After discussing your health history you will usually lie on a massage table or bed, wearing underwear or loose clothing. Sequences of moves are performed along the body using the thumb and fingers in...
The Original Bowen Technique
Welcome to the Turkish home of the Original Bowen Technique, or Bowtech, a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy. Developed in Australia by Tom Bowen, it is now being practised in over thirty countries.
How Does Bowen Work?
The body is in constant motion trying to sustain balance – homeostasis – in every system. It has an innate ability to heal itself if given a chance. However, nothing can heal until the person is relaxed. When the body is in the rest, digest, repair mode (parasympathetic), then the healing process begins, as Bowen asks the body to switch gears and relax into the parasympathetic. From there Bowen works with the body to open up fascia and release tension in muscles and tendons. This helps re-align bones so that joints can move in full range with ease, allowing more oxygen and blood to circulate. The body cavities then find they have more room so that organs can function better, nerves aren’t pinched, muscles move smoothly and energy flows freely. The lymphatic system is stimulated to remove toxins, bring in nutrients, and improve hydration for better function right down to the single cell. This in turn affects the chemical, hormonal and electrical systems influencing the emotions and thought. All this with gentle contact through the fascia, sensory receptors and the nervous systems of the body.
(With thanks to Barbara Gordon http://bodyresponse.ca/articles/bowen-and-pilates.html)
How Safe is the Bowen Technique?
The Bowen Technique uses such a gentle level of touch that it is considered to be one of the safest of therapies. Indeed, it is so non-invasive and gentle that it is not uncommon for clients to fall asleep during treatment. This gentleness means that it is ideal for use on people of all ages – from newborns through to the elderly – with all manner of problems.
How do I know if a practitioner is qualified?
Practitioners registered with the Bowen Association are entitled to use the letters BTA or BTAA after their name. Training courses consist of a number of practical and written assessments, as well as a complete set of coursework. Many practitioners are already physiotherapists or osteopaths, while others come from a background in sports massage, reflexology or healing.
FAQs taken from “Understanding the Bowen Technique” by John Wilks
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