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Managing Stress and Anxiety with Bowen Therapy

A whirlwind, high stress life environment that many of us live these days takes a serious toll on our health. Stress and anxiety can manifest as both physical and or emotionally pain, and should never be left untreated. In my personal opinion (speaking from experience), I believe that stress and anxiety are the biggest cause of dis-ease in the body.

During stressful situations, our body reacts by releasing hormones into the body to deal with the situation. This is a state of alertness, often known as “fight or flight. Modern research shows that this response is triggered in adults on average 40 times per day. Surely if this is the case this is something we should all address, after all, we are designed to be in this state of alertness when a saber tooth tiger jumps at us while sitting around the campfire, not stuck in traffic jams, or agitated because our phone never stops!

Bowen Therapy switches off the bodies fight or flight mode, in the first two moves used

the body is informed that the emergency is over, with the sympathetic nervous system encouraged to go back to its more relaxed state. It is when we are back in healing mode or “rest and digest” as it is better known, the body can get to work addressing imbalances. The Bowen technique re-balances the body to allow it to heal itself by activating through the nervous and endocrine systems among others.

Bowen moves are done at the origin, insertion, or belly of muscles where receptors are located. Each Bowen move is done at the level of superficial fascia and affects the relationship between the fascia and the nerve, muscle or tendon being mobilised. Bowen moves also cross over acupuncture points and meridians. The overlap of these two systems could explain the very strong vibrational patterns that bring the body back into balance and harmony.

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