What is Bowenwork?
Welcome to the world of Bowenwork, or the Bowen Technique. Bowenwork comes to us from Australia, where it originated in the 1950’s by the late Tom Bowen. It has steadily spread throughout the world and its popularity has been growing since the early 1980’s. Bowenwork is now practiced in over 30 countries.
Bowenwork is different from massage, reflexology and other body manipulations as it addresses the body as a whole. It stimulates the internal workings of the body through gentle but precise movements, done with the fingers and thumbs. The placement of the hands and targeted movements stimulate the ligaments, tendons, muscle edges, nerves, fascia and joints and lymph system. These movements create impulses that send cascades of energy through the body, which have a remarkable effect, addressing a wide range of issues, with profound results!
The response to Bowenwork generates many incredible stories of recovery and healing. And, because it affects so many different conditions of the body, its effective, non-invasive therapy brings relief to many who have suffered for years with otherwise chronic conditions.
What to expect:
Treatment can be done through light clothing.
There is a short wait after a series of moves, (typically two minutes) that is a very important aspect of the treatment as the "wait" is the catalyst for the body to make changes.
The touch is precise, yet gentle with powerful results.
Even though the issue to be addressed may be on only one side of the body, both sides of the body are affected which results in change, balance and healing.
Often the client will find themselves in a very deep relaxation and may even fall asleep during a session. This is the body’s response to seeking balance and healing stimulated by the moves that are made.
The body knows what to do.
How long does it last:
The average treatment is about an hour in length. Children often take less time as their bodies respond very effectively to the Bowenwork touch.
The average number of visits is 3-5, depending on the condition. The more severe and long term the condition the more sessions it may take to complete the healing process. Each and every client responds differently.
The first session is an intake session and may last a little longer as your Practitioner will assess what to do and plan a strategy for your concerns.
The first treatment is to set a foundation in the body. The second treatment continues to set the foundation but also begins to target the area of concern.
It takes 5 days for the body to process the movements and there should be no other treatments of any kind given during that time. This includes any additional Bowenwork, massage therapy, chiropractic or otherwise.
The follow up treatments are very important and should be adhered to within 5-10 days between sessions. Successive treatments address concerns more specifically.
What to expect:
It is possible to have a sense of change even though it might be unfamiliar as to what that change is. There is often a sense of relaxation.
Improvement is gained with each passing day. Sometimes very subtle, or perhaps even very noticeably. It is always advised that the client be aware of keeping their body hydrated before and after a session. So drink plenty of water. This is important for the impulses to move easily through the body.
Do not use heat or cold packs, take steaming hot showers, sit in a hot tub or get overheated, directly after a session. Any of these heat causing activities slows and interferes with the healing process.