Bowen therapy is a unique, gentle form of body work that utilizes the connection between the muscles and the nervous system to provide relief to a wide range of conditions. Bowen therapy consists of a series of “movements” along the body that are done over muscles at the site where the nervous system innervates. When a move is made, the muscle is “challenged” without changing the length of the muscle. This sends a default message to the brain which allows it to reset the muscle to its resting position. The outcome is to relax a tight or contracted muscle or to shorten a stretched muscle. When this is done throughout the entire muscular system, the effect is to reset the entire system to its relaxed resting state. The end effect: relief from pain.
Conditions that respond to Bowen therapy
Any system that has muscular involvement will respond to Bowen therapy. This includes the musculoskeletal system, the digestive system, the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the genitourinary system and the nervous system.
Specific conditions include:
- acute and chronic pain
- asthma and respiratory conditions
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- digestive complaints
- frozen shoulder
- gynecological complaints
- high blood pressure
- low back pain
- pregnancy related pain
- sinus congestion and hay fever
Bowen is for everyone
Bowen therapy is a safe and effective treatment for people of all ages from newborn to the elderly. Between 85 – 90% of people respond favorably to Bowen therapy. People who typically do not respond are those who smoke and people with extensive scarring.