What is Bowen Therapy?
I am trained in both the Bowtech and Smart Bowen Therapy techniques which were both based on the works of the late Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982) of Geelong in Victoria, Australia.
Bowen Therapy treatments 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. It can even assist in bulging disc pain.
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. Bowen therapy is normally performed on a table but can be done seated or standing and I've even done it in a pool.
I tend to use a gentle to firm pressure depending on what part of the body I am working on and where the client feels the most pain. If I find knots, most commonly in the shoulders and glutes it may be necessary to use my deep tissue massager to break them up as they tend to cause referred pain throughout the body if left.
During the session, some patients will experience sensations, such as tingling, buzzing, heat, cold, heaviness or lightness. If any pain is experienced after treatment it will generally be within 48 hours of treatment and then it will be resolved. A simple anti-inflammatory or warm epsom salt bath can settle things down.
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 as they can dehydrate the muscles.
- 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, no crunching or chewing, I recommend spag bol or pasta for dinner.
How often should I have treatment?
Your body will continue to align and rebalance itself for up to 10 days after a treatment.
I reassess the body after every treatment and but most clients tend to be able to go onto maintenance treatments after 3-4 visits. Of course this all depends on how fast their bodies are healing and whether they are doing the homework that is required of them. Our bodies go out of alignment every 4-6 weeks whether we feel pain or not. If re-injury occurs at any stage throughout treatment you will need to come back in immediately before the body starts to compensate.
"my focus is to educate you"
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?
As of 1 April 2019, Bowen Therapy, along with 15 other natural therapies will be cut from all private insurance. Very disappointing. Thanks Mr Turnbull !