The Bowen Technique is a gentle, pain free and non-invasive form of body work in which very subtle moves performed over certain points of muscle bellies or connective tissue send messages deep into the body, retrieving cellular memory of a preferred, relaxed, balanced way of wellbeing. This technique addresses not only the musculo-skeletal framework but also the fascia, nerves and internal organs. Bowen can target a specific problem or address the body as a whole improving circulation and lymphatic drainage and aiding in the assimilation of nutrients and the elimination of toxins. As Bowen gets the brain involved in healing process. It supports the mind-body connection and therefore is often called the homeopathy of body work. It is a powerful adjunct to massage therapy. Ani has studied Bowen with and Fascial Kinetics.
A few facts
There are few explanations for how Bowen Therapy works, but Russell Sturgess, the founder of Fascial Kinetics, spent years researching and developing a comprehensive understanding of how therapy works within the body.
He developed the theory that Bowen Therapy achieves its profound and long lasting effects by affecting the superficial and deep connective tissue in the body. This part of connective tissue is called fascia, and forms one continuous structure in the body, and is the medium through which communication between cells occur. Fascia forms the spaces between tissues and cells and is a major fluid transit pathway in the body. Blood vessels deliver nutrients and oxygen into this tissue, lymph vessels collect waste, nerves are protected by this tissue, muscles and bones are supported and encased in its structure.
Fascial Kinetics literally means ‘moving fascia’. When the Fascial Kinetics understanding of how Bowen Therapy worked was first developed, there was very little awareness of fascia and its properties. Since then, the research into fascia and the understanding of its properties has expanded immensely.
When fascia becomes dehydrated or ‘glued’ it also contracts and pulls the body out of shape. Like a spider web, any tension in one part of the fascial sheath distorts and pulls the whole structure out of shape and balance.
In a Bowen treatment, a series of selectively placed transverse moves are executed to address the fascia between the muscles and the skin. This creates a ripple of movement in the fascia so that it becomes more ‘plastic’ . Adhesions within the fibres in the fascia are released and the whole structure is encouraged to become more hydrated. This in turn assists the structures housed within this tissue – nerves, muscles, lymph and vascular structures, and organs – to function more effectively. Improved function in these structures leads to improved general health and decreased levels of pain.
- The Bowen Technique offers relief for people of all ages from conditions including:
• Sports injuries
• Stress and tension symptoms
• Back pain and sciatica
• R.S.I. and tennis elbow
• Neck and shoulder problems
• Knee, hip, and ankle problems
• Respiratory conditions and hay fever
• Menstrual irregularities and menopause
• Migraines and headaches
• Chronic viral fatigue syndrome and ME.
• Pregnancy and childhood disorders
What To Expect From A Session
Each session will last up to one hour. After each of several Bowen ‘moves’, the practitioner will step away from the patient, in order to allow the signals given to the body to take effect.
Bowen Therapy Session – allow up to 1 hour $75