During a Bowen Therapy session, the patient lies relaxed on a treatment table, wearing loosely fitting clothing. The therapist applies a series of gentle movements across the body. These movements focus on a body of muscle, tendon or nerve and release tension through the nerve within the area. This results not only on the structural level and functional systems, but also at the level of the individuals overall well-being.
Addressing the body as a whole, Bowen Therapy treats beyond the presented symptoms and positively affects the physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each person during the treatment and most importantly, for many days after. Appointments are usually scheduled a week apart. The therapy’s effect on the body lasts for many days. In most cases we recommend a series of about 3 treatments to initiate the Bowen process. Within that period, we will be able to identify if the patient will need more treatment in the future.
Bowen Therapy has its unique capacity to stimulate a sense of deep relaxation. This deeply relaxed state acts upon the body’s autonomic nervous system which creates homeostasis at the cellular level. Through this, a resetting of the autonomic nervous system takes place and while in a state of profound relaxation the individuals body is freed to find its own natural balance.
During the actual treatment session, the Bowen therapist applies the movements in a series of patterns. The therapist leaves the room to allow the patient to achieve the deepest relaxant effects and to avoid interfering with the patients energetic realignment. Sessions usually last one hour. Often no more than two to five sessions are required for the treatment of most conditions. Treatments will generally be scheduled at 7-day intervals.
As a complementary treatment, Bowen can be used to enhance the benefits of other modalities. We find Homeopathy to be especially beneficial when used in conjunction with Bowen. However, certain alternate modalities affecting deep tissue, when used within a week of a Bowen Therapy treatment, will usually counteract the Bowen’s action (e.g., massage, chiropractics.) If you plan to combine Bowen with any other modality, please be sure to discuss an appropriate treatment schedule with your Bowen therapist.