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What Is Bowen Technique?

Bowen Technique consists of a series of gentle, rolling moves over the fascia of the skin with frequent pauses between moves giving the body time to benefit from each set. These rolling moves are made on skin, muscles and tendons and elicit a powerful effect on the body.

Using Bowen, I treat the body as a whole or I can target a specific problem as needed.

Bowen Technique both balances and stimulates – the restorative process beginning once the body is relaxed and works on all levels including physical and emotional, transforming the person’s energy levels and aiding their healing and helping them achieve balance in their lives.

Who Is Bowen Technique For?

Bowen Technique can be used for all sorts of imbalances and dis-eases.

People have used Bowen Technique for the following reasons:

  • · Allergies   
  • · Baby and childhood problems
  • · Back problems   
  • · Bladder problems, bedwetting
  • · Bowel problems   
  • · Digestive problems
  • · Dizziness        
  • · Ear Problems
  • · Fatigue          
  • · Fluid retention
  • · Foot problems     
  • · Frozen shoulder
  • · Headaches (migraine, sinus)
  • · Bedwetting, incontinence
  • · Jaw problems 
  • · Stress Sports Injuries
  • · Knee and hip restrictions, misalignments
  • · Menstrual and other female problems
  • · Pelvic tilt, leg length, hip imbalance
  • · Poor mobility  
  • · Repetitive Strain Injury
  • · Respiratory problems
  • · Skeletal and muscular problems from lumbar to neck

What happens in a session?

During a Bowen Technique treatment, after a short chat and posture assessment, I ask you to lie on your front on a massage couch. You will then be covered in towels.

Once the treatment begins, I will make small rolling moves over the muscles to stimulate a relaxing and healing reaction.

After a few moves, I will leave the room and after a few minutes return to do the next set of moves. Between the moves you may experience relaxation or energy moving, your breathing becoming gentler or thoughts occurring as you process the moves.

At some point during the treatment, I will ask you to turn over so I can apply moves on the front of your body.

After the treatment, you will be asked to get off the couch putting both feet on the floor at the same time to seal in the work. I will then go through an aftercare sheet with you that you will need to follow between treatments.

How long does a Bowen Treatment last?

A typical Bowen treatment lasts about 40 mins to an hour.

What do I need to wear?

Bowen Technique moves are mostly delivered directly on the skin. As a result, you will wear underwear and be covered with a towel during the treatment in a similar fashion to a massage.

How often do I need treatment?

When you begin your Bowen Treatments they will be approximately 5-10 days apart (optimally 7 days apart).

As your body starts to balance and you feel benefit you may need a maintenance programme which means you can have treatments less often or maintain them as weekly if you wish.

I knew someone who after the initial situation was addressed had treatment once every 12 weeks to maintain the balance that had been achieved.

Can I receive any other treatments while I am having a Bowen?

When you receive Bowen, it is advised that you not receive any other treatment for 5 days afterwards, as molecular changes occur in the blood for 5 days afterwards.

However, from day 6 onwards you can have other treatment before you attend your next Bowen treatment.

Why does the practitioner keep leaving the room?

The Bowen Practitioner will do a couple of moves, sometimes up to 4, and then leave the room returning a few minutes later with the next moves. This will continue throughout the session.

The reason for this is the moves give the body a message by stimulating the fascia. That message and the accompanying move needs to process. This can happen at a deeper level if the client is alone.

If I am doing a Bowen on a child, I will ask the parent or guardian to leave with me so the person can process as deeply as the body needs. 

Bowen Technique In My Life

I strongly believe it is important to walk my talk. For me, that means using the techniques that I use for my own life. Here are a couple of examples of how I have used Bowen Technique to help me in my own life.

I have used Bowen Technique for years and other than Kinesiology it is the treatment I have experienced for the longest.

I was recommended to go and see an excellent Bowen Practitioner Sal Worringham in Wonersh Surrey near where I lived. She treated me weekly initially to help me let go of both postural and emotional issues from childhood surgery and health problems. More importantly, she treated the emotional blockages that were in the muscles and contributing to both my physical and emotional state.

Initially, I went for five sessions. Once my body had found a way to communicate with me and release stuck emotion and balance my life I decided to keep going.

As a practitioner, it is important I have somewhere to go and to receive treatment as a sort of supervision. A place I could take my week, so I am in the best possible place to support my clients. Sal’s treatments and our Bowen sessions became that place for me.

As a result of this choice, I have used Bowen Technique for years with amazing success dealing with so many issues, changes and developments I wanted to make in my life.

I was so impressed by Bowen, its results and utterly inspired by Sal that I trained in Bowen Technique in 2009.

Sal continued to support me by both giving me a regular treatment, encouraging my training and teaching me the importance of continuing to grow and always perfect my skills so I can give the best to my clients. 

Thanks to Sal’s support and unique approach and using Bowen Technique I am now thriving as a practitioner and as a person. Thanks, Sal!

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