Bowen therapy, or the Bowen Technique, is a non-invasive and gentle therapy. It is a unique system of neuromuscular re-patterning. Developed in the 1950'2 by an Australian, Thomas Bowen, it is used by trained practitioners all over the world.
One of Bowen's unique effects is its impact on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors. Most people today live in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic ANS over-stimulation (fight, flight or freeze mode). Healing can occur only after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance (rest, relax and repair mode). Bowen Technique enables that shift. During a session, the client often drops into deep relaxation or falls asleep, and loud peristalsis may be heard. Both of these changes are indications of a profound release from stress and a shift towards parasympathetic influence. This shift could explain, in part, the common observation that a Bowen Technique session seems to reactivate the recovery process in situations where healing from trauma, sickness or surgery has stalled or reached a plateau. This technique also effects the lymphatic system and encourages detoxification.
The technique is extremely gentle and safe to use on anyone from newborn babies to the frail and elderly. It can assist recovery from many conditions, from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending on each individual's capacity to heal. Benefits are usually apparent within two sessions.
A Bowen therapist will target certain points on the body with gentle rolling movements to help balance, repair and reset the body. The movements used in Bowen therapy are very distinctive and are used on precise points on the body. They act upon the superficial and deep fascia, specific joint receptors, and varies reflexes in the body to create focus for the brain and stimulate healing. Wait periods of at least two minutes duration where the client is left to rest, are given between each series of Bowen moves allowing time for the integration of the work by the body. A session usually lasts 45 minutes to one hour.