The Bowen Technique was developed in Australia by Tom Bowen. As an intuitive healer, Tom watched how people walked, moved and sat. From his observations and his interest in the human body he began to work out moves that instigated the healing process for many conditions.
Fascia, the connective tissue that envelopes our muscles, nerves, organs, bones and blood, is a major player in postural alignment and flexibility. When we suffer a trauma, an injury or prolonged poor posture, the fascia is in danger of stiffening or contracting in various ways. Bowen Technique is a gentle form of bodywork which involves precise moves on the superficial fascia. These moves encourage your body to release the state of tension that has occurred and to reset and heal itself.
A key element of Bowen is the 'therapeutic pause' between sets of moves throughout the treatment. These breaks will be for a minimum of 2 minutes, allowing your body to begin responding to the information it has been given. This is a defining and important aspect of the Bowen Technique.
Sessions vary in length according to what needs addressing and also to how your body responds during treatment. The benefits of a Bowen session are often felt straight away, however, many of us carry imbalances that have been building for several years and generally 3 to 5 sessions are needed for optimum health. It is important to remember that we are all individuals, with different jobs, lifestyles and health issues, therefore no one-size fits all.
Bowen will start the repair process and your body will continue adjusting for several days after a treatment. For this reason it is advisable not to have any other form of treatment (i.e. massage, chiropractic or osteopathic adjustment) for at least 5 days to avoid interrupting this subtle process.