The Bowen Technique
The Bowen Technique uses gentle pressure that patients find relaxing and comfortable to receive. It concentrates on the muscles, fascia and soft tissue to help stimulate repair and promote movement. This method focuses on treating precise points to encourage the body’s own natural healing and pain relief and is highly effective for many presenting symptoms.
The Bowen Technique is one of the most versatile and effective therapeutic treatments available today offering significant relief for many conditions. The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform Bowen’s unique sets of rolling-type moves which stimulate the muscles and soft tissue of the body. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used. The experience of a treatment is gentle, subtle and relaxing. It is believed that the Bowen Technique prompts the body to reset, repair and balance itself and clients report the experience of pain relief, improvement of function and recovery of energy.
What responds well to the Bowen Technique? In short, almost everything can respond well to Bowen treatment and this is why:
The Bowen Technique is a non-intrusive complementary hands-on therapy. The technique is based on the theory that gentle moves over precise points of the body can prompt the body’s innate ability to relieve pain, restriction and imbalance without the need for deep, manipulative or forceful treatment. Bowen practitioners work holistically with their clients and expect to work alongside allopathic health professionals to support optimum health for their clients. For example, one of the most common complaints for which people seek Bowen treatment is back pain.
The average number of treatments people have is three to four. There are always exceptions to any rule, and some people will need further or even on-going treatment.
Painful and restricted shoulders are also a particular favourite as are neck pain, respiratory conditions and headache patterns. Bowen is being widely used for sports injuries as well, with rugby clubs and premiership football clubs showing interest. Not only do sportsmen report fewer injuries when treated regularly but they also notice enhanced performance.
The Bowen Technique was developed in the 1950s by Australian Tom Bowen. Training courses in Mr Bowen’s technique were first offered in the late 1980s in Australia and came to the UK in 1993.