ABOUT THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE
Named after Thomas Ambrose Bowen who developed the technique in Australia between 1959 & 1982 the Bowen Technique in a very gentle therapy consisting of rolling type moves created by the practitioner’s thumbs and fingers. The moves work on tissues, muscles, tendons and fascia, initiating nerve reflex signals, triggering responses not only at the site of the moves but throughout the whole body.
Moves are applied to areas of the body in specific sequences followed by breaks where the practitioner leaves the room for a few minutes. The breaks give the nervous system a chance to respond with the correct action. Also, while in the process of looking for the proper response, information from the other parts may be gathered by the body. It is therefore common for areas not specifically being targeted by the treatment to respond as well.
Being a holistic treatment (treating the body as a whole) The Bowen Technique initiates a process within the body to return to its optimal point of homeostasis. Encouraging the resetting of abnormal tension patterns and postural imbalances and helping to improve organ function, detoxify and eliminate waste products, and improve lymph drainage.
Conditions which respond well to Bowen include :
Generally 3 treatments are needed between 5 to 10 days apart but it is not uncommon for just one treatment to make a significant difference. However, clients with long-standing problems may need more treatments. Many clients have a monthly treatment for general health maintenance.
Treatments are performed over clothing but due to the gentleness of the moves thick trousers such as jeans or corduroys are not recommended to be worn.
I’ve always had a fascination with body mechanics and movement and as a teenager began training in martial arts. I trained in Karate for over 10 years and for a while was also training in Tai Chi. The Tai Chi absolutely blew my mind and it wasn’t long before I gave up Karate to concentrate solely on Tai Chi. That was over 30 years ago and I am still as excited and intrigued now as I was in my first Tai Chi class. The understanding of body movement I had gained from practicing and teaching Tai Chi revamped my fascination and led me to take up complementary therapies.
In 1995 I qualified in holistic body massage and practiced for a while. It was in 2001 that I suffered a groin strain and happened to come across a complementary therapy known as the Bowen Technique. The lady who treated me was studying the technique at the time and offered me a free treatment. I was amazed at the result whereby the strain had virtually disappeared the following day. The treatment itself consisted of very gentle rolling-type moves followed by breaks whereby the lady would leave the room for a few minutes. The movements were carried out on my back, back of my legs, and knees.
I was astonished at the result, being used to a heavier touch in more conventional treatments. I was so fascinated by the Bowen Technique that I began studying it, qualifying in 2003. From then on I practiced privately within the community. Unfortunately due to life circumstances I was forced to take a break but was able to re-qualify in 2018 to resume my therapeutic work.