What is Bowen Therapy?
I am trained in both the Bowtech and Smart Bowen techniques which were both based on the works of the late Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982) of Geelong in Victoria, Australia.
Bowen Therapy manoeuvres consist of a simple rolling motion over soft tissue – muscles, tendons, ligaments, using thumbs and fingers on the skin or through clothing.
The pressure on the fascia of the muscles produces a vibration, similar to plucking a guitar string, which stimulates the release of tension and returns your body to homeostasis.
A therapist does not cure anything but facilitates in helping the body to recognise the problems and correct itself.
Who can benefit from Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy is suitable for everyone, newborns, the elderly, pregnant women and high-level athletes can all benefit.
Right: My youngest client at 2 weeks old.
Who cannot be treated?
There are conditions for which Bowen Therapy would be contraindicated or precautions exercised. Some of the more serious of these conditions include:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease or Cardio-Myopathy
- Head Injuries
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Myocardial Infarcation
- Syncope Appendicitis
- Cholelithiasis and Cholecystitis
It is important for clients to disclose any diagnosed conditions on their client form whether they believe it relevant to their visit or not.
What to expect during a Bowen Therapy session?
A little time is take at the start of a session to take a history and perhaps conduct some testing or perform some observations. Smart Bowen therapy is normally performed on a table but can be done seated or standing.
A therapist may leave the room or sit quietly after a series of moves to allow the body to process the information. This often allows the client to reach a deep state of relaxation faster and it is not unusual for a client to fall asleep while being treated.
During the session, some patients will experience sensations, such as tingling, buzzing, heat, cold, heaviness or lightness. If you do not, it is nothing to worry about – some people are more sensitive than others. These sensations can continue for up to a week and in some cases, pain may be experienced as the body adjusts.
On the day of treatment
- Move the pain out of your body – Right after your session, go out and take a 10 minute walk. For the rest of the day, do not sit too long. Get up about every 30 mins and walk around a bit.
- Flush the pain out of your body – Drink 8-10 glasses of water to flush the toxins out of your body.
- Take it easy – Avoid heavy lifting or exercise.
- Avoid extreme heat or cold – No heating pads, ice packs, hot showers or hot baths.
- Keep your feet together – Put your weight on BOTH FEET when you stand up, get out of bed, a chair or a car. This will help bring balance back into your body.
- If your jaw has been realigned - it is advised you will need to eat soft food for the rest of the day.
How often should I have Bowen?
Your body will continue to align and rebalance itself for up to 10 days after a treatment.
New clients will require 3 weekly treatments. This helps reinforce the soft tissue muscle memory and bring out results. I will then re-evaluate whether you need more treatment however for most clients you will then only need to come once a month in order to keep your body aligned and free from aches and pains. Our bodies go out of alignment every 4-6 weeks. If re-injury occurs at any stage throughout treatment you will need to come back in immediately before the body starts to compensate.
"3 treatments = optimal results"
My focus as a therapist is to educate clients during their sessions on how to interpret the signs their body is in trouble. If you don't understand how you ended up in pain, it will easily reoccur. I cover issues regarding posture, work, home, sleep and hydration. You are also given exercises and recommendations which are expected to be done.
You need to help me help you get better.
What about rebates?
Health fund rebates are available from most funds for Bowen Therapy. Please see the following list http://www.bowen.org.au/health-funds/ for participating funds. Call your fund to find out the exact rebate for your level of cover.
Can I learn Bowen Therapy?
Yes. Here are some websites to browse: