Gentle and effective Bowen Technique: Revolutionizing healing

The Bowen Technique is a concept in healing that results in profound and lasting results. It does not come from, nor is it similar to, any other massage, bodywork or healing techniques.

The Bowen Technique is a concept in healing that results in profound and lasting results. It does not come from, nor is it similar to, any other massage, bodywork or healing techniques.

by Valerie Corbin — 

Developed in Australia in the 1950’s by Tom Bowen, The Bowen Technique is a concept in healing that results in profound and lasting results. It does not come from, nor is it similar to, any other massage, bodywork or healing techniques.

With this revolutionary technique, misalignments in the body find structural balance without the manipulation of joints or bones, as in many chiropractic techniques. Muscle tensions are softened, yet muscles are not compressed as in massage. Connective tissue is released, yet there is no heavy pressure as in Rolfing. Meridians improve, but the work does not resemble acupuncture. The lymphatic system flows more easily, yet this method is unlike lymphatic drainage techniques. Bowen’s main principle leverages the body’s ability to heal itself, given its natural ability to regulate all of its systems.

The Bowen Technique consists of a series of subtle and precise mobilizations called “Bowen Moves” over tendons, muscles, fascia and nerves, using the thumb and fingers. Frequent pauses during the treatment allow the body to reset and process the foundation of the work. The body continues to rebalance itself for a few hours or even a few days after a session.

The Bowen Technique is non-invasive and is effective on all of the body’s systems and is safe for all ages. Patients can remained clothed during sessions that typically last 40 to 60 minutes. . Many find it hard to believe that such minimal structural work can have such a deep physical and emotional impact. In fact, it is not uncommon for a patient to relax so deeply that they fall asleep during a Bowen session.

While Bowen does not aim to treat specific conditions or diseases, patients have reported relief from conditions such as headaches, asthma, sciatica, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, digestive problems, foot pain, menstrual pain, lower back pain, sports injuries and many others. A few Bowen sessions serve to “jump start” the healing process and, in many cases, relief comes in just two or three sessions.

Many Bowen practitioners are massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, naturopaths, homeopaths and medical doctors. Some use Bowen exclusively and others have integrated it into other aspects of their practices.

 

Valerie Corbin, B.S., L.M.T., C.P.T., is a Bowen therapist, licensed massage therapist and conditioning specialist. 480=556-9838.

Reprinted from AzNetNews.

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