Bowenwork is a hands on form of bodywork which utilizes a sequence of light rolling movements with the thumbs or fingers over specific areas of the body. This “Bowen Move” stimulates the brain and body to come together and begin self-healing. It is holistic in that it effects the whole body and not just specific symptoms. It is like hitting the body’s reset button to take it out of “fight and flight” mode and into healing mode.
The original Bowen Technique was developed by Tom Bowen in Australia during the 1950s and 1960s. It wasn’t until very late in life that he was persuaded to share his “gift” with a few select colleagues who went on to document and teach Bowenwork around the world.
What conditions respond to Bowenwork?
Bowenwork can help the body recover from many conditions, from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending upon the body’s capacity to heal. Bowenwork benefits all ages, from newborns to the elderly, due to its gentle, non-invasive nature.
The following is a short list of conditions that respond favourably to Bowenwork.
Back pain and sciatica
Digestive and bowel problems
Earache, vertigo and TMJ problems
Migraines and other types of headaches
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
Hip, knee, ankle and foot problems including plantar fasciitis, bunions and hammertoes
Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
Neck and shoulder problems including “frozen shoulder”
Groin pain, pelvic tilt, and uneven leg length
Respiratory problems including asthma and hay fever
Carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, RSI
Colic in babies
Anxiety and depression
Sports and other traumatic injuries
How does Bowenwork differ from other therapies?
Bowenwork differs from other hands on therapies such as massage, chiropractic and acupuncture in that it is very gentle and there are pauses in the session where the therapist will leave the room to allow the client’s body to begin to respond to the signals created by the sequence of Bowen moves. Many clients will have significant improvements in their conditions after only 1 or 2 sessions.
What should I expect at a Bowenwork session?
On your first visit you will be asked to fill out a client intake questionnaire followed by discussion of your health issues and concerns. The treatment will take place with you lying on a massage table or seated in a chair whichever is more comfortable. The Bowen moves can be applied through light clothing (t-shirt, shorts, yoga pants) or to bare skin depending upon your comfort level. No oils or lotions are used. You will be draped with sheets for you comfort and modesty. The first session (a full balancing) will last 1.5 hours. Subsequent sessions will be approximately 1 hour each.
How many and how often are the sessions?
To begin, the first 2 sessions are scheduled 5-10 days apart with 1 week being optimum. This allows the body time to integrate the Bowenwork. Clients will usually see significant improvement within these 2 sessions. If required, additional sessions are scheduled at least a week apart with most conditions resolving within 3-8 sessions. After that the client can book “tune-ups” as required.
Bowenwork does not require a long term commitment on the client’s part.