How Does the
Bowen Technique Work?
Simply stated, the Bowen
Technique resets the body to heal itself. The work
consists of a series of gently rolling connective tissue
moves, using a light touch and may be done through
clothing. There are frequent important pauses between
these moves, which give the body time to benefit from
each set. By combining moves, both in placement and in
combination, the practitioner is able to address the
body as a whole or target a specific problem. A unique
tool of the Bowen practitioner is "tissue tension
sense," meaning the practitioner is able to discern
stress buildup in muscle groups and then utilize Bowen
moves to release that stress.
The Bowen Technique balances and stimulates energy
flows, resulting in a deep sense of overall relaxation.
The restorative process begins once the body is relaxed,
and continues as the body allows. Healing seems to
occur by affecting the body's autonomic nervous system,
which creates homeostasis at the cellular level.
The Bowen Technique is referred to as a "complementary"
modality. This means it will enhance and complement -
not interfere with - other medical attention. However,
doing other manipulative therapies immediately after a
Bowen session can undermine the effectiveness of the
continuing Bowen work. Waiting a week before commencing
additional body treatment is therefore recommended.
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