An Explanation of How Bowen Works
Bowen is neither derived from nor similar to any other hands-on treatment. Neither is it a form of massage as has been suggested by the uninformed.
Our modern lives subject us to many harmful aspects, without us realising that the body is a finely tuned structure needing little to upset the balance of its health. It is only when something goes wrong that we appreciate how much we rely on a normal functioning body, and then naturally we are anxious to restore it to health as quickly as possible.
Bowen in Brief
Bowen allows the body to reset and thus heal itself. The work consists of several series of gentle rolling connective tissue moves. With frequent important pauses between sets of moves, which give the body time to benefit from each set, by selecting appropriate combinations and sequences of moves, the practitioner is able to address the body as a whole, or to target one or more specific problems. The practitioner assesses stress build-up in muscle groups and utilises Bowen moves to release theses stresses and aide the healing of the particular problem.
The Bowen move
The basic Bowen “move” challenges the edge of a muscle or tendon, once skin slack has been taken in a backward movement over a muscle or tendon that is neither under load or stress, and then rolls back over it in one move in a gentle rolling action.
Healing is said to occur through a response of the body’s autonomic (without conscious thought) nervous system to the Bowen moves. As a result, the spindle cells and Golgi tendon bodies relax and reduce the muscle’s tension level.
The surrounding fascia becomes less stressed and more relaxed, allowing greater movement of blood and lymph through the surrounding tissue and muscle, encouraging nutrition to the injury site. By pausing at certain times in this sequence of moves it allows the nervous system and fascia time to respond and begin to start the healing process.
The body continues to respond
The body continues to respond to the Bowen for several days after the treatment unless disturbed by injury or strong external stimulation, (such as another form of body treatment) which would disturb and short circuit its healing process.
It is therefore strongly advised against having any other body treatments while being treated with Bowen.
Bowen addresses the body as a whole unit rather than just the presenting symptoms. The physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each person receiving Bowen can all respond to the treatment as needed.
About Tom Bowen
Mr Tom Bowen (1916-1982) developed the Technique. He lived in Geelong, Australia and treated the aches, pains and injuries of the people with whom he worked in the cement works in Geelong. He had a particular interest in bad backs. In the 1960s he opened his own clinic. He had an uncanny ability to read bodies and then adjust and correct abnormalities within the body which caused pain.
During the 1970s, the Webb Report an (Australian Government Report into Complementary Therapies) found that he was successfully treating 13,000 people a year. Bowen came to England in early 1990 and has steadily become a world wide recognised treatment.
Bowen can treat:
Muscular-Skeletal Disorders including:
TMJ (Jaw) Problems
Neck Pains or Problems
Upper arm and Forearm Pains
Tennis and Golfers Elbow
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and RSI
Upper back Pain
Lower back Pain
Coccyx Pain (Tail Bone)
Sciatica and General Nerve Pains
Sciatica pain in the Leg and Foot
Pelvic, Knee and Ankle Problems
Hamstring and Calf Strains
General Muscular Aches and Pains
Some other complaints Bowen can help include:
Bronchial and Respiratory Problems
Migraine and Headaches
Stress and Anxiety
Chronic Fatigue (ME.)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS.)
Poly and Fibro and Myalgia
And many more!
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Brenn was recommended to me by a colleague, at a time when I had given up having tried all other types of therapy that were available.
I had been suffering from upper back pain for about 11 years, and Brenn is the only person that made a difference, that was not just a temporary improvement. Having had less than 10 treatments, I see him only now and then as a top up to keep things running smoothly, and I have never felt better! – Danijela
I have been seeing Brenn now for the past 15 years for my Multiple Sclerosis.
I can honestly say that I know that by seeing him every month from the beginning, he has helped my condition stabilise and in some aspects, improve. Without seeing Brenn, I know my condition would have deteriorated, thus making my day to day living much harder. – Trev
I walked into the Holistic Centre for advice and Brenn who was between clients stepped forward and never having heard of the Bowen Technique I was a little unsure, Brenn asked about the problem did a few tests and movements and said he thought he could help me. I was pleased with the results, and have never looked back, Bowen really works.
After several sessions I was feeling more confident, more mobile and happier with how my body was responding. I felt I could conquer the world and do anything I wanted to, and at 65 years old I feel and look 15 years younger. When your body is balanced so are you.
My husband had joint trouble and had to walk with a stick so I booked him in with Brenn who found the problem, after a few months he was greatly improved and does not have to use a stick any more. Truly amazing. We both have what we call top ups to keep everything flowing and have never looked back. I would recommend Brenn to anyone, they will benefit from his Bowen Technique and have a better quality of life he is truly the best. – Gloria.
After years of limited results from other well known modalities, and surgical procedures for an injury to my back, treatments from Brenn have created a massive reduction in pain and resulted in freedom of movement to undertake activities which I would not have been able to previously, and I continue to improve with regular treatments as and when required.
Treatments are delivered by Brenn in an honest, friendly, caring, and professional manner, and he has a commitment to making you as well as is possible. – Julie
“A great truth. It answers all the laws of natural medicine, namely that the body be treated as a whole, without reference to a named disease”
Some conditions alleviated by Bowen
- Back Ache
- Joint problems (including knee)
- Muscular aches and pains
- Arthritic Pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Tinnitus and Glue Ear