What is Bowenwork?
The practitioner performs small measured gentle rolling moves on skin at precise locations on muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. The gentle rolling pressure stimulates the sensory nerve endings and signals automatic nervous system (ANS) to initiate healing response on structural, hormonal and energetic levels.
The body's integrated response to Bowen moves:
- Improves blood circulation and lymph flow by removing restrictions in the underlying tissue and enhancing immune response.
- Reduces fatigue and increases energy level.
- Resets the muscle tension pattern that can change a pain/muscle spasm loop.
- Rebalances and aligns the body.
- Enhances assimilation of nutrients.
- Induces detoxification at cellular level.
- Restores hydration of fascia, loosens adhesions and softens the scar tissue.
- Produces powerful healing and outstanding results
- Restores balance and harmony at cellular level
- resets the ANS and the innate intelligence of the body to heal.
Who can have Bowenwork?
Bowenwork is very gentle, completely safe and appropriate for every one from newborn, pregnant women, elderly and chronically ill to highly trained athletes.
What can I expect during a Bowen session?
A session involves one or more procedures, each consisting of a sequence of moves and pauses. Pauses at certain times are necessary to allow the ANS to begin the healing process.
- Bowen work is best done on the massage table but it can be done sitting.
- It can be done on bare skin for optimum results or through light clothing.
- Health history is needed to select best procedures for the conditions presented.
- Expect to be draped professionally for modesty and comfort.
- 45 to 70 minutes per session depending on what needs to be addressed.
How many sessions will I need?
3-8 sessions are usually required for work related or sports related injuries. Additional sessions may be required for chronic or more complex ailments.
The following chart provides a break down of the average number of sessions required per ailment. Please note that recovery times differ from person to person.
Source: Amy Norman, 1998. University of North Carolina, Department of Physical Education Exercise and Sports Science
What can I expect after a Bowen session?
Some changes are felt or noticeable right away.
- Greater range of motion.
- Reduced pain or immediate relief.
- A sense of deep relaxation and overall well-being.
- Sounder sleep
- Increased energy
One may notice changes in the next several days as healing process continues to take place that began on the day of session. It continues to work for 5 to 10 days. That is why the sessions are spaced 5 days or a week apart for optimum results.
Other important information
The practitioner may assign simple and gentle daily exercise to be done the day after the session to continue the healing process and improve the results.
Proper hydration of the body is recommended to flush out the toxins released during the healing process. Walking for 10 seconds every half an hour the day after the session is suggested to keep the body aligned and energy flowing.
Chiropractic services, physical therapy and massage are not recommended at least 5 days before and after the session as it may negate the Bowenwork and make it ineffective.
Strong external stimulation such as an injury or extreme temperatures like heating pads or ice packs is to be avoided. This can interrupt the healing process. Healing takes place when body is relaxed and at rest and not when it is traumatized or exposed to stressful situations. Give body time to heal as the body continues to heal after the session.
Sit on the sit bones and thighs not on the tail bone. Always stay grounded on both feet taking even weight on both feet when sitting, standing or getting out of bed.