How Bowen Therapy Works
Bowen Therpay works primarily through the nervous system on both structural and energetic levels. Healing most likely occur through the response of the body's autonomic nervous system through the bowen therapy moves.
Simply stated, Bowen therapy allows the body to reset and heal itself. The work consists of several series of gently rolling, connective tissue moves. There are frequent important pauses between sets of moves, which give the body time to benefit from each set. By selecting appropriate combinations and sequences of moves, the practitioner is able to address the body as a whole, and/or to target one or more specific problems. The practitioner discerns stress build-up in muscle groups and utilizes Bowen moves to release that stress.
Bowen therapy addresses the body as a whole unit rather than just the presenting symptoms. The physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each person receiving Bowen can all respond as needed.
The basic Bowen "move" distorts a muscle or tendon that is not under load and then rolls over it without sliding on the skin. As a result, the spindle cells and Golgi tendon bodies down-regulate the muscle's resting tension level. The surrounding fascia becomes less solid and more fluid, allowing greater movement of blood and lymph through the tissue and enhancing nutrition to -- and waste removal from -- the site of injury. The lack of distracting skin stimulation and the limited number of precise moves focus the nervous system's attention on the essential points. Pausing at certain crucial times in a sequence of such moves allows time for the nervous system and fascia to respond and begin the healing process. The body continues to respond for several days afterwards unless interrupted by injury or strong external stimulation (including new trauma, heat, and additional bodywork -- even additional Bowen).
A Bowen Therapy Session
Bowen Therapy is a 'complementary' modality in the sense that it enhances and complements, but does not interfere with, traditional medical attention. Bowen's input to the nervous system is very subtle, and the body responds over time. For that reason, it’s best to avoid other manipulative therapies for several days before and after a Bowtech session lest they interfere with the body’s response to Bowen therapy.