During a Bowen Technique session, the patient lies relaxed, face down on a treatment table, wearing loosely fitting clothing. The treatment consists of a series of gentle movements over the body. These movements focus on subtle movement over the Fascia and the release of fascia communicates to the muscles, tendons, nerves to release tension within the area. The benefits of Bowen act not only on the level of the structural and functional systems. But also at the mental, emotional and overall well-being of the patient.
Dr. Neetu Dhiman, N.D.
I have been a practicing Bowen Practitioner since 2003, and I must admit, I could not fully comprehend how it worked. What allowed me to continue was the results were irrefutable. Over and over again, I would see patients heal from chronic pain; miraculous results trying Bowen as a last resort; I have repeatedly seen surgeries canceled. I have been a humble witness and am as surprised as the patient even after all of these years.
I was told that the specific sequence of moves releases a vibration in the body that the body can translate into whatever level of healing and muscle balancing that needs to occur. This is correct, yes.
Years later, I determined the specific sequences of Bowen Moves allowed for relaxation of the nervous system and a relaxed nervous system can reset the imbalances in the body and realign itself. This is also correct, yes.
I have yet a deeper understanding. Bowen Technique resets the ‘Fascia’ of our body.
What is Fascia?
Fascia comes from Latin meaning “band”. Fascia is a sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin, that attaches to, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs.
As a simple visual to illustrate fascia. Picture an Orange. Fascia is equivalent to the individual segments of the orange as well as the individual pulp. Fascia encase our muscles and fibers
Why is Fascia important?
Fascia is everything! In the body it is the communication system that is faster than our nerves and can communicate from one part of the body to the next, within milliseconds. Think of the fascia as the internet of our body. It is the world wide web of our structural system. Fascia runs everywhere in our body and allows for our body to work and communicate as a whole unit. Fascia allows for structure to our body; allows for circulation; allows for vitality and vigor. The Fascia is a fluid and gel-like network when healthy and balanced remains hydrated and fluid.
When the Fascia becomes dehydrated, we may begin to notice issues in the form of symptoms. Could be tight muscles; adhesions; bulging discs etc.
Fascial dehydration could be a result of modern day indoor living; blue light toxicity; muscle imbalance; shock or emotional or physical trauma; cellular dehydration, to name a few.
How does Bowen Help?
This deeper understanding of Fascia feels as if it completes the understanding of Bowen’s healing process for me. Bowen therapy brings the body into a deep state of rest, which many will not even achieve during sleep. Bowen Therapy has a unique capacity to stimulate a sense of deep relaxation. This deeply relaxed state acts upon the body’s connective tissue which communicates to the 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 individual’s body is freed to find its own natural balance.
Bowen Therapy is a unique hands on treatment using no needles and no machines. It is not massage, it is not acupressure and it is not lymphatic drainage. However, Bowen is a treatment that can treat a vast list of pain conditions. Bowen is a treatment that stimulates the lymphatic system without being lymph massage. Bowen is a treatment best described as what it is not. But what it does do, is treat the inner fluid of our Fascia, unleashing the body’s ability to self-heal and auto regulate allowing for freedom and movement