Bowen technique is a gentle neuro-muscular bodywork which deeply affects the fascial system of the body. Many find it to be an effective treatment for a surprisingly wide variety of conditions, both acute and chronic.
It is a hands-on technique, consisting of gentle rolling movements over muscles, tendons and occasionally nerves, carried out in short sequences at key structural points, with gaps of at least two minutes rest between each sequence, to allow the body to respond.
It is appropriate for everyone, from newborns to the very elderly and frail. For example, both highly trained athletes and pregnant women benefit equally, each according to need.
Bowen is holistic; it addresses the entire body. This is especially important in long standing conditions where there are almost always patterns of dysfunctional muscle recruitment and postural misalignment that have become entrenched.
After an initial consultation about any previous and current conditions, your treatment will start on a massage couch in our warm, quiet, cosy rooms. Practitioners usually work on skin but Bowen can be administered through one layer of loose, light clothing if preferred.
One of the defining features of Bowen therapy is that a few minutes rest is given to you between each set of moves. This is to allow your body time to react to and integrate the work. Your practitioner will wait outside of the room during these few minutes, which may at first seem strange, but is an essential part of this powerful technique.
Sometimes people feel subtle sensations, their bodies shifting or even emotions arising during a session. If you do notice any of these, please tell your practitioner, as this may be useful information and will perhaps give more clues as to the root of your condition, and/or where and when to work next.
Your treatment will last from 20 minutes to an hour and is a quiet time, and is a time for you to relax and listen to your body, with minimal talking, except for feedback to your practitioner.
While some experience immediate relief, improvement is just as likely to unfold over following few days.
Often just three or four treatments are needed, but sometimes with longer standing conditions more are necessary.
Many people receive treatments on a regular basis, just as they would a massage to help keep their body balanced and healthy.