The Bowen Technique is one of the UK's fastest growing complementary therapies, and can be found in many clinics, from specialist treatments for people with Autism and Aspergers, to sports clinics treating Olympic athletes and premier division rugby league players.
It was developed in Australia by Thomas Bowen, and has been in the UK since the 1980's. - Visit http://www.madaboutbowen.com to learn more
The Bowen Technique is an holistic therapy, which means treating the body as a whole, and not focusing on specific conditions or symptoms. If one part of the body is out of balance it has an effect on the rest of the body too.
The therapist makes gentle, rolling type movements on precise points on the body. Only soft tissue is worked on (muscle, tendon, ligament and most importantly the fascia, which is the connective tissue that runs throughout the whole body). No manipulation or force is used which makes it a suitable treatment for the very young, elderly or frail.
These moves, disturb the surface tissue, creating a vibration which travels, via the soft tissue and organs, to the central nervous system, which then transports it to the the brain. The brain then processes this 'information' and sends a signal back out the body, which then begins to respond. Many people feel their body reacting or responding to the moves through heat, tingling, or stretching or pulling sensations throughout their body. Many people find it such a relaxing treatment they even fall asleep.
The moves are interspersed with short breaks where the therapist will usually leave the room. This is a unique aspect of the treatment, and is crucial, as it allows the brain time to process the information it has been given, and decide upon a response.
As the Bowen Technique is holistic, it has the ability to work on all areas of the human body, from the muscular skeletal system, to the respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems (etc.) It is also very helpful in reducing anxiety and stress. - How Many Treatments Will You Need? (read more...)