A Video Introduction to Bowenwork
How can Bowenwork therapy help?
- back pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- frozen shoulder
- groin tension or pain
- respiratory conditions
- jaw pain/misalignment
- neck pain, restricted range of motion
- knee pain
- plantar fasciitis
- sacro-iliac pain
- hamstring pain or tightness
- scoliosis/postural imbalances
- shin splints
- sporting injuries
- sprained ankles
- sternal pain, sprung ribs
- tennis elbow
Bowenwork Frequently Asked Questions
What is Bowenwork?
Bowenwork® is a system of touch that initiates a series of responses through stimulation of the nervous, musculoskeletal, fascial and energetic systems of the human body.
Practitioners perform sequences of small stimulations, called moves, on specific points on the body, interspersed with rest periods. The Bowenwork moves stimulate mechanoreceptors (nerve endings) that overlie both muscles and acupoints. The body’s response to this stimulation, which begins during the rest periods, includes a balancing of the autonomic nervous system and changes in the musculoskeletal system in the direction of increased symmetry. These effects, in turn, remove blockages to the free flow of energy in the body. From the point of view of complementary health care, when the body’s nervous and energetic systems are in balance, its physical, emotional, and mental functions are able to return to a healthy state.
What is the Bowen technique good for?
Bowenwork is gentle on the body, effective, and appropriate for anyone to receive, including newborns, highly trained athletes, pregnant women, and the elderly. Each person responds differently to a Bowenwork session, according to his or her own body’s need and ability to heal.
What is the difference between Bowen therapy and massage?
The purpose of a Bowenwork session is to activate the innate healing mechanisms within the body so that, given time, the autonomic nervous system will self-regulate, energy will move more freely, and the body will heal to the extent it is able.
The work is gentle on the client’s body. In line with Bowenwork’s overarching philosophy of “Less is best,” practitioners aim to provide only enough inputs to elicit the body’s healing response. The number of inputs and length of the rest periods are determined for each client during each session; hence sessions do not have a fixed duration but rather can vary from a few moments to an hour, with the rest periods generally taking more time than the hands-on work.
Responses in the nervous and energetic systems can continue for up to 10 days after each Bowen session. Typically sessions are therefore scheduled a week or two apart to allow these processes to complete before providing new input. The client is given self-care advice about staying appropriately hydrated, performing targeted gentle exercises daily, and seeking advice from other healthcare providers as needed.
The work is also easy on the practitioner’s body, in large part because it does not include sustained pressure or repetitive motions. As a result, many Bowenwork practitioners are able to continue practicing for as many years as they desire without suffering overuse injuries.
How can I help you?
If you have a medical emergency call 911 or the local number for emergency medical services
Disclaimer: While the terms “treat”, “treatment”, “patient” and “diagnose” may be used in other countries, or in other health-care professions, Bowenwork® practitioners in the United States neither diagnose nor treat. We assess our client’s condition and address client concerns by facilitating relaxation and balance in the body.
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