back and Neck Pain
- Shoulder and Arm Pain / Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis – Golfer Elbow / RSI and Carpal Tunnel
- Sporting Injuries
- Pre and Post Operative Conditions
- Headaches and Migraines
- Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) and Jaw Pain
- Digestive Disorders
- Menstrual / Hormonal Problems
THE BENEFITS OF BOWEN THERAPY:
The principal benefit of Bowen Therapy is the often rapid and long term or permanent remission from pain, reduced stress, greater mobility and improved physical and emotional quality and enjoyment of life. Additional benefits can include increased energy, improvement in the immune system, rebalancing of the body, improved circulation, lymphatic drainage and detoxification.
Further and important benefits of Bowen Therapy are that it has few contraindications. It is very gentle, relaxing and non-invasive involving no manipulation, and is therefore ideal for everyone including children and the aged.
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