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Human Bowen Technique - Bowen Therapy for people
What actually is the Bowen Technique?The Bowen Technique is a gentle hands-on soft tissue remedial therapy developed in the 1950s by Tom Bowen from Geelong, Australia, and was brought to the UK in 1992 by Julian Baker who runs the European College of Bowen Studies (ECBS).
It is a holistic therapy treating the whole body and mind to re-balance, relieve tension and reduce pain. During the subtle and relaxing treatment, the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform rolling-type moves over muscles, tendons and soft tissue to send a stimulus to the brain.
A feature of Bowen is that, in regular intervalls between sets of moves, the practitioner will leave the room for several minutes, allowing your body time to gently respond to the treatment at its own pace and to start re-aligning and repairing itself.
As this process develops its strongest effect over a period of a few days, it is common to leave the treatment in the same condition as before with improvement only starting to take place over the next few days.
Almost all treatment can be given through light clothing and in addition, you will be covered by towels during the treatment session.
What kind of conditions of adults and children can be treated?As with all holistic therapies, the Bowen Technique is treating the whole body and mind and not any specific condition.
It can be used preventatively as well as therapeutically.
As with all therapies, some people will respond better to it than others. Children also tend to respond well to Bowen treatment.
Common conditions of adults that tend to respond well to Bowen Therapy include:
Common conditions that might prompt parents to bring their child for Bowen treatment are:
As I don't want to add financial constraints to the pressure of looking after an unwell child, I offer treatments for children 15 years and younger at a very reduced rate.
Are there any contraindications?No. The Bowen Technique is a very gentle therapy, both on the client and on the therapist. There are no contraindications and it can be used even in very acute situations from the tiniest of babies, during pregnancy, through to the frailest of adults.
However, some of the procedures should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy or in people with dentures or implants. This will be discussed during the consultation.
What will happen during the treatment?An appointment will take approximately 60-90 minutes and will start with a short session of questions to find out about any existing medical conditions, aches and pains.
You will then be asked to make yourself comfortable on a massage couch on which you will be covered with towels and blankets to keep you warm and cosy throughout the treatment.
From this point on you can just close your eyes, relax and enjoy!
The treatment consists of a series of precise, rolling-type moves over muscles and tendons made by thumbs and fingers. The moves will not cause any pain, although some moves can be a bit more tender than others.
An important feature of Bowen is that, between moves, the practitioner will leave the room for several minutes, allowing your body time to gently respond to the treatment at its own pace and to start re-aligning and repairing itself.
With some procedures or due to the person's condition, the patient is sitting or standing rather than lying.
What do I need to bring/wear for the Bowen treatment?Please wear light clothing to your appointment such as a sleeveless top and sports shorts made of cotton. Almost all treatment can be given through light clothing and for additonal warmth and comfort, you will be covered by towels during the treatment session. However, some moves are difficult to apply through synthetic fabrics or thick material such as blue jeans or thick trousers with stitched-on pockets. Due to this you may be asked to remove such items but you will never be asked to remove underwear or slips.
Please bring a list of any medication you are currently taking.
Can Bowen Technique be mixed with other therapies and/or conventional medicine?Please do not book an appointment for ANY other physical therapy such as reflexology, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, rolfing, massage, acupuncture etc, within seven days before your first or within seven days after your last Bowen treatment. This is to ensure that the body is not overloaded with information or given differing therapeutic information to deal with at the same time.
However, the Bowen Technique does combine very well with non-manual therapies such as conventional medicine, homoeopathy, herbal medicine, aromatherapy etc.
Aftercare adviceTo allow the treatment to develop its full effect, there are a few things to consider after a treatment session:
For more information or to book an appointment, please phone 01595 890234 or 07900 201571
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