Tom Bowen of Geelong, Australia developed a unique kind of bodywork technique, now practised in his name. Bowen studied with practitioners of several different techniques from around the world, including Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine. ‘Bowen Therapy’ or ‘Bowen Technique’ is a health modality now offered by over 40,000 practitioners around the world, and is growing in popularity as its effectiveness becomes more evident.
Using primarily fingers and thumbs, small, rolling movements are made over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for the individual. No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used.
Rather than ‘making’ the body change, Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise and make the changes it requires. Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received, and initiate the healing process.
Bowen is generally pleasant to receive, each session lasting 45 – 60 minutes, depending on the age of the client and the nature of their symptoms. It can be administered over light clothing, usually on a comfortable couch, but whilst seated on a chair if lying down is not possible. Many clients become so relaxed they fall asleep during the session.
People of all ages, from birth to old age, can benefit from Bowen, and it has a wide range of applications. Treatments are adapted to the individual. (Canine and Equine Bowen Therapy is becoming increasingly popular).
It is recommended that clients initially book 3 sessions over a period of 3-5 weeks. Short-term (acute) injury may be resolved in just a few sessions, while long-standing (chronic) symptoms may require more sessions over a longer period of time. Many clients return at regular intervals for ‘top-up’ treatments, and some just enjoy having regular Bowen as part of their personal wellbeing programme.
Further interesting information and videos on Bowen Therapy can be found at www.bowentherapy.org.uk (the website of Bowen Therapy Professional Association, of which I am a full member).
Allow 75 minutes for the treatment session.
Bowen Therapy is a complementary therapy and should not be used in place of conventional medical assessment and treatment. Always consult your GP or other health professional for advice. Complementary therapists may not make claims regarding specific disorders or symptoms.
For more information contact: Patricia Bryden, CertEd, DHyp(Dist), CBS, ITEC, MBTPA
Tel: 07718279172/01484 523834
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