The Bowen technique is unique to the field of body work, is gentle and relaxing and triggers the body’s own healing resources to achieve balance and harmony, which can result in lasting relief from pain and discomfort. Benefits may be seen after the first session and may be long lasting.
It is a dynamic soft tissue therapy that is gentle and effective. The work consists of a sequence of precise moves on specific points of the body and includes important pauses giving the body time to integrate the messages that are the Bowen work.
It promotes deep relaxation and self healing. It is safe to use on anyone, in all ages and stages of life, from newborns to the elderly. Bowen therapy stimulates a state of deep relaxation through it’s action on the Autonomic Nervous System which then allows the body to rebalance and heal itself. It is a truly holistic therapy that addresses the body as a whole and acts not only at the level of structural and functional systems but also at the level of the individual’s overall well-being, encompassing body, mind and spirit.
The Bowen technique allows the body to heal itself without forceful intervention. Many other physical therapies employ the will of the therapist on the individual being treated. In contrast, the Bowen therapist acts as an instructor to the body, giving it simply yet profound messages that it uses to initiate a healing response in the areas worked upon. It can be used to enhance the effectiveness of other modalities. However, its effectiveness appears to be reduced by modalities affecting energy flow and deep tissue. It is recommended that no other therapies be performed for 4 days before or 5 days after a Bowen treatment.
In most cases, the recipient can expect substantial relief after just the first session and complete recovery within three sessions, except in the case of repeat injury or chronic illness which may take longer to effect a permanent cure but will none the less experience improvement gradually. Many people choose to have ongoing monthly or quarterly maintenance treatments once their initial complaint has been addressed. Some chronic conditions in particular may require more Bowen work than others.
What’s the treatment like?
A Bowen treatment consists of sequences of small moves, each at a specific site on the body. The treatment is pleasant as therapists use light cross-fibre maneuvers of muscle, tendon or ligament with no forceful manipulation. You will be asked to lie down for up to one hour. You do not need to remove your clothes although many practitioners of Bowen, Dr. Perkins included, often find there are better results if the Bowen work is perfomed directly on the skin. During the treatment, the therapist may leave the room for short periods at a time to allow your muscles and nervous system to make the changes necessary in your body before commencing the next sequence of moves.
History of The Bowen Technique
The therapy itself was developed over 40 years ago by the late Tom Bowen of Australia. His extraordinary successes in treating thousands of patients were documented by a government inquiry into alternative health practices in Australia in 1975. Tom Bowen took on only six students over the years. Two of them, Oswald and Elaine Rentsch, studied and recorded his technique and by agreement did not start to teach it until after his death in 1982. Since then they have been responsible for introducing the Bowen Technique to over 30 countries. Practitioners around the world have embraced Bowtech for its remarkable effectiveness, its gentle application and the diversity of problems it addresses.
Conditions Treated by the Bowen Technique
The Bowen Technique achieves profound relief from a wide spectrum of conditions. It reduces physical, emotional and mental stresses, improves joint mobility, lymphatic and venous circulation, supports toxin elimination, and promotes a state of ease and well-being. Bowen practitioners have been increasingly expanding the range of conditions that the technique has been found to effectively treat.
Dr. Christine Perkins
Dr. Christine Perkins has been serving her Naturopathic patients since 1997 with a focus on Naturopathic Family medicine, pre and post-natal care, pediatrics and natural living. She assists her patients on all levels – mind-body-spirit.read more