A Bowen Therapy Session
Before the session
The ideal time for Bowen Therapy is immediately after an injury. That way, your body can overcome the trauma before it begins to compensate for it. (The compensations often create more problems in the long run than the initial trauma itself.) If you can’t get to a Bowtech practitioner immediately, the sooner you can, the better. Within three days is ideal for the quickest and most complete recovery.
Many people don’t find out about Bowen Therapy until weeks, months, or even years of trying other approaches or “learning to live with it.” If that’s the case with you, you’ll get the best results from your Bowen Therapy if you:
- Don’t have any other forms of bodywork for four days beforehand.
- Avoid heavy exercise on the day of your session.
- Don’t use ice or heat on the site of injury.
- Wear or bring light-weight, loose-fitting clothing that your practitioner can work through. Or be prepared to be worked on in your underclothes, under sheets or blankets for modesty and comfort.
During the session
Your practitioner will ask you about your health history and reason for the visit so as to find out if there are any moves or procedures that are contraindicated for you, the best procedures to apply, how much of the work your body is likely to be able to assimilate without overloading you.
The hands-on work usually lasts between 15 and 45 minutes.
The pressure used by the practitioner is almost always less than you would expect. On occasion, you might feel a momentary twinge. Be sure to tell your practitioner if you are uncomfortable at any time.
Application of the technique involves stimulation of precise points on the body, in groups of 2 - 8 points at a time.
- Your practitioner will leave the room between groups of moves, to allow your body time to assimilate the work.
Points generally progress from the torso/core of the body outward. In most first sessions, the points used are on the back, buttocks, hamstrings, shoulder, neck, and knees.
Additional points may be added in areas where you have symptoms and/or elsewhere throughout the body.
The most common reaction to Bowen Therapy is a deep sense of overall relaxation and lessening of muscular tension and pain. These result from the body’s balancing and improved flow of internal energy. The restorative process begins once the body is relaxed. It is common for people to fall asleep during a session.
After the session
Each person’s response to Bowen Therapy continues for several hours or days, as his or her individual body allows. The benefits will be enhanced by following simple guidelines given by the practitioner. The most common include:
- not overdoing things for the rest of that day, with regard to exercise or exertion
- when getting out of a bed or chair or car, having the weight transfer equally onto both feet
- increasing the intake of pure water, to encourage the body’s ability to eliminate toxins released by the muscles and connective tissue during and after the Bowtech session
- in some cases: not remaining seated for longer than half an hour at a time (in the case of lower back pain and other conditions related to lower back imbalance) not overworking the jaw after jaw imbalance is addressed