The Bowen Technique helps the body remember how to heal itself. The gentle, yet powerful Bowen moves send neurological impulses to the brain resulting in immediate responses of muscle relaxation and pain reduction. The moves create energy surges. Electrical impulses sent to the nervous system remind the body to regain normal movement in joints, muscles and tendons. This helps relieve muscle spasms and increase blood and lymph flow. The Bowen Technique affects the body primarily through the nervous and the bioenergetic systems, to bring it into a state of balance.
How does it work:
Through gentle moves over particular areas of muscles, ligaments, tendon and connective tissue, specific receptors in the body are stimulated that enable it to correct dysfunctions and restore balance.
The moves send out signals which:
stimulate energy flow
facilitate lymphatic drainage of toxins and waste
promote good circulation
encourage the body to relax, realign and heal itself
What to Expect:
A treatment involves a series of moves interrupted by essential waiting periods of about two minutes. You may remain in light clothing, and I will ensure that you are warm and comfortable. Some people doze off—it is very relaxing!
After your treatment I will give you guide lines that may include:
Basic nutritional guidance
Basic stretching programmes
Because of the subtlety of Bowen Therapy and the body’s continuing response to it, it is important not to receive any other manipulative therapy for at least 7 days after the treatment. The following are some further guidelines to help the received treatment integrate completely thus allowing healing to take place.
Always stand up on two feet (getting out of bed in the morning, getting out of car)
Do not sit longer than 30 minutes during the day of the treatment and within the following 48 hours
Do not do any exhausting activities (because the body is undergoing a realignment process)
Go for a relaxed, casual walk (to help the body realign)
Drink plenty of pure water (to help the body rehydrate and dispose of accumulated waste products)
Do not apply hot or cold therapy (not even a usual hot bath or shower at the end of or during the day)
Do the given exercises with the given recommendation
This varies from person to person. Most conditions respond in 2 to 4 treatments, however chronic conditions may require regular, long term sessions.
Maintenance sessions are very beneficial for keeping the body in balance and depending on lifestyle can be monthly, or more frequently if required. I have clients who often have treatments for general relaxation and stress relief.
Conditions that can be addressed with the Bowen Therapy:
General body maintenance
Back, neck pain, sciatica, spinal or postural problems
Newborn baby problems (e.g. colic, feeding and sleep-related conditions)
Digestive and bowel issues
General muscle stiffness
Post-dental trauma, temporo-mandibular joint problems and jaw disorders
Post – operative recovery
Respiratory conditions (asthma)
Work or sport related Repetitive Strain Injuries
Carpal tunnel, Tennis, Golf or Mouse finger syndrome
Blood pressure (high or low)
Initial Appointment – $90
60 min follow up – $90
90 min follow up – $120
Teenagers (High School) – $70
Children (Primary School) – $50
Pre School and Babies – $20
90 min Intuitive Bowen Therapy - $120
120 min Intuitive Bowen Therapy - $150
Tom Bowen from Australia was the originator of the Bowen Technique in the 1960s and Russell Sturgess the founder of Fascial Kinetics Bowen in the 1990s.
Russell developed the theory that Bowen Therapy achieves its profound and long lasting effects by working with the fascia: the superficial and deep connective tissue in the body, which forms one continuous structure and is the medium through which communication between cells occurs.
Because of the nature of the design of fascia each treatment addresses the whole body, not just the area of pain or injury. Postural misalignment’s are released, and balance is restored.