The key to Bowen Therapy lies in its simplicity and gentle application. Bowen Therapy is considered a holistic preventative therapy suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It can help with symptoms of menopause, Parkinson's, autoimmune disorders, and much more.
The nervous system constantly monitors its environment, responding to various inputs. The light physical pressure the Bowen Therapist uses ensures the client's acceptance is very high. The moves are a series of soft tissue releases, creating a disturbance of connective tissue over specified areas of the body. The Bowen Therapist generally applies this gentle pressure with thumbs or fingers. The pressure used is described as being eyeball pressure, meaning very light. Taking the skin in one direction followed by a roll, rather than a slide, over the connective tissue. The technique can be done through light clothing; no oil is required. It's wonderful for those diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disorder that affects muscle and soft tissue and is characterized by chronic muscle pain, tenderness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances.
A series of Bowen Therapy moves draws attention to a particular area and instigates a priority of response. The movement has the effect of interfering with proprioception and triggers various parts of the brain to access what action is needed, and the body responds appropriately. This can occur on a subconscious level. So even though Bowen Therapy causes deep relaxation between sleep and waking, there is a frenzy of cerebral activity focused on the body's needs.
After a series of moves, the Bowen Therapist inserts short breaks of approximately two minutes to allow the work to take effect. Essentially the Bowen Therapist is providing input to the body. This starts the process of structural restoration without having to interfere too much. The result is that a response is generally very rapid, and results can be seen in a very short time. Most clients report significant improvement or even resolution in two or three treatments. It's not uncommon for clients to experience changes in unrelated areas, digestion, energy, menopause symptoms, old injuries, etc.
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