Bowen - A Fascial Release Technique
What is it?
The Bowen Technique is a non-intrusive complementary hands-on therapy. 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. Bowen practitioners work holistically with their clients and expect to work alongside allopathic health professionals to support optimum health for their clients.For example, one of the most common complaints for which people seek Bowen treatment is back pain.
The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers to make a series of moves over the muscles. During treatment there will be short breaks where the client is left resting to allow their body to respond to the gentle moves that have been performed. The rest period is an important part of the treatment as it gives the body time to make the subtle adjustments it needs to help rebalance, relieve tension and reduce pain.
Where did it Originate?
The Bowen Technique was developed in the 1950s by Australian Tom Bowen. Training courses in Mr Bowen’s technique were first offered in the late 1980s in Australia and came to the UK in 1993. His approach is now known throughout the world.
What does it treat?
This technique aims to balance the whole person, not just the symptoms. Common presentations include back and neck pain, knee problems, RSI, frozen shoulder and respiratory problems to name but a few. Bowen is being widely used for sports injuries as well, with rugby clubs and premiership football clubs showing interest. Not only do sportsmen report fewer injuries when treated regularly but they also notice enhanced performance. Practically any problem can be potentially addressed and some people use this technique as a means of stress management and health maintenance, seeing their practitioner regularly 2-4 times a year.
What does a treatment session involve?
An appointment session usually takes approx 45 mins and most work is applied through light clothing. The average number of treatments people have is three to four sessions, however there are always exceptions to any rule, and some people will need further or even on-going treatment depending on their condition.