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The Bowen Technique is a remedial, hands-on therapy that is applied using very gentle pressure. The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform Bowen’s unique sets of rolling-type moves which stimulate the muscles and soft tissue of the body. The experience of a treatment is gentle, subtle and relaxing. Bowen Technique prompts the body to reset, repair and balance itself and clients report the experience of pain relief, improvement of function and recovery of energy.
As a therapy, Bowen is truly light-touch. The pressure used is quite subtle, extremely light and it is not dependent on awkward bending, twisting or manipulation of the client during the treatment. Because of this, Bowen can be considered for clients for whom other forms of therapy might be too aggressive, forceful or invasive.
A key element of the principle guiding Bowen, is that we work holistically. With Bowen we don’t diagnose and we are not treating just the named disease or condition, but we are treating the whole person.
With Bowen we will tend to give a whole-body treatment at the first visit, which includes the neck, back and shoulders. Bowen’s holistic way of treating will most often get to the root of problems gently and efficiently.
Most of the work can be performed through light clothing. Although each session will vary a session will generally last around 45-60 minutes. Treatments should be scheduled between 5-7 days apart and an initial set of 3 treatments is recommended.
Post-treatment reactions are not uncommon and may include tiredness, thirst, stiffness, headaches, flu-like symptoms, increased energy or emotional release. It is vital that a client does not cease the treatment in response to a strong reaction.
Most people will have responses within 3 to 4 sessions. Some conditions might need to be treated more often, but in either case it is recommended that clients return for regular treatments every six to eight weeks to maintain optimum health.
The treatment is, in effect, asking the body to undertake a process of repair and so should be allowed to do so without interruption or contradiction. A client will be asked not to have other forms of physical or energetic therapy whilst receiving Bowen and to leave a period of a week either side.