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Bowen

Technique

Gentle, effective, non-invasive remedial soft tissue therapy from Australia.

The Bowen Technique is a non-invasive, holistic therapy that utilizes gentle movements on specific points of the body to stimulate the body's innate healing mechanisms. Developed by Tom Bowen in Australia, the technique is known for its ability to provide relief for a wide range of health issues, both acute and chronic, with minimal effort on the part of the practitioner.

 

The practitioner's moves deliver signals to the nervous system at specific locations on muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves, allowing the body to respond and heal in its own time.

 

The technique is safe and appropriate for people of all ages and in all degrees of health, with very few specific situations where it is contraindicated.

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The Bowen Technique, or Bowtech, is a highly effective method of addressing both acute and chronic injuries. In cases of acute injuries, a practitioner may focus on the affected area to address the immediate trauma. However, for clients whose conditions have developed gradually over time, a whole-body approach may be necessary to address entrenched patterns of dysfunction and promote optimal alignment and recovery.

Research demonstrates effectiveness of the Bowen Technique.

Study on Bowen therapy in 1998 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science.

Practitioners rated the following results in their clients:

  • 85% effectiveness in back pain with 4.3 sessions

  • 88% effectiveness in neck pain with 4.5 sessions

  • 83% effectiveness in stress, tension with 4 sessions

  • 83% effectiveness in "other" issues after 5.8 sessions

 

After receiving their treatments, clients reported the following results:

  • 85% effectiveness with back pain

  • 80% effectiveness for stress and tension

  • 80% effectiveness with Fibromyalgia

  • 95% effectiveness with TMJD

  • 80% effectiveness with hip pain

  • 75.6% for "other" conditions

More Bowen study & research here.

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Indications for

Bowen Technique:

  • Back pain and sciatica

  • Digestive and bowel problems

  • Earache and TMJ problems, tinnitus

  • Migraines and other types of headaches

  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot problems

  • Menstrual and hormonal Irregularities

  • Neck and shoulder problems (including 'frozen shoulder')

  • Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length

  • Respiratory problems and hay fever

  • RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow

  • Sports and other traumatic injuries

  • Blood pressure

  • Children (Bedwetting, ADD, ADHD, Autistic spectrum, Dyslexia & Dyspraxia)

  • General muscular aches and stiffness

  • Lymphatic drainage

  • Newborn baby problems (e.g. Colic, feeding problems, sleep-related conditions)

  • Pre-surgery preparation

  • Post-operative recovery

  • Whiplash

  • Women’s problems (e.g. Heavy or painful periods, infertility, fibroids)

Pre-treatment information

A Bowen treatment involves light, gentle moves, applied to very specific points on the body with frequent pauses throughout the session which are there to allow the body time to respond to the work and begin the process of change. It's possible you may feel cold, or warm, perhaps a tingling sensation – however, you may feel nothing at all. Feedback is valuable, so please to tell the therapist if you experience anything at all, as it will affect the way the treatment continues.

 

General
In order to obtain maximum benefit from your therapy, we do not recommend that you mix Bowen with other therapies, as this could cause an adverse reaction or undermine the efficacy of the Bowen. For this reason, it is recommended that you do not undertake any other form of therapy either 7 days before, or 7 days after a Bowen Treatment. As Bowen also works on an emotional level, please be aware that you may have an emotional response to this treatment – it is nothing to worry about and is quite normal.

 

Contra-indications
A contra-indication is when your medical history, such as surgery, pregnancy, or another condition indicates that it is not appropriate to use a particular Bowen procedure during treatment, or in some cases, to proceed at all. In these circumstances, your therapist will advise you, and for this reason, it is important for you to be open and honest with us regarding your health.

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