Bowen Therapy

Bowen TherapyBowen Therapy can be an effective form of treatment for specific complaints such as neck, back or shoulder pain, headaches, muscle soreness, or pregnancy pain and can also be used for stress management and relaxation.

Also known as Bowen Massage, it is a “hand on, hands off” treatment, using thumbs or fingers on certain points around the body to make a rolling type move over the soft tissue. The moves are gentle and the client should experience little or no discomfort during a treatment.   The treatment can be performed through light clothing, or directly on the skin, depending on your wishes.

When we make a Bowen move in a certain area, the brain asks questions of the body, in an attempt to establish what action it needs to take.  The conversation between brain and body might go something like this:

Brain: What was that?
Body: I’m not really sure
Brain: Okay, was it painful?
Body: No
Brain: How about hot?
Body: No
Brain: Were you scared?
Body: No, and so on

The brain is continuing to look for points of reference that will establish what course of action needs to be taken. The Bowen move is so different, that such a point of reference is difficult to establish and the brain therefore decides that it needs to investigate further. It is at this point that the real work of the Bowen Therapist begins and (s)he leaves the room!

With the therapist out of the room, the brain can quickly start to find out what happened when those moves were made. It goes into an Alpha brainwave state and the body relaxes almost immediately.

When re-entering the room, the Bowen Therapists will often be told “it felt like your hands were still on me’, or ‘I felt a warmth or a tingling in my back’. This indicates  that the brain has asked the body for more information in an attempt to decide what course of action to take.

Where the client returns for a second treatment, they often confirm that the presenting problem has been resolved, along with other symptoms such as hay fever or stomach pain that may not have been mentioned during the initial consultation. With the information that the brain was given in the treatment, it set up a series of priorities which recognised imbalances and corrected them.

The Bowen Technique acts as a bridge, a facilitator in the process of healing and recovery.

The process of treatment is an ongoing one, the pace of which is determined by the client, not the Therapist. After a treatment, a client will sometimes report sleeping for a long period of time. This is quite normal, sleep being the ideal healing place for the body.

Taken from “Bowen Therapy” by Julian Baker

Bowen Therapy

Bowen therapy is a ‘hands on/hands off’ body technique that can help the body correct dysfunctions and restore balance on a holistic level.  Bowen Therapy can be an effective form of treatment for specific complaints such as neck, back or shoulder pain, headaches, muscle soreness, or pregnancy pain and can also be used for stress management and relaxation

What to Expect
A Bowen treatment lasts about 45-60 minutes.  Most of the work can be done through light clothing.  No oils are used.

During a Bowen session, the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers to make rolling type moves on different muscles on the body.   There are times when the therapist actually moves away from you or leaves the room, so your body has time to make its own adjustments, which help relieve tension and reduce pain.

Many people experience pain relief after just one session, however two or three treatments are usually enough to achieve long-lasting relief.  The ideal situation is to give the Bowen Therapy a try for 3 sessions, once per week, without having any other kind of bodywork in between.

After Your Session
WALK:    at least 20 minutes a day, for the next 7 days,  starting right after your session. This will help move the pain out of your body.  On the day of your treatment, avoid extreme heat or cold and heavy lifting for the rest of the day, but do not sit for too long.  Get up every 30 minutes or so and walk around a bit. When you are getting up, put weight on BOTH FEET when you stand up, get out of bed, a chair or a car.  This will help bring balance back into your body.

WATER:  drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day for the next 7 days to help flush the toxins out of your body

WAIT:  one week before you have any kind of body work.

Bowen Therapy appointments are available in both Melton and Caroline Springs by phoning 0407 450 522 or through the on line booking system.