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Bowen Therapy Works!

The Effects of Bowen Therapy on Posture

Bowen therapists sometimes talk about the different effects of the therapy on posture, particularly ascending' and 'descending' influences. The key to an effective session is finding where the root cause of the condition is located. For example, a knee injury may be due to a weak toe joint or a pelvic imbalance that is putting strain on the knee as the person walks. Similarly, headaches may be the result of an old fall on the tailbone.

There are many factors involved that affect posture; birth, dental work and even if a baby is bottle or breast fed can have a profound effect on posture later in life. One of the interesting things to observe is the ability of the body to process old accidents during and after the Bowen session. It is almost as if the body stores a 'memory' of a blow or trauma, which can be held in a frozen state for many years.

Bowen work seems to allow the body to 'unfreeze' those areas that have been compensating ever since.

What you can Expect in a Bowen Session

Many people think Bowen therapy is massage, but it's not. It is, like massage, a soft tissue therapy, but a classic Bowen move which usually moves over a muscle or a tendon consists of the therapist's fingers or thumbs being placed on the body (or on light clothing). The skin is drawn lightly away, and a gentle challenge is made on the muscle or tendon. This challenge is held for a few seconds before a 'rolling' move is made over the muscle itself.

The action of this type of move elicits a powerful effect on the body on several levels. As the muscle is challenged and stretched the stretch receptors begin to send sensory information along the nerve pathways to the spinal cord. During and after the move, further sensory information is sent via nerves to the spinal cord and then to various areas of the brain. Here, the information is shunted backwards and forwards via a complex, self-corrective feedback mechanism.

Following this, information is then sent back down the spinal cord to individual muscles. During this process, the therapist leaves the person so they can process this information and feel any adjustments occurring. We want this feedback mechanism to re-orient without disturbance.

During and after a Bowen treatment, clients always comment on how relaxed they feel. This is because the treatment allows the nervous system to switch from Sympathetic mode (activation leads to a “fight or flight” response), which would turn on when trying to deal with pain, to Parasympathetic mode (activation leads to a “rest and digest” response, or recovery). The treatment will continue to work and adjust the body over the next 3 – 10 days.

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