The Bowen Technique was developed in the 1950s by Australian, Tom Bowen and it arrived in the UK in 1993. The Bowen Technique is a gentle, hands-on, holistic therapy in which the practitioner uses their thumbs and fingers to make gentle rolling type moves across muscles, tendons and other soft tissue. It is used on anyone from babies upwards. Benefits for children are better concentration levels, improved sleeping pattern,and enhanced motor control and behaviour. A treatment starts at £10 for babies and children up to 5 years old and £15 from 5 to 18 years.
How does it work?
The technique is based on the theory that gentle moves, over precise points of the body, can prompt the body’s innate ability to relieve pain, restriction and imbalance without the need for deep, manipulative or forceful treatment. There is no hard tissue manipulation, no deep or prolonged pressure and no massaging or use of oils. The majority of moves can be performed through light clothing such as T-shirt and leggings/shorts. Jeans are not suitable to wear during a treatment.
What will happen in the therapy session?
The first session lasts for one hour and the practitioner will first discuss your difficulties with you and where you pain and discomfort is. The therapy works as described above, incorporating ‘breaks’ after each set of moves (usually between 2 and 4 moves). During the ‘breaks’ the Practitioner leaves the room for a minimum of two minutes to allow the body to take any necessary action on the moves. Subsequent sessions can last between 30 and 60 minutes. An initial course of 2 or 3 treatments is recommended, after which a decision can be made as to whether further treatments are necessary. It is also recommended that other therapies are not mixed with the Bowen Technique e.g. massage, physiotherapy, reflexology within 7 to 10 days before or after a Bowen treatment.
What can it help?
The Bowen Technique has been found to be effective on many conditions including; neck and back pain, knee problems, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, headaches and migraine, hayfever, asthma and stress and general health management.
“I had very bad lower back pain and was unable to get out of bed, walk or bend. I had good results from the first session and it improved further after each treatment. My jaw was treated which has stopped me from biting the inside of my mouth. My back has been a problem most of my life so I am very impressed with Bowen.”
MT – St Annes
“I had pain in my shoulder, back and leg which prevented me from standing for long periods of time. I found Judith to be a brilliant Bowen Practitioner. She was very caring and professional at all times. She explained what she did and why and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her and have more treatment from her in the future if needed.”
CD – Preston
“My 2.5 month old baby had bad colic and nothing was helping. Bowen came highly recommended and after one treatment his colic had gone. He was no longer screaming for hours with discomfort. We couldn’t believe it. Bowen was so gentle and pain free, doesn’t take long and made us all so happy. We recommend Bowen to anybody, the results were amazing.”
MA of Cleveleys
“Lymphoedema and low energy levels prevented me from going out socialising and made me very tired at work. When I had Bowen treatment I had more energy. I actually went out with my friends all weekend which is something I haven’t been able to do since my operations (for cancer). Bowen also seemed to help control the fluid build up as well.”
LC of Poulton-le-Fylde
“I had Bowen for headaches and sinus pain, a stiff neck, aching shoulders and stress. The headaches made me feel depressed and caused my energy levels to drop. I found the treatment very relaxing. I believe that the pressure applied to certain points in my body during the treatment encouraged the lymph to flow and the advice on drinking water and keeping moving helped to relieve my headaches and joint pain.”
MS – Fleetwood
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