What is Bowen Therapy?
Bowen therapy is a gentle bodywork modality that addresses the “fascia”. Fascia is the actual “white layer of membrane” between the skin and the muscles commonly seen in the old butcher shops where the limbs of the animals were hanged by the hooks. Beside these locations, fascia is extended between every organ in the body and its purpose is to allow the body parts to move and glide over each other more easily.
Fascia adheres to these parts of the body by hydrogenated crystalised fiber-like filaments. Scientists have now discovered that fascia consists of neurotransmitters that when stimulated by the Bowen therapist impulses are transmitted throughout the body via subsequent synapses (the gap between each neuron “nerve cell”) involved in that particular move. After each move the therapist ought to pause for a minimum of 2 mins in most cases and with some more bulky or larger muscles 20 mins are minimum to allow the impulses to execute its healing power.
The client(s) shouldn't seek for other bodywork therapies e.g., massage therapy, chiropractic or osteopathic work, physiotherapy and the like... while being treated by a Bowen therapist as these may contradict or negate the work of the Bowen. In most cases, 3 consecutive weekly sessions are needed to experience optimal benefit, but in some chronic cases e.g., a pain that is sustained longer than 3 months the prognosis may be longer.
Bowen therapy may treat the following ailments:
- Back pain and sciatica digestive and bowel problems including IBS
- Earache, ear infections and migraines
- Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
- Knee, ankle and foot problems
- Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
- Neck and shoulder problems including frozen shoulder
- Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
- Respiratory problems and hay fever
- RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
- Sports and accident injuries
- Impotency, prostate and incontinence problems & many more