The Bowen Technique
The Bowen Technique is a gentle, subtle and relaxing hands-on treatment.
The practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to make a series of precise, rolling-type moves over muscles, tendons or ligaments. Short breaks are incorporated into the treatment which allow the body to repond to the movements that have been made and to begin making the subtle adjustments which will help rebalance. The combination of moves and breaks make the Bowen Technique unique.
Appointments take approximately 45 minutes and most of the work can be performed through light, loose-fitting clothing. Four to five treatments, at weekly intervals, are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief, although further treatments may be required. To receive maximum benefit it is recommended that other physical therapies are not mixed with Bowen Therapy, including massage, physiotherapy and reflexology.
The Bowen Technique was developed by Thomas Ambrose Bowen of Geelong, Australia. Though he had no formal training or qualifications in any form of therapy work, he learned to read people and understand how to instigate a healing respnse. He had a thriving practice for many years until his death in 1982.
The aim of the Bowen Technique is to balance the whole body and to instigate a healing response, rather than to treat specific symptoms or condidions. Indeed, it is normal for a patient to walk out of the treatment room in the same condition in which they arrived as the full response to the treatment generally takes 4-5 days.
Common reasons for having a Bowen Therapy session include back or neck pain, knee orother joint problems, sports injuries, repetitive strain injury and resporatory problems, amongst many others. The technique can also be used as a means of stress management and health maintenance, with some people visiting a therapist every 3-6 months for a routine treatment.
The Bowen Technique is available from our therapist Hazel Cox who can be contacted on 07847 379506, please also feel free to visit her website.