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What is The Bowen Technique?

ALL ABOUT BOWEN – What is it all about?

As I have just recently qualified in “The Bowen Technique”, thought it might be a good idea to tell you what to expect in a treatment and what it can help relieve the symptoms of.

Examples of which are low back pain, headaches, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, digestive problems, stress and trouble sleeping.

Most of you will have been to a Chiropractor, Osteopath or a Physio or even had the pleasure of having a massage with me!

But Bowen is unique, as it is so gentle, you don’t even have to take your clothes off if you don’t want to. Thumbs and fingers are used to roll over muscles, tendons and ligaments on specific parts of the body.

Then, wait for it, I leave the room, what! I hear you cry. Yes I leave you for about 2 mins maybe longer, I’m never very far away but it does depend on the weather, as my studio is in the garden.

The success of the treatment is when you are completely relaxed; with you being able to achieve this when no one is in the room. If you are not comfortable with me leaving I can stay, not a problem.

During the breaks your body decides what it would like to do in response to the moves I make. Your body does the work it thinks it needs, not me.

There is the possibility you may be in more pain than you were when you arrived, but that is not always the case.

In the breaks we are tapping into the Parasympathetic Nervous System, where you go when you meditate and is sometimes called the “rest and digest system”.

It is the opposite of the Sympathetic Nervous System, which is where we are more likely to be suffering from stress, “fight or flight” where we cannot switch off, being constantly on the go not being able to relax. More often than not, in pain. Do you find when you are more stressed or emotional, little niggles become big ones?

When I leave the room, you are relaxing and hopefully will experience a power nap! Which is known to be very refreshing and restorative, and you will be entering the Parasympathetic Nervous System. It can affect the tension of our connective tissue, in particular the fascia, helping it to relax and let go of pain.

Fascia is known to have a high density of nerve endings, linked to the Sympathetic Nervous System equalling, you guessed it PAIN!

Briefly, fascia is the body’s connective tissue, providing a framework that helps support and protect individual muscles, organs and the entire body as a whole.

Think of an orange. Your skin is the outer layer of orange peel; the white fibrous layer or pith immediately beneath the peel would be your fascia. My next blog will go into fascia in more detail.

Finally, I just wanted to say that even though Bowen can help relieve the symptoms of certain conditions, we are treating the body as a whole.

“Where you think it is, it aint” – Ida Rolf