A Look at Bowen Therapy
What is Bowen therapy?
Bowen therapy is a type of alternative or complimentary medicine and could be seen as a type of movement therapy. It is extremely gentle and is suitable for everyone no matter how young or old they might be. The patient is fully clothed and the practitioner uses his fingers to manipulate the muscles in gentle motions that engage the muscles, tendons and fascia. These movements are interspersed with pauses.
Where does it come from?
The theory behind Bowen therapy and its techniques were developed by Thomas Bowen, an Australian who noticed that moving certain parts of the body in a specific order could result in some rather remarkable results. This therapy is completely unique and was not based on any prior learning. However, many doctors today are amazed at the results that can be achieved through this practice, and recommend it as a complimentary therapy.
What does Bowen therapy aim to do?
Bowen Therapy aims to create balance within the body by adjusting physical, chemical and mental alignment through a special type of movement therapy. It has been found to be particularly effective in pain relief and in healing musculoskeletal problems.
It has also been used in the treatment of depression, fibromyalgia and asthma. Additional benefits of Bowen therapy are said to be improved blood circulation and drainage of the lymphatic system, a boost to the immune system and its application as a detox treatment.
Does it work?
Of course, nothing works for everyone, but the majority of reviews and forum posts from patients who have attempted the therapy are extremely positive. Many of them claim that long-term pain that was not relived through physiotherapy was reduced or eliminated after Bowen Therapy.
Almost all comments on this type of therapy remark on its extreme gentleness when compared to deep tissue massage a visit to the chiropractor and other massage therapies.
However, the Bowen technique is believed to benefit more than just you r muscles and connective tissue. Because it improves posture, organ functioning is improved and patients report relief of mental distress caused by anxiety, mental stress and depression.
How do I know my therapist is qualified?
Fairly extensive training is required in order to become a fully-fledged Bowen Therapist. Most countries have an association that only qualified therapists can join. Choose a registered Bowen Therapist to ensure that your treatment is being performed by a qualified individual.