Bowen Therapy Professional Association


What is Bowen?

Bowen is a muscular skeletal, remedial therapy that can free up the central nervous system and encourage function where there is dysfunction.

The Bowen Technique involves very gentle but direct manipulation of muscle, tendons, fascia, ligaments, joints and nerves. It is not a form of massage and no oils or needles are used.

Bowen Therapist Elizabeth Bond Somerset DevonAll muscles are surrounded by tough sheets of connective tissue called fascia, which allows flexibility and movement between various parts of the body. Some complementary therapies manipulate the spine itself to realign the body. In contrast Bowen addresses the muscle and facial relationships that are holding the spine in that position (think of adjusting the guy ropes of a tent). By changing this, a change of structure is inevitable, forcing the spine to adopt a better position.

All structures that are activated during a Bowen treatment, whether fascia, skin, organs, joints or muscles, also have sensory nerves innervating them. During a Bowen move, sensory information is sent via these nerves to the spinal cord and then to various areas of the brain. The brain then sends signals back to re-orient that area of the body to a memory of a previously healthy state or an original blueprint of health.

As well as muscular skeletal realignment, many internal and external systems may also be affected; such as the circulatory, digestive, reproductive, lymphatic and respiratory systems, by the stimulation of the nervous system. Bowen may affect these internal workings of the body and encourage these systems to resume normal function.

As Bowen affects both external and internal structures, as well as realignment, it can enhance energy levels and leave you with a feeling of well being.

Elizabeth Bond, Bowen therapist in Devon and Somerset. Bowen Technique, Bowen Therapy and Bowen describe the light touch therapy devised by Tom Bowen in Australia. Bowen Therapy is holistic, treating the whole patient, not just symptoms and has been reported to be effective for conditions such as low back pain, sciatica, headache, migraine, asthma, shoulder pain, neck problems, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, RSI and other musculo-skeletal conditions. Bowen Therapy can often have a relaxing effect which may help people suffering from tension or stress syndromes.

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