* * * A Healing Potential
If you are looking for a way to heal the body rather than “treat” it, Bowen Therapy can be a helpful tool. Bowen Therapy is a bodywork modality that brings the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the body directly into Stillness. It is a gentle, simple, efficient, and effective method of delivering health and wellbeing to the entire system; correcting dysfunction in the nervous system, the organs, and at the same time realigning muscles, tendons and ligaments.
What Is Bowen Therapy?
A manual therapy technique; Bowen Therapy is unusual in that it employs very small, but precisely administered moves that are applied to muscles, tendons and ligaments which stimulate the body in a way that allows it to activate the natural healing response already inherent within the body. The moves send signals to the nervous system and the body responds as is appropriate for that individual body in its own time, in its own way and on its own agenda.
This technique does not focus on just a single complaint. It addresses the entire body, by restoring balance to the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls most bodily functions and is extremely sensitive to external stressors. True healing can occur only after the ANS is taken out of the high-stress sympathetic mode ("fight or flight") and shifted to the parasympathetic mode ("rest and relaxation").
This is one of the areas where Bowen Therapy shines brightly. In a very short amount of time the client’s body is brought into a state of balance providing a relaxed and renewed sense of total wellbeing. There is an additional bonus as well: the treatment actually continues to work throughout the system for a minimum of seven days after the session.
The length of a Bowen Therapy session depends entirely on what condition is identified and what procedures are required to address that particular condition. Sessions are approximately one hour in length. The moves are applied through light, loose clothing. Clients usually rest on a massage table during the treatment though some procedures may be administered with the client sitting or standing.
Between sets of moves, the practitioner may disengages interaction with the client to allow the body to absorb and process the signals being sent through the nerves for short periods of time. After the nervous system begins to adjust the tension level in the muscles, the body is prepared to accept the next set of moves.
Bowen Therapy can be performed on most people, including pregnant women, babies and the elderly. It is beneficial for a wide range of conditions, from acute to chronic. Many clients find relief of conditions they have endured for many years – some from early childhood or even from birth trauma..
A few of the conditions that often respond well to Bowen Therapy include:
- Back pain, sciatica, and whiplash
- Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- Digestive and bowel problems including diarrhea and constipation
- Earache and TMJ problems
- Migraines and other headaches
- Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Hip, knee, ankle and foot problems
- Menstrual and hormonal problems
- Neck and shoulder problems
- Respiratory problems including asthma
- Carpal tunnel and tennis elbow
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