Bowen therapy is a gentle and non invasive treatment developed by the late Thomas Bowen in Geelong Australia. It uses precise subtle moves performed over the muscles and connective tissue or fascia of the body. The moves deliver signals to the nervous system to restore balance and innately heal itself.
There are frequent but very essential pauses throughout the treatment that allows the body time to respond and begin the healing process.
Bowen therapy addresses the musculoskeletal system, fascia, nerves, soft tissue and internal organs. The whole body is addressed by restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system. Most people live in a constant state of high stress which leads to an over stimulated sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response). Bowen technique enables the body to shift from sympathetic nervous system to parasympathetic nervous system, where healing takes place. The body is then in a state of rest and repair mode. As a consequence clients feel a deep sense of relaxation and reduced stress after a session.
The Bowen technique is extremely gentle and is considered appropriate for anyone from pregnant women to newborn babies, the frail and the elderly.
Bowen therapy is used to help a number of conditions including:
- Acute or chronic respiratory conditions
- Digestive disturbances (reﬂux, colic, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, IBS)
- Behavioural issues (ADD)
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Headaches and migraines
- Hormonal imbalances (including PMT, menstrual irregularities and menopausal symptoms)
- Muscle and joint pains (knees, elbows, shoulders, wrists)
- Neuralgia (sciatica)
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI) of the wrist, elbow and hand
- Pre and post surgery to optimise recovery