What is Bowen Therapy?
Bowen is a hands-on fascial (soft tissue) release technique which uses very gentle pressure. It is a non-diagnostic treatment, which seeks to address root causes rather than specific symptoms or conditions. It is a whole-body, holistic therapy, which has been seen to be effective in a wide variety of conditions; acute and chronic, structural and organic.
The treatment technique has a calming effect on the body, via the autonomic nervous system, which creates the perfect environment for the body to reset; and begin to heal itself, restoring structural integrity. It also increases blood flow to areas, and improves lymphatic drainage, both of which can speed up the healing process.
Bowen does not seek to force change upon the body; rather it asks the body to recognise and make the changes necessary to bring it back to homeostasis (physiological equilibrium).
Clients report experience of pain relief, improvement of function, improved sleep, reduced stress levels and recovery of energy. The understanding of Bowen is evolving as further research is carried out, but there are many close connections to Traditional Chinese Medicine models, such as acupuncture points and meridian lines. Indeed, many of the Bowen moves carried out are done so over the same points.
What to Expect?
A Bowen treatment usually takes 45-55 minutes. You will be asked to complete an initial questionnaire, and Victoria will ask further questions to ensure she gains the appropriate information for your treatment. It is advisable to bring any medical documents, test results or scans you may have in relation to the presenting complaint, as these can be very useful.
The technique can be carried out through light, loose clothing. Please dress appropriately – tight gym wear is often unsuitable as it restricts the skin movement required for the technique to be effective.
A Bowen treatment consists of sets of moves, which are conducted with short breaks in between. These breaks allow the body to process the information given, and to begin to respond and are often when clients feel very relaxed and sleepy.
Following the treatment, Victoria will advise on anything to be carried out at home, which may include gentle exercise or activity advice.
To get the most from Bowen, an initial block of 3 treatments is advised, each 5-10 days apart. Following this, Victoria will be able to advise you regarding further follow up treatment, and she may also, with your consent, refer to other professionals for ongoing treatment.
Who Can Bowen Help?
Bowen is suitable for all ages, from infants all the way through to the elderly and very frail. Due to its gentle nature, infants and the elderly often find this technique easier to tolerate and more beneficial than other, more high-pressure techniques.
What Can Bowen Help With?
There are very few instances in which a Bowen treatment could not be carried out. Its gentle nature means it can be used in many situations where other techniques are contraindicated (not allowed/advised to be carried out).
PLEASE NOTE: Bowen Therapy is not a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment. If you are worried about symptoms, please seek guidance from your General Practitioner.
If you would like to find out more about Bowen Therapy, please visit the following:
http://www.bowentherapy.org.uk/index.php (UK organisation)
http://www.bowen-therapy.hk/bowen-therapy (HK organisation)
About Victoria Crowe
Victoria is a UK trained Physiotherapist, with extensive experience working in acute hospitals and outpatient settings in the UK. For the last 6 years she has worked almost exclusively in Paediatrics, particularly with infants and younger children. She has recently become the first practitioner in Hong Kong trained in McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release®, a powerful tool for treating scarring, which can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or incorporated into Bowen Therapy or Physiotherapy session.
Victoria is also trained as a Bowen Therapist and treats both adults and children with this gentle, hands-on technique. Victoria has found that an integrated approach of traditional Physiotherapy and Bowen Therapy has produced quick and long-lasting results.
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