The practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to make a series of precise, rolling-type moves over soft tissues. During the treatment there are a series of short breaks where the patient is left resting to allow their body to respond to the gentle moves. This subtle but dynamic process effectively rewrites the messages being received by the brain, which then triggers a re-aligning, self-healing response in the body. It is a very relaxing and soothing treatment and often clients fall asleep during the session.
The first session involves a detailed case history being taken and will last about 1 ½ hours, sessions thereafter last about 45-60 minutes, each treatment is tailor made for the client. All treatments are carried out through light clothing. Treatments are given at weekly intervals. Short-term (acute) injury is usually resolved in 1 to 3 treatments, while long-standing (chronic) conditions may require several more Bowen sessions. Many people return regularly for ‘top-up’ treatments, to boost their feeling of health and well-being and to strengthen their immune system.
The Bowen Technique is a drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on therapy. It has a remarkable record of success in helping clients with a wide range of conditions, including back, neck, shoulder and other acute and chronic muscular pain; stress related conditions including depression; asthma, hay fever and other respiratory problems; sports injuries, IBS, migraine, and a host of other health issues. It is suitable for people of all ages, from tiny babies with colic to mature clients who suffer from arthritis.
Post treatment it is advised to drink plenty of water and keep moving. It is advised not to receive other physical therapies whilst having Bowen eg massage or physiotherapy.
What does Bowen treat?
One of the most common complaints for which people seek Bowen treatment is back pain.
Painful and restricted shoulders are also a particular favourite as are neck pain, respiratory conditions and headache patterns. Bowen is being widely used for sports injuries as well, with rugby clubs and premiership football clubs showing interest. Not only do sportsmen report fewer injuries when treated regularly but they also notice enhanced performance.
How many treatments are necessary?
The average number of treatments people have is three to four. There are always exceptions to any rule, and some people will need further or even on-going treatment.
PLEASE NOTE: The Bowen Technique should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.
Recent studies may help to explain why the technique is so effective.